On Friday and Saturday nights an orchestra starts playing at 8 p.m. in the cavernous
Supper Club on West 47th Street in the heart of the theater district. But the entertainment
really kicks off at 5:30 when videos of prominent swing era entertainers like Nat
King Cole in performance are projected onto a 20-foot screen at the back of the stage.
Guest vocalists, as well as a twelve-or-more-piece orchestra provide the sounds that
made dancing such a popular nightclub activity "way back when" in New York.
The forties ambiance is faithfully recreated, bringing back nostalgic memories of
the days of the big bands.
The menu is straightforward with standard American dishes, such as crab cakes,
Caesar salad, lobster bisque, sirloin steak, lamb, veal and grilled chicken breast
and the usual assortment of rich desserts. So, why isn't the food better? Mostly
it has to do with preparation, since the quality of the ingredients was on the whole
The Supper Club, 240 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036. Tel.212-921-1940.