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Blue Note

131 W. 3rd St., New York, NY 10012 40.730901 -74.000634
nr. MacDougal St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-475-8592 Send to Phone

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    5 out of 10


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  • Scene: Jazz Club, Brunch, Classic NY, Live Music, Restaurant & Bar, Swank
Photo by Carmen E. Lopez and AJ Wilhelm

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Mon-Thu, 6pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 6pm-3am; Sun, 11:30am-1am

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.; A, B, C, D, E, F, M at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.

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More a shrine to the good old days than a vibrant musical hotspot, the Blue Note is supposed to inspire museum-caliber reverence in lovers of jazz history. Unfortunately, its outrageous cover and policies—unless you have a "stay-over pass," you must pay admission during each set for popular shows, unlike other venues where you can hold your seat by buying drinks—ensure that today's struggling jazzbos never gain entry. The sole reason to endure this pseudo high-class torture is the Blue Note's exclusive booking practices: Certain artists, like John Coltrane's powerhouse drummer, the late Elvin Jones, wouldn't play anywhere else within city limits. At least they pay the industry's workhorses well.


With its glitzy theme-park ambiance (there's a gift shop), the Blue Note feels like some place your rich Auntie Mame might take you for dinner—but stay away from the menu, which offers dishes that taste like the culinary equivalent of Kenny G. FYI, live shows nightly at 8pm and 10:30pm at 12:30am on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 12:30pm and 2:30pm on Sunday for brunch.