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Mar 29, 2008 11:37 AM

dinner near jazz standard sun eve

any recommendations within walking distance of jazz standard? we'll need to dine early, maybe 5:30 to make it to the jazz club by 7pm. alternatively, we could eat near our hotel and then travel to the club. we're staying on 46th near 9th av. our budget is roughly $50 pp... recommended restaurant should serve beer/wine. Pleasant, date night atmosphere preferred, but not required. Open to many types of food, except very spicy or strange/exotic/unusual.

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  1. If you like bbq, you don't need to go elsewhere for dinner because Jazz Standard is Blue Smoke's downstairs venue, and a menu of Blue Smoke's dishes is served there.

    Options within walking distance:

    Park Avenue Bistro, on Park Av. S., b/t 26th & 27th, serves well-prepared modern French cuisine. Very good service. Contemporary decor.

    Turkish Kitchen, on 3rd Av., b/t 27th & 28th Sts. Good food and nice atmospherics.

    Pamplona is on 28th St., b/t Madison & PAS. I'm a huge fan of Chef/owner Alex Urena's inventive Spanish cuisine. While there are Hounds who have not enjoyed the food, we have had only frist-rate meals there.

    There are many good options in the vicinity of your hotel, but if you choose to eat there, I think it would be better to go a bit earlier, i.e., 5 - 5:15, so that you don't have to feel rushed and still have enough time to cab down to Jazz Standard.

    Marseille, on the corner of 9th & 44th, is a bright, bustling brasserie that serves very good French/Mediterranean cuisine. Dinner service starts at 5:15 p.m.

    West Bank Cafe, on 42nd, b/t 9th & 10th (closer to 9th), serves excellent New American cuisine. Friendly, capable staff and attractive, comfortable surroundings. While they are open all day, I don't know exactly when they switch to the dinner menu.

    Osteria Gelsi, on the corner of 9th & 38th, is not your average Italian spot. The menu focuses on the cuisine of the Puglia region, and the food is delicious. The timbale is not to be missed! Very nice atmospherics. The same menu is served all day, so you can go as early as you wish.

    No matter where you choose to dine, reservations are a must!

    Enjoy the evening and Bon Appetit!

    1. RGR,
      Thanks so much for your informative, organized suggestions. It was great to click easily on the website/menus. Due to the many recommendations for Marseille found on this board, we've decided to have our first meal in town there (sunday eve). We'll be in town for a week, so I'll be seeking hound's help in upcoming days. I've noted your other recommendations for future meal possibilities. Thanks so much!

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      1. re: jazzcat

        Glad I could help, jazzcat. Visiting for a week will definitely give you lots of opportunities for great eating experiences. I'll be happy to help with more suggestions, and I'm sure other Hounds will chime in. (Note: Weekends sometimes tend to be kind of quiet around here.) When you're ready to make more dining plans, post and let us know what you have in mind. :-)

      2. Anyone into Jazz is welcome in NY.
        Marseille is great- closer to Birdland( which serves food). . The bbq at Jazz Standard is good and you wouldn't need to have dinner before the first set. Be sure to listen to 88.3fm for jazz while you are in NY- doesn't get any better