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
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)
New York Dinner Theater
New York Dinner Theater brings a whole new meaning to the trope “corporate backstabbing.” In the interactive murder mystery Let’s Kill the Boss, it’s your job to figure out who killed Margate Manufacturing Company CEO Anthony Margate. Was it the obnoxious marketing manager Larry Love or his sexy secretary wife Lena Love? Perhaps it was the spitfire foreman Carlotta Batista. Was she really after Margate’s fortune, or was that just watercooler gossip? Solve the murder and win a prize. (800-383-6080, newyorkdinnertheater.com)
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)
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)
The Murder Mystery Co.
Whether it’s a birthday party celebration, a corporate team-building exercise or a holiday soirée, the parties thrown by Murder Mystery Co.’s experts are really to die for. Run by skilled actors, the live interactive shows can be set to a variety of themes including The Great Gatsby, Totally '80s, Midnight at the Masquerade and our personal favorite, Crime and Pun-ishment. (888-643-2583, grimprov.com)
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)