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Zagat: The Heath Brings Pre-War Fare to Chelsea

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"Sleep No More" has been entertaining theatergoers in Chelsea with its unique immersive experience for over three years, and now there's a restaurant you can visit that was inspired by the vibe of the show. Zagat editor James Mulcahy filed the following report for NY1.

Patrons have donned the now-iconic masks and entered the nightlife complex known as the McKittrick Hotel for the past three years, and the minds behind the show "Sleep No More" have created a restaurant experience that oozes with surreal theatricality.


"We’re in New York City and things don’t stay the same. We’re constantly evolving. Also shock value I feel. I’m going to remember you because of the experience that you gave me." says Executive Chef R.L. King.

You don't need a ticket to the show to enjoy a meal at The Heath, which is hidden on the sixth floor of the sprawling Chelsea building. The menu is upscale British, and the inspiration for the project came from many unlikely sources.

"When we first started to conceptualize this, we wanted to be a 1930’s, 40’s New York train car restaurant, but with Scottish-English fare. So it took a lot of research, a lot of scouring cookbooks and websites to tie it all into The Heath," says King.

There are theatrical elements, but this is far from your average dinner theater. A jazz quartet fills the room with music and actors wander among the tables. You may find a surprise or two tucked into you fare.

The New York restaurant scene is constantly innovating in the kitchen to stay fresh, but this one-of-a-kind venue takes creativity to the next level by finding a meeting point between the city's restaurant and theater worlds.

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