Mon-Thu, 2pm-4am; Fri, 4pm-6am; Sat, 1pm-6am; Sun, 1pm-4am
2pm-8pm; $4/hour karaoke and half off drinks
Fri, 4pm-8pm; $5/hour karaoke and half off drinks
Sat-Sun, 1pm-8pm; $5/hour karaoke and half off drinks
6 at 51st St.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Forty-eighth and Second is a strange spot for a karaoke bar: there are no Korean BBQ spots or NYU kids for blocks and blocks. Which explains why the east-side location of this mini-chain is so conveniently sparsely populated—no need for advance planning to warble “Eye of the Tiger” here. As with most Asian-style karaoke joints, Duet only has private spaces: The small rooms hold up to four people and are decidedly cell-like; the largest are a little more disco, with metallic couches and sparkly gray walls. Each room comes equipped with a phone hooked up to the bar, so you can order a sochu cocktail or a Japanese snack without missing a note. The song book is 17,000 titles strong, with new selections added monthly.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.