Karen Mason, Marilyn Voipe, Wesia Whitfield are a few of the singers who have taken the stage at one of the city's newer cabaret rooms.
Address: 450 Park Ave., between 30th and 31st Sts.
Danny's Skylight Room
Housed in Danny's Grand Sea Palace, this fixture on Restaurant Row offers a little bit of everything: jazz performers, crooners, and ivory ticklers.
Address: 346 W. 46th St., between 8th and 9th Aves.
Don't Tell Mama
Composer-lyricist hopefuls and established talents show their stuff until 4 AM at this convivial theater district cabaret. Extroverts will be tempted by the piano bar's open-mike policy. In the two rooms you might find singers, comedians, or female impersonators.
Address: 343 W. 46th St., between 8th and 9th Aves.
Downstairs at the West Bonk Cafe
Below an attractive bistro-type restaurant across from Theater Row, moonlighting musical-comedy triple threats (actor-singer-dancers) show off; on occasion, new plays are read.
Address: 407 W. 42nd St., between 8th and 9th Aves.
Since 1951 this music-scene veteran on Greenwich Village's busy Sheridan Square has hosted young singers on the rise, drop-ins fresh from Broadway at the open mike, and comediennes polishing their acts. Plays and rock bands round out the scope of entertainment offerings.
Address: 61 Christopher St., at 7th Ave.
Feinstein's at the Regency
Located in the 540 Park Restaurant, this is the stomping ground of pianist Michael Feinstein, when it's not presenting some of the top names in the business.
Address: . 540 Park Ave., at 61st St.
This swank spot, on Restaurant Row beside the restaurant of the same name, is the place to hear leading crooners while sampling a vast selection of rare vodkas.
Address: El 217 E. Houston St., at Ave.
This former kosher winery on the happening Lower East Side presents some of the most innovative rock and jazz in town.
Address: E3 363 W. 46th St., between 9th and 10th Ave.
This cabaret is the work of the Public Theater, in which it's housed, and nightlife impresario Serge Becker, the man behind such legendary clubs as Area and M. K. Look for top-notch performers, as well as A-list celebrities.
Address: 425 Lafayette St., between 4th St. and Astor PL
Judy's Restaurant and Cabaret
Both cabaret and piano bar, Judy's is known for singing pianists in the Michael Feinstein mold.
Address: 169 8th Ave., between 18th and 19th Sts.
This landmark cabaret presents singers, sketch comedy groups, and various other performers; a recent show had a Judy Garland impersonator sparring with an Ann Miller impersonator. Downstairs is a popular piano bar.
Address: 55 Grove St., near Bleecker and 7th Ave.