The Savage Detectives Roberto Bolaño Join us in 1970s Mexico at Café Quito for un noche of Visceral Realism, amid poets, painters, a pimp and his prostitute, and a pirate. Along with margaritas and Mexican food, poetic justice will be served.
Grimms’ Fairy Tales
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm From familiar tales, like Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin, to lesser-knowns, such as the Godfather and the Golden Bird, you’ll meet quite a cast of characters. Check your poisoned apple at the door. (Seats 12)
Carrie Stephen King
Come prepared for a bloody good time at this ’70s high school prom in Chamberlain, Maine. Bullies, beware! You may want to behave yourselves, or endure psychic consequences way worse than detention! At a special venue. (Seats 60)
A Game of Thrones
George R. R. Martin Will you represent the noble house of Westeros or of the Targaryens, or will you be a warrior of the Wall or an Other at this dinner of the Seven Kingdoms? Whatever your station, you will eat like a royal tonight. (Seats 16)
Moulin Rouge: A novel based on the life of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Pierre La Mure Don your best evening attire (don't forget the top hat) to enter the world-famous cabaret Moulin Rouge in the Pigalle district of Paris. Expect can-can girls and loads of Champagne. (Seats 30)
Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison Piper Kerman You can leave the leg-irons and handcuffs at home when you put on your prison best. We’ll serve up the very finest food, so you’ll forget you’re “doing time.” (Seats 36)
Life Keith Richards
Come dressed like a ’70s rocker or groupie ready for Keith Richards’s faves, including shepherd’ s pie, roast beef, and Yorkshire pudding--and copious amounts of “nuclear waste.” You’ll get plenty of satisfaction during this rockin’ dinner. And you will like it, like it, yes, you will! (Seats 18)
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Daniel James Brown
Come ashore to herald nine men from the American West who pulled together to defeat sons of privilege and power, as well as Nazis, at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Cocktails and great food at the NYAC Yacht Club will buoy your spirits.
Water for Elephants
Sara Gruen Step back in time to the early 1930s and don your favorite circus costume. Are you the ringmaster, the elegant horseback rider, or the animal trainer?
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien Join us at a dinner where Bilbo Baggins sets out on his journey to claim a dragon’s trove. Amid goblins, trolls, dwarves, and wizards, you’ll treasure the good times. (Seats 12)
My Name Is Red
Orhan Pamuk Prepare for an evening of Turkish delights -- and "navel gazing" -- in sixteenth-century Istanbul, at the Sultan's Palace (at the Pelham Art Center). We'll raise a raki to memorialize the murdered miniaturist. Red or black cocktail dresses for women, please, with a veil. Black suits, red ties and a fez for men. Serefe!
Right Ho, Jeeves
P. G. Wodehouse In early 1930s England, the misadventures of ditzy upper-crust Bertie Wooster and his levelheaded valet Jeeves continue, with traditional British fare and gin featuring prominently in this comic episode. Dress for a weekend at a country house: tennis, shooting, strolls in the garden, drinks in the drawing room. Appropriately attired valets and lady’s maids can be accommodated. Cheerio!
Dr. Mary’s Monkey: How the Unsolved Murder of a Doctor, a Secret Laboratory in New Orleans and Cancer-Causing Monkey Viruses Are Linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK Assassination, and Emerging Global Epidemics Edward T. Haslam Join us for Southern cuisine and lots of bourbon in 1960s New Orleans, where secret medical research, covert government operations, the Mafia, and Lee Harvey Oswald all come together in a web of intrigue. A powerful historical figure may appear. (Seats 24)
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith You won’t know whether to believe him or not, as Mr. Ripley rubs elbows with privileged pals in 1950s Rome. Don your best Italian leisure suit or casually elegant frock and join us for a sumptuous dinner of Italian cuisine, paired with wines from the vineyards of Tuscany, Campania, and Umbria. You'll be surrounded by cool jazz and warm conversation in a setting inspired by the Almalfi Coast. But wait…is there something (or someone) not quite right? That was certainly the case with Tom Ripley. Perhaps not all is as it seems. You'll have to be here to find out.
Green Eggs and Ham
Dr. Seuss Would you, could you, at J Café, eat Green Eggs and Ham and a breakfast buffet? Any Seuss character is the style for the night, or come as you are, that would be all right! We'll serve not just coffee and tea, but delicious surprises at the bar, just wait and see.
The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, and Nikki Sixx Dust off your leather and spandex. Grab the extra-large can of Aquanet and travel back to the days of excess with the world’s most decadent rock band! Walk the red carpet to a velvet-roped LA venue for dinner, just like Nikki, Tommy, Mick, and Vince!
Nothing succeeds like excess as we rock and roll our way to a totally over-the-top, raging good time, Novel Night-style! (Seats 36)
Boris Pasternak Bundle up in “furs” and finery for a cozy dinner party in Moscow, in the winter of 1911. You'll be plied with Champagne and caviar, followed by chicken Kiev and plenty of Russian vodka. Toast to pre-revolutionary excess!
Harold and the Purple Crayon Crockett Johnson
You'll have a truly novel experience at our dinner celebrating this childhood classic. Join Harold, his terribly frightening dragon, hungry moose, deserving porcupine, and helpful policeman for a night of picturesque and flavorful adventure. Draw upon your own creativity as fond childhood memories of this timeless tale remind us why imagination reigns supreme, whether you're four or older. While the prose may not be purple, the crayons will be, and, together, we'll render a memorable night filled with fun and delectable delights. We'll enjoy a traveling feast as we venture through a life-sized rendering of Harold's world to find tasty culinary concoctions and creative cocktails at every turn. While Harold may have made things up as he went along, we've got great plans for an amazing evening filled with fun! (Seats 24)
Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga
Hunter S. Thompson The gang’ll all be here, so put on your greasiest Levi's, coolest shades, and gnarliest leather, and rev your engine as we cruise to one helluva dinner party. (Seats 24 )
Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn Evan S. Connell June 1876, the Great Plains. George Armstrong Custer and the U.S. Seventh Cavalry face off against Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull. We promise this epic dinner won't be your last stand! (Seats 12)
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess The crew will gather for cocktails and dinner at the Korova Milk Bar. Join us in your droog togs for an atypically nonviolent evening serenaded by Beethoven’s best--and a famous DJ. (Seats 24)
The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern In late Victorian times, a mystical black-and-white circus appears magically, to the wonder and awe of all. Expect illusion, a mysterious bonfire, and the reading of the tarot at this elegant seated dinner in the Ice Garden. Black-and-white attire rules this night. (Steampunks and dark circus aficionados welcome). (Seats 36)
The Viking Edison Marshall Board our ship as we set sail to ravage the British countryside, and its queen. Place your bets on who will win the Welsh princess’s heart—the slave or the king. We'll celebrate these marauders with fare the Vikings would’ve hunted and gathered. (Seats 24)
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America Erik Larson
Visit “Murder Castle” near Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair—the perfect backdrop for mayhem and murder. Then check out the Fair, which introduced electricity, the Ferris wheel, Cracker Jack, and a vast cast of characters from more than forty nations. (Seats 24)
Jackie O: On the Couch: Inside the Mind and Life of Jackie Kennedy Onassis Alma H. Bond Come celebrate a favorite First Lady while rubbing elbows with the likes of JFK, Ari Onassis, and friends from Jackie O’s various social circles.
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously Julie Powell Dress up in modern cocktail attire and enjoy an elegant dinner inspired by Julia Child, the queen of French cuisine, at lovely Bistro Rollin.