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Cleopatra's Needle

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££ - £££
Neighbourhood:
Upper West Side
Bar, Grill, Middle Eastern, American
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2485 Broadway, New York City, NY 10025
+1 212-769-6969
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Today
15:30 - 04:00
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Hours:
Sun 15:00 - 02:00
Mon - Tue 15:30 - 02:00
Wed - Thu 15:30 - 03:00
Fri - Sat 15:30 - 04:00
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New York City, New York
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62 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is quite unique. We have been coming here for several years. Our favorite time is late Sunday afternoon. Happy hour drinks! And a nice variety of music. You can sign up to sing a couple of songs or play an instrument. Or just listen. A very talented pianist knows how to play anything! Very low key. Sometimes the... More 

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London
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280 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

On our first night in New York we stopped off for a bite to eat and were probably more impressed with the live music than the food.

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Thank Bobandmaggie
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Very small spot but the band or jazz playing is fantastic. I like to sit by a window every time I go because the place is so little you will be right next to the band and you won't be able to have a conversation. However, the bar might be a little tight but you will be able to sit... More 

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1 Thank Sara S
Midlothian, VA
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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Go for the live music and vibrant ambiance. I recommend the moussaka and the pasta al pesto. Drinks are expensive, but arrive before 7 pm for the daily happy hour discounts. Order enough drinks to last you until the music starts at 8pm!

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Thank dadrulz
new york
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

This place is wonderful for one fact and one fact only. It keeps jazz alive and gives singers and musicians the chance to perform. But at their expense. Twice a week is an open mic for singers. So people come in to hear. The singers don't get paid. The owner does. So he really uses talented musicians and singer and... More 

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cleoNewYork, General Manager at Cleopatra's Needle, responded to this review

We have got an answer for your review from the book that leaves not a small thing nor a great thing but hath counted it " The (faithful) slaves of the Beneficent are they who walk upon the earth modestly, and when the foolish ones address them answer: Peace " More 

New York
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

We came for a late lunch. We had a toddler with us. The restaurant only has one high-chair and a child was using it so we had to sit the toddler in a regular seat. The service was slightly above average. They do serve pita bread (upon request) prior to the meal. It was warm and served with butter. Very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Went for dinner. Great live Jazz every night! We had the hummus and mussels, they were both delicious. Very small and intimate inside, but it definitely has a lot of character.

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Thank Kara R
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87 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

It is a good place on the Upper West Side for jazz, be it Open Mic or a regular set, quite relaxed atmosphere with decent (mostly) Mediterranean food and good service

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Thank Stefan S
France
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98 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

Probably best to just go for a drink rather than a meal here. Had a nice starter of mixed mediterranean dishes followed by disappointing soup and vegetarian strudel. Service deteriorated during the evening and we gave up waiting for my Martini and just left. Australian Shiraz was terrible but their Italian cabernet was better. Great jazz but customers mostly ignored... More 

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1 Thank Michelle M
cleoNewYork, General Manager at Cleopatra's Needle, responded to this review

Thank you Michelle for your generous 2 stars, we do not expected any better review from a French organization. More 

Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

Food was very good! Actually, my Shesh Kabobs were excellent! Nice ambiance, good service. If you like Mediterranean cuisine, should give it a try.

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cleoNewYork, Owner at Cleopatra's Needle, responded to this review

Thank you very much Casigue RG for your kind review. It was pleasure to have you dinning at Cleopatra's Needle, wish we see you again. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
Bar, Grill, Middle Eastern, American
Meals
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Television, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
15:00 - 02:00
Monday
15:30 - 02:00
Tuesday
15:30 - 02:00
Wednesday
15:30 - 03:00
Thursday
15:30 - 03:00
Friday
15:30 - 04:00
Saturday
15:30 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2485 Broadway, New York City, NY 10025
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-769-6969
Description
Cleopatra's Needle, named after the famed monument in New York's Central Park, is a world-renowned New York hot spot known for serving up food, drinks and hot live jazz to the New York jazz community. Our original cuisine has been featured on TV Food Network's "$40 a day", and we offer the best of New York's live jazz scene, with no cover charge. Our famed jazz jam sessions have attracted both the up-and-coming and the well-known stars of the jazz world. Weekly open mic for singers sessions and late night jam sessions provide a jazz feast for night owls, as well as a chance for young musicians and seasoned professionals to hone their skills, and trade hot licks. We also now have a top-of-the line grand piano. We have been featured in Downbeat magazine's international club guide, "100 Great Venues to Hear Jazz"

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Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theatre performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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