Bars, Lounges Midtown East
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The place claims to be “the ultimate in drag dining,” and the staff is a sassy, flamboyant bunch. Still, it’s often heteros who pile in for office and bachelorette parties. Sip the Frankie, a potent mix of gin, SoCo, peach schnapps and 7-Up; watch impersonators of gay icons (Cher, Madonna) perform song-and-dance acts; or strut your stuff at Tuesday night’s Drag Karaoke.


Venue name: Lips
Address: 227 E 56th St
New York
Cross street: between Second and Third Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5:30pm–midnight; Fri, Sat 5:30pm–1am; Sun noon–11pm
Transport: Subway: E to Lexington Ave–53rd St; 6 to 51st St; N, R to Lexington Ave–59th St; 4, 5, 6 to 59th St
Price: Average drink: $8. AmEx, DC, MC, V
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I went yesterday for my birthday for a party of 10 on a Friday night where everyone is required to pay $40 for a Prie Fixe meal on top of a $15 cover each person. The food took forever to arrive, I came in at 8:45, the show and most of the meal did not even start until close to 11. My bill came out to $600 without taxes and tip. When I saw the bill, I couldn't pay the %20 gratuity bill for an extra $100 one of the drag queens "Heidi Ho" kept badgering me to pay the tip claiming this is the only way she gets paid. Even if that was true you don't ever shame or pressure someone to give you a tip. The performances were dry, and would go for maybe 30 minutes. It was not worth paying $700 for 10 people for poor entertainment & food and constantly wait to be served and start the show. For years I had high expectations coming to this place. Next year I will try Lucky Chengs instead. TOTAL RIPOFF!