If you are looking for a classic thing to do in New York, write down: jazz! Jazz is a tradition not only in New York, but in the United States and I think it’s the kind of thing that ends up adding something different to your itinerary – especially if you like music! There are several places to listen to jazz in the city and today I gather some in this post – the good thing is that it has all the pockets!
Jazz at Lincoln – at Columbus Circle, there is Jazz at Lincoln, which features several rooms and many jazz performances on several days of the week. The schedule is intense and the place is a classic. The tip? Choose a show in the Appel Room. The reason? The incredible view of Central Park. The price can change – starting at $35 and worth every penny. See the calendar on the website.
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Address: 10 Columbus Cir.
Fat Cat – Fat Cat is a bar and features several games tables, such as pool, pong & shuffleboard, which makes your experience very different. There are 10 pool tables, 10 ping pong tables, 3 shuffleboard tables, 3 foosball machines, and enough chess (with time clocks), checkers, backgammon, and scrabble sets. There is a charge to play – $6 per person, on average. Check out the prices here. Another highlight of Fat Cat – the main one, I would say – is live jazz performances. Every night, there is a musician or band performing. The day I was there, there was a great band and the repertoire was amazing. The bar ends up being well diversified, because it offers quality music in a super cool atmosphere, frequented by people of all styles. It is true that most of the public was very young, but the atmosphere is so cool and there is no way you do not feel welcome. If you’re not in the mood to play, just grab a table or chair, grab a drink or beer, and enjoy good music. I would say it is a great place to meet people and also to go with your friends.
It is worth remembering that, as in any bar in the city, only those over 21 years old are allowed – upon presentation of ID. Fat Cat is open from Monday to Thursday, from 2 p.m., and from Friday to Sunday, starting at 5 p.m. For entry after 6pm, there is a fee of $ 3 per person. The price is also great: beers cost $ 6 on average and snacks like peanuts and chips are $ 3.
Address: 75 Christopher Street.
Minton’s Playhouse -Minton’s is an old and famous place in Harlem – it was founded in 1938 by the saxophonist Henry Milton. Carmen McRea, Billy Eckstine, Erroll Garner, Gene Krupa, Miles Davis, Art Tatum, Bill Evans and Art Blakey are some of the important musicians names that have performed there. Minton’s is not a large restaurant. I would say that is very intimate – and also perfect for dates. There is a bar at the entrance, then the tables and the stage. The admission price is $10.00 Sun- Wed. and $15 Thu- Sat. per set PLUS a 2 drink minimum. On Sundays, during brunch, there is no music charge unless otherwise indicated. A two-item minimum at our tables applies.
Mon. – Wed. – 6pm to midnight – Thu. – Sat. – 6pm to 1am – Sun. Noon to midnight. Check out the calendar.
Address: 206 West 118th Street.
Red Rooster – It is a restaurant specialized in Soul food. The ambiance is amazing – you can choose a table inside and enjoy the trendy atmosphere that get the place with the live jazz, or sit outside, weather permitting, and keep up with the life of the street. I would recommend to make a reservation for brunch, on a Saturday or Sunday, with live music, it is a must see! The price of main courses ranges from $18 to $37. Check out the performances calendar. Live music and DJ every day, free admission.
Downstairs in Red Rooster’s is one of New York’s best kept secrets: Ginny’s Supper Club. This classic Harlem speakeasy is a feast for all senses. Check out more information.
Address: 310 Lenox Avenue.
Paris Blues – this bar is another Harlem classic. It opened in 1969 and is under the same direction until today. You pay nothing to get in – but you have to buy two beers or two drinks. The place is simple and the music is great. In addition, there is free food – chicken and rice. Paris Blues opens every day, from noon to 3 am and has music every day – check out the calendar.
Address: 163 W 121st St.
Laura Peruchi is a Brazilian blogger, author, and entrepreneur. She has lived in Manhattan with her husband since 2014. Since then, she has shared on her blog varied content about the Big Apple. From travel tips, including unusual things to do, shopping tips, etiquette, restaurants, and a lot more, her blog has become a reference in Portuguese (also available in English) for anyone planning a trip to New York City.