The New York jazz scene is alive and well in locations all over the city. Escape the usual club atmosphere for something more sophisticated-cool by heading to any of these four jazzy eateries that either specialize in showcasing jazz performances or have a designated night dedicated to the sweet, soothing sounds of live jazz. Enjoy craft cocktails, uniquely American cuisine, and dance to the beat supplied by the rhythm and horn sections of premiere jazz ensembles. You’ll be crooning like a trumpet in no time!
When you step into L’Amant you're instantly transported directly to 1940’s Vietnam. With its vintage décor and smooth jazz this West Village French-Colonial-inspired cocktail lounge specializes in irresistible cocktails made with house made syrups, fresh juices, and exotic spirits. For example, for this weekend’s Cinco de Mayo fiesta they’ll be serving a Danza de los Viejitos made with Tequila Reposado, Gran Classico, Oloroso, and Organic Mezcal. But the real highlight of this hidden gem is their live jazz nights happening weekly on Wednesday and Thursday nights starting at 7pm. Enjoy as live French jazz band, Rie and her Musicians on Wednesdays and Rie with surprise world renowned jazz musicians on Thursdays while you drink refreshing cocktails and nosh on dishes inspired by French and Asian cuisines.
L'Amant is located in the West Village at 235 West 12th Street.
Attached to Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke barbeque joint in the Flatiron District, Jazz Standard features two sets of live jazz nightly. Sets start at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm with a third set at 11:30 pm happening only on Friday and Saturday nights. At Jazz Standard there is always an extraordinary lineup of world-class jazz musicians. Guests will expect to hear classic jazz performances as well as funk, R&B, blues, and loads more. Serving Blue Smoke’s award-winning barbeque and specialty cocktails, Jazz Standard is ideal for jazz aficionados or a budding fan.
Jazz Standard is located in the Flatiron District at 116 East 27th Street.
Serving down-home flavors served with New York flair, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola is the classic jazz club reinvented. With views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, the Dizzy's hosts both young up-and-coming acts and a variety of established acts right at Lincoln Center. The intimate setting is designed to showcase this uniquely American art form with live performances every night. Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis refers to Dizzy’s as a “hall of integration” that “bring[s] everything together.” For a well-rounded jazz experience opt for the Southern Excursion 5-course prix fixe menu ($65) which includes unlimited sangria and starters such as Hushpuppies and main course like Shrimp and Grits, Miss Mamie’s Fried Chicken, and of course, a red velvet cake for dessert.
Dizzy's is located on the Upper West Side at Lincoln Center—33 West 60th Street, 5th Floor.
With seating for only about 50, Smoke Jazz & Supper Club-Lounge is an intimate venue to listen to soothing jazz right in the neighborhood that helped make the genre famous—Harlem. Formerly the legendary Augie’s Jazz Bar, Smoke has some of the best acoustics in the jazz room scene and is considered by many to be the best jazz club in the world. With delicious foods on their Jazz Dinner Menu such as Lobster, Shrimp & Sausage Jambalaya, a Savory Bread Pudding, and Blackened Catfish created by renowned Chef Patricia Williams served nightly from 5:30 pm until 2 am, Smoke is sure to please. Due to Smoke’s small size it is recommended to purchase tickets for the dinner shows (7pm, 9pm, and 10:30pm) in advance on their website, as seating is based on arrival.
Smoke is located in South Harlem at 2751 Broadway between 105th & 106th Streets.