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Best of New York Nightlife 2003

Best Burlesque Show

  • 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.

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So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).