Blue Note

★★★★☆
The World's Finest Jazz Club & Restaurant
  • 131 W 3rd St

    New York, NY 10012

    Cross street: At Sixth Ave

    Map & Directions
  • 212-475-8592

About Blue Note

Hours
Showtimes: Mon-Thu 8pm, 10:30pm Fri-Sat 8pm, 10:30pm, 12:30 am Sun 12:30pm, 2:30 pm, 8pm, 10:30pm

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still a good place to catch up and coming talent. Drinks are pricey but you pay for the atmosphere. This place is cool.

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still a good place to catch up and coming talent. Drinks are pricey but you pay for the atmosphere. This place is cool.

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If you have never been to Clue Note you are missing out on some awesome jazz. We saw BB King jamming with Bobby McPherin, what a great night, totally drunk on a Saturday. blue Note is where the cool cats are at.

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★★★★★

If you have never been to Clue Note you are missing out on some awesome jazz. We saw BB King jamming with Bobby McPherin, what a great night, totally drunk on a Saturday. blue Note is where the cool cats are at.

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It's all about the vibes man! What more can I say about Blue Note...being an avid jazz fan for decades, I can honestly say this place continues the tradition of fine jazz music performed by deep-rooted jazz/r&b/soul musicians!

P.S. And the food isn't bad either! lol

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★★★★★

It's all about the vibes man! What more can I say about Blue Note...being an avid jazz fan for decades, I can honestly say this place continues the tradition of fine jazz music performed by deep-rooted jazz/r&b/soul musicians!

P.S. And the food isn't bad either! lol

Pros: Incredible vibes

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Famous Jazz musicians and artists perform in this intimate spot nestled in the village. Be sure to include this on your list of must do in New York - it's worth your time and your money ( a bit pricey). You will enjoy the food, drinks and sounds of great music that soothes the soul.

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★★★★★

Famous Jazz musicians and artists perform in this intimate spot nestled in the village. Be sure to include this on your list of must do in New York - it's worth your time and your money ( a bit pricey). You will enjoy the food, drinks and sounds of great music that soothes the soul.

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Avishai Cohen (the bass player not the trumpeter), Hiromi Uehara, The Bad Plus. OK. I like less traditional stuff. But I know where to go to get it. The food, while expensive, as you might expect in NYC and at a high end jazz club, really tasted great. Every meal I've had during performances has been hot, cook right, and large enough to fill me up. While I may want to attend the Iridium Monday night for as long as Les Paul is willing to play there, it's the Blue Note that I'll turn to first for a great show every other day of the week.

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★★★★★

Avishai Cohen (the bass player not the trumpeter), Hiromi Uehara, The Bad Plus. OK. I like less traditional stuff. But I know where to go to get it. The food, while expensive, as you might expect in NYC and at a high end jazz club, really tasted great. Every meal I've had during performances has been hot, cook right, and large enough to fill me up. While I may want to attend the Iridium Monday night for as long as Les Paul is willing to play there, it's the Blue Note that I'll turn to first for a great show every other day of the week.

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The Best! This is the place to always stop by and checkout someof the most profound and talented artists from all over the world!

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★★★★★

The Best! This is the place to always stop by and checkout someof the most profound and talented artists from all over the world!

Pros: it's NY city

Cons: it's NY city?

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Great performance...... loved every minute of the Omar Sosa show.....it was a priviledge to watch this virtuoso perform his music with such pure joy ( very present ,in the moment ). The musicians in the band were each extremely versatile and talented.

I didn't have dinner at the club.... but I don't see anyone could say this place is "pricey" my friend and I paid $25 each for a great table about 10 feet from Omar Sosa and $8 bucks for a Heineken. I don't know where you come from...... but for the show we got thats not expensive at all !
The acoustics in the Blue Note are incredible..... its like listening to a live album on your ipod with Shure E5c earbuds. Omar said himself this place is like being in someones house.

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★★★★★

Great performance...... loved every minute of the Omar Sosa show.....it was a priviledge to watch this virtuoso perform his music with such pure joy ( very present ,in the moment ). The musicians in the band were each extremely versatile and talented.

I didn't have dinner at the club.... but I don't see anyone could say this place is "pricey" my friend and I paid $25 each for a great table about 10 feet from Omar Sosa and $8 bucks for a Heineken. I don't know where you come from...... but for the show we got thats not expensive at all !
The acoustics in the Blue Note are incredible..... its like listening to a live album on your ipod with Shure E5c earbuds. Omar said himself this place is like being in someones house.

Pros: Acoustics ! Acoustics ! Acoustics !

Cons: None I can think of

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I've been to Blue Note a few times. While it may be a bit pricey(what isn't in NYC), this is one of the premier jazz venues in the entire world. Everybody who's anybody has played this stage at one time or another. The acoustics are very good as well.

As far as the last review calling Ron Carter boring....hmmm. Maybe that person didn't catch the right show but Ron Carter is a legend and has played with everyone from Miles Davis to Bill Evans to even James Brown. The statement of, "while he is good on the Bass you don't usually hear alot of Bass solos." Once again........hmmmm. Almost every jazz show I've been to has a series of bass solos throughout the performance, some longer than others but still, that's jazz! Oh well, can't please everyone.

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★★★★★

I've been to Blue Note a few times. While it may be a bit pricey(what isn't in NYC), this is one of the premier jazz venues in the entire world. Everybody who's anybody has played this stage at one time or another. The acoustics are very good as well.

As far as the last review calling Ron Carter boring....hmmm. Maybe that person didn't catch the right show but Ron Carter is a legend and has played with everyone from Miles Davis to Bill Evans to even James Brown. The statement of, "while he is good on the Bass you don't usually hear alot of Bass solos." Once again........hmmmm. Almost every jazz show I've been to has a series of bass solos throughout the performance, some longer than others but still, that's jazz! Oh well, can't please everyone.

Pros: Acoustics, Performers

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When I see the word JAZZ I think of toe tapping and fun. This was not it!! Ron Carter was playing and while he is good on the Bass you don't usually hear alot of Bass solos. One of the people fell asleep it was so depressing. The music would have been good for a wake!! I guess I just didn't get it but I really associate jazz witha little more up tempo music than solo Bass

1
★★☆☆☆

When I see the word JAZZ I think of toe tapping and fun. This was not it!! Ron Carter was playing and while he is good on the Bass you don't usually hear alot of Bass solos. One of the people fell asleep it was so depressing. The music would have been good for a wake!! I guess I just didn't get it but I really associate jazz witha little more up tempo music than solo Bass

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When walking into the Blue Note one feels the historical significance of this legendary jazz club. I would recommend spending the extra money to actually get a seat rather than standing in the back at the very crowded bar. There is a minimum but skip having dinner before hand and grab a cocktail and a burger and listen to the modern giants of jazz.

2
★★★★★

When walking into the Blue Note one feels the historical significance of this legendary jazz club. I would recommend spending the extra money to actually get a seat rather than standing in the back at the very crowded bar. There is a minimum but skip having dinner before hand and grab a cocktail and a burger and listen to the modern giants of jazz.

Pros: Jazz, food, drinks

Cons: can get pricey

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Went on a Thursday night at 22.30 to see Amel Larrieux. She played for almost 2 hours. Great performance, great audience and great atmosphere. The $5 drink minimum is no problem as drinks start at $8. Service was good. Table setting is tight, everyone is sitting opposite of each other. Seems strange at the start but you get used to it quickly. My first visit couldn't have been better.

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★★★★★

Went on a Thursday night at 22.30 to see Amel Larrieux. She played for almost 2 hours. Great performance, great audience and great atmosphere. The $5 drink minimum is no problem as drinks start at $8. Service was good. Table setting is tight, everyone is sitting opposite of each other. Seems strange at the start but you get used to it quickly. My first visit couldn't have been better.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Long waiting time in front of the club

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Great music, good service and a relaxed attitude. It's rare to order tickets online and not have to pay a service charge.

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★★★★★

Great music, good service and a relaxed attitude. It's rare to order tickets online and not have to pay a service charge.

Pros: Ambience, service

Cons: parking, very small

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We went to the Blue Note one night. Upon arrival we were told that the first row was reserved so we moved further back. Well, sometime later the allow those seating nearby seat on said row. The host did not even have the courtesy of letting those that came in early to move up. I would never visit this place again.

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★★★☆☆

We went to the Blue Note one night. Upon arrival we were told that the first row was reserved so we moved further back. Well, sometime later the allow those seating nearby seat on said row. The host did not even have the courtesy of letting those that came in early to move up. I would never visit this place again.

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The Blue Note is by far the best jazz club in the world. This year alone Ive seen the following shows: Ron Carter, Chick Corea, Cassandra Wilson, and McCoy Tyner. A few weeks back I was at the Jimmy Scott show and Elton John sat in. The following week George Benson sat in with James Carters band. You really never know what to expect at the Blue Note.

The seating is very tight but this is not a bad thing. The intimacy of this club is what makes it so special. You literally sit feet away from the performers.

Ive been to the other jazz clubs in town and the Blue note is very reasonably priced comparatively. The minimum at the tables is only $5. The drinks are not outrageous and the all inclusive <$20 brunch show on Sundays is a steal.

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★★★★★

The Blue Note is by far the best jazz club in the world. This year alone Ive seen the following shows: Ron Carter, Chick Corea, Cassandra Wilson, and McCoy Tyner. A few weeks back I was at the Jimmy Scott show and Elton John sat in. The following week George Benson sat in with James Carters band. You really never know what to expect at the Blue Note.

The seating is very tight but this is not a bad thing. The intimacy of this club is what makes it so special. You literally sit feet away from the performers.

Ive been to the other jazz clubs in town and the Blue note is very reasonably priced comparatively. The minimum at the tables is only $5. The drinks are not outrageous and the all inclusive <$20 brunch show on Sundays is a steal.

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Saw Bebel Gilberto last evening. She sounded wonderful. Could not see her though. The Blue Note seats six to a small table, with the tables so tight together that as people maneuver and strain to see past eachothers heads they continually knock heads, jab elbows into ribs, etc. I really felt suckered after paying the highest ticket price I've ever payed for a small venue. Expect stangers at your table, and pray they've showered! I will not be going back.

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★★★☆☆

Saw Bebel Gilberto last evening. She sounded wonderful. Could not see her though. The Blue Note seats six to a small table, with the tables so tight together that as people maneuver and strain to see past eachothers heads they continually knock heads, jab elbows into ribs, etc. I really felt suckered after paying the highest ticket price I've ever payed for a small venue. Expect stangers at your table, and pray they've showered! I will not be going back.

Pros: The Acts, The Staff, The Location

Cons: Tight Seating, Overcrowding

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The Blue Note has good jazz but their staff are snooty, slow and downright rude. If you're a jazz fan there are lots of great jazz places in the neighborhood. If you can tolerate the waitstaff and care just about the jazz the Blue Note is where its at.

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★☆☆☆☆

The Blue Note has good jazz but their staff are snooty, slow and downright rude. If you're a jazz fan there are lots of great jazz places in the neighborhood. If you can tolerate the waitstaff and care just about the jazz the Blue Note is where its at.

Pros: Good Jazz, Good atmosphere

Cons: Rude Host, Poor Service, Slow Service

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This place has tons of great and interesting jazz. Go for the late nite shows, in my opinion you will find the best yound musicians at that time trying to make it big. Tickets are only 5 bucks and it's open seating and no drink min. Their sets are the longest b/c there is nobody after them. Sometimes they play for hours.

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★★★★☆

This place has tons of great and interesting jazz. Go for the late nite shows, in my opinion you will find the best yound musicians at that time trying to make it big. Tickets are only 5 bucks and it's open seating and no drink min. Their sets are the longest b/c there is nobody after them. Sometimes they play for hours.

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I saw Taj Mahal last night at the Blue Note and was not dissapointed. The service was terrific and the atmophere was wonderful. It's a little pricey, but you get what you pay for. The crowd was also interested in the music and you could tell, unlike places like B.B. King's where tourists want to talk through anything.

2
★★★★☆

I saw Taj Mahal last night at the Blue Note and was not dissapointed. The service was terrific and the atmophere was wonderful. It's a little pricey, but you get what you pay for. The crowd was also interested in the music and you could tell, unlike places like B.B. King's where tourists want to talk through anything.

Pros: Great mood, Excellent service, Good crowds

Cons: Expensive

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Parking rigth across the street; I sugest to make reservations (just in case..); nice bar but few seats; tables are close to the stage except bar' seats; plenty of diferent kind of drinks; very few wine selection; food should be served at least 15 minutes before the show (not during the show); nice coustomers; it is not romantic when the place is full (you have to share the table).

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★★★★★

Parking rigth across the street; I sugest to make reservations (just in case..); nice bar but few seats; tables are close to the stage except bar' seats; plenty of diferent kind of drinks; very few wine selection; food should be served at least 15 minutes before the show (not during the show); nice coustomers; it is not romantic when the place is full (you have to share the table).

Pros: friendly atmosphera, nice & clean, good food & wine

Cons: few seats at the bar

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The atmosphere is just what I expected -- very, very cool-- that is - the ambience is PERFECT for listening to great music. Up close & personal--- such professionals- we were entertained by Manhattan Transfer. I can't wait to see more shows!

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★★★★★

The atmosphere is just what I expected -- very, very cool-- that is - the ambience is PERFECT for listening to great music. Up close & personal--- such professionals- we were entertained by Manhattan Transfer. I can't wait to see more shows!

Pros: close to subway, very good food, superb entertaining

Cons: expensive

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the cover charge is always too expensive, tables crowded together, very overcommercialized

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★★★☆☆

the cover charge is always too expensive, tables crowded together, very overcommercialized

Pros: good sound, good performers

Cons: too expensive, tables crowded togeth

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This is the best place in NYC to see and hear great jazz. Yes, the seats are a bit cramped, but it's a small club which provides an intimate setting so the audience has an up close experience with the performers. Additionally, the food and drinks are always terrific!

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★★★★★

This is the best place in NYC to see and hear great jazz. Yes, the seats are a bit cramped, but it's a small club which provides an intimate setting so the audience has an up close experience with the performers. Additionally, the food and drinks are always terrific!

Pros: Great Jazz, Good Food, Good Drinks

Cons: Tight Seating

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Best Jazz Club in NYC by far. Philip Bailey showed everyone that he can do the jazz thing.

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★★★★★

Best Jazz Club in NYC by far. Philip Bailey showed everyone that he can do the jazz thing.

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the city of jazz has its center at the blue note, with legends and legends-to-be performing nightly.

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★★★★★

the city of jazz has its center at the blue note, with legends and legends-to-be performing nightly.

Pros: great location!, good lineup

Cons: too small!, expensive

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Big jazz fan. Been to all the clubs of New York. Nothing beats this one.

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★★★★★

Big jazz fan. Been to all the clubs of New York. Nothing beats this one.

Pros: great acts, not a big place

Cons: reserve for good seat

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It has only been around since the mid-'80s, but it feels like the Blue Note has been on West 3rd Street forever. Once you get past a lot of trappings--the grand piano awning, the Las Vegas-y interior, steep cover…

 

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