If the zebra-skin walls of Lenox Lounge’s Zebra Room could talk, what stories they would tell. Perhaps they would open with an account of how poet Langston Hughes once mesmerized his audience with “The Story of Jazz.” They might then try to recapture the magic of one of those nights when Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, or Billie Holiday stood close to the mic and everything else came to a standstill. The Zebra Room’s famous—or infamous—reputation dates back to 1939, when Lenox Lounge first opened its doors to the legends of jazz. The club has since appeared in TV shows and movies, but it continues to put live music first. To complement the intimate atmosphere, there’s a menu of traditional soul food such as fried chicken and waffles, stuffed catfish, and collard greens.
Named after the iconic Central Park monument, Cleopatra’s Needle has earned a reputation of its own with a daily schedule of open mics, jam sessions, and jazz performances. As one might expect, the club’s menu references Egypt and other Mediterranean locales, though its cocktail list is classic New York—martinis, wines, and frozen drinks are all well represented. While the performers are taking a break to warm up their vocal cords or massage the grand piano’s tense strings, guests can watch local sports on the big screen.
It didn't take long for Trumpets Jazz Club to build its reputation. In its early days?the club opened in 1988?they were already booking shows with greats such as Wynton Marsalis and Dave Valentin. Since taking over the club in 1999, musician Enrico Granafei has looked to uphold that standard, filling the calendar with everything from nationally touring acts such as the Jackie Allen Quintet to tribute shows. It's easy to grab both a show and dinner here, with a dining menu of elegant entrees such as grilled salmon and filet mignon. There's Sunday brunch too, which includes a mimosa and no extra charge for performances or for performing your own air trumpet.
Enjoy traditional American cuisine at Ginny's Supper Club, home of American comfort food. Low-fat foods are not on the menu at Ginny's Supper Club, though, so plan to indulge a bit. Drinks are also on the menu here, so guests can start the night off right. Take advantage of great beer and tasty bites when you stop by for happy hour. Get online gratis thanks to Ginny's Supper Club's complimentary wifi. Musical groups often perform live and DJs are common here, too. Dance the night away while Ginny's Supper Club's DJ spins the latest tunes. The sound levels at the restaurant can reach ear-splitting levels.
The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
Aza in New York's Upper East Side neighborhood is the perfect small-plate option for those who want a taste of everything. Aza is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu. A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and Aza has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal. Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune. Don't miss out on the private room at Aza — you'll want to reserve the space the next time you and your whole crew need a place to celebrate together. Patrons have the pleasure of listening to live music while they dine.
No need to dress up for a trip to Aza — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire. You can also serve food from Aza at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Drivers should plan to park on the street when dining at Aza's 3rd Avenue residence.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Aza, so plan your budget accordingly. Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Aza since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Brasserie Julien’s chefs pamper palates with gourmet French specialties, sea delicacies, and expertly crafted signature drinks in a romantic setting. New York magazine writes that “it’s impossible to dine at this Upper East side brasserie and not think of Paris.” Upscale small plates whet appetites and facilitate the enjoyment of French aperitifs, with selections such as 24 plain oysters or shells stuffed with misplaced pirate-chest keys. Endive salads, quiche lorraine, or an assortment of soups sate cravings for light fare, and steak, fondue, or filet mignon quell ampler appetites. During wine tours, accomplished sommelier Mollie Battenhouse regales guests with about 10 samples of varietals from around the globe, as well as portions of the eatery’s brasserie fare.
Inside Brasserie Julien’s romantic and relaxed dining room, art-deco-inspired pendant lights illuminate the space's elegant columns, flowing curtains, and trumpet-playing silverware to create an authentic brasserie-style experience.