The Box

Bar / Club / Lounge
The Box Even the most well-connected party girls and Park Avenue brats won't get into The Box without a reservation or a spot on the guest list, but patrons with a little foresight are in for a unique treat. New York United States 40.72188 -73.992275
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The Box - Bar | Club | Lounge in New York.
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Party Earth Review Even the most well-connected party girls and Park Avenue brats won’t get into The Box without a reservation or a spot on the guest list, but patrons with a little foresight are in for a unique treat. Opened by a crew of... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    F: Lower East Side-2nd Avenue-Houston Street; J, Z: Bowery-Delancey Street

  • Phone:

    212-982-9301

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  • Hours:

    Tu–Sa 11pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Box Review

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Even the most well-connected party girls and Park Avenue brats won't get into The Box without a reservation or a spot on the guest list, but patrons with a little foresight are in for a unique treat.

Even the most well-connected party girls and Park Avenue brats won’t get into The Box without a reservation or a spot on the guest list, but patrons with a little foresight are in for a unique treat.

Opened by a crew of local theater moguls including Simon Hammerstein and Randy Weiner, this downtown hotspot offers an enthralling club experience with all the insanity of a three-ring circus.

Once past the ferocious bouncers at the door, the stylish crowd of successful local artists, finance guys, and trust-fund chicks are escorted into a bar area decked out in pink lights, retro wallpaper festooned with cherubs and fountains, and dusty knickknacks including an eerie carousel horse.

High rollers and celebs make their way to the private tables on the mezzanine level for a late-night meal and bottle service, while the hoi polloi is relegated to the reserved booths in the sunken roped-off area by the stage.

Earlier in the evening, the crowd of jet-setters, business types, and hip night owls drink and shout at each other over pounding, bass-heavy remixes of classic rock and hip-hop tunes, but at one o’clock, the audience settles in for an intense, anything-goes, high-octane performance featuring everything from acrobats and magicians to erotic go-go dancers and obscene burlesque acts.

With a one-of-a-kind mix of club luxury and exclusive tongue-in-cheek counterculture craziness, The Box is a titillating experience that is definitely not for the closed-minded or faint of heart.

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Tip from Lucas:

The Box has a table reservation list and a guest list, and unless you’re on one of them, you’re probably not getting in. Your best bet is to make a reservation in advance through the website. If you’re willing to drop some cash, reserving a table and getting bottle service for the show is cool as hell. Send an e-mail to reservations@theboxnyc.com or call 917-280-5977.

  • Crowd

    Wealthy club kids, Wall Streeters, affluent downtown rockers, go-go dancers, and artistic professionals, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Nightly stage acts including circus performers, burlesque, and erotic oddities. DJs spin every night.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full late-night menu of European entrées including caviar with lemon crème fraîche and gruyere grilled cheese. Kitchen open 11pm–4am. Bottle service available.

  • Prices

    Late-night menu $10+. Beer $8+, wine $10+, cocktails $10+, bottle service $500+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Elegant cool: button-downs, nice jeans, boots, slinky dresses, heels, racy clothes. Dress code asks patrons to “dress glamorously” and states that black tie is optional.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night is hot, but Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays bring in the craziest crowds.

The Box User Reviews

Average rating:
Mistic Dream
Ignacio A. May 22, 2013
Its a fusion between gogo dancers, speak easy, and psychedelic off-Broadway shows. Great bartenders with fancy and expensive drinks or maybe just expensive drinks, sometimes alcohol it all taste the same. over all a good place to spend money and meet tall figurines with shinny shoes and tinny skirts and short term memories. :)
Want a crazy night out? Visit The Box.
Michael R. Mar 29, 2013
Wow. Not your normal club. It was our last night in New York, (it was a Tuesday by the way) so we decided to check out The Box. We arrived and knew this was a place to be. To get entry you pretty much have to be on a table or buy your own. Which we did. It's small inside but that's pointless as what you experience is pure entertainment and craziness. There's no real dance floor, it's all tables and booths - so I recommend going in a group and making a reservation! The night progresses like any other club, good beats, flowing booze and good laughter. At around 1.30am the first show began and girls came on stage performing burlesque dancing (topless by the way) and then more weirdness. And then a BeatBoxer came out and busted some lyrical beats from his mouth. Interesting. Show last 15-20 mins and were on every hour. The shows can be quite graphic, so please be open-minded. Not for the fainthearted. But something different that your regular club. I highly recommend! It imprint in your memory forever...
Expect the Unexpected
Risa C. Nov 26, 2012
I. Love. This. Place. I always say that I feel like I'm getting old and the whole club thing doesn't really do it for me anymore. Cue the box. It's a combination of a theater and a club, with the two nightly performances being the highlight of the night between dancing, and drinking, and chicks dancing on couches. The last time I went with a big group I ended up having an exchange of words with one of the girls. Not one to stick around drama I made my way up to the upstairs balcony to catch the second show of the night. Not quite sure how I can put this delicately or without you losing your lunch from reading this but....let's just say this girl got what was coming to her via the performance, and had I called her a poopy head during our fight I would've been considered a clairvoyant.
Provactive puts its mildly
Nicole H. Nov 14, 2012
My friend and I were invited to The Box over Halloween weekend, the perfect occasion to see this wildly entertaining, and somewhat horrifying show. Good thing we were on the list because no one (seriously, no one) gets in without a reservation or invitation. My friend and I dressed in costume, which is encouraged all nights, not just on Halloween. We didn't feel out of place. From 11pm-1am The Box is your typical nightclub, but with exceptional music. And then, the show begins.... Expect to see the unexpected. The opening acts are mild and get progressively more provacative throughout the night. Definitely not for the weak-stomached. Definitely unforgettable. Not sure I would revisit The Box for the performance, but would contemplate going back for the pregame.
Burlesque with an edge
Tonya C. Nov 2, 2012
The Box will most definitely entertain and often shock you. If you can find the unmarked door on Chrystie street and get past the stiff bouncers, you will be in for a Hammerstein Ballroom-esque treat. From a very unconventional alphabet performance, delivered from someone's nether-regions, to life-sized wind-up ballerinas taking key bumps, this place is not for the faint-hearted or weak-stomached. The show is a truly unique experience that remains unmatched by any other burlesque shows in New York.
Insane...in the pants.
Chris K. Oct 8, 2012
First off, IF you find your way into the Box, well done, you've done more than most. Second, holy Jesus, what a show. Between the transvestite lifting up the handle of tequila with his anus (he drinks out of it later), the woman making her vagina sing 'This Land Is your Land,' and the midget conducting the painter who farts blue acryllic onto a canvas, I think it's safe to say you've hit the jackpot.
Just plain bizarre.
Daisy R. Oct 3, 2012
At first, it'll seem like a nicely done, relatively small, typical New York club (that is, if you ever find it - there's virtually no sign of the club from the street). As it fills up, and if you can get a table upstairs, it'll seem pretty sweet, especially if you're a girl, as the ratio is very favorable. But then, at around 1am, you'll realize why... Because the show begins. I wouldn't consider myself a prude, but there are some things I saw that I will never forget and would pay quite a lot of money never to see again. You have to have a strong stomach for this one. And girls, you can forget trying to hold any guy's attention - with that many naked contortionists around, you'll be practically invisible. Probably worth going for the once-in-a-lifetime type experience, but once is most definitely enough.
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