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Dec 21, 2011 05:35 PM

Looking for a restaurant in NYC for January 2nd

Hi, i am looking for a restaurant in NYC - Manhattan area for a relaxed fun, not too posh, but down to earth, creative cooking, American cuisine type of place. I don't want chandeliers and I don't even care for great table clothes. I am looking for a decent place with maybe a jazz bar, or a piano. Something that would be memorable for us. The food has to be exquisite, original and the place frequentable-cool, classic. Could you recomend a place for me? Thanks.

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  1. Try Fat Cat. They have food, and wonderful set up for jazz as musicians come and go and sit it and sit out.

    Never had the food, but sure it is down home cusine, and the feel would be an ideal place for a laxy New Years day. Billiards too.

    Call to see if they are open New Years.

    And guess what? No television so you are spared those aweful holiday football programmings and the sorry lots they attract. Added bonus I suppose.

    75 Christopher St, New York, NY

    (212) 675-6056 () ‎ ·

    Fat Cat
    75 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: jonkyo

      Fat Cat has food? I was just there two weeks ago with a group. We had pizza delivered to us because Fat Cat doesn't serve food but allows customers to bring outside food in.

      The live jazz was indeed great though and we had a lot of fun playing billiards and ping pong. The place looks like someone's basement, so the OP should be aware since it's not exactly restaurant-like.

      Fat Cat
      75 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

      1. re: Cheeryvisage

        Just a suggestion. I went there once at 5 am, so my summary of the place is limited.

        I would just go to Olive Tree Cafe on Macdougal Street. The atmosphere is nice, and instead of football games on the TN, you get to watch these interresting silent films of the black and white area. You can chill there for hours, order food and drinks, chat, etc.

        Otherwise head New Orleans, where food and live jazz is no hidden mystery.

        Olive Tree Cafe
        117 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

      2. re: jonkyo

        You have got to be kidding me? This meets none of the OP's reqs. It's a dumpy, NYU gaming hall!

        The music thing will be tough; I'd suggest Saxon and Parole, Blue Ribbon Brasserie, The Dutch, Red Cat even.

        Blue Ribbon Brasserie
        97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

        Red Cat
        227 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        The Dutch
        131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

        Saxon + Parole
        316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

      3. I'm not sure a place that fits your requests exists. The term "exquisite food" is a very tough parameter, along with the music. Blue Water Grill is a high-end seafood restaurant where they have live jazz playing in the downstairs floor. I haven't been in years, but it's relatively popular.

        Blue Water Grill
        31 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: deepfry7

          My vote for the Blue Water Grill too, also haven't been there in years, but it sounds like some place you described!

        2. I think Jules Bistro on St. Marks in the East Village would be a good fit. It's not really American cuisine but French/mixed but they do have jazz and it's a casual, relaxed vibe.

          Jules Bistro
          65 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

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          1. re: ukitali

            I went to Saburi last evening, 168 Lexington Ave. (between 30TH and 31ST), with wonderful food brought out to customers on nicely presented plates, and live music .

            They had live jazz by Miki Yoshitake, who actually is not only a wonderful singer but an arranger. There was an artist, Amy, painting oils near the jazz band as they played, adding much to the poetry of this small restaurant, like a living haiku.

            Here is a promo for an earlier date


            Miki and Amy at Saburi:




            I can't say anything bout the food other then the fact that several fellow customers surrounding me at the bar ordered up dishes, mosly japanese cooked dishes, that looked so wonderful. I had already eaten much sashimi at Umi Japanese Restaurant (owned and staffed by wondeful chefs from Fuzhou, China), so when I stumbled upon Saburi I was only able to take beer, part of their very nice selection of alcohol, that includes wines of the Japanese variety .


            The very friendly staff of Saburi is made up for the most part of people from Japan or of that ancestry. The service leaves no room for critics to state anything is lacking, for food and drink is orders are attended to so well.

            The atmoshere is very relaxing in a small space with tables to sit, with Japanese themed decor.

            It is so unfortunate that they only have live jazz two times every month, but I was very fortunate to have stumbled upon this place during one of those evenings.

            This is a good future reference, and unfortunately is not ideal for your live music and food during the time you are looking to go and dine.

            Find the menu on there website.


            168 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

            Umi Sushi
            118 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016