Jazz Nights

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 2comments No tags Permalink 0

We are always on the lookout for good jazz spots in this city. Elegant places to also sit for a good drink and unwind from the day. Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle Hotel has been on our list for a long time – Woody Allen plays there on Monday nights! But alas, the $125 cover charge deters us just a bit. I recently learned that Two e Bar/Lounge at The Pierre does Tuesday jazz nights, so Pierre (who was happy to visit a hotel with the same name) and I joined Nora and friends for an evening of drinks and music. I was surprised by the price of the drinks – $14 cocktails. Right on par with most cocktail bars in the city…and in a gorgeous hotel nonetheless. They host jazz nights in the same room as afternoon tea, only with the lights turned low.

Pierre started with the Antique Fashion (rye whiskey, simple syrup, grapefruit bitters) while I went with the First Crush (fresh strawberries, fragoli, champagne). Second round of drinks was off their world cocktail menu – a special they’re doing this month. We shared a bunch of savory dishes. The intention was snack and nibbles, but we ate so much, it wound up being dinner! Oysters topped with ikura, grilled lamb chops, and seared shrimp with potato pancakes to name a few. And even if you don’t order food, a silver platter of fresh chips, olives, and grana padano goes out to every table. That’s something you won’t find at cocktail bars downtown.

And then…stepping out onto 5th Ave, hailing a cab home. That building on the right is The Plaza Hotel and Bergdorf’s is in the center. If this photo was wider you’d see the Apple store on the left and Central Park on the right. Pretty, even in the rain.

Two e Bar/Lounge

The Pierre Hotel

2 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10065
(212) 838-8000

  • anonymous
    November 17, 2011

    I love Bemelmans!! Woody Allen plays at the more expensive Cafe Carlyle, (with that ridiculous cover charge)… But Bemelmans has a great jazz trio on weeknights which is far more economical… I think only $20 (the price of a drink there, hah). As for jazz + drinks, Brian Newman, an amazing trumpeter, skips around to a lot of good bars – he used to play the Oak Bar and Duane Park, but is now at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Highly recommended!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 18, 2011

    Hi R! Oo I didn't realize that – thanks for clarifying! :) Have been meaning to visit Gramercy Park Hotel as well, but think we'll make that visit to Bemelmans first, excited!!

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