While the sights of Tribeca frequently get top billing, the sounds are pretty great too.
For such a petit neighborhood, Tribeca offers a surprisingly eclectic array of live music, both in genre and venue. Offering up serene jazz, inventive world music and rowdy rock ‘n roll, Tribeca’s music scene has something for just about every listener. If you have the urge to tap your toe and bob your head along with some of the city’s best musicians, check out these Tribeca destinations.
277 Church St. (between White and Franklin streets)
With only a tiny b-flat symbol on the door, you may have walked past this intimate Asian-influenced spot a dozen times and not even known it. Inside, B-Flat has been building a reputation for impeccable service, great food and smooth jazz in a cozy setting. Enjoy a generous happy hour between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and stay for live music three times a week. Locals rave about the fried chicken tatsuta and the lychee martinis.
305 Church St. (at Walker Street)
Belle Reve (Image: Belle Reve)
Lined with dark wood and moody lighting, this eclectic space sets a cool, relaxed tone perfect for enjoying the impressive menu of American fare alongside a varied mix of live music stylings. From bluesy dance parties to karaoke, from funk and soul DJs to rock-n-roll jam sessions, the team behind Macao Trading Co. and Employees Only has created a corner spot you’ll want to visit again and again. With burgers, pastas, steaks and chops, the dinner menu is at once simple and elevated. Meanwhile, the cocktail menu offers up imaginative fair like the Iggy Pop — a mixture of Honey Jack, Boylan’s Black Cherry Soda and lemon. Belle Reve is open seven days a week with live music nearly every Tuesday through Sunday.
2 Ave. of the Americas (at White Street)
The Django (Image: The Roxy Hotel/The Django)
With its antique fixtures, exposed brick and stately vaulted ceilings, this subterranean hotspot at The Roxy Hotel (formerly the Tribeca Grand) calls to mind an intimate Parisian Jazz Age club. And its name, a playful nod to French jazz great, Django Reinhardt, reinforces the theme. At The Django, you’ll find live music Wednesday through Saturday, alongside beautifully designed cocktails, a nice wine list and an array of small bites. May we recommend the Free Man in Paris — Belvedere vodka, kiwi, Lillet Blanc, lime and absinthe — as an accompaniment to the bar steak, served with onion rings and horseradish mustard butter?
The Cellar at 22 Warren St. (between Church & Broadway)
Shake Rattle & Roll performance (Image: Courtesy of Shake Rattle & Roll Dueling Pianos)
This thrill-a-minute fun ride is part raucous request line, part high-octane sing-a-long, and all non-stop entertainment. Born in New Orleans, the dueling pianos concept invites patrons to bid against one another for the honor of having their favorite tunes played for the crowd. At Shake Rattle & Roll, two talented pianists and a drummer act as human jukeboxes with an encyclopedic knowledge of songs both old and new. The show is funny and interactive, and a great choice for large groups. Enjoy Shake Rattle & Roll Dueling Pianos Saturdays at The Cellar at 22 Warren. Check the website for other dates around the tri-state area or book the show for your next birthday bash, bachelorette or Bar Mitzvah.
On the BMCC Campus at 199 Chambers (between Greenwich and West streets)
Tribeca Performing Arts Center Theater 1 (Image: Tribeca PAC)
Tribeca PAC is devoted to presenting a wide range of performing arts with a global perspective. Operating from the Borough of Manhattan Community College campus, the center prides itself on being Lower Manhattan’s longest operating performance venue and a supporter of both established and emerging artists. Upcoming musical performances include “A Musical History of the Lower East Side” on November 18 and world-renowned Indian Classical musician Ustad Shafaat Khan on December 9.