The sizzling of Cajun batter-fried shrimp mingles with the sweet twang of acoustic guitars and smoky jazz vocals. This distinct bouquet of sounds and smells is the essence of The Crossroads, a venue that describes itself as an amalgamation of classic Cajun and American stylings: “[It's] as if NY and N'awlins had a baby and moved to the suburbs.” Patrons can sate their appetites with a menu of soul and Cajun fare escorted by a choice of libations, including more than 40 martinis. Nightly musical guests have included local and national acts spanning the genres of jazz, bluegrass, and classic-rock cover bands. Nightly events and specials keep energy high. Every Tuesday, guests pay no cover charges and can climb onstage with their finely tuned instruments or an array of water-filled pint glasses for the open Jazz Jam with the house’s trio of musicians.
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.
On any given night, a guest at Blue Note might be pulled onstage to sit in on a jazz standard. This would merely qualify as another of the club’s charming eccentricities, were that guest not typically someone like Stevie Wonder, Liza Minnelli, or Quincy Jones. New York’s musical royalty frequents Blue Note to hear original, historical jazz, as well as the innovative genres that the club passionately supports. They look on approvingly as the rising stars of the soul, hip hop, funk, and pantomime scenes blaze sonic trails between the stage’s parted blue curtains. These performers fill the atmosphere with smooth sounds on most nights of the week, and their exquisite talents are matched by a menu of pan-roasted salmon, marinated skirt steak, and grilled baby-back ribs.
In December 1949, just as Manhattan was entering the height of its jazz craze, an alto saxophonist by the name of Charlie “Bird” Parker stepped onstage at Birdland for the venue’s inaugural headlining gig. The guests who packed the club that night paid $1.50 each to see the jazz legend perform, and few could have foreseen the heights his reputation would one day reach. More than six decades later, jazz enthusiasts continue to stream into Birdland, trusting the club’s pedigree as a hotspot for up-and-coming artists. Parker may have hung up his sax long ago, but performers such as Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, and Dave Brubeck carry on his legacy. While the ghost of “Bird” flits through the air, guests order from a menu of American cuisine enlivened with Cajun spices.
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.