- The Va Va Voom Room at Fez Under Time Cafe
380 Lafayette Street, 212-533-2680; VAVAVOOMROOM.COM
With the help of a black bob, a drawn-on mole, and an eyepatch, Katherine Valentine transforms herself each Saturday night into Miss Astrid, a stern Germanic hostess who invites you to “bleibe, reste, stay” for a night of well-choreographed debauchery at “your den of iniquity for vaudeville and burlesque” at Fez. Creative sexpots like Amber Ray share the stage with sultry singers such as Molly the Dolly and old-school vaudevillians like Mr. Spoons. Here the girls are beautiful, life is beautiful, even the orchestra is beautiful—with the possible exception of Ukelele Louie.
Best Burlesque Show
From the 2003 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
Where can you find the city’s top dog groomer? Last-minute tailor? Beef tongue? We eat, drink, dance, shop, shvitz, and trampoline our way around the city, not to mention poll scores of in-the-know colleagues, hard-partying friends, opinionated family members, and, this year, a team of guest expert bloggers to bring you answers to all of the above questions, and hundreds more, in the form of our annual “Best of New York” issue.