With one look at Oro di Oliva's selection of oils and vinegars, it's evident that they know that good food comes from high-quality ingredients. All of Oro di Oliva's oils and vinegars, which hail from across the globe, are bottled upon order to preserve their flavors. Their extensive selection comprises 11 types of extra virgin olive oils from locales including Chile and Sicily. For an added taste bud kick, they press some of the oils with ingredients such as whole fruit, garlic, persian lime, jalapeno, and basil for flavored variants. Their 16 balsamic vinegars are made from grapes and blended with black cherries, pomegranate, and Vermont maple. White balsamic vinegars bear flavors including honey ginger, white peach, and alfoos mango souls. In addition to oil and vinegar sampler packs, the shop stocks goods including cork spouts and black truffled sea salt to complement bottles.
The stage at Garage Restaurant & Cafe has hosted the saxophone-shredding, piano-pounding, guitar-plucking performances of more than 55 rotating jazz performers. These live acts range from solo artists to sextets and from crooners to percussionists, each of whom is versed in a range of jazz styles. As their musical stylings wash over the Greenwich Village eatery and its sidewalk patio during brunch and late-night dinners, Garage's chefs turn out gourmet dishes. Roquefort cheese-topped filet mignon, sauteed cakes of Maryland crab and Maine lobster, and flame-grilled cornish game hen keep audiences fueled for late-night listening or long, drawn out conversations in which they say nothing but "daddy-o." A raw bar, meanwhile, showcases selections of oysters and clams.
Knowing that classic cocktails and jazz go hand-in-hand, Garage's bartenders shake and stir more than 20 eclectic martinis. They can also pour from a collection of more than 80 international wines.
Blue Note opened in 1981, and in the nearly 30 years since trumpets and tickled-ivories first tangled in toe-tapping togetherness at the intimate club, it has hosted some of jazz's biggest names, including Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, and Chick Corea. Every Sunday afternoon, Blue Note hosts a brunch, with top guitar-based jazz acts providing the soundtrack for eats and elixirs. Acts appearing at upcoming Sunday brunches include the Ben Monder Trio on July 4 and Mordy Ferber on July 25. Shows are at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., with brunch being served 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Guests are encouraged to eat their bacon and biscuits in 5/4 time signature.
A hotbed of jazz since 1949, Birdland Jazz Club burnished its stage with the brass of legendary performers such as John Coltrane and Charlie Parker, a stage that today supports the talents of modern musicians who continue to immerse audiences in the jazz tradition. After stepping through the door and into a venue tinted with smoky voices, smooth saxophones, and four-legged tables, guests settle down for an evening of ear-tickling harmonies and taste bud-tickling flavors. Arrange note-shaped lettuce leaves into an edible symphony before succumbing to the southern rhythms of blackened Louisiana catfish or Cajun jambalaya in a prix fixe meal that pairs beautifully with spicy trumpet solos. Guests can raise a glass to the drum-driven sounds of the Birdland Big Band on Friday nights, or wait for the arrival of mid-September to catch the free-flowing jazz of Lee Konitz & Tomasz Stanko Quintet. On Wednesdays, visitors can tap their toes to the rich notes of the Gully Low Jazz Band as they pay tribute to the aural sculptures of musical pioneers such as Louis Armstrong.
Iridium Jazz Club's sapphire-hued stage plays host to a star-studded cast of classic jazz performers, traditional blues bands, and masterful rock musicians with nightly all-ages shows punctuated by a slate of gourmet steaks and pastas. Honoring the late Les Paul's regular Monday-night Iridium performance that continued for more than a decade, a slew of famed guitarists such as Ted Nugent and Jeff Beck sit in with the legend's original trio for eclectic weekly tribute shows. Patrons pair the savory syncopation with a menu of artfully crafted dishes ranging from Black Angus steaks and Kobe-style burgers to house-made organic pastas. Armed with a full bar, drinksmiths sling martinis, beers, and wine selections from a cellar stocked with nearly 200 vintages.
Harlem Spirituals' professional guides maneuver sightseers through a five-hour evening bus tour of Harlem's historical music venues and soul-food restaurants. Explore the sites of the original Cotton Club and Savoy Ballroom, where Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman regularly vibrated air particles with their big-banded boisterousness. The tour route also slides past the grand Apollo Theater and the intimate Minton's Playhouse, where Miles Davis famously abandoned his career of drawing mustaches on portraits of Senator Joe McCarthy to develop bebop. Tours also make a pit stop at neighborhood mainstay Sylvia's Restaurant to sample authentic southern soul food. Nosh on fried chicken and black-eyed peas or muffle the sounds of shrieking trumpets by stuffing ears with collard greens.