by Otto Larate on
Grrrrrreat music. Aggressive crowd. Do one big turn, you can reach one wall to the opposite wall. $6 coat check even though it's listed as $2. (I assume the coat check lady distributed my coat, scarf and bag in three separate hangers? Thoughtful service, I must say.)
by Tomas Grossack on
This is a great, small place to see amazing musicians (usually jazz but often from all genres; I saw Steve Earle, Mos Def, and McCoy Tyner all in the last year). I advise the following to get the most out of visiting the Blue Note: 1) arrive early to get a good seat; they save a few seats here for VIPs but if you come when the doors open you can usually sit two feet from the stage. 2) food is better than you'd expect. not cheap, but good. great fruit & cheese plate for $12 or so. 3) the wine list is amazing! ask to see the full list, there are some great wines at reasonable prices. cocktails are creative and, while not cheap at $8 for well drinks and $12 for specialty cocktails, they are usually well-made and potent. 4) ask about the "second show" - sometimes if you pay for the 8m show you can stay for free for the second set if it's not sold out, just ask. Usually on weeknights not on fridays and saturdays. Yes seating can be tight. The shows usually run 75 to 90 minutes, but the minimum is only $5 per person (the posts here that say it is more are just plain wrong) which is cheaper than most NYC jazz clubs, and the setting is so intimate is it unbelievable. Highly recommended.
by Andre L. on
A very large Buddha, a very large bill, and a very large disappointment! Dont waste your time because both the dinner and the club is lame. Euro trash, B&T, tourists, and old men in suits occupy this restaurant. I would only recommend this place if you have to impress someone from out of town and are on a expense account but there are so many better options in the area. If you want to see a large Buddha and hear house music, take a cab uptown and go to TAO.