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guests from out of town me to take them to live music with dinner on a tues night. stumped.

bfry Apr 12, 2007 06:45 AM

any suggestions?

  1. LFeinberg Apr 12, 2007 07:16 AM

    Take them to "Cuba" in the West Village. Great live music and awesome food

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      selizara Apr 12, 2007 07:21 AM

      Check to see if there is something going on at the Jazz Standard (downstairs from Blue Smoke.)

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        bfry Apr 12, 2007 07:27 AM

        will do. thanks for the info, i've been meaning to check out jazz standard sometime- blue smoke has good food. is it possible to converse downstairs over music or is it really, really loud down there?

        1. re: bfry
          pellegrino31 Apr 12, 2007 07:47 AM

          I've been to Jazz Standard a few times and it's a terrific venue. It's not super loud but at the same time not the kind of place were you can have much conversation during the set (nor do I think it's really encouraged - the orientation is definitely to just sit and enjoy the music since conversation might be distruptive to other people). Of course a quick back and forth is doable, it's just not a great place for on-going conversation. The music is definitely the focus.

          Generally I like to eat at Blue Smoke first and then go downstairs for dessert and the show. I've noticed that the menu at Jazz Standard looks to be a smaller version of BS's menu (take a look at the website) - though they likely share the same kitchen so maybe anything on the BS menu could be fair game if you ask.

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            jsgjewels Apr 12, 2007 01:08 PM

            Agree with pellegrino, the music at the Jazz Standard is definitely the main event. The first time I went I ordered food and felt almost uncomfortable chowing down during the set, so I'd recommend dessert or the nice cocktails and not a whole meal if you go for the music.

          2. re: selizara
            ronoc Apr 12, 2007 07:32 AM

            this is a good idea. i have been meaning to check this out as well.
            if you can separate the dinner and music parts, you will have more options - jazz or crappy cover bars in the village for example.

          3. erin07nyc Apr 12, 2007 07:55 AM

            You could check out who's playing at Joe's Pub, on Lafayette near Astor Place. I think you would have to get tickets in advance, and get there about 30+ minutes early for a dinner table.

            And if you're willing to split up the dinner and music, Cornelia St Cafe has interesting jazz, along with poetry readings, downstairs. Not sure if you can order food down there.

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              kathryn Apr 13, 2007 08:16 AM

              Joe's Pub is a great, classy, intimate place. I recommend making reservations if you plan to eat dinner. They have a small number of tables, and the rest is standing room only at the bar.

              The food is decent but nothing extraordinary, and a little on the expensive side for what you're getting. But the atmosphere is very nice.

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              Shade Apr 12, 2007 12:46 PM

              You could try Jules in the East Village - they have live jazz in the evenings. www.julesbistro.com

              1. ballulah Apr 12, 2007 01:26 PM

                I think that jazz and food together is usually not a great match, for me anyway. Either the musicians are so good it's difficult to eat without feeling as though you're doing something rude. Or the musicians are just average to bad background music, and then what's the point anyway.

                Is this for NEXT Tuesday, 4/17?

                Joe's Pub is a good idea, but the food can be kind of "eh." It's also a pretty serious performance venue, the food is definitely secondary, and it's a place that is hard to just "drop by." There's a CD release party going on there next Tuesday, so my guess is that it will be a very earnest scene. The opening act is an Inuk throat singer. http://www.joespub.com/caltool/index.cfm?fuseaction=detail&performanceID=2900

                At SOBs there is a interesting reggae artist next Tuesday, Richie Spice. The food there is Caribbean, so is the atmosphere. Entree menu: http://www.sobs.com/menu/entree.html

                At Jacques Imo's on the UWS there is usually a big New Orleans style brass band, which can be really fun. Even if it *is* jazz, it's so boisterous that eating is part of the party, instead of diners clinking their forks self-consciously. Fun cajun food. But call first to see if there is music that night. http://www.jacquesimosnyc.com/menu/

                I would have suggested BB King's, but next Tuesday is a crappy Queen cover band.

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                  hungry_fox Apr 12, 2007 01:37 PM

                  I'm not quite sure this is what you're looking for, but I've always had a good time here so I'm suggesting it. Raj Mahal. In all honestly I'm not 100% sure where it is, it's somewhere around St. Marks and 1st Ave I think; actually it's probably east of 1st Ave but definitly in close walking distance from St. Marks and the Astor Place stop on the 6train. Either way, I've been there a few times with friends the food is very very good, the service is very quick, and they usually have a live citar player and a drum player. This is the sorta place to go, sit down and have a nice meal with some good music in the background, it's small and quiet, not very lively but perfect for catching up with some out of town friends.

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                    bfry Apr 12, 2007 01:46 PM

                    this sounds really cool. i will have to take my husband here sometime, thanks!

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                      beck Apr 12, 2007 01:47 PM

                      I always have a great time at Mo Pitkins. Next Tuesday Mark Olson (Jayhawks founder) is playing at 9pm.

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                      bfry Apr 12, 2007 01:45 PM

                      wow, thanks so much guys for all the great advice and suggestions! i will write back a review of what we end up doing. right now it looks like the dinner at blue smoke with dessert and cocktails downstairs at jazz standard might fit the bill perfectly. thanks again for the help everyone!

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