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The best murder mystery dinners NYC has to offer

At murder mystery dinners, NYC’s best restaurants and speakeasies open their doors for intrigue, drama—and comedy

By Marion Bernstein
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At the best murder mystery dinners NYC has to offer, you can step out for a wildly entertaining night of murder and mayhem. Whether you’re looking for fun date ideas or unique places to take out-of-towners, these theater companies offer truly immersive experiences that’ll leave you questioning fact from fiction. You’ll laugh, you’ll dine and you may even be inspired to sign up for acting classes in NYC yourself.

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Best murder mystery dinners in NYC

1. Accomplice

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Tom and Betsy Salamon’s unique adventure—part interactive theater, part scavenger hunt, part walking tour—draws participants into an amusing web of puzzles and intrigue. You can choose between the three-hour New York tour, which takes participants through various neighborhoods of lower Manhattan, or the two-hour Village tour, which travels through quirky Greenwich Village on Saturdays. Groups of as many as 11 are booked every half hour. 

2. Murder Mystery Inc.

We’re going to make you an offer you can’t refuse: Murder Mystery Inc.’s Murdered by the Mob dinner theater features two-and-a-half hours of interactive comedy mystery, a three-course dinner, dancing and a chance to rub elbows with wise guys, mobsters and mafia princesses. Fuhgeddaboudit. (800-687-3374, murdermysteryinc.com)

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4. Truffles Mystery

The annual Ciacco Gala is all fun and games until the legendary two-pound truffle goes missing and someone winds up dead. Enjoy a three-course meal and sing along as you collect clues to uncover the murderous thief during this immersive murder mystery musical comedy. 349 W 46 St (trufflesmystery.com)

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5. THEY improv

One of the few companies in the nation to offer “ambush” murder mystery dinners, THEY improv confronts its audience with awkward situations, compelling its unknowing participants to team up and compare notes. But they know not to take the gag too far—they’ll let you know it’s all staged in case anyone tries calling the actual police. (866-219-4386, theyimprov.com)

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6. Watson Adventures

Follow the cryptic clues left behind by the murdered curator who knew too much. Lure a few friends through the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s darkened galleries where you’ll piece together the sordid tale of the museum’s multi-million-dollar purchase of a rare Leonardo da Vinci painting. The team hunt promises two-and-a-half hours of greed, revenge and treachery. (877-946-4868, watsonadventures.com)

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