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Fado Dinners at Leitao

Fado Nights feature a 4 course meal, prepared by Chef Nuno Sousa, that pairs with 4 Portuguese wines and a welcome cocktail.

Fado is one of the most intimate musical performances in the world, and will be performed between courses. This performance requiring a silent crowd.

Our menu features items such as lamb, pork, and varieties of seafood – staples of Portugal. We will not be able to accommodate dietary preferences, however if you have any food allergies please reach out to nuno@leitaonyc.com.

Due to the intimate layout of our cellar, you may be seated at a communal table with other guests.

About Fado Music

Fado is an evocative and soul-stirring genre of traditional Portuguese music, renowned for its emotional depth and haunting melodies. Originating in the working-class neighborhoods of Lisbon in the 19th century, Fado has become an essential part of Portugal’s cultural heritage. The music’s heartfelt lyrics, often penned by renowned poets, delve into themes of love, loss, longing, and the challenges of life, striking a chord with listeners who resonate with its profound emotions. Accompanied by the melancholic strains of the Portuguese guitar, the fadista’s expressive vocals take center stage, conveying a mix of vulnerability and strength, transporting the audience into a world of shared feelings and experiences. The intimate ambiance of dimly lit venues further enhances the emotional connection between the performer and the audience, making Fado a deeply moving and unforgettable musical experience that continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

Recognized as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011, Fado holds a special place in the hearts of the Portuguese people, serving as a vessel for preserving the country’s cultural identity and history. While it has evolved over time, incorporating contemporary influences, the essence of Fado remains unaltered, delivering its powerful and universal message of human emotions. This timeless music not only represents the soul of Portugal but also resonates with people from diverse backgrounds, drawing them into a shared emotional journey that transcends language and borders. Fado’s enduring appeal lies in its ability to touch the depths of the human spirit, leaving an indelible mark on all who experience its melancholic and poetic charm.

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