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Don't Tell Mama

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343 W. 46th St., New York, NY 10036 40.760331 -73.989119
nr. Ninth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-757-0788 Send to Phone

  • Reader Rating:

    9 out of 10


    2 Reviews | Write a Review

  • Scene: Cabaret, Comedy Club, Live Music, Lounge, Open Mic
Photo by Shanna Ravindra

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Restaurant: Mon-Thu, 4pm-11pm; Fri, noon-midnight; Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, noon-11pm; Piano Bar: Sat-Thu, 4pm-2:30am; Fri, 4pm-3:30am

Nearby Subway Stops

A, C, E at 42nd St.-Port Authority Bus Terminal; N, Q, R at 49th St.; 1 at 50th St.

Cover Charge

two drink minimum in Piano Bar, after 9pm

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa


Named after a song in Cabaret, Don't Tell Mama is a true cabaret haunt. A narrow three-room suite—with a front piano bar, two side rooms for small-scale solo shows—this is where to see the famous as well as the wannabe famous. There are up to three performances nightly in the two cabaret theaters, but what makes Don't Tell Mama such a showstopper is the way Sidney Myer, its longtime booking manager, varies the diet. While he may be an American Songbook diehard, Myer also showcases rock 'n' roll vocalists, comedy groups, new musicals and highly respected impressionists. For popular long-running shows like Judy Garland & Liza Minnelli Live At Mama's! with Tommy Femia and Rick Skye (female impersonators), seating can be tighter than a Victorian corset. But usually the rooms are empty enough for every patron to garner his or her own table. So sit back, have a drink, enjoy the vocals, laugh at the jokes and come to the cabaret, old chum.

Cabaret Shows

Daily; call or check website for schedule

Broadway "Boozy" Brunch
Sundays at noon and 2pm; $35 Broadway show with a three-course meal and optional bottomless drinks for $14.95