Stomachs only growl when they're hungry or preparing to bite the hand that keeps tickling them. Tame the beast within with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of seasonal American fare and drinks at Ivories Jazz Lounge & Restaurant.
Ivories Jazz Lounge & Restaurant's chef, Art Trafton, harmonizes a menu of seasonal dishes crafted from local ingredients with live jazz music played by accomplished regional artists. Diners begin meals by morphing tortilla-chip triangles into trapezoids after dipping them into the mornay-sauce-baked shrimp, which is nestled in a balsamic-glaze-soaked avocado half ($11.50). The charbroiled 12-ounce new york steak basks under a bale of fried onion strings ($22.50), and the hazelnut-encrusted true cod languidly floats in a Frangelico cream sauce ($16.75). Patrons can sip one of eight beers on tap or a glass of DeLoach cabernet ($7) at stools and tables positioned around the Mason & Hamlin grand piano, which is lit from the interior to illuminate dark diminished-seventh chords.
Ivories' free early set caresses eardrums with tunes from a rotating cast of pianists and vocalists who are happy to display their musical prowess. The late set prompts toe tapping with larger ensembles such as the jazz orchestra led by renowned bassist and celebrity collaborator Chuck Israels, for which patrons must pay a cover charge that is not included in today's deal.
Ivories Jazz Lounge & Restaurant
It's a timeless scene: a man in a suit masterfully navigates the ivory keys of a Mason & Hamlin grand piano on a small stage, its Plexiglas lid illuminating the hammers as they delicately pad along the strings. On stools gathered around the instrument, a couple dines on braised filet mignon, and a bit farther back in the softly lit, intimate venue, a waiter carries a tray of gourmet cocktails. Every night, Ivories Jazz Lounge & Restaurant sets the stage for world-class jazz players and the culinary stylings of chef and occasional ice sculptor Art Trafton. The menu is loaded with supper-club classics such as beef au poivre, peppercorn bleu cheese NY steak, and a diverse selection of pastas. The bar stirs up similarly comforting signature drinks, among them the alpine with peppermint schnapps, whipped cream, and hot cocoa.
Around dusk, ensembles that often include founder and master pianist Jim Templeton take to the stage with a blend of improvisation and standards. Nightly events range from jazz collectives to blues players, and occasionally depart from the jazz-club template to feature standup, poetry, and workshops on topics ranging from music to jazz-style stage-diving etiquette.