About Lucky Cheng’s
Times Square may be flashy, but it gets stiff competition from the divas at Lucky Cheng’s, who flaunt fake eyelashes, cherry-red lipstick, and platform heels that would put Lady Gaga to shame. Get ready for a night of risqué fun: the self-proclaimed “Drag Queen Capital of the Universe” serves up dinner and a show. You never know who you will see here. Everyone from Leonardo DiCaprio and Ethan Hawke to the Olsen sisters and Britney Spears have popped by. And, Lucky Cheng’s has starred in plenty of TV shows, including America’s Next Top Model.
The queens of Lucky Cheng’s have been kicking up their heels for two decades. After 19 years in the East Village, the celebrated joint moved to Times Square in 2012, where it fits right in amid the bright lights. These ladies know how to put on a show, and from arrival to departure, you’ll be entertained by racy comedy, cabaret, dancing and strutting, and throaty songs—and yes, you’re invited to sing along.
Lucky Cheng’s hosts bachelorette bashes, anniversaries, going-away parties and, as they cheekily put it, divorce or “the boss was fired” celebrations, which often prompts a whole new round of shots. Speaking of shots, Lucky Cheng’s colorful fusion cocktails rival the drag queens. Try Coco’s First Time, a fresh burst of raspberry vodka and orange juice. Also popular are the flaming “volcano” bowls of vodka mixed with housemade syrups.
Lucky Cheng’s three-course meal covers a variety of choices. For the appetizers, selections include Thai peanut sesame noodles, chopped chicken or tofu lettuce wraps, sesame mango chicken salad, mixed greens with carrot-ginger dressing and chicken or tofu, and more. For the main dish, go for tasty fried rice with tofu or chicken and pineapple (or shrimp and mango), sesame-orange chicken with rice and Asian greens, stir-fry tofu, chicken or vegetable, or shredded chicken and Japanese eggplant with a candied almond-chili sauce. Top it off with an array of Good Fortune desserts. The three-course dinner and show includes tax, gratuity, and one well drink, juice or soda.
If you want to make a full night of it, go for a later dinner so that you can stay for the drag-hosted karaoke after the last show. As the Lucky Cheng’s ladies say: Don’t forget, the more you drink, the better you sing.
Package includes a three-course meal, tax and gratuity. Please note, tax and gratuity is not included on beverages purchased at the venue.
Dinner tables are reserved for two hours. First dinner/show seatings are at 5pm, 5:15pm and 5:30pm. Second dinner/show seatings are at 7:30, 7:45 and 8. Third dinner/show seatings are at 10:15 and later.
Did you know?
Lucky Cheng’s received worldwide recognition via an unlikely visitor. When Prince Albert of Monaco dined “a la drag” in February 1994, the nightspot shot to fame on the international stage.
Lucky Cheng’s has made an appearance in many TV shows, including Sex in the City, Snooki and JWoWW, 30 Rock and the Jerry Springer Show.
Lucky Cheng’s is wildly popular for special-occasion celebrations, from bachelorette to birthday parties. Lucky Cheng’s also appeals to anyone who loves theater and spectacle—and doesn’t mind some raunch thrown into the mix.
Good for kids?
This is a risqué drag queen show—and the cocktails flow freely—so it’s best not to bring the younger kids. But, mature teens might enjoy the colorful spectacle, and the Asian cuisine is popular with all ages. Note that visitors under 21 are welcome, but must inform the reservationist.
Lucky Cheng’s Location Information:
240 W 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019
C, E to 50th St.-Eighth Ave.; 1 to 50th St.-Broadway; B, D, E to Seventh Ave.-53rd St.; N, Q, R to 57th St.-Seventh Ave.