If you’d wondered where live jazz in the city has gone, the answer may very well be the Flatiron District. With its own cadre of cool lounges featuring live music—the Flatiron is keeping jazz hot in Manhattan.
116 East 27th Street off Park Avenue South
The Jazz Standard (Image: Jean-François Renaud
Situated below BBQ favorite Blue Smoke, Jazz Standard has earned rave reviews for those on the hunt for great jazz. In addition to high-profile jazz musicians booked for the stage, the entire Blue Smoke menu of southern-style BBQ and signature cocktails are available at the club. Sell outs are the norm, so buy tickets early to avoid disappointment and jazz withdrawals.
893 Broadway between 19th and 20th streets
The Grain (Image: Yelp)
Not only does The Grain host excellent jazz shows, but the space provides the added ambiance that comes with a true speakeasy experience. Located inside the BarnJoo restaurant, The Grain offers Asian-inspired whiskey-based signature cocktails with fresh ingredients. There are also a wide range of American whiskeys, including ryes and bourbons. Follow directions near the discreet phone to gain entry and expect a wait for this small, no-standing venue.
37 West 26th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue
The Flatiron Room (Image: Courtesy of The Flatiron Room)
Grab your favorite whiskey enthusiast and head to the Flatiron Room where you’ll be able to sample a number of complex spirits. There’s also excellent food, and the energy is as laid back as you would want at an upscale whiskey bar. Check their calendar for jazz artists that are sure to be as smooth as the finest whiskey in the place.
1141 Broadway at 26th Street
Binx at Toshi’s Living Room (Image: Courtesy of Toshi’s)
Known for his New York parties, when enigmatic actor and real estate developer Robert “Toshi” Chan opened the Flatiron Hotel, he made sure to include space for his very own music venue, bar, and restaurant dubbed Toshi’s Living Room & Penthouse. While the musicians are eclectic, keep an eye on their events calendar for upbeat jazz performances, scheduled to take place in the prominent stage visible from 26th street. On many nights you might also catch Toshi and his dog Ponzu inside.