PLAN DATE: WEDS / FEB. 20
If you and your SO love watching shows like The Voice and passing down judgment, then Amateur Night is perfect for you. This iconic show has been running for 80 years and is kicking off its first show of the night where singers, dancers, comedians, and more will perform for your approval. Come ready to do more than just watch as the high-energy MC will lead the crowd in energetically cheering or booing each act. This historic theater has gained its reputation in part from the Amateur Night winners who got their start here—think Ella Fitzgerald and Jimi Hendrix—so watch closely for the chance to be a fan of a future superstar before any of your friends.
For a pre-show dinner or post-show drinks, head over to Lenox Saphire Harlem, a chic bistro serving up a combination of Senegalese soul food and American classics. The mashup of cuisines is represented in the unique interior, which is part cool cafe with brick walls, low booths, and dark wood accents and part a display of the elaborate tiles that decorate the floor and bar. The standouts here are the Comoros Curry and Maffe Lamb, hearty dishes that can stand up to their cocktails, which despite being small and pricey can pack a serious punch.
Entertainment, Dinner, Drinks
Amateur Night at The Apollo
253 West 125th Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Hit the bar before the show to avoid the rush at intermission.
Lenox Saphire Harlem
341 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan
idk tip: Crashing in Harlem? Swing by for brunch when they add French pastries to their offerings.