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Birdland - To eat or not to eat

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I'm planning a trip to NYC around seeing (hearing) Kurt Elling at Birdland. I'm coming in from Toronto, and a friend is joining me from West Palm Beach. We like food, and are kinda fussy, and I can't find any reviews of Birdland's chow. This doesn't bode well, but it would be so convenient to order at least some appetizers while we enjoy the event.

Can anyone give me a hint as to whether ti would be a disaster or acceptable or pretty good?

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  1. I haven't eaten there for a year or two but, assuming nothing much has changed, I can tell you that the food is perfectly average. I wouldn't seek it out but it's not disgusting. If you are fussy, get something light during the show and then go out for dinner elsewhere.

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    1. re: clembeauchamp

      You assessment is pretty much what I thought it would be. Thanks for the advise. Any suggestions on restaurants for dinner? We're looking at some moderately priced places for dinner, and will be hitting the higher priced places for lunch or brunch. Thanks again.

      1. re: kathorchid

        Are you looking for something close to Birdland, or are you willing to travel?

    2. Although no one ever goes to Birdland for the food, it is perfectly aceptable. I go there frequently, but usually just get the warm artichoke and spinach dip or something else snacky.
      Hell's Kitchen is a very good upscale Mexican restaurant not too far away.

      1. Birdland food is acceptable/average at it's best. We/ve been there recently and had no complaints about the food. Unfortunately the music was not on the money. For great food and Jazz we go to Jazz Standard. Dizzies Club in the Time Warner building is another nice Jazz club with better food than Birdland. Then again, at all of these places, it's not about the food.