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“Surprisingly good”
Review of Jazz Standard

Jazz Standard
Ranked #13 of 874 Nightlife in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

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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Reviewed 24 May 2014 via mobile

Didn't know what to expect. Walked into a very cozy club. Service was warm and friendly. Surprisingly good smoked southern food. Good music, nice, homey ambiance. 20 piece band. How could you go wrong? Even my 22 year old daughter enjoyed it.

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Reviewed 18 May 2014

We are Jazz lovers, being in NYC means - get as much of it as we could. The venue is a bit overcrowded, but we had a good table and the setting is among other patrons, so we had the opportunity to sit next to a couple of New Yorkers on one site and another from Chicago on the other. The evening was presenting music by Gil Evans - mid 50's and the style is Miles Davis with a fantastic vocalist.

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Reviewed 12 May 2014

We are in the mid 50s as a couple but the audience average age was higher than us. We thought we would find some locals in the club but it was all touristy! Tables are quite large enough for couples comparing to other underground jazz clubs! Serving is friendly but late. Menu choices are very much limited to ribs and meat. We are not vegetarians but love to see the choices. The music was not our type of jazz. It was advertised as saxophone and clarinet, hence there was no saxophone but trumpet. We had only one night in NYC, we should better plan next time! Cover charge was $30 and very normal for this type of performance.

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Reviewed 13 March 2014

We go here several times a year. I used to be sure this was the best jazz club in all of New York: friendly service, the best jazz club food, the most respectful management in a business that generally treats its customers like won't-be-back-again tourists (which most of them in fact are). For the most part these things are still true, but that may be part of the problem, if you are here to hear jazz. The food is for sure the best of the NYC clubs, but at times I think that, here more than other clubs, people come to eat, and hear jazz in the background, rather than come to hear jazz, and have dinner while doing so. That, coupled with "nice" management, creates a place where the quiet policy is probably the least enforced of all the clubs in town. All service used to be efficient and friendly but lately there seem to be fewer staff, and those there are seem less happy about it. Service is often slow when you are first seated, courses overlap each other, the last time we were here my drink order was incorrect (just the wrong whiskey, nothing complicated) and when I told the server who brought it to me (not our waiter) she removed it and brought back the correct one but practically threw it at me, dropping it and sliding it in front of me across the table. This wasn't my imagination, my companions were shocked... The jazz here is always very, very good, when you can enjoy it in spite of the people around you.

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