- The Scene
This Latin dance hall has relocated and doubled in size since the time it inspired Barry Manilow, but live salsa and merengue bands continue to reign over the hip-shaking, shoulder-rolling crowd. Beneath the swirling disco balls and glowing plastic palm trees of the vast Carmen Miranda Room, pro dancers rip it up next to novices just riding the beat. Downstairs, the smaller, darker Copa Room pumps hip-hop and dance.
The Copacabana can accommodate 4,000 guests, and by 6:30pm on Tuesday evenings, expect to see hundreds in line outside for the after-work party. The rice, beans, veggies and entree selections in the free buffet are basic, but it beats the average happy hour's greasy buffalo wings. Plus, you get to kick up your heels on the early side.