206 W. 118th St.
During an over three-decade run, this birthplace of bebop played host to Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charlie Parker, to name a scant few. After it closed in the early seventies, Robert De Niro and Drew Nieporent conspired to reopen it. (No go.) Cut to May 2006. Nearly as many years had passed as the club had spent open when a new owner slapped on a fresh coat of burnt-orange paint, nailed up a poster of one-time house pianist Thelonious Monk, and re-electrified the original neon sign. His actions drew in an international crowd of discerning listeners who enjoyed the night’s house band playing three consecutive sets, as well as the reinstituted (and once historic) Monday night free-forms. Now, Minton’s is a supper club owned by Richard Parsons (who also owns The Cecil on the corner) with live jazz and brunch on Sundays.