While Dueling Pianos shows have been a national passion for almost a century, the Northeast USA has only caught on to the craze relatively recently. With few notable exceptions (Jake Ivory’s in Boston and others) this region starting seeing Dueling Piano bars only about ten years ago.
There were some attempts in the Times Square area to create Dueling Pianos shows in the mid 2000’s, where street teams were used to lure tourists inside after their night at a Broadway show, much in the same way that comedy clubs operate, but there was no real marketing or organization, and the employees at these venues were often grossly underpaid and horribly mistreated, and so these spaces flickered out.
More recently, franchise chains have made in-roads into the major Northeast markets (Boston, Philadelphia, etc.) by creating warehouse-style shows that more resemble a party band performance than a traditional dueling pianos show. This new style of venue squeezes hundreds of people into a hall, with most customers standing throughout the night due to limited space. They actively discourage requests, and limit customer interaction with the performers. Service is typically slower due to the volume of customers, and the individual attention to special celebrations often gets condensed into one group song for all the bachelorettes/birthdays at the show.
The only venue for NYC Dueling Pianos shows where EVERY customer gets a seat at a table, and EVERY request gets played EVERY night is still, and will always be, SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL. Nestled in the heart of Tribeca, across the street from City Hall, and away from the tourist onslaught of Times Square, you can dine on a menu prepared by Beat Bobby Flay winner Kenneth Johnson, select from the wine list, or order a specialty cocktail, or drink one of the selection of domestic and imported beers.
A hit with bachelorettes and birthdays alike, you can find a healthy mix of locals and tourists, young and old, first-daters and forty-year anniversaries. Every show is a celebration and YOU pick the soundtrack.
Check out the newly added table discounts, and come visit us, or visit us again!
We’re playing your song!