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Mar 5, 2009 08:22 PM

Looking for a club / restaurant with old time charm

I want to take my lady friend from out of town for a very special night in town. I live in the city but I am pretty new and the people I know have different tastes. I am looking for a restaurant / club which would ideally be like the copa cabana club from the movie Goodfellas. If you don’t know what I am talking about check out this clip (

Basically a place where we could sit down and order great food at the same time listen to soft classy music. Basically the old New York charm.

The copa cabana club is now a salsa club and that is definitely not where I want to go. I looked around and I find BirdLand ( interesting. Are there other places like these that you folks could recommend?

Most probably due to our schedules we would be able to go out only on a Sunday or Monday (bummer), so places that would be open then would be preferable. But do recommend even if the place is not open on these days, may be in few months down the road things would be different.

And, money is not a constraint.

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  1. If you are willing to forego the music, no place beats Keens for charming Old New York ambiance. Delicious food and excellent service.

    1. The 21 Club is certainly old New York. There aren't really any more supper club with Copa type shows any more. Tastes in music and entertainment have changed significantly since these were "the place to go". The Carlyle might do the trick, but I don't much care for the German chanteuse doing Kurt Weill who I think is still there. It doesn't sound like you'll go for that either.

      1. Both Cuba and Havana Alma de Cuba have live bands, in addition to a Cuban menu. I prefer the food at Cuba to Havana Alma.

        1. There is something classy involving supper-club to do on Mondays in New York. The Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room features singer/pianist Daryl Sherman performing standards every Monday night at 8:00. Ms. Sherman used to hold court on Cole Porter's piano on the mezzanine at the Waldorf-Astoria at teatime weekdays, and I haven't the slightest idea why they dropped her.

          Warning: the Algonquin Oak Room isn't cheap. But you say money's not a contraint.

          Dom Salvador plays Standards on the piano nightly in the fireplace-lit bar at The Water Club, also. The food is superb and the atmosphere is unique. It's also a little more reasonable than the Algonquin.

          1. I say Keens for the best food in a very old New York environment. Unfortunately, there won't be the music but there is a great ambiance. I would also say 21 club, which may not have the greatest food in the city but it has character.

            I'm not crazy about the food, but you can eat in the Jazz Room at Blue Water Grill if jazz music is the most important part of your evening. The room is very nice and they have good cocktails, the food is lacking somewhat.