Secret handshakes, secret codes, secret knocks.
It began with your best buddy's tree house. Then the fraternity.
Welcome to the hidden gastronomic studio Copperbox, an old woodshed turned into a social club that gives you ample meet-and-greet, up-close-and-personal time with your fellow foodies, since everyone sits along large communal tables during the seven-course meal.
Don't expect to find this venue with a flashing sign out front. Instead, look for the copper color it's been painted, then the almost non-existent sign on the door comes into view—If you squint really hard, you might even be able to read it.
A doorbell must also be rung to receive access inside, and you'll need to be on the list (be sure to call a week or two in advance to get your reservation).
Cocktail hour begins upon arrival with large doses of champagne, giving you an opportunity to find optimal table neighbors.
While the menu changes constantly, expect to try the foie gras creme brulee and possibly the duck breast with parsnip puree. The dessert, anything but conventional, is made of feta cake, beet ice cream, and black pepper cookies.
For once, the food porn picture-snapping obsession will have to be put on hold, since no electronic devices are allowed.
First rule in Secret Dinner Club: Don't take #selfie shots on Instagram.
Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Valet; street
Scene: Elite social diners not afraid to work the room
Best bets: Foie gras crème brûlée; breast of Hudson Valley duck; beet salad dessert
Hot seat: Mingling with strangers-turned-wine-fueled-best-buddies along the communal table
Nearby: Bardot; Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill; Ricochet Bar & Lounge