Listen. Smell. Touch. Taste.
“I can’t say enough about this experience. Blindfolded from the first course to the fifth course, tasting, touching, spills, music, laughs, jokes, great food, the textures, smells, assumptions, your imagination running wild and weird conversations—all this comes into play…. Did I say the food was fabulous?” —guest review
You’ve heard about Dinner in the Dark (also known as Dark Dining)—a lush, multi-course meal savored while blindfolded. Camaje is the one place you’ll find it in NYC. Without sight, diners’ other senses are heightened; smells, textures and sounds all become more intense. Arrive at our door, don a comfortable blindfold, and let us take you on an unforgettable ride. These special events don’t take place every night—we host them just 4–6 times each month. Click the links below to reserve seats through the end of the year. After you’ve booked your tickets, scroll down for some helpful tips about making your Dinner in the Dark a delightful one.
Price: $95/person; price includes food, wine, tax, and gratuity, unless otherwise noted.
Tuesday, December 6, 8 p.m.
Friday, December 16, 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 29, 8 p.m.
Two seatings on New Year’s Eve!
Early evening: Saturday, December 31, 6 p.m.
Late evening (we’ll ring in the New Year together!): Saturday, December 31, 10 p.m.
A few things to know:
- Tickets must be purchased in advance via EventBrite; see links above. We have a one-week cancellation policy for Dinner in the Dark events.
- Any dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, kosher, etc.) can be accommodated. When you purchase your tickets, we’ll ask you about any allergies or specific food dislikes.
- Diners wear comfortable blindfolds throughout the event. The dining room is not dark.
- When you arrive, you will be given an orientation outside the restaurant before we lead you into the dining room blindfolded.
- Menus are secret until the end of the meal, so guests can enjoy making guesses about the food on their plates and the wine in their glasses.
Private Dinners in the Dark:
Camaje is also available for private Dinners in the Dark.Celebrate a birthday or bachelor/ette party, dazzle your team with a unique bonding experience, or get the creative juices flowing for product inspiration. Email Abby to find out more about hosting a blindfolded private event!
Press and raves:
Video: NBC’s Ashley Bellman takes New York Live to Camaje!
Guest review: “Dinner in the Dark lit up a birthday. What a charming treat the evening was! Each dish was graced by Abby’s light and discerning culinary touch. And I must tell you that eating blindfolded completely changes and enriches the experience.”
Edible Manhattan cover story: “[Abby Hitchcock’s] cooking is like anything you’d want to encounter in the dark: familiar, appealing, with a sense of expansive possibility.” —Zoe Singer
Guest review: “We both had a wonderful time. The food is great (although you don’t know what you’re eating until the end!), the wine and champagne are a nice touch, and the staff is incredibly helpful and kind.”
Thank-you note from a recent guest: “I would like to thank you for the lovely memories, you, Dana and the staff, had made for our party last night. It was truly a great experience, one that will stay with us for a lifetime. We couldn’t have asked for a better dining experience, the food was delicious (and for sure, kept us guessing)!… On the way home, we all could not stop talking about it and according to the birthday boy, he said he hadn’t had that much fun in a long time. A job well done!! Definitely looking forward to doing it again soon.”
UpOut, “9 Weirdest Restaurants in New York”: “The sounds of the restaurant, and its textures, become hyper-emphasized. This makes the food you eat, and which you can’t see, entirely distinctive. Dinner in the Dark is a great place for those who want to try something very out of the ordinary for the evening.”
Guest review, TripAdvisor: “Great experience. My girlfriend and I are foodies and wanted to try something different. We were seated with a fun group of strangers. I can’t say enough about this experience. Blindfolded from the first course to the fifth course, tasting, touching, spills, music, laughs, jokes, great food, the textures, smells, assumptions, your imagination running wild and weird conversations—all this comes into play. Ending the evening, we headed out blindfolded, never seeing our surroundings. This was worth the price! Did I say the food was fabulous?”
Video by a guest of a private engagement featuring a Dark Dining surprise: “Wait Do You Have A Blindfold On?”
NBC News: “Dark Dining Projects bring a gastronomical experience to New York. You’ll have to see it to believe it.”
Guest review: “My 2nd time there and Abby never ceases to amaze, the meal was outstanding and the entire experience was awesome. Food was out of this world, the pairing with the wines and dessert left me wanting to return.”
ABC’s Eyewitness News: ”One by one the masks go on and the journey into darkness begins. And they’ll stay this way for the next two hours as they eat dinner at Camaje Bistro in the Village.… The sensory deprivation certainly gets you thinking, and it seems to gets plenty of diners touching. To further enhance the mood there’s live entertainment. Diners seem to listen a little more closely with the blindfolds on.”
New York Times, “Dining and Wine” Section: Florence Fabricant lists Dark Dining at Camaje under “Haunt Cuisine” for Halloween and the holidays.
USA Today: “Who Moved My…“: “With the arrival of the lights-out concept here, entrepreneurs have given it a distinctive spin by adding performing artists to the mix.”
New York Times: “Waiter, I’m at Your Mercy”: The Travel section explores the origins and proliferation of Dark Dining worldwide, including at Camaje.
USA Today: “Getting a Feel for the Feast”: Reporter Jerry Shriver describes his Dark Dining experience.