B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

★★★★★
  • 237 W 42nd St

    New York, NY 10036

    Cross street: Between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue

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  • 212-997-4144

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I've been here twice and from the staff to the patrons there all ignorant!!! there will not be a third trip!

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I've been here twice and from the staff to the patrons there all ignorant!!! there will not be a third trip!

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I wouldn't recommend this place to anybody.

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I wouldn't recommend this place to anybody.

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I wonder if BB King eats at this restaurant. My girlfriends and I attended the Gospel Brunch and the food was the worst food that I ve ever tasted. Our mouths were tuned up for some real down home soul food. Huh, what a joke. Instead

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I wonder if BB King eats at this restaurant. My girlfriends and I attended the Gospel Brunch and the food was the worst food that I ve ever tasted. Our mouths were tuned up for some real down home soul food. Huh, what a joke. Instead

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The other night was my first time going over to B.B. and it was a blast! It was a lot of fun going there with a big group of friends! The music was incredible and the food was to die for. If you haven't been there, you MUST go!

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The other night was my first time going over to B.B. and it was a blast! It was a lot of fun going there with a big group of friends! The music was incredible and the food was to die for. If you haven't been there, you MUST go!

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This place rocks. Great service, great food and most of all awesome music

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★★★★★

This place rocks. Great service, great food and most of all awesome music

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I had a decent experience here. The music was good, it was a lively crowd.

The food was average, yet the entertainment made up for that.

3
★★★★★

I had a decent experience here. The music was good, it was a lively crowd.

The food was average, yet the entertainment made up for that.

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I came here expecting to be exposed to greatness and a down south feel.

I didnt get that!

Joe is one of the worst managers I have ever come in contact with. He made me feel so uncomfortable as a black man in a club named after a BLACK

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I came here expecting to be exposed to greatness and a down south feel.

I didnt get that!

Joe is one of the worst managers I have ever come in contact with. He made me feel so uncomfortable as a black man in a club named after a BLACK

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the staff was extremely rude and pretentious, from the guy at the front with the gust list to the waiters. and hey chef... i asked for my steak MEDIUM not charcoal!!! thanks but no thanx highly advised that you stay outta this place!!

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the staff was extremely rude and pretentious, from the guy at the front with the gust list to the waiters. and hey chef... i asked for my steak MEDIUM not charcoal!!! thanks but no thanx highly advised that you stay outta this place!!

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Another thing we did was head over to The Griffin to Michael Fredo's Wednesday night party. They have a great show and an open bar from 8-9:30. Free admission too. Michael Fredo with The Benny Reid Ensemble is a great Jazz/ Ratpack show.

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Another thing we did was head over to The Griffin to Michael Fredo's Wednesday night party. They have a great show and an open bar from 8-9:30. Free admission too. Michael Fredo with The Benny Reid Ensemble is a great Jazz/ Ratpack show.

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Im glad that Im not the only person whos had a bas experience here with the bouncers. Not only was the staff mad rude, for example the waiter had the biggest attitude I ever seen in my life and had the guts to call me a bitch under his

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Im glad that Im not the only person whos had a bas experience here with the bouncers. Not only was the staff mad rude, for example the waiter had the biggest attitude I ever seen in my life and had the guts to call me a bitch under his

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This place sucks. RUDE staff (the blonde guy with the guest list, really?) and food prices that are for tourists only.

Avoid at all costs.

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This place sucks. RUDE staff (the blonde guy with the guest list, really?) and food prices that are for tourists only.

Avoid at all costs.

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This place is the worst. when i came here I had to wait on line for like an hour and a half with a bunch of people that looked like they were from the hood or something. The only reason i showed up here was because my friend was

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This place is the worst. when i came here I had to wait on line for like an hour and a half with a bunch of people that looked like they were from the hood or something. The only reason i showed up here was because my friend was

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I didnt like not being able to get a waiter to take a food order on 10/2/10, it was late, I was hungry. I asked a waiter, they said someone would be right over, my girl asked a bus person, they said someone would be right over. I was

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I didnt like not being able to get a waiter to take a food order on 10/2/10, it was late, I was hungry. I asked a waiter, they said someone would be right over, my girl asked a bus person, they said someone would be right over. I was

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I got kicked out because some taper got his panties in a bunch when I was talking IN BETWEEN SONGS. He bullied me and pushed me and then they lied and claimed I groped the girlfriend. This after I got my phone smacked out of my hand by

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I got kicked out because some taper got his panties in a bunch when I was talking IN BETWEEN SONGS. He bullied me and pushed me and then they lied and claimed I groped the girlfriend. This after I got my phone smacked out of my hand by

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How this guy isn't playing Madison Square Garden is beyond me, but at the same time it definitely doesn't bother me. It's nice to see such a rockin' performance in a smaller venue. Man this guy can play!! and so can his band. They have to

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How this guy isn't playing Madison Square Garden is beyond me, but at the same time it definitely doesn't bother me. It's nice to see such a rockin' performance in a smaller venue. Man this guy can play!! and so can his band. They have to

Pros: Great Food, AMAZING MUSIC

Cons: Somewhat expensive, but it's Manhattan. What isn't?

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AND WORD TO THE WISE, THIS PLACE IS OPEN BUT FROM WHERE I WAS STANDING THEY SHOULD BE CLOSED! I WOULD JUST LIKE TO EXPRESS EXACTLY HOW I FELT ABOUT THIS "CLUB" FROM 11PM - WHATEVER TIME IT IS THAT IT CLOSES. I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THE

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AND WORD TO THE WISE, THIS PLACE IS OPEN BUT FROM WHERE I WAS STANDING THEY SHOULD BE CLOSED! I WOULD JUST LIKE TO EXPRESS EXACTLY HOW I FELT ABOUT THIS "CLUB" FROM 11PM - WHATEVER TIME IT IS THAT IT CLOSES. I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THE

Pros: decor

Cons: everything else

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Live performances have always been my thing. Been living in Manhattan my whole life and have started to see a bit of a downturn in the quality of production at live shows. The acts themselves have also been dwindling as of late, but there

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Live performances have always been my thing. Been living in Manhattan my whole life and have started to see a bit of a downturn in the quality of production at live shows. The acts themselves have also been dwindling as of late, but there

Pros: Great live production! Cool & very unique environment

Cons: Showed up late and missed the first few songs..

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Saw Chuck Berry perform at BB kings in Times Square a few weeks back, was amazing to see him still going at it considering his rather old age for this business. It's great to see such a performer with an illustrious career as Chuck B. play

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Saw Chuck Berry perform at BB kings in Times Square a few weeks back, was amazing to see him still going at it considering his rather old age for this business. It's great to see such a performer with an illustrious career as Chuck B. play

Pros: Finally! a smaller venue in NYC with big acts

Cons: Times Square tends to drive me nuts

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just attended my third beatles brunch at the bb king grill and was once again more than satified...these guys are seriously awesomme!!
couldn't ask for a better beatles cover band and i bet there isn't one anywhere in the world..and

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just attended my third beatles brunch at the bb king grill and was once again more than satified...these guys are seriously awesomme!!
couldn't ask for a better beatles cover band and i bet there isn't one anywhere in the world..and

Pros: THESE GUYS ARE AWESOME

Cons: TIMES SQUARE :(

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A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The show was wonderful and food was great. Would have been nice if alcoholic beverages were included, but what in NY does? A great contrast to the hectic city streets.

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A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The show was wonderful and food was great. Would have been nice if alcoholic beverages were included, but what in NY does? A great contrast to the hectic city streets.

Pros: Great show and food

Cons: located in crowded area (Time square)

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I went to B.B King's Lucille's for drinks with some coworkers.

Our drinks were pretty good, but a bit overpriced. (it's times square, so we didn't complain too much)

Surprisingly there's free music every night. however, we weren't

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I went to B.B King's Lucille's for drinks with some coworkers.

Our drinks were pretty good, but a bit overpriced. (it's times square, so we didn't complain too much)

Surprisingly there's free music every night. however, we weren't

Pros: yummy drinks, and good nachos

Cons: cold room, and had to walk up stairs for small bathroom

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I checked out Lucille's a few weeks ago and I will most definitely be going back as soon as I can! They have good deals for dinner and you get to check out a live band for free! It was a little cold in there - but what NYC Club isn't

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I checked out Lucille's a few weeks ago and I will most definitely be going back as soon as I can! They have good deals for dinner and you get to check out a live band for free! It was a little cold in there - but what NYC Club isn't

Pros: Free music and real good food

Cons: A little on the cold side

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Toots & the Maytals at the B.B King Club was a concert I will never forget. I have seen this group before and they were excellent, but they shined even brighter at B.B.'s. Our table (and basically all of the other tables) were positioned

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Toots & the Maytals at the B.B King Club was a concert I will never forget. I have seen this group before and they were excellent, but they shined even brighter at B.B.'s. Our table (and basically all of the other tables) were positioned

Pros: Great food & great music!

Cons: Servers not too friendly

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Luckily, I knew some people who worked in the venue, so I managed to get a booth reserved for me and two of my friends.

The show was really entertaining, and the food was good. Since the show included an all you can eat buffet, it

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Luckily, I knew some people who worked in the venue, so I managed to get a booth reserved for me and two of my friends.

The show was really entertaining, and the food was good. Since the show included an all you can eat buffet, it

Pros: Family Friendly, Entertaining, Good Food, and yummy cookies

Cons: Buffet did not offer alot of variety.

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I go to metal shows all the time and usually the venues are small and pretty grimy..I completely did not expect BB king's to be so CLEAN and LARGE. it was kinda weird watching Dethklok here, but as soon as i heard the sound in this place,

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I go to metal shows all the time and usually the venues are small and pretty grimy..I completely did not expect BB king's to be so CLEAN and LARGE. it was kinda weird watching Dethklok here, but as soon as i heard the sound in this place,

Pros: great sound, fantastic band, gooood foood

Cons: did not expect to watch a good metal show here

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I've been to shows at BB King Blues Club a number of times over the past couple of years, though my latest experience certainly sticks out as probably the best of them all. I attended the Parliament/George Clinton show about a month ago

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I've been to shows at BB King Blues Club a number of times over the past couple of years, though my latest experience certainly sticks out as probably the best of them all. I attended the Parliament/George Clinton show about a month ago

Pros: awesome music, great food

Cons: nothing off the top of my head

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It was only 2 other couples in the restaurant--took 45 minutes to get our food. Generous portion - Service was very, very, very slow - the waitress was indifferent- not friendly. We had to ask the server for ketsup, salt, pepper she was

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It was only 2 other couples in the restaurant--took 45 minutes to get our food. Generous portion - Service was very, very, very slow - the waitress was indifferent- not friendly. We had to ask the server for ketsup, salt, pepper she was

Pros: generous portion of food

Cons: Service Poor

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I went with a friend to catch a show last night. The waitress came over and asked for our drink orders. We decided to order food and drinks. 2 hamburgers, 2 waters, a beer, and a coke. We waited a little bit but finally received a beer

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I went with a friend to catch a show last night. The waitress came over and asked for our drink orders. We decided to order food and drinks. 2 hamburgers, 2 waters, a beer, and a coke. We waited a little bit but finally received a beer

Pros: Excellent burgers

Cons: Rude bartender

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Awful experience. I had the horrible idea of eating dinner at Lucille's before seeing a show at BB's, and I regret it. The food was terrible, some of the worst I've ever had in NYC (and I've lived here my whole life). I give it some leeway

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Awful experience. I had the horrible idea of eating dinner at Lucille's before seeing a show at BB's, and I regret it. The food was terrible, some of the worst I've ever had in NYC (and I've lived here my whole life). I give it some leeway

Pros: Good music

Cons: The food, the drinks, the prices, the bouncers, the waiters, the bartenders, creepy guys copping feels in the crowd

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We had high hopes for this place - the menu looked good and the place has a great jazzey feel to it. We went for dinner thinking we'd have some good southern soul food/BBQ.\r
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The split pea soup was very good but the macaroni and cheese

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We had high hopes for this place - the menu looked good and the place has a great jazzey feel to it. We went for dinner thinking we'd have some good southern soul food/BBQ.\r
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The split pea soup was very good but the macaroni and cheese

Pros: Good for jazz/blues music

Cons: Very loud even without music playing. Don't expect to be able to talk to your companions.

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Beatle Brunch is good, not great. Pete Best was incredible in this venue. Better food (call Sylvia's, Sofrito). Great music!

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Beatle Brunch is good, not great. Pete Best was incredible in this venue. Better food (call Sylvia's, Sofrito). Great music!

Pros: Music ( Why we pay)

Cons: Food

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This place used to be the best for dinner and a live show, but it's gone to hell in a handbasket fast. First of all, their prices have gone through the roof ($10 for a few sips of wine - not a glass) and $30 for a piece of fish because

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This place used to be the best for dinner and a live show, but it's gone to hell in a handbasket fast. First of all, their prices have gone through the roof ($10 for a few sips of wine - not a glass) and $30 for a piece of fish because

Pros: Ocassionally good entertainment

Cons: Cost, service and atmosphere the worst

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We went to BB King's to check out the "free" music at Lucille's Grill. I know that things are expensive in New York and we sure found that to be the fact at BB Kings! Dinner for 4 people and a few drinks....cha ching to the tune of

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We went to BB King's to check out the "free" music at Lucille's Grill. I know that things are expensive in New York and we sure found that to be the fact at BB Kings! Dinner for 4 people and a few drinks....cha ching to the tune of

Pros: Good Service.

Cons: Below quality food. High cost

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This is the WORST spot in the entire city!!!! So tacky such a waste of time and money. And I was treated horribly by the security staff. The guy outside trying to act tough got too close to me when telling me where to smoke on a public

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This is the WORST spot in the entire city!!!! So tacky such a waste of time and money. And I was treated horribly by the security staff. The guy outside trying to act tough got too close to me when telling me where to smoke on a public

Cons: pushy unprofessional security

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BB King's is one of my favorite places. The name of the club says blues but they host performers from all genres of music. Sometimes they have free shows. The prices can reach over $100 for famous performers. Whether its a seated show or standing room only, the crowd always has a great time. The food is adequate and the service is spotty. Still, music lovers can't go wrong by dropping in here.

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BB King's is one of my favorite places. The name of the club says blues but they host performers from all genres of music. Sometimes they have free shows. The prices can reach over $100 for famous performers. Whether its a seated show or standing room only, the crowd always has a great time. The food is adequate and the service is spotty. Still, music lovers can't go wrong by dropping in here.

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I love, love the B.B. King. They've got the best grill in all of New York! And if that wasn't enough, they have live jazz. The next time you are on 42nd street stop by the B.B. King.

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I love, love the B.B. King. They've got the best grill in all of New York! And if that wasn't enough, they have live jazz. The next time you are on 42nd street stop by the B.B. King.

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A few days ago my family and I visited New York for the second time, mostly sticking close to Times Square. We came to see Chicago on Broadway, which of course was wonderful, but afterwards we were starving and wandered around for a place

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A few days ago my family and I visited New York for the second time, mostly sticking close to Times Square. We came to see Chicago on Broadway, which of course was wonderful, but afterwards we were starving and wandered around for a place

Pros: Free music, great food, great drinks

Cons: Music was a little to loud for dinner, but great for drinks

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I'm a big fan of the music at BB King Blues Club which is in the main room, and usually after the show my friends and I like to go into Lucille's for a drink. Due to unfavorable reviews and the fact that we usually eat before we go out on

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I'm a big fan of the music at BB King Blues Club which is in the main room, and usually after the show my friends and I like to go into Lucille's for a drink. Due to unfavorable reviews and the fact that we usually eat before we go out on

Pros: Great food, free live music, bluesy atmosphere, good drinks

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I hate when you have to pay for admission then have to buy 2 drinks if you want to sit down. That is a bunch of baloney! Having said that, this is a great music venue. There is always someone interesting playing here. The place is small so no matter where you are you can see the performer.

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I hate when you have to pay for admission then have to buy 2 drinks if you want to sit down. That is a bunch of baloney! Having said that, this is a great music venue. There is always someone interesting playing here. The place is small so no matter where you are you can see the performer.

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The phone representatives are very courteous, as is the security staff, but the wait staff? Everyone else looked like they may have had an attentive waiter - ours was only focused on getting phone numbers from the girls across the room.

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The phone representatives are very courteous, as is the security staff, but the wait staff? Everyone else looked like they may have had an attentive waiter - ours was only focused on getting phone numbers from the girls across the room.

Pros: good sound

Cons: lazy waiter service

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I've lived in NYC for 5 years and eat out every single day. I don't understand all the reviews here. The food was awesome! We went last week to see Etta James - unbelievable performance!! Before she came on, all 6 of us decided to

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I've lived in NYC for 5 years and eat out every single day. I don't understand all the reviews here. The food was awesome! We went last week to see Etta James - unbelievable performance!! Before she came on, all 6 of us decided to

Pros: Awesome food, awesome music, and a NYC must!

Cons: Tables could be a bit bigger for more room for drink/food

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I decided to treat my mother yesterday for her bday...What a dissapointment! While the "Choir" can really sing,(thats why I gave 2 stars instead of one) the food is certainly inedible. They should cut the ticket costs in half, and just

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I decided to treat my mother yesterday for her bday...What a dissapointment! While the "Choir" can really sing,(thats why I gave 2 stars instead of one) the food is certainly inedible. They should cut the ticket costs in half, and just

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As a BB King (and Blues) fan I was really looking forward to my trip to New York with the prospect of visiting another of B's Clubs (I've also been to the Memphis one). First visit to the club was just to have a drink at Lucilles Bar after

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As a BB King (and Blues) fan I was really looking forward to my trip to New York with the prospect of visiting another of B's Clubs (I've also been to the Memphis one). First visit to the club was just to have a drink at Lucilles Bar after

Pros: Good for a relaxed drink at the bar.

Cons: Terrible food, should have more Blues memorabilia, should play Blues and Jazz Music not heavy Rock or Reggae

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I accompanied my mother to see one of her favorite blues performers here and I was EMBARASSED for New York.\r
The food was not only overpriced, but INEDIBLE and on top of that it made me sick later that night.\r
We were so cramped my chair

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I accompanied my mother to see one of her favorite blues performers here and I was EMBARASSED for New York.\r
The food was not only overpriced, but INEDIBLE and on top of that it made me sick later that night.\r
We were so cramped my chair

Pros: Good performer, ok service

Cons: Cramped, overpriced, inedible, and the list goes on...

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I had the unfortunate experience of attending BB King for an afternoon of inedible food and a performance by the "world famous" Harlem Gospel "Choir."\r
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We arrived 10 minutes early for the event, only to wait outdoors in the cold winter

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I had the unfortunate experience of attending BB King for an afternoon of inedible food and a performance by the "world famous" Harlem Gospel "Choir."\r
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We arrived 10 minutes early for the event, only to wait outdoors in the cold winter

Pros: None.

Cons: All.

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We were walking through Time Square and were handed a flyer advertising a comedy show at B.B. King's. We paid $32 a ticket for Jim Brewer and the Korean Kings of Comedy. The show was awesome and worth every penny. I love Jim Brewer, and

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We were walking through Time Square and were handed a flyer advertising a comedy show at B.B. King's. We paid $32 a ticket for Jim Brewer and the Korean Kings of Comedy. The show was awesome and worth every penny. I love Jim Brewer, and

Pros: Great Venue

Cons: Food

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I love Bob Marley and was waiting weeks just to hear some good live Bob songs. Little did I know all I would get was a bunch of stoned high school kids all over the place. The band played two songs and the majority of the night sat back

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I love Bob Marley and was waiting weeks just to hear some good live Bob songs. Little did I know all I would get was a bunch of stoned high school kids all over the place. The band played two songs and the majority of the night sat back

Pros: Waiter was very nice.

Cons: Everything

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My friends and I (group of 8) got really hungry while exploring Times Square and we came across Lucille's Diner. It looked like a really fun place to go. However, it was around 4 or 5 which is a pretty weird hour. I know chefs HATE it when

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My friends and I (group of 8) got really hungry while exploring Times Square and we came across Lucille's Diner. It looked like a really fun place to go. However, it was around 4 or 5 which is a pretty weird hour. I know chefs HATE it when

Pros: nice atmosphere at the bar

Cons: horrible lukewarm food

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I knew I wanted to write something because this show was the exact opposite of what I read about the Family Stone performances here in November, but I'm so tired this morning. Luckily, the reviewer for the late show said it all. Ditto for

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I knew I wanted to write something because this show was the exact opposite of what I read about the Family Stone performances here in November, but I'm so tired this morning. Luckily, the reviewer for the late show said it all. Ditto for

Pros: No place in the club is far from the stage.

Cons: If there is a fire, everyone will try to run up the one stair. Some should run backstage.

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SLY STONE LATE SHow Dec 7. What a show. KILLER! One of those that you are going to tell your kids about and 10,000 people are going to say that they were there. Simply one for the rock and roll history books. After 32 years and all kinds

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SLY STONE LATE SHow Dec 7. What a show. KILLER! One of those that you are going to tell your kids about and 10,000 people are going to say that they were there. Simply one for the rock and roll history books. After 32 years and all kinds

Pros: One of a kind

Cons: hard to

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Framed black-and-white photos of B.B. and his blues crew bedeck the walls, a disco ball sends out a snowstorm of light and waiters flash big smiles. Tight seating lends the authenticity of a cramped downtown club, and…

 

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