by Jaime Patricio M. on
Easily accessible; good bartenders. A low key, 'come as are' establishment. A place to go where not just people go to a place after work; but a place to visit and not have to jockey to get a drink. I asked the Jason--an excellent mixologist to concoct a drink based on a few base notes and he created the drink I wanted. I look forward to a return visit soon.
by Branda Laclair on
I was excited to come here since I'm a big fan of Kevin from Top Chef. The service was impeccable from start to finish, all staff were smiley and attentive, very helpful and knowledgible, too. The decor is really tasteful and sets a great atmosphere. The food, of course, was fabulous. Some of the flavor combinations are a bit adventurous, like chocolate vinaigrette or anise leeks, but they really worked! The meat was perfectly cooked and, since our table was right by the grill, we got to watch it being cooked. Presentation was beautiful on the plates, and the taste matched. Yes, it's pricey, but you get what you pay for.
by Cristina Pizzulo on
I've been to a bunch of jazz clubs in New York, and this is by far my favorite spot. It's totally the kind of place where other musicians go to check each other out and hang. It's a small place, with room for about 100 people and it's a ways uptown in Harlem. There's isn't too much going on in the surrounding neighborhood, but on the flipside, it just means that only folks in the know will make the trip to Smoke. The room has an intimate feel, with dark wood tables, antique chairs, cushy sofas, red velvet curtains, hanging chandeliers and candlelight flickering on the exposed brick walls. Most importantly, the music is great and the sound in the room is excellent. Unless there is a special event scheduled, there is no cover on weeknights (though I believe there is a drink minimum). On weekends, expect the cover to be around $20-30 depending on how big the acts are.