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264 W. 47th St., New York, NY 10036 40.759941 -73.98645
nr. Eighth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-398-0044 Send to Phone

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This spectacle-filled lounge fills its former inhabitant the China Club’s intimidating shoes, inviting glamour-starved travelers to show off their slick dance moves and fat wallets. A (sliding-scale) cover charge grants access to a faux-subterranean palace adorned with black marble, glittering mosaics, and black-crystal chandeliers. A cavernous dance floor at the entrance boasts a kaleidoscopic light show that most theaters don’t have the budget for. A wide arc of banquette seating makes it easy for an audience to drink in the sight, but these are the cheap seats. Yet another velvet-rope barrier protects an elevated lounge just beyond, where table service and privacy can be obtained for a price, and the forbidding security presence suggests that the Pope may drop in at any time. While out of towners and college sophomores will feel they’ve made it to high-roller heaven, seasoned city dwellers and gold diggers will recognize Opera’s glittering façade as something out of an elaborate production of NYC Nightlife: The Musical!