Lucky Cheng’s, is New York City’s first, finest and longest running drag cabaret! Founded on October 1st, 1993 in the East Village by lovebirds Hayne Suthon and Robert Jason, Lucky Cheng’s was the first restaurant in the world to feature Asian drag-queen and transgender waitstaff, bartenders, and performers.
When Prince Albert of Monaco dined “a-la-drag” in 1994, Lucky Cheng’s was catapulted into the international limelight. Named after a head busboy who later became co-partner, Lucky Cheng’s continues to delight, entertain, and shock making it a favorite destination for celebrities and celebrants. The current owner is their daughter, Josephine Jason, heir upon Suthon’s passing in 2014.
Since then, the restaurant moved twice before landing at 605 West 48 Street, between 11th and 12th Ave, but as of last Sunday and on Sundays only head to 8th Avenue right in the heart of the theatre district.
Iconic entertainers and RuPaul’s Drag Race Stars grace the stage. It is the perfect birthday, bachelorette or anniversary destination. I was originally brought to the East Village Lucky Cheng’s for my birthday, but found the new space a way better way to see the show.
For my adventure to their newest Crazy Boozy Brunch, I brought my friend Robert Williams who runs the NY TheatreFest. Brunch is held in a new location the Secret Room, 711 8th Avenue between 45th and 44th.
We were greeted by the gorgeous and sweet Tiffany Anne Coke.
On Sundays at 12 or 3, The Crazy Boozy Brunch hosted by Svetlana Stoli has a priced fixed menu at $30 which includes a brunch entree and bottomless mimosas. Entry to Lucky Cheng’s is anywhere from $10 – $25. You will get your money’s worth, the table next to us went through 8 cafets of Mirmosa’s.
After everyone’s orders have been taken, the show begin as your waitress (for us it was the fabulous Calingasan Gretchen) rushes off to change and join the rest of the Queens on stage.
As we dinned on Butternut Squash Ravioli and The Lucky Burger served with cheese, mushrooms and fries, (both were plentiful and good) we laughed and were throughly entertained, especially by That Bitch Jax who was a wonderful gymnast.
The ladies and staff were great, funny, attentive and beautiful. The food was surprisingly well portioned and good, but more important the show was exciting. For a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, T2C recommends Lucky Cheng’s Crazy Boozy Brunch.