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Restaurant with Live Music

SaltyD Mar 17, 2009 02:31 PM

I am looking for a place to go on Friday night for a double date. We are looking for a place with a lively atmosphere, good food and live music. Any suggestions?

Thank you!!

  1. Rmis32 Mar 17, 2009 03:46 PM

    Don't know if you're into Latin jazz, but the Jazz Standard has pretty good food (same kitchen as Smoke Restaurant, upstairs). Fri night's act, DAFNIS PRIETO SI O SI QUARTET is recording a live album that night, so that always encourages an audience to be lively.


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    1. re: Rmis32
      SaltyD Mar 18, 2009 07:13 AM

      That is a good suggestion. Thank you. I was hoping for a place with more contemporary music (mainly because I deal with Jazz and classical all day at work) Something like City Winery would be great. Unfortunately though, I have Celiac and have a hard time eating at City Winery.

      1. re: SaltyD
        LeahBaila Mar 18, 2009 07:17 AM

        Cuba has decent food and great live Cuban bands: http://www.menupages.com/restaurantdetails?restaurantid=5594


        1. re: LeahBaila
          cimui Mar 18, 2009 10:28 PM

          i think this might actually be your best suggestion, saltyD. i've been to cuba once and didn't like the food or atm (too loud for real conversation)... but i think i may be in the minority. i've seen a number of credible posts favoring this place for food, drink and music. might be worth a look.

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      luckieno2 Mar 18, 2009 09:43 AM

      La Lanterna, downstairs - cute and cozy

      1. Deenso Mar 18, 2009 10:40 AM

        Jules - on St. Marks Place - might be of interest. French bistro with live music every night. It's usually a jazz combo. The food is decent - not remarkable - bistro food and the prices are fair.


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          mch Mar 18, 2009 12:02 PM

          i went to boom a few years back in soho. they had a live music. it was really cute and yummy.

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            cimui Mar 18, 2009 09:37 PM

            I wouldn't say that the food at Blue Note is particularly excellent, but they do serve it. And the club sometimes draws great acts (many non-jazz). There are a number of items on the menu that should, theoretically, be gluten free (i.e. a fruit and cheese platter, roasted salmon, steak, salads w/o dressing).

            Acme Bar & Grill serves edible southern / cajun fare and has some fun, generally lesser-known indie rock-type acts downstairs. Again, the menu lists some grilled items that might work for you, though the danger of cross contamination from barbecue sauces that contain gluten might be high. I'd call and ask about this in advance.

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              nycskigal Mar 19, 2009 01:47 AM

              Cornilia St. Cafe in the W. Village. Upstairs is just dinner and downstairs is an intimate performance space where there are different types of performances every night...i think their website has the schedule. You can order food downstairs too (that's what i've done). Only consideration is there is often a cover, but its totally worth it for a great environment and above average food.

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              1. re: nycskigal
                Pan Mar 21, 2009 09:13 PM

                If Cornelia St. Cafe's food is above average, only barely, in my opinion. I find their food very boring. I liked their old, Italian-influenced menu better. However, their performance space is good, though rather small, and I've heard good music there.

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                Francofoodie Mar 19, 2009 09:00 AM

                Oliva has live latin music later on in the evening, people even dance eventually...a great experience. The food is average but the sangria is great and the atmosphere is a fun

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                1. re: Francofoodie
                  SaltyD Mar 20, 2009 01:34 PM

                  Thank you all so much for your suggestions! I really appreciate it! This was my first Chowhound post and a total success. I will certainly be back!

                  1. re: SaltyD
                    LeahBaila Mar 20, 2009 01:35 PM

                    Let us know how the date goes and where you all ended up! Have fun.


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