by Harrison Peck, 01/01/2010
Cabaret performers Liz Callaway and Jered Egan at the Metropolitan Room. Photo: Joel Fisher
34 W. 22nd St., 212-206-0440
If you're after unforgettable cabaret acts, the Metropolitan Room—an intimate performance space and a rising newcomer on the NYC cabaret scene—offers tough competition for the City's more long-standing, and pricier, showcases. Esteemed members of the musical community are taking notice, as cabaret stars such as Baby Jane Dexter and Marilyn Maye are regulars both onstage and in the audience. With ticket prices as low as $10 (plus a two-drink minimum), the Metropolitan Room makes top-notch cabaret affordable to all. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, but guests can arrive up to an hour and a half prior to showtime to secure the best seats in the house. Aspiring balladeers and chanteuses can test-drive their vocal cords weekend nights at Piano Bar, a cabaret-style open-mic show that has no cover charge.