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Place to go for a live-music / jazz/ blues?

Nutella_gal Feb 23, 2009 02:09 PM

Hi All, we'll be in NYC this weekend (Sat - Mon) staying at mid-down.

Any recommendations for a place that has live-music & jazz at the restaurant?

Perhaps even a little dancefloor on the side so that when the right music comes on, we can hop up?

We're not into the 'clubbing' / meat market type. : )


  1. LeahBaila Feb 24, 2009 03:42 AM

    Check out the Jazz Standard: www.jazzstandard.net
    Located downstairs from Blue Smoke...Casual, good food.


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    1. re: LeahBaila
      italianagambino Feb 24, 2009 09:36 AM

      I do NOT reccomend Blue Smoke. Talking, moving, dancing is frowned upon! I got yelled at the last time I went there.

      1. re: italianagambino
        LeahBaila Feb 24, 2009 12:23 PM

        Right, that's why I recommended Jazz Standard.


        1. re: LeahBaila
          italianagambino Feb 24, 2009 12:30 PM

          Sorry, I meant Jazz Standard...I do not reccoment Jazz Standard.

      2. re: LeahBaila
        ChefJune Sep 17, 2009 11:56 AM

        Here's another vote for Jazz Standard. If you don't see what you like on their menu, they will be glad to bring you the menu from Blue Smoke!

        Altho both places are known for their barbecue, I almost always get the scallops. They are SO good!

        Birdland also has great music and very good food.

        1. re: ChefJune
          Pan Sep 17, 2009 11:43 PM

          I've never had dinner at Birdland, only drinks (ordinary and overpriced) and dessert (very good, which makes me think I'd like savory items). What savory items have you enjoyed there? Agreed that it's a great club; good acoustics, wonderful performers.

      3. masha bousha Feb 24, 2009 08:37 AM

        I agree with the suggestion for Jazz Standard.

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          bnemes3343 Feb 24, 2009 08:43 AM

          Another option is Roth's Steakhouse on Columbus at 93rd. They have late nite jazz Fri. and Sat. Great food and not just steaks.

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            Nutella_gal Mar 17, 2009 06:21 AM

            Hi All! Just like to report that we ended up going to Dizzy Gillespie's (spelling?) Jazz Club on Columbus Circle in the Time Warner building. EXCELLENT Jazz!! Great performers!

            Expensive cover-charge & food & drinks. No loud talking. No dancing. But it was nice & romantic - especially with the view over CP.

            Next time though, we would like to find a place where we can perhaps chat more & enjoy a slow dance.

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            1. re: Nutella_gal
              ChefJune Sep 17, 2009 11:58 AM

              Nutella_gal, I don't know of any Jazz club where there is dancing these days. Smoke also serves food (haven't had it yet) along with the great Jazz, and the Blue Note serves inedible (imho) food with theirs, but no one has dancing that I know of.

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              taboo Mar 17, 2009 07:33 AM

              no dancing, but Blue Water Grill downstairs has live jazz most nights of the week.

              1. guttergourmet Mar 17, 2009 07:34 AM

                Terra Blues is the best blues club in NYC but wouldn't recomend the food. Depending on the night, best food/music combo would be Hill Country BBQ.

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                  Nutella_gal Sep 16, 2009 09:57 AM

                  We're heading to NYC again ... this time we're going to try "Birdland" ....

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                  1. re: Nutella_gal
                    kathryn Sep 16, 2009 11:34 AM

                    Birdland's food is OK. Not horrible but not great either. Overpriced, but that's to be expected.

                    1. re: kathryn
                      Nutella_gal Sep 16, 2009 01:06 PM

                      Hi Kathryn: we have 11pm reservation for after dinner music.... Will be having dinner elsewhere. It was too difficult to get a combination of great food & great music! : )

                  2. The Chowhound Team Sep 16, 2009 01:42 PM

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                    Thanks for helping us maintain the utility of Chowhound as a focused food and beverage resource.

                    1. Motosport Sep 16, 2009 02:02 PM

                      We regularly go to Jazz Standard, Dizzys and Birdland. The food at Jazz Standard is the best since it comes from Blue Smoke upstairs. Dizzys and Birdland have acceptable food for a music club.

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                      1. re: Motosport
                        Nutella_gal Sep 17, 2009 08:14 AM

                        Thank you! : )

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                        RCC Sep 17, 2009 11:50 AM

                        Jazz Standard.

                        Good jazz and good food from Blue Smoke.

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                          dorothy425 Sep 17, 2009 04:22 PM

                          Smoke on Broadway and 106th , no dancing but food has always been great

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                          1. re: dorothy425
                            Pan Sep 17, 2009 11:44 PM

                            Anything in particular that you like there?

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