Our Story

Established in 1982, don't tell mama is celebrating over 40 years as a world-famous entertainment destination.

Located on renowned Restaurant Row in the heart of New York's theater district, don't tell mama is one-of-a-kind - a veritable nightlife mall with four individual spaces: a piano bar, a restaurant and 2 separate cabaret showrooms: a cineplex of cabaret!

Countless luminaries have come through our doors such as Liza Minnelli, Paul Newman, Joan Rivers, Bette Midler, Rosie O'Donnell, Chita Rivera, Kathy Griffin, Audra MacDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Mario Cantone, & Cuba Gooding Jr., to name but a few!

The Name

Origin of the name: In the award-winning 1966 Broadway musical "Cabaret" by John Kander & Fred Ebb, the heroine Sally Bowles performs at The Kit Kat Club. She sings a racy, flirtatious song entitled "don't tell mama", explaining to the audience that her mama thinks she is living in a convent but actually she is working in a nightclub in a pair of lacy pants! All the implied naughtiness, high spirits and fun in the lyrics suggests this is indeed the place to be!

Private Events

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Choose from four fabulous rooms, A- Rated Mediterranean restaurant cuisine, and world-famous singing and piano-playing staff! Right in the heart of Broadway's Theater District! For a night of fun that you'll never forget.

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343 W 46th St
New York, NY


Fri, Sat
5:00 PM - 3:30 AM
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur
5:00 PM - 2:30 AM