“Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl,
With yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there…”
– Copacabana by Barry Manilow
This week, the newly relocated Copacabana opened their doors for a sneak preview. This once iconic club has emerged again amid the craze of Times Square on W. 47th Street.
The first and original Copacabana opened in the 1940s and gave a hideout for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Desi Arnaz, and Jerry Lewis, and was also used by Martin Scorsese in Goodfellas. The club was last on W. 34th Street and closed again right when I moved across the street in 2007. Now the Copacabana has found a new home in the former China Club space, more recently where Club Purgatorio was in the Halloween of 2009.
The space has a lively Latin feel, assisted by the food from Calle Ocho chef Alex Garcia. Guests at the preview were treated to heaps of ceviche, paella, empanadas, and an assortment of other goodies, accompanied by sangria and mojitos. According to Grub Street, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays will be “Latin Night.”
For the preview night, there were some very special VIPs in attendance: a few of the Copa dancers from the 40s, 50s, and 60s! They took the stage (sans sequinsed dance outfits) and reminisced about nights back in the heyday era of the club.
What a lovely treat to see the loyal Copa ladies! Still so energetic and lively.
The food was great and the venue shows promise of a great time – but what was up with the guests?? I guess it was a media preview, but it was possibly the most unenthusiastic crowd I’ve ever seen – even residents at the local senior center emote more livelihood during bingo night. Thankfully, last night the FOXXCODE Magazine preview event seemed to make up for it.
The Copa officially opens on July 12th, but if you’re one of the lucky to slip in early then be sure to check out the food and brush up on your dancing skills.
268 W. 47th St.
@ Eighth Avenue