Hotelier Robert 'Toshi' Chan, owner of The Flatiron Hotel, opened his late-night lounge adjacent to the hotel just months ago, called Toshi's Living Room.
The restaurant and lounge welcomes live musicians to the stage every day of the week and all acts must audition in front of Toshi himself before gracing the stage. The new spot is the perfect reprieve for music junkies who don't want to trek all the way up to Harlem to find some decent jazz. Chris Norton, a fixed trumpeteer/singing staple at Toshi's, livens up the crowd with his band, blending sounds of funk, Motown, and rock 'n' roll in his music. Norton's also ultra charismatic and too cute to boot.