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Jazz Club with 2 teens

firsttimer Jan 20, 2007 03:19 AM

Hi there,

We are coming out in June and I thought a Jazz Club for dinner would be a nice thing to do. Wife and I traveling with two teens and staying on the UWS, but can subway it anywhere. What place would you recommend?



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  1. jakew8 RE: firsttimer Jan 21, 2007 03:29 AM

    Gotta say Jazz Standard--the jazz club on 27th between Park and Lexington that serves food from Blue Smoke, the bbq restaurant located above it. You'll want to see who's playing, though.

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      david sprague RE: firsttimer Jan 21, 2007 02:47 PM

      will second jazz standard -- the vibe is good, the booking right up there with the better spots in town and the blue smoke chow about the best you can get at a club in the city.iridium, a downstairs spot near times square (b'way and 51st, i believe) ranks a close second.

      i'd advise staying away from the blue note -- which gets some good bookings, but really wedges people in at the expense of comfort.and while the village vanguard is, without a doubt, the best "pure" jazz club in town, there's a certain seriousness about it -- which i love, especially when larraine, the owner, goes around personally shushing yakking patrons -- that might not be ideal for teens.

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        Marine Engineer RE: firsttimer Jan 21, 2007 03:44 PM

        Cleopatra's Needle, Broadway b/w 92nd & 93rd. No cover, it's not pretentious. The music is pretty good, for what it is. Not usually big names, but a fun place. Lots of jam sessions. I love the vegetarian moussaka.

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          pacz RE: firsttimer Jan 21, 2007 07:17 PM

          I would agree with Jazz Standard!

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            haleyjen RE: firsttimer Jan 22, 2007 01:29 PM

            I agree with Jazz Standard, or maybe Smoke on 106th. I believe you have to be 21 to get into the Vanguard, as they don't serve food.

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              Simon RE: haleyjen Jan 22, 2007 03:07 PM

              The Vanguard has no age restrictions...

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              ascherer RE: firsttimer Jan 22, 2007 04:29 PM

              Don't overlook Iridium - not sure what the menu looks like though.

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                Peter Cherches RE: firsttimer Jan 22, 2007 07:13 PM

                Another vote for Jazz Standard. It's my favorite jazz club in the city. Great staff, good Blue Smoke bbq, good layout, good booking policy. I don't like the vibe Iridium at all. Food at Iridium's ok, but overpriced. Birdland has a nice layout and OK food, also great staff.

                Without a doubt Jazz Standard would be the best with teens. They have sets at 7:30 & 9:30. Avoid the Blue Note like the plague.


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                  LloydG RE: firsttimer Jan 23, 2007 11:08 AM

                  I'm not sure if they still do it, but Jazz Standard also has a Sunday jazz brunch for kids. If they are younger teens this may be a good bet.

                  1. jenniebnyc RE: firsttimer Jan 23, 2007 06:50 PM

                    Blue Water Grill would be my second choice.......first choice Jazz Standard

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                      1uc7 RE: firsttimer Jan 23, 2007 07:31 PM

                      If you're staying on the upper west and prefer a night close to home, the Dizzy's Club part of Jazz at Lincoln Center is great (located in the Time Warner center on 59th). They have a full southern dinner menu, and the band plays in front of a window wall that overlooks the park -- at night you can see the bldg lights along the park twinkling. Tix prices are about equal to, or slightly more than, JS. Maybe it's a little sanitized as it's pretty new and, let's face it, inside a mall, but I've always had a lovely evening there and never been disappointed with the music. I live on the upper west and for me it's great having this in the area!


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