Booked this after a recommendation on Facebook. It was our first dinner after arriving in NYC for the first time. Tired and jet lagged we had no expectations at all. Turned out to be a good choice! The restaurant on the ground floor seemed a little boring and at first we thought we had come to the wrong place. A bunch of well dressed 50-year olds stood in a line just above the stairs and we felt a little out of place. But when we got down to the basement, where the stage and some tables are located, we immediately felt at home. A mixed audience, mostly mature, but also some younger New Yorkers who seemed genuinely happy about this place. Food was ok, typically American, a good selection of beer. The best thing about this place is definitely the atmosphere! Music was great - a live recording of the Gil Evans Project with a fantastic female singer. We both like listening to jazz, but we don't know much about the jazz scene. This was just right for us as the band leader also told us stories about how he had come across the music. A very old lady was in the audience this night, and it turned out she was an old friend of Gil Evans. So it felt special to be there. And nice to go someplace where New Yorkers themselves like to go. It all felt very genuine.
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