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The Cotton Club

656 W. 125th St., New York, NY 10027 40.81696 -73.959481
nr. Broadway  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-663-7980 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Southern/Soul
  • Price Range: $$$

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Mon, 8pm-midnight; Thu-Fri, 8pm-midnight; Sat, noon-4pm; Sun, noon-8:15pm; Tue-Wed, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at 125th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Classic NY
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot
  • Live Music
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Online Reservation
  • Buffet


  • Full Bar




While it can't be easy keeping this circa-1923 nightclub young and vibrant, The Cotton Club's famous name continues to lure tourists to Harlem for a hearty dinner, a quick history lesson and the soothing strains of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." This location is not the original spot. The venue has moved twice: from 142nd St. to 47th St. in 1936, then back up to 125th St. in 1978, yet the appeal—live jazz performances recalling the era of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Lena Horne—remains the same. Gospel Sunday brunch is extremely popular. But Monday night is becoming a quiet favorite when amateur and professional swing dancers jive to big band sounds. Although not a natural choice for dinner—buffet meals are available and rarely stray from traditional soul food dishes—the 175-seat, two-story restaurant is full of character, and offers a lot more sustenance than just food.


Thu–Sun, all meals are buffet-style and are $53, music and dancing included

Big Band Swing
Mon, 8pm–11:45pm, à la carte dinner; $25 music charge

Live Jazz
Thu–Fri, 8pm–midnight; Sat, 9pm–midnight

Gospel Brunch
Sat–Sun, seatings at noon and 2:30pm; Sun, 6pm–8pm, gospel dinner show

Recommended Dishes

Fried chicken, candied yams, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, all included in price of buffet