222 Mercer Street
Cirque de Dîner at Teatro ZinzanniAt Teatro Zinzanni, dinner is the show. It’s an offbeat and slightly bawdy blend of cabaret, circus, and comedy with a five-course dinner interwoven through a variety of live acts. Housed in an antique Belgian “mirror tent,” embellished with stained glass, mirrors, and carved wooden booths, the intimate setting is full of dimly-lit romance, enhanced by exotic themes (currently it’s “Forbidden Oasis”). Chef Caesar dreams up special dishes and dance numbers to woo his lady love Cleo, and the audience dines along from a menu designed by local celebrity chef Tom Douglas. The talented cast includes Olympic athletes, choreographers, aerialists, jugglers, and singers. Each show involves some audience participation; if you sit toward the back in the booths, you’re less likely to get picked. Festive attire is strongly encouraged, but if you’ve left your tiara at home, you can do some on-the-spot embellishing at the lobby boutique. Probably not suitable for kids under 12, due to the innuendo and off-color jokes.