New York City is one of the most interesting cities to visit. Manhattan, one of its boroughs, boasts of many high end restaurants, musical theaters and other musical related places. In addition, Manhattan has a rich source of history and musical culture from Jazz to Rhythms and Blues. It is a musical mecca for visitors who wish to be entertained with beautiful music and have their palates seduced with rich-tasting cuisines from some of the top chefs in the country.
Some of my favorite places to visit in New York include hot restaurant joints and places that play rich music. Personally, I love to visit establishments that are small and intimate whenever am looking for a place to eat or enjoy music. I find these 5 places quite relaxing and entertaining:
My first pick in Manhattan is Café Carlyle that is tucked away on the Upper East Side. This beautiful cabaret lounge first opened its doors in 1955 and sits a maximum of 90 people. It has excellent dinning and winning facilities as well as musical performances. In keeping up with an aura of Manhattan’s sophistication, Café Carlyle features classy wall murals all with musical themes. One can enjoy performances by Sutton Fosters, Judy Collins, Michael Feinstein, Eddy Davis and Woody Allen.
St. Mazie cannot miss from my list of favorite places to visit in Manhattan, New York. This is because it offers a classical throwback to the late 30s and early 40s when it comes to musical programming, décor and even drinks. This musical gem is hidden away in Williamsburg. St. Mazie boasts of salvaged wood, a huge vintage refrigerator, subway tiles and a stage. Music played is mostly from the early 20th century and consists of jazz, blues, swing, flamenco and even ragtime.
Joe’s Pub is found inside Manhattan’s Public Theater located on East Village. I find this musical joint amazing because it is a known downtown arts leader. What I find most interesting is the eclectic lineup of performances and musicians who perform daily. It was first opened in 1998 and boasts of an intimate space where revelers enjoy the mouthwatering menu of Andrew Carmellini, a celebrated chef. Performers include Broadway superstars like Sutton Foster, Kelli O’Hara and Audra McDonald. Others include cabaret legends like Justin Vivian Bond and Sandra Bernhard. Other notable performers who have graced the Joe’s Pub’s stage include Elvis Costello, David Byrne, Taylor Mac, Adele and Lady Gaga.
The Lucky Bee
This is a Southeast Asian café that offers fresh farm-to-table dishes including my favorite coconut-braised ribs and grilled whole shrimp.
Pasquale Jones is a casual Italian restaurant that offers pizza, steaks, fish, game bird and roasted vegetables dishes. It also offers fritti and pastas as well as wines from Burgundy and Italy.
Manhattan has a rich network of restaurants that offer an amazing musical experience coupled with delicious delicacies and cuisines prepared by top chefs. The restaurants include Asian establishments (Indian, Japanese, Chinese), European restaurants (Italian, French), American joints and even Mexican restaurants.