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The Box, Lower East Side

New York City, New York, United States, North America: The Box
189 Chrystie Street
Lower East Side
New York City , New York
Tel: 212 982 9301's insider take:

Leave it to Simon Hammerstein—grandson of musical titan Oscar—to dream up a theatrical nighttime playground that lures even the most jaded of celebs out of rehab. Antique divans, oversize cushions, and secluded VIP alcoves suggest a Victorian-era bordello, but not without a detour through vaudeville. The stage is the main event here, a spectacle of fire-breathing, striptease, and rotating acts that might include, say, a brass troupe covering Nirvana. Bohemian cabaret this is not; an elitist door policy all but assures you'll be making a pricey bottle service reservation unless you're very well connected (another Box partner also runs hot spot La Esquina). After all, they're entertaining the likes of Madonna and Justin Timberlake here. And while it calls itself a dinner theater, the Box can easily slip into Club Row mode when models and banker types leave their cliquey booths to dance between shows (the first of which starts at 7 pm on weekends).

Open Tuedays through Thursdays 11 pm to 4 am, Fridays and Saturdays 7 pm to 4 am.

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