Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Get Your Drag On at Lucky Cheng's Dinner Show

By: Finance Foodie

Lucky Cheng's, NYC's original and longest running drag queen cabaret, recently celebrated its 25 year anniversary with a spectacular dinner show hosted by Drag Queen OG Paulina the Princess of Power. Yours truly had a chance to attend this spirited performance while noshing on a three course meal - and all I can say is - WoW what an interesting and fun-filled night!
Lucky Cheng's
When the Mister and I arrived (yes - the Mister did attend, with trepidation, as we were forewarned that the Drag Queens loved to roast on the gentlemen in attendance), we were greeted by a lovely Queen who escorted us to our seats at one of the four large communal tables. The crowd was mostly filled with bachelorettes and birthday parties - most who were already tipsy upon arrival - so the party already started before the first course (an alcoholic drink obviously).
Pattaya's Poontang
Speaking of drink, the Mister decided we should catch up to the rest of our table, whom were neck deep in their large "Orgy Bowl" ($42). He ordered the aptly named Pattaya's Poontang cocktail ($12), mixture of rum and vodka, with a splash of pineapple and cranberry juice. Yes it was very strong and yes I can say were were both good to go after that one drink.
Crispy Cheese Taquitos
The only menu at Lucky Cheng's is prix fixe for $55, which will get your three courses. The menu for the night we went was mostly Mexican inspired (a bit confusing as I thought this was an Asian drag show but just go with it). We started with the Crispy Cheese Taquitos, which were bite sized and quite flavorful.
Slow Roasted Oven Pork
For our main, we got the Slow Roasted Oven Pork served with chicharrones and caramelized onions. Not Michelin star worthy (do you come to a drag show for fine dining though?), but still very tender and well executed.
Strawberry Tres Leches Cake
The standout of all the courses was dessert. We had a delicious slice of Strawberry Tres Leches Cake, a new creation that Chef Saul Montiel, the Executive Chef of Stage 48 and Cantina Rooftop, concocted for us to try. The cake was ultra light and spongy, which contrasted nicely with the heavier sweet milk. All around goodness.
Queen Paulina chatting up the crowd
Now for the performance - I had never been to a drag show before so I had no idea what to expect. I had been forewarned that the show was interactive with the audience (check), could get raunchy (double check), and would be extremely funny (triple check). Yes it got a bit uncomfortable at times, but it was all in good fun and most importantly, laugh out loud funny! Seriously, I was glad the food was served first because I probably would have choked on my taquitos and pork during some of the acts.
Queen Paulina roasting a Mister (not mine)!
For my first drag show, Lucky Cheng's went way beyond my expectations - even the Mister enjoyed it immensely (probably because he hid in the shadows and avoided any roasting). And for $55 per head for a tasty dinner and a Broadway-like show - now that's also a great deal (especially in Manhattan). So come for the food, stay for the show and have a great time at Lucky Cheng's!

Lucky Cheng's (at Stage 48)
605 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 995-5500
Cuisine: Mexican

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