The Cutting Room has been named one of the top five “Intimate Show Venues To Check Out” by NewYork.com and features performers, bands, events and entertainment ranging from rock icons to up and coming singer songwriters. After opening a decade ago, The Cutting Room continues to build upon its dynamic reputation of having launched and hosted top musicians like Ronnie Wood & Mick Taylor, Sting, Billy Joel, John Legend, Lady Gaga (who was signed after a showcase at the venue) and many more. Co-owned by actor Chris Noth (Sex and The City, The Good Wife) and Steve Walter (Berklee College Alumnus), the club has long been known as “the musician’s living room,” located at 44 East 32nd Street, its not just about the performances anymore, it might be time to consider it as a viable option for dinner, lets dive in a bit.
The Cutting Room has many performances on a monthly basis; you can see the full line up here http://thecuttingroomnyc.com/. During my visit I sat and watch The Gong show which had various performances raging from fire taming, magic tricks, singing and an 80-year-old women putting her leg behind her head flawlessly. The show overall was good but I was there for the food and drinks. We first started with a Pu Pu platter, which had chicken, wings, hot dogs, shrimp dumplings, vegetable samosas and springs rolls followed by drink called “Figgy Pop”. The platter was good, I especially loved the shrimp dumplings, the drink was a good compliment and included Fig infused vodka, fresh lime, canton ginger liqueur and soda. I moved along to the spicy lamb sliders, which sat on brioche toast, tzatziki and cherry tomatos. For the main course I had the lobster roll and the New Orleans Gumbo. Now before I talk about the gumbo let me first tell you about the roll, which had lobster in lemon yogurt cilantro aioli with chopped cucumber, heirloom tomatoes, red onions and tater tots. The roll was delicious as well as the drinks I had the “Windy Day” and “Hot for Teacher”, the windy day has vanilla vodka, lemon and lime juice plus pineapple juice, very refreshing, the hot for teacher was also good and although it had jalapeno the spice wasn’t too intense. Now lets discuss this gumbo, which I must say was the worst thing I’ve had in a long time, the gumbo felt slimy and lacking any flavor. I would recommend everyone to stay away from the gumbo, I would also advise the cutting room to either remove the gumbo completely from the menu or go back to formula and start from scratch.
Overall, the drinks were good and the food minus the gumbo was good as well. The Cutting Room is also taking the pop-up concept to another level, as it is the first time a New York City music venue has created a “pop up” venue on one of the existing cruise ships venues. Norwegian Cruise Lines spectacular new ship, The Norwegian Breakaway will take center stage and guests will be treated like VIP’s starting with the incredible ticket price of $999 per person (21+ and over). Rock the Boat VIP tickets include all you can eat for the week and exclusive access to three intimate headlining rock shows featuring Garland Jeffreys, Willie Nile and James Maddock and a very special 4th Halloween show that the artists will collaborate together on stage. http://tickets.thecuttingroomnyc.com/event/607191-rock-boat-cutting-room-new-york/
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