Party Earth Review A New York standard for live jazz since 1981, Blue Note draws a savvy clientele of jazz buffs, entertainment professionals, and hip out-of-towners alike looking for hot tunes in a cool and classy setting. Once past the... ... read full review
131 West 3rd Street
New York, NY 10012
A, B, C, D, E, F, M: West 4th Street
M–Th 6pm–1am, F–Sa 6pm–2am, Su 11:30am–1am
Greenwich Village / NoHo, New York –
A New York standard for live jazz since 1981, Blue Note draws a savvy clientele of jazz buffs, entertainment professionals, and hip out-of-towners alike looking for hot tunes in a cool and classy setting.
Once past the piano-shaped awning, patrons are ushered to one of the blue lacquered tables facing the small stage, where they join a mix of regulars, couples, and music students chatting over wine and burgers as they wait for the show to begin.
An elevated seating area at the club’s far end, backlit by a massive sign of the club’s name, provides a bit more space for VIPs and special guests, which often include the likes of Quincy Jones and Liza Minnelli, who aren't above hopping on stage themselves.
Two shows a night – at eight and ten-thirty – feature both traveling jazz ensembles and experienced local acts playing everything from tinkling oldies to atmospheric acid jazz for an appreciative audience – but though the tunes may get wild, the enthralled patrons limit their zeal to bursts of enthusiastic applause.
Sleek and mellow, Blue Note offers jazz lovers old-school sounds served up in an upscale atmosphere.
Everyone from Bobby McFerrin to The Roots and Chaka Khan has played here – and the best part about this historic spot is that it’s still frequented by these musicians. You never quite know who will jump on stage for a set.
Successful local professionals, hip downtown pre-gamers, jazz aficionados, savvy tourists, music students, and scene veterans, mid-20s to 40s.
Two live jazz performances nightly. Ambient jazz between sets.
Full menu including bar snacks and entrées.
Cover charge $15–$70. Appetizers $10+, soups and salads $9+, entrées $16+. Beer $5+, wine $9+/glass or $40+/bottle, cocktails $9+.
Nice casual: button-downs, jackets, dresses, nice jeans, heels, leather shoes, work attire.
Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest-name acts and largest crowds.
A short walk uptown is the Village Vanguard (178 Seventh Avenue South), another live jazz venue with a slightly cozier setting.