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131 W. 3rd St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. MacDougal St.
Music was awesome, shame about the experience.
By brooklyn11215 on 9/15/2009
We went to an 8pm show and ate dinner with guests from out of town. The music was great - that's really what we went for - but the rest of the experience was almost an embarrassment. The service was poor - we felt like we were in a diner when dinner plates were slammed down in front of us - the food was average and definitely nothing special and the waitress treated us like anything we asked was too much trouble. I don't think we will take visitors again,and we definitely would not eat a meal there, especially when there are so many other great places close by.
World's best jazz club, hands down.
By LarSheil on 5/17/2007
I've been to jazz clubs all over the world, and when I travel, it's the first thing I look up. If I ever get a place in New York it will be close to the Blue Note. The music is the best in the city - last year I saw Etta James, Chick Corea, Chris Botti, Arturo Sandoval.....where else can you see these people at a tiny place? If you love jazz, this is the place to be.
Living off a reputation
By NaturalMystic on 7/2/2004
OK, my rating's a bit harsh, but this joint has no redeeming qualities...except for a well-kept men's room.
Too Much - Too Little
By RogerD on 1/14/2003
Was there for Manhattan Transfer and Sergio Mendez in Fall'02. When fully populated, it is very hard to enjoy the music. God forbid you show up late and take a fill-in seat after everyone else has staked out their "territory" - you will get cramps trying to see the performance. But the service, given the conditions, was outstanding. I would never intentionally go to the BN, unless the performance justified the agony. If you are in the area, and come across a night when the music is good, and it's not crowded, I would partake.
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