Sunday, December 15, 2013

The NYC Traveler in NYC: Jazz at the Blue Note

The NYC Traveler in NYC:

Jazz at the Blue Note

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Blue Note Jazz Club, New York City

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If you decide to spend an evening taking in some cool jazz, the Blue Note is a nice way to do it for locals and tourists alike.

1. Their schedule is posted on their website, so that you can plan your evening well in advance which is strongly advised: either by reservation or purchasing tickets outright. Planning in advance will help your budget also: food and drinks are available for purchase.

2. Try to choose a table rather than sitting at the bar. The bar is at the door of the club, which translates to the back of the viewing area. The view is not the best unless you are right at the front of the bar.

Fourplay at the Blue Note, NYC

3. Like many clubs, the set-up is very cozy. At the tables, you are right on top of each other (subject to be changed with safety and health concerns), with most tables seating 6-10 persons. When you come in, they direct you to the coat check: it is not mandatory and there is a $1 charge. 

4. The wait staff is pleasant, cordial, and attentive without being overbearing. Because some artists are so popular, the Blue Note makes sure there is enough staff for each section, so you won't have to search for your server.

5. Food and drinks are offered. Check out the menu and prices before going. Be aware there is usually a minimum cover charge in addition to the ticket price. You will have to order something. Their choices were varied, with appetizers, soup, salads, entrees and desserts. 

If you want to party some more, The Village Underground (with a good house band) is right across the street.

So treat yourself to an evening at the Blue Note in NY (they have locations in Tokyo, Milan and Nagoya)., 131 West 3rd St., off 6th Ave. Subway stop: West 4th Street (A, B, C, E, D, F, M). 

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