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Mar 22, 2008 09:26 PM

East Village with Music

Hi. I am entertaining guests from england and want to go to dinner someplace very nyc--jazzy or bluesy music with good chow--moderately priced--safe hood. Easy to get cab late at night. Funky but not too funky. . .for middle agers who are young at heart but not too young at heart. Ethicity of food not so important--more interested in interesting ambience with good food.

Love to hear from you! Thanks.


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  1. If you're willing to go a little west, you could go to Arturo's. Good jazz and good pizza. Another possibility, this time slightly north of the East Village, is Blue Smoke, but I haven't been there and don't know their setup. If it has to be the East Village, there's always Jules, on St. Marks between 1st and 2nd. I went there recently for the first time in many years. I didn't feel like their moules marinieres tasted quite as fresh as I prefer, but the rest of the food was just fine, your basic, good neighborhood bistro, with good jazz. It may be pricier than you'd like, though.

    Please let us know what you decide to do and how it turns out.

    1. If your willing to go a little more towards the west village you have a lot more choices. Cafe Wa has a great house band,"the cafe wa band" and although the food is bar food it has a decent burger.The bluenote has good jazz and also good bar type food.You can always pick a place for music and a snack and find a better place for before or after dinner. The west village is also a better place to find a late night cab

      5 Replies
      1. re: traumachef

        Nowadays, there are LOADS of cabs in the East Village, so I don't think that's an issue.

        1. re: Pan

          Thanks, Pan and traumachef.

          I am needing to get back to brooklyn's park slope so I was looking for the nearest place but west village is really o.k. as well.

          Concerning idea of more interesting (but not very pricey--moderate pricing o.k.) dinner spot followed by going to jazz club, yes that would be awesome. Just remembered that my British friend whom I am entertaining has a Latvian wife. Any ideas for fare that might be nostalgic for her in a restaurant near the Jazz Clubs?? (Btw, which of the west village jazz clubs would you recommend or folk clubs would be interesting as well--like the ones Dylan performed at?). Sorry, I am not being linear. Let me try:

          1. Best jazz and folk clubs with restaurants nearby in east or west village area?
          2. Best restaurants near these jazz and folk clubs?
          3. Any Eastern European/Russian type restaurants?


          Kinko's Mom

          1. re: kinkosmom

            Pardon the break--just wanted to remind everyone to stick to food tips. Best jazz clubs are off topic on Chowhound. Thanks!

            1. re: The Chowhound Team

              Sorry. O.K. Then how about eastern european restaurants in the village?

              1. re: kinkosmom

                There are probably more of those in the East Village. Ukrainian East Village in the Ukrainian National Home has a kind of faded European elegance and decent food - nothing great, everything OK comfort food.