Famed live music and performance venue, The Cutting Room, might seem an unlikely place for a finely crafted cocktail, incredible cuisine, and a beautifully designed, unique interior space — since New Yorkers have come to know that a fantastic live act generally means overpriced and sub-par everything else.

However, The Cutting Room is full of delightful surprises, and from the first moment you enter, until you step back out into mid town, you find yourself whirling inside its own unique brand of magic.


Already a night for surprises, our most recent visit happened to be on The Cutting Room’s version of the classic Gong Show – an amateur variety show with acts ranging from silly (a juggling ventriloquist) to grotesque (an obese dancing man in a thong) to mind blowing (a 90-year-old contortionist and Star Trek enthusiast).

We picked up some cocktails from the awesome guitar shaped bar in the front room (and let ourselves be dazzled by the cool, art-deco influenced design of the intertwining spaces of the spaces outside of the stage area), we settled into our prime table and took great pleasure looking over the delicious menu.

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Of the many drool-inducing options, I settled on the Cutting Room Seafood Salad, which featured an insanely generous amount of seafood, including lobster, and was a wonderfully light and healthy option. We also shared the soy marinated tuna roll and the zucchini tacos, and the super lump crab cake sandwich (pictured above) all of which were scrumptious. We also found that the prices were extremely reasonable, considering the immense quality of the cuisine, and, of course, the fabulous entertainment implicit in the experience.

As if top notch performance, along with wonderful food and drink, amidst a dreamy atmosphere weren’t enough, we just found out that The Cutting Room is not stopping there. Taking the pop-up concept to another level, The Cutting room has created a “pop up” venue on one of the existing cruise ships venues (the first time any New York City music venue has done anything like this). Here’s what we found out:

Norwegian Cruise Lines spectacular new ship, The Norwegian Breakaway will take center stage and guests will be treated like VIP’s starting with the incredible ticket price of $999 per person (21+ and over).

Rock the Boat VIP tickets include all you can eat for the week and exclusive access to three intimate headlining rock shows featuring Garland Jeffreys, Willie Nile and James Maddock and a very special 4th Halloween show that the artists will collaborate together on stage.

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The Cutting Room
44 East 32nd Street, NYC


  • The Cutting Room has been named one of the top five “Intimate Show Venues To Check Out” by and features performers, bands, events and entertainment ranging from rock icons to up and coming singer songwriters, highlighting entertainment for a wide variety of musical tastes, a delicious menu and a comfortable rock and roll atmosphere with great sightlines and extraordinary acoustics.  After opening a decade ago, The Cutting Room continues to build upon its dynamic reputation of having launched and hosted top musicians like Ronnie Wood & Mick TaylorStingBilly JoelJohn LegendLady Gaga (who was signed after a showcase at the venue) and many more.
  • Co-owned by actor Chris Noth (Sex and The City, The Good Wife) and Steve Walter (Berklee College Alumnus), the club has long been known as “the musician’s living room,” an intimate space serving top-notch cuisine with specialty drinks throughout the dual level club and lounge. In 2013, The Cutting Room opened at its new location at 44 East 32nd Street.