Combining music with food can transform a typical meal into a night on the town or a typical onion ring into a delicious mouth harp. Please your taste buds and eardrums equally with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a night out for two at Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar (up to a $108 value). The night includes:
- Two entrees (up to a $26 value each)
- Two specialty cocktails, wine, or beer (up to a $13 value each)
- Two admissions to the evening performance, that typically starts at 8 p.m. (up to a $15 value each)
Founded by Motown Duo and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar attracts locals and celebrities with live R&B, jazz, and Caribbean music, a soulful menu, and an extensive selection of refreshing pours. Paired patrons snap-their fingers and scat out orders before plunging into plates of pan fried whole red snapper meuniere dappled with citrus and parsley, or a 10-ounce grilled or fried center-cut pork loin. Most entrees shimmy to the table accompanied by two backup dancers such as cheesy scallion-cheddar mashed potatoes and homestyle collard greens. Between bites, diners may raise cocktails such as the signature Sugartini with Grey Goose vodka and peach nectar, draft beers, or glasses of wine and offer up toasts to birthdays or baby's first gold record.
Sugar Bar's intimate walls resound with nightly regional and international talent, housing a main dining room with natural thatch decor, rustic wooden chairs, and views of the stage. The converted brownstone is rumored to be visited by stars such as Bruce Willis, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy, and 12 of Cher's past hairstyles, whereas Open Mic Thursday hosts the soul stars of the future and fills up fast, so Groupon holders should be sure to call and make reservations in advance.
Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar
Founded by popular musical duo Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar infuses elegant meals with soulful tunes five nights per week. Inside the converted brownstone building, a small stage stands as the focal point of the intimate dining room, where rustic décor, exposed timber ceiling beams, and statues assembled from Lincoln Logs evoke images of an old country village. The glow of candlelight illuminates menus stocked with fried entrees and decadent desserts, and talented musicians inflate evening airs with R & B grooves, exotic Caribbean melodies, and traditional African rhythms. Trips to the Sugar Bar may also include celebrity sightings, as stars such as Bruce Willis, Stevie Wonder, and Eddie Murphy have previously graced the restaurant's booths and painstakingly autographed the silverware.
The food came out on time and was very delicious and the music was just perfect.nelsonwalker, Citysearch, 10/31/09
it’s Thursday Night Open Mic events consistently draw the likes of Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald, Freddie Jackson and Queen Latifah.Jim Bessman, Examiner, 7/14/09
Upper West Side
254 W 72nd St.
Manhattan, New York 10023