- (Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St., nr. Sullivan St.; 212-505-3474
Okay, so the name is a little pretentious, especially for a place that used to be the pretense-free jazz spot the Village Gate. But LPR, as frequenters call it, has surmounted its high-gloss insides to become the best place to hear genre-less music south of Joe’s Pub. It’s the new home of the Wordless Music Series, whose open-minded ethos—one program featured a composer, an Appalachian folk singer, and an indie pianist—exemplifies the venue’s programming strategy. A flexible design lets the club decide which layout goes best with each act’s music; one moment it’s a traditional cabaret setup, the next it’s a concert in the round.
Best Highbrow Music Venue
From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).