NY – If you’re looking for an immersive theater experience that’s a little less immersive than the wildly popular Sleep No More, we’ve got a low-key alternative for you on the Lower East Side.
1. The Speakeasy Dollhouse is the brainchild of creator, director, visual artist and illustrator, Cynthia von Buhler, (who was inspired by Sleep No More) and is based on the true story of the murder of her grandfather, Frank Spano.
Shows are twice a week and due to the availability of the location where the show is running (a “Secret Location,” aka the Back Room speakeasy lounge) performances start at 7:30 pm on Mondays and 4 pm on Saturdays. Yes, 4 is an ungodly time to start an evening, but it’s surprising how the three hours you spend there fly by when you’re drinking prohibition-style cocktails from coffee cups and brews from paper bags. The trick of it all is to keep your expectations low and go with the flow. Take in the Boardwalk Empire-style ambiance, chat with gossipy and suspicious mafia members and even grab a cannoli in the “bakery” if you’re hungry while you try to solve the still unsolved murder mystery. Click here for tickets. When it’s all over you’ll be ready for dinner and a proper glass of wine…
2. High tail it over to September Wines & Spirits and pick out a few choice bottles of vino for dinner (because it’s BYOB). There’s plenty to choose from in this boutique wine shop that prides itself on “small-production, earth-friendly wines from around the world.”
3. And now prepare yourself for one of the best kept secrets on the lower east side — The Kuma Inn! Indulge in an endless supply of “Asian tapas” at this unmarked, cozy little find atop a steep flight of stairs. Chef King Phojanakong trained under David Bouley and Daniel Boulud, so you’ll find all kinds of unusual surprises in every dish, like the lime-basil edamame, the wasabi pork shumai and a full on gluten free menu! Just make sure you don’t run out of wine!