33 Places Where Dinner Is the Show
It's almost always cheaper to prepare a meal at home than eat out, but there are ways to making eating out worth your while. Whether at a bricks-and-mortar restaurant or an annual event, a live experience can be much more valuable than an ordinary meal.
The Chicago Brauhaus re-creates a Bavarian beer hall in Chicago's historically German Lincoln Square neighborhood, complete with enormous bratwursts and imported beers served in steins. Guests can dance to traditional tunes by house band the Brauhaus Trio.
Head to the back of Sid Gold's Request Room in New York to find a piano bar where guests are encouraged to request their favorites and even lead the crowd in a community rendition. With some of the city's best karaoke comes a bar menu of pizzas, salads, and high-end cocktails.
The decor and entertainment is minimalist at San Francisco's Una Pizza Napoletana, where the tables are arranged around an open kitchen. Chef Anthony Mangieri prepares the same five traditional pies (six on Saturdays) nightly while diners watch the dough being formed and pizzas bake within a wood-fire, tiled brick oven.