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Hi - want to take a friend out for her birthday. She's a huge jazz fan so I was thinking either Smoke Jazz and Supper Club for dinner and music or Village Vanguard and a nearby similarly priced restaurant for the meal or Maybe Minton's. Any recommendations are appreciated. Is Smoke's food any good? TIA

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  1. never heard of Smoke Jazz and Supper Club. I assumed you meant Blue Smoke in Gramercy, which has the Jazz Standard downstairs. There, you could eat a decent meal and see a show. However, they're typically a bit short.

    I definitely prefer separating the two - show at Vanguard and dinner nearby.

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    1. re: coasts

      Smoke is on the Upper West Side, Broadway near 106 St. if I remember correctly. They have very good performers and it is a major club, though just below the level of Village Vanguard, Birdland, et al. I've never had anything but drinks there, though.

    2. I have eaten at Smoke, up on the UWS, its pretty good, good jazz club in general.

      VV is great though and there are some good options around there.
      Morandi, Meatball Shop, Highlands, I like Louro, but maybe a bit more spendy. Rosemary's, Whitehall. Its the west village, lots of good restaurants.

      1. There's a jazz place at Time Warner that serves food I believe. I think it's called Jazz at Lincoln Center


        1. as a jazz purist, i also think you'd be best off separating the two...jazz&drinks, then food&wine :)

          I'd say do thee early set at the Village Vanguard and then go dine nearby...some food ideas:

          Bar Pitti
          Navy (Sullivan St)
          The Clam
          Blue Ribbon

          1. There's always Bemelman's Bar, wonderful atmosphere

            1. Smoke on the UWS is an excellent intimate jazz club with very good food. I had a seafood pasta there last week..It was solid and the music was top quality! you can get there early and eat before the first set or listen to the first set and eat between sets. the reference to Time Warner bldg is Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, a bigger world class jazz club in a spectacular setting with views of the skyline beyond 59st..also excellent food.

              1. Both Smoke and the Jazz Standard have good food and music. Vanguard has the most history and character, and there are plenty of restaurants nearby.

                1. Smoke has good food. Patricia Williams is the chef.

                  Dizzy's Club Coca Cola (@ Jazz @ Lincoln Center) also has good food, great sight lines, gorgeous scenery - to go along with the top notch talent. Prices are higher here than Smoke, tho.

                  Jazz Standard has excellent food - shares a kitchen with Blue Smoke which is upstairs. Probably my favorite place to hear Jazz.

                  Birdland's food is good, not great. It all depends upon who's playing where when I'm deciding where to go to hear Jazz. The food is secondary.

                  The only club I'm aware of where I'd say the food is inedible is The Blue Note. And I don't like the way they treat their customers like sardines being packed into a can. At their astronomical prices. :(

                  The Kitano Hotel also has a Jazz room. Don't know about food there, though.

                  Haven't eaten at Minton's yet, but their sister place, The Cecil (next door) is rockin'!