“An all new haunted restaurant, bar and social club where guests eat, drink and socialize among the unusual and the bizarre.”
I am a sucker for theme restaurants. While I know there are some people that detest even the idea of places like The Rainforest Café, Ninja Restaurant in New York City, or Dick’s Last Resort — a chain restaurant where the staff are deliberately mean to you — tell me you’re going to any of those places and I’ll be there. While going down my “Activities & Adventures” bucket list the other night, I came across “Go to a dinner theater” and realized I had crossed that item off over half a year ago, back in December. If you ever find yourself in Times Square, New York City, and like me, take a not-so-secret delight in theme restaurants, check out the Jekyll & Hyde Club Restaurant & Bar.
Although there is a bit of a wait before walking into the restaurant, the doorman provided enough of a comedy act to leave the restaurant feeling satisfied, before even entering. After my mom, aunt, cousin, and I entered the restaurant, there was still a bit of a wait, but we killed time at the surprisingly classy bar, which housed a nice lounge area with comfortable couches.
Within the restaurant, there are several different rooms, each with their own skit. Even the waiters played along and made jokes throughout the meal. “Oh, you two are from New Jersey?” our waiter said to my mom and I. “Then the whole restaurant should be afraid of you.” When my mom added that she’s originally from Brooklyn, he said, “Then there must be something really wrong with you if you moved from New York to New Jersey.” The actual skit we watched during dinner was entertaining as well.
When my mom first mentioned to a friend that she wanted to try Jekyll & Hyde, while they were in New York a few weeks beforehand, the friend mentioned, “I didn’t care for the food there.” I’m not very picky, but my family and I all thought the food was excellent. I think that as long as you’re not going in with the expectation of getting a gourmet meal, you’ll enjoy the food.
After dinner, we decided to go through the haunted house. I had more of a panic attack before entering, however, when I realized I had left my purse behind on the table — a little panic attack I seem to give myself every other week, considering how often I leave things behind. I was relieved when the manager, after asking me to identify the bag, said someone had found it and handed me back my bag. Somehow, I wound up leading our group in the haunted house, which I would also give a high ranking when it comes to haunted houses.
If you’re heading to dinner in NYC and looking for a fun place to go eat, head to Jekyll & Hyde in Times Square.
My mom and I had to do something to keep busy on the train ride home.
Has anyone else tried Jekyll & Hyde or eaten at a dinner theater in his or her area? What are some of your favorite theme restaurants? I’d love to hear from you!
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