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Join the underground dining craze

February 10, 2009 3:24:22 PM PST
New Yorkers always like to try exciting new things. But how about dinner at a secretive, exclusive location?It's underground dining, and it's sweeping the city.

Underground dining got its start several years ago, and the trend has been growing, so much so that underground dining groups or clubs are opening their doors to non-members, giving others the chance to experience this alternative form of dining out.

Inside the penthouse of a Midtown building, there's a frenetic energy with lots of chefs in the kitchen.

Becky and Hayden are the organizers of the event, and they're the founders of Homeslice West, an underground dining club.

So dinner isn't at a restaurant, it's at a loft. And no one there is a professional chef, but they love cooking and bringing people together. And the night we visited, five underground dining clubs joined forces. So instead of cooking for 20 or 30 people, it's dinner for 300.

The location of the underground dinner is disclosed through a scavenger hunt, and once guests arrive, it's cocktail time.

And then it's on to the food.

It's a dinner party, a restaurant and an exclusive club all rolled into one.

The $100 ticket barely covers expenses. The clubs aren't out to make money. It's all about having the sense that you're part of something special, whether you're eating the food or cooking it.

And if you want to attend the next underground dining event, there are two events later this week for Valentine's Day.

For more information, visit HomesliceWest.com.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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