Cleopatra's Needle

★★★☆☆
Jazz Club , Nightlife, Bar & Grill
  • 2485 Broadway

    New York, NY 10025

    Cross street: 92nd & 93rd Street

    Map & Directions
  • 212-769-6969

About Cleopatra's Needle

Hours
Monday and Tuesday 3:30pm-2am Wednesday and Thursday 3:30pm-3am Friday and Saturday 3:30pm-4am Sunday 3pm-2am
Special Offer
Happy Hour

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Best in the area. The atmosphere is magnificent and food was delicious but what really made it for me was the music.As a jazz lover i highly recommend u go there with some friends and have a great time.

3
★★★★★

Best in the area. The atmosphere is magnificent and food was delicious but what really made it for me was the music.As a jazz lover i highly recommend u go there with some friends and have a great time.

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I went to have dinner at this ausome restaurant with my family as one of my friends recommended it . They have great Live jazz with no cover charge and their food is great . The service is ausome and everything was OK . I don't think I'll

3
★★★★★

I went to have dinner at this ausome restaurant with my family as one of my friends recommended it . They have great Live jazz with no cover charge and their food is great . The service is ausome and everything was OK . I don't think I'll

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Never again! I have never written a food review before, but I have to share what has just happened at Cleopatra's Needle to warn unsuspecting potential patrons.

I moved around the corner about 6 months ago and was curious to try it, so I went in with my visiting mum and a friend of hers this evening.

When the time came to order, I made sure to specify I wanted the moussaka with meat. After the server brought our food and we started digging in, I quickly realized that the horribly over-cooked piece on my plate was the vegetarian version of it (with mushrooms and cabbage, which are not in the meat version, and no meat). I decided to stick with it, but I called our server to let him know of the situation and to ask him to charge me for the vegetarian moussaka only (about $3 cheaper).

Once I had finished my plate, he came back and told me that the chef had stated that today the meat moussaka had mushrooms in it and that the meat was under, which was complete bull. I can tell when I eat meat or not, and there was not a speck of it in the piece I got.

The rest of our meal was mediocre (chicken marsala was completely dry, the vegetables were straight from the freezer as was the cheesecake, which was as compact as a brick. And since when does bchamel sauce have tomato in it?!).

They still charged me for the meat moussaka, at which point I just paid for it and barely left a tip. Looking around, we eventually realized that there were way many more people drinking at the bar than eating at the tables, and now we know why.

The jazz was OK, but that's beside the point. The food was a total disaster, the service non-existent and the attitude when confronted with their mistake despicable. There are enough very good restaurants on the UWS to be able to say to Cleopatra's Needle: Never again.

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★☆☆☆☆

Never again! I have never written a food review before, but I have to share what has just happened at Cleopatra's Needle to warn unsuspecting potential patrons.

I moved around the corner about 6 months ago and was curious to try it, so I went in with my visiting mum and a friend of hers this evening.

When the time came to order, I made sure to specify I wanted the moussaka with meat. After the server brought our food and we started digging in, I quickly realized that the horribly over-cooked piece on my plate was the vegetarian version of it (with mushrooms and cabbage, which are not in the meat version, and no meat). I decided to stick with it, but I called our server to let him know of the situation and to ask him to charge me for the vegetarian moussaka only (about $3 cheaper).

Once I had finished my plate, he came back and told me that the chef had stated that today the meat moussaka had mushrooms in it and that the meat was under, which was complete bull. I can tell when I eat meat or not, and there was not a speck of it in the piece I got.

The rest of our meal was mediocre (chicken marsala was completely dry, the vegetables were straight from the freezer as was the cheesecake, which was as compact as a brick. And since when does bchamel sauce have tomato in it?!).

They still charged me for the meat moussaka, at which point I just paid for it and barely left a tip. Looking around, we eventually realized that there were way many more people drinking at the bar than eating at the tables, and now we know why.

The jazz was OK, but that's beside the point. The food was a total disaster, the service non-existent and the attitude when confronted with their mistake despicable. There are enough very good restaurants on the UWS to be able to say to Cleopatra's Needle: Never again.

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Never again! I have never written a food review before, but I have to share what has just happened at Cleopatra's Needle to warn unsuspecting potential patrons.

I moved around the corner about 6 months ago and was curious to try it, so I

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★★★★★

Never again! I have never written a food review before, but I have to share what has just happened at Cleopatra's Needle to warn unsuspecting potential patrons.

I moved around the corner about 6 months ago and was curious to try it, so I

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Nice place to spend an evening listening to great jazz

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★★★★☆

Nice place to spend an evening listening to great jazz

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Great BeBop at times. The atmosphere is perfect for a NYC village type establishment you might recall from the 1970's. Very relaxing so don't be uptight. If you are prudish or very fussy it might irritate you with it's homey feel. Place is nicely clean and all staff is very friendly. They might try to brush you off if you're mean but they are not servants just restaurant workers in a cozy location. Good selection of Martinis and Wine. Sit in the window and watch the street in the snow. Wonderful experience and nice decor too. I am a sometimes regular customer only.

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★★★★★

Great BeBop at times. The atmosphere is perfect for a NYC village type establishment you might recall from the 1970's. Very relaxing so don't be uptight. If you are prudish or very fussy it might irritate you with it's homey feel. Place is nicely clean and all staff is very friendly. They might try to brush you off if you're mean but they are not servants just restaurant workers in a cozy location. Good selection of Martinis and Wine. Sit in the window and watch the street in the snow. Wonderful experience and nice decor too. I am a sometimes regular customer only.

Pros: great live music and NYC atmosphere

Cons: Musicians sometimes are a bit amateur but no problem

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The musicians are all over the place. Some are excellent. Some are so-so but try really hard. Some obviously have rich parents behind them and don't impress. Heck you can barely hear any emotion in them. They probably bored Columbia Students doing the musician impression to tell the parents paying the bill they do have a gig.

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★☆☆☆☆

The musicians are all over the place. Some are excellent. Some are so-so but try really hard. Some obviously have rich parents behind them and don't impress. Heck you can barely hear any emotion in them. They probably bored Columbia Students doing the musician impression to tell the parents paying the bill they do have a gig.

Pros: live music

Cons: some of the musicians have the rich musician syndrome

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i called to make a reservation for me and my family and had a friend that wanted to try the open mike,
as i ask that idiot MAHER about the open mike and to see if they served all arabic food he says i got go and hangs up the phone in my face.
that was on the phone i wounder how he will treat his customers in person.
maybe the owners want to teach this idiot how to talk to custmoers, before they make a guy that sounds like he does'nt want to be there to become a manger.

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★☆☆☆☆

i called to make a reservation for me and my family and had a friend that wanted to try the open mike,
as i ask that idiot MAHER about the open mike and to see if they served all arabic food he says i got go and hangs up the phone in my face.
that was on the phone i wounder how he will treat his customers in person.
maybe the owners want to teach this idiot how to talk to custmoers, before they make a guy that sounds like he does'nt want to be there to become a manger.

Pros: i did not even have to go there

Cons: no respect for customers

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I go here to watch my friend play jazz and appreciate that they give space to musicians.

But other than that, it's just an overpriced (i.e. $8 bottled beers) bar with underwhelming service and mediocre middle eastern style food. The service is grumpy and inattentive.

I also don't understand why a jazz venue needs to have a gigantic TV set competing with the live music. On our last visit, the Simpsons was on with the volume off. Come on.

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★★☆☆☆

I go here to watch my friend play jazz and appreciate that they give space to musicians.

But other than that, it's just an overpriced (i.e. $8 bottled beers) bar with underwhelming service and mediocre middle eastern style food. The service is grumpy and inattentive.

I also don't understand why a jazz venue needs to have a gigantic TV set competing with the live music. On our last visit, the Simpsons was on with the volume off. Come on.

Pros: live jazz

Cons: extremely overpriced, lousy service

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Didn't really know what to expect when we went to this place, but I definitely didn't expect the jazz to be so loud an ongoing as it was. I've been to many other jazz dinner shows where sound was controlled better, but I guess since the space is small the acoustics just make the music pound off the walls and create a very loud, booming experience. Anyway, the food was very good, we had a seafood platter special, which we liked. Our waiter was a little weird and bumbling, but that was no big deal. One annoying thing was that we brought our own wine and since the bottle was large than a normal wine bottle (our group was 8 people), the corkage fee was doubled for like $25 to $50. I thought maybe they would up it to 30 or 40 bucks, but $50? We talked the owner/manager down a little since that was unexpected, and I think he charged us like $40 or $45 after all, but it was still a whammy.

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★★★☆☆

Didn't really know what to expect when we went to this place, but I definitely didn't expect the jazz to be so loud an ongoing as it was. I've been to many other jazz dinner shows where sound was controlled better, but I guess since the space is small the acoustics just make the music pound off the walls and create a very loud, booming experience. Anyway, the food was very good, we had a seafood platter special, which we liked. Our waiter was a little weird and bumbling, but that was no big deal. One annoying thing was that we brought our own wine and since the bottle was large than a normal wine bottle (our group was 8 people), the corkage fee was doubled for like $25 to $50. I thought maybe they would up it to 30 or 40 bucks, but $50? We talked the owner/manager down a little since that was unexpected, and I think he charged us like $40 or $45 after all, but it was still a whammy.

Pros: good seafood special

Cons: weirdness

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Me and my boyfriend went here yesterday. For some reason i though this place would be bigger, seems small but maybe because it was a little crowded. That didn't matter though, the music is lovely, with great service and a pleasant atmosphere! We had a great time--the food is tasty too.

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★★★★☆

Me and my boyfriend went here yesterday. For some reason i though this place would be bigger, seems small but maybe because it was a little crowded. That didn't matter though, the music is lovely, with great service and a pleasant atmosphere! We had a great time--the food is tasty too.

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I stumbled upon Cleopatra's Needle because I needed to listen to a live jazz performance for a class. The restaurant is an intimate little restaurant that was mainly candle lit, with a bar, and a small stage with live jazz. I got a pasta dish and it was delicious. Our waiter was very friendly and I really enjoyed myself. If you want to hear jazz in a relaxing atmosphere, this is the place. The only down fall was that it was expensive.

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★★★★☆

I stumbled upon Cleopatra's Needle because I needed to listen to a live jazz performance for a class. The restaurant is an intimate little restaurant that was mainly candle lit, with a bar, and a small stage with live jazz. I got a pasta dish and it was delicious. Our waiter was very friendly and I really enjoyed myself. If you want to hear jazz in a relaxing atmosphere, this is the place. The only down fall was that it was expensive.

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I can not believe that Cleopatra's Needle is so sensitive that they must rant and rave in response to every review. Look at the last review. They had 4 stars and this was still not enough to satisfy them. You have to be a real idiot manager to argue with a 4 star review. After complimenting the music, they insist it was some other pianist. After detailing the prices on their menu, they are upset that the patrons don't all come during happy hour. Do they not know what this site is for? It is for people to get an idea of the experience of the restaurant before going out. Would you really want to go to a place that has such a hostile manager? I, for one, will not be returning to a place where the management behaves like children. There are other jazz clubs in the city, and you can find out about all of them right here on Citysearch.

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★☆☆☆☆

I can not believe that Cleopatra's Needle is so sensitive that they must rant and rave in response to every review. Look at the last review. They had 4 stars and this was still not enough to satisfy them. You have to be a real idiot manager to argue with a 4 star review. After complimenting the music, they insist it was some other pianist. After detailing the prices on their menu, they are upset that the patrons don't all come during happy hour. Do they not know what this site is for? It is for people to get an idea of the experience of the restaurant before going out. Would you really want to go to a place that has such a hostile manager? I, for one, will not be returning to a place where the management behaves like children. There are other jazz clubs in the city, and you can find out about all of them right here on Citysearch.

Pros: It's not that bad of a place

Cons: But they clearly don't want your business

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I visited here last night with my cousins from out of town. We all like Jazz and decided to go uptown to check it out. There is no cover charge and a $10 minimum which is pretty reasonable for entertainment. The drinks are expensive and while the coffee and martini drinks are $10-$12, the beer and wine are $7-$9 meaning you will have to buy more than one to meet the minimum. I also had a $7 slice of cheesecake with my $9 wine. Between 3 of us we had 4 drinks and 2 desserts and spent $56 plus tip. Not bad for a night out in New York, if you take into account the free live music.
Wednesdays are Open Mics for singers. They had Jon Weiss on piano (who has been a fixture on the NY Jazz scene for 30 years) and a drummer and bass player. Each singer sang two songs and they ranged from decent to great. I don't know if there is a screening process or only the talented show up, but it is good. I'd like to go back on a different night and see some pros, but I will probably have some drinks somewhere cheaper before venturing in and only buy my obligatory one or two.
I'm glad I did not read the reviews before I came here. It is shocking that the management will insult patrons who had a bad time at their restaurant. The manager should try to save face and remove the insulting posts, and perhaps offer explanations why someone might have a bad time or what they are doing to improve their club.

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★★★★☆

I visited here last night with my cousins from out of town. We all like Jazz and decided to go uptown to check it out. There is no cover charge and a $10 minimum which is pretty reasonable for entertainment. The drinks are expensive and while the coffee and martini drinks are $10-$12, the beer and wine are $7-$9 meaning you will have to buy more than one to meet the minimum. I also had a $7 slice of cheesecake with my $9 wine. Between 3 of us we had 4 drinks and 2 desserts and spent $56 plus tip. Not bad for a night out in New York, if you take into account the free live music.
Wednesdays are Open Mics for singers. They had Jon Weiss on piano (who has been a fixture on the NY Jazz scene for 30 years) and a drummer and bass player. Each singer sang two songs and they ranged from decent to great. I don't know if there is a screening process or only the talented show up, but it is good. I'd like to go back on a different night and see some pros, but I will probably have some drinks somewhere cheaper before venturing in and only buy my obligatory one or two.
I'm glad I did not read the reviews before I came here. It is shocking that the management will insult patrons who had a bad time at their restaurant. The manager should try to save face and remove the insulting posts, and perhaps offer explanations why someone might have a bad time or what they are doing to improve their club.

Pros: Great music, No cover,

Cons: Expensive Drinks

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I was urged to keep drinking and spend more money as if the management didn't care if I could walk or stagger or crawl out of there. If you are not continually spending, you're subtly urged to leave the restaurant. If you like chaos this place is for you. if you like a mediocre menu, Cleopatra's Needle is for you, If you wanna watch a sporting event on the big screen TV with interruptions from the cacaphonous sounds made by music students and wanna be's, Cleopatra's Needle is for you. Cleopatra's Needle's former glory was derived from the previous owner, who cared about the music. I was not surprised, after reading what other reviewers had to say about Cleopatra's needle. I think more telling is how the management of Cleopatra's Needle responds to dissatisfied customers, you don't flip the bird to customers. That is the feeling I get When I go into Cleo's needle. If the place were to fold tommorow, Cleo's would be sorely missed, by many music students and would be singers and musicians. I for one will not miss it.

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★★☆☆☆

I was urged to keep drinking and spend more money as if the management didn't care if I could walk or stagger or crawl out of there. If you are not continually spending, you're subtly urged to leave the restaurant. If you like chaos this place is for you. if you like a mediocre menu, Cleopatra's Needle is for you, If you wanna watch a sporting event on the big screen TV with interruptions from the cacaphonous sounds made by music students and wanna be's, Cleopatra's Needle is for you. Cleopatra's Needle's former glory was derived from the previous owner, who cared about the music. I was not surprised, after reading what other reviewers had to say about Cleopatra's needle. I think more telling is how the management of Cleopatra's Needle responds to dissatisfied customers, you don't flip the bird to customers. That is the feeling I get When I go into Cleo's needle. If the place were to fold tommorow, Cleo's would be sorely missed, by many music students and would be singers and musicians. I for one will not miss it.

Cons: They fall real short when it come to hospitality

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This is a first for me?for both my visit, and reading reviews where the restaurant comments on the negative feedback. Personally, for those who?ve provided not-the-most positive reviews, I think they do not understand that we all have different tastes in food and music. To readers, please try this place for yourself and be your own judge. I visited on a Sunday evening with a friend from out of town. While I did not care for the classical jazz that played this particular evening (I prefer contemporary), the atmosphere was great. I enjoyed my meal, and didn?t think it was overpriced (especially for NYC!). The place is ever so cozy. The staff that waited on us was especially attentive ? and I will come back again. To the restaurant representative responding to the postings ? just let it go with the ?come backs?. Take the negativity and learn /build from it. I like your establishment and I?d say half the negative respondents sounded more like complainers, versus people honestly giving you constructive input.
Good luck to you.

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★★★★☆

This is a first for me?for both my visit, and reading reviews where the restaurant comments on the negative feedback. Personally, for those who?ve provided not-the-most positive reviews, I think they do not understand that we all have different tastes in food and music. To readers, please try this place for yourself and be your own judge. I visited on a Sunday evening with a friend from out of town. While I did not care for the classical jazz that played this particular evening (I prefer contemporary), the atmosphere was great. I enjoyed my meal, and didn?t think it was overpriced (especially for NYC!). The place is ever so cozy. The staff that waited on us was especially attentive ? and I will come back again. To the restaurant representative responding to the postings ? just let it go with the ?come backs?. Take the negativity and learn /build from it. I like your establishment and I?d say half the negative respondents sounded more like complainers, versus people honestly giving you constructive input.
Good luck to you.

Pros: Cozy - Not costly - Good location.

Cons: Not knowing what type of jazzy is on tap for that evening. No biggy.

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I go here every time I am in the city. During happy hour, you can get half price cocktails, then the music starts at 8, and you can enjoy some great jazz. The Moussaka is my favorite dish, but the seafood and Chicken here is also excellent. I don't know why anyone would not enjoy himself at such a cool place. There is no cover charge, it's a great, lively hip crowd, and a mellow dimly-lit place for couples. Late at night, all kinds of jazz greats show up for the jam sessions. If you love jazz, you gotta check this place out!

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★★★★★

I go here every time I am in the city. During happy hour, you can get half price cocktails, then the music starts at 8, and you can enjoy some great jazz. The Moussaka is my favorite dish, but the seafood and Chicken here is also excellent. I don't know why anyone would not enjoy himself at such a cool place. There is no cover charge, it's a great, lively hip crowd, and a mellow dimly-lit place for couples. Late at night, all kinds of jazz greats show up for the jam sessions. If you love jazz, you gotta check this place out!

Pros: live jazz, no cover charge, great cocktails, atmosphere, good food

Cons: food is a bit pricey

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The place sounds great online, but in reality it isn't. The food is mediocre and the service is horrible. The burger that I had was so bland and burnt that I couldn't eat it. The music was somewhat okay, but there are other jazz places around with more affordable prices and a better menu. I also can't believe some of the responses that the business wrote. It shows that they are not very customer friendly. This is not a place where people should go when they're looking for a good time.

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★☆☆☆☆

The place sounds great online, but in reality it isn't. The food is mediocre and the service is horrible. The burger that I had was so bland and burnt that I couldn't eat it. The music was somewhat okay, but there are other jazz places around with more affordable prices and a better menu. I also can't believe some of the responses that the business wrote. It shows that they are not very customer friendly. This is not a place where people should go when they're looking for a good time.

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I live in New Hampshire, and we try to get to NYC as often as we can for the vast selection of restaurants and clubs. Whenever possible my wife and I spend an evening at Cleopatra's Needle. First, we love the live jazz which can be enjoyed in a very relaxing atmosphere. Second, the food is terrific. We are very health conscience about our diet, and find that this establishments Mediterranean cuisine is prepared with very high quality ingredients with many low fat selections. No cover charge, a cozy seat by the window , live jazz, and enjoying great food and drinks - what could be better!!!

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★★★★★

I live in New Hampshire, and we try to get to NYC as often as we can for the vast selection of restaurants and clubs. Whenever possible my wife and I spend an evening at Cleopatra's Needle. First, we love the live jazz which can be enjoyed in a very relaxing atmosphere. Second, the food is terrific. We are very health conscience about our diet, and find that this establishments Mediterranean cuisine is prepared with very high quality ingredients with many low fat selections. No cover charge, a cozy seat by the window , live jazz, and enjoying great food and drinks - what could be better!!!

Pros: Live Jazz, large selection menu of low fat meals, no cover

Cons: None

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I went here on a Sunday evening to meet with friends. We were seated near a big window in the corner, and we had a nice time chatting, and listening to the "open mic for singers", which was highly entertaining. First, a japanese girl was scat singing, then a woman came up and did a song from "Cats". Afterwards, at about 8, a very talented piano trio started playing, and they were excellent.

The waitress was helpful, and gave us good suggestions. I didn't want to eat anything too spicy, and one of my friends is a vegan, but it wasn't any problem.
For food, we started with an appetizer platter with hot pita bread. The appetizer platter had houmous, baba ganoush, grape leaves and falafels, all of which were very good. Later, we had a Greek salad, a burger and chicken shish kebab. The food was good, healthy, hearty and not too spicy. It's basic, good food, without any frills.

We decided to stay until the end of the set, and it was worth it. The music was great, and we couldn't believe we could hear such great music without a cover charge. We are definitely going to come again, and next time, we are bringing my friend (she wants to sing at the "jazz open mic for singers")!

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★★★★★

I went here on a Sunday evening to meet with friends. We were seated near a big window in the corner, and we had a nice time chatting, and listening to the "open mic for singers", which was highly entertaining. First, a japanese girl was scat singing, then a woman came up and did a song from "Cats". Afterwards, at about 8, a very talented piano trio started playing, and they were excellent.

The waitress was helpful, and gave us good suggestions. I didn't want to eat anything too spicy, and one of my friends is a vegan, but it wasn't any problem.
For food, we started with an appetizer platter with hot pita bread. The appetizer platter had houmous, baba ganoush, grape leaves and falafels, all of which were very good. Later, we had a Greek salad, a burger and chicken shish kebab. The food was good, healthy, hearty and not too spicy. It's basic, good food, without any frills.

We decided to stay until the end of the set, and it was worth it. The music was great, and we couldn't believe we could hear such great music without a cover charge. We are definitely going to come again, and next time, we are bringing my friend (she wants to sing at the "jazz open mic for singers")!

Pros: Great live music, laid-back atmosphere

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I'm surprised by some of the prissy reviews I've seen here from "snobby types", complaining about the food or the prices. Where are these people coming from?

I first started going to Cleopatra's Needle in 2000, back when it was just known as a local hangout for musicians and jazz lovers. Since then, things have changed. There are tablecloths, there is a larger menu, an expanded wine list and a brand-new Yamaha grand piano, and the place has become well-known through TV spots and local press. Luckily, though, Cleo's has retained the funky, creative ambiance it always had, and it's a real piece of New York.

I'm a musician, so every time I'm in the area, I stop by Cleo's. It's a cozy, laid-back place. The chocolate martinis are delicious, the food is great (my favorite dishes are the Chicken Marsala and the Moussaka), and the music is excellent. The prices are about what you would expect for the Upper West Side, and if you only want a snack, there are lots of light things to order, like a falafel sandwich, and there are dishes for vegitarians.

Unlike many other jazz clubs, Cleopatra's Needle has no cover charge, so all of my musician friends hang out there. If you want a "romantic evening", eat early, though, because late at night, the place is packed with jazz musicians (sometimes famous muscians drop in), music students, hipsters and locals. Late at night, there are the best jam sessions!

If you are looking for a slick, corporate jazz club, then you might not like Cleo's. It's funky, gritty, ambient and down-to-earth, and it's peopled with the kind of jazz characters that would be ideal in a novel. Sometimes you might also encounter some "New York attitude", but it's worth it for the music, the food and the vibe.

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★★★★★

I'm surprised by some of the prissy reviews I've seen here from "snobby types", complaining about the food or the prices. Where are these people coming from?

I first started going to Cleopatra's Needle in 2000, back when it was just known as a local hangout for musicians and jazz lovers. Since then, things have changed. There are tablecloths, there is a larger menu, an expanded wine list and a brand-new Yamaha grand piano, and the place has become well-known through TV spots and local press. Luckily, though, Cleo's has retained the funky, creative ambiance it always had, and it's a real piece of New York.

I'm a musician, so every time I'm in the area, I stop by Cleo's. It's a cozy, laid-back place. The chocolate martinis are delicious, the food is great (my favorite dishes are the Chicken Marsala and the Moussaka), and the music is excellent. The prices are about what you would expect for the Upper West Side, and if you only want a snack, there are lots of light things to order, like a falafel sandwich, and there are dishes for vegitarians.

Unlike many other jazz clubs, Cleopatra's Needle has no cover charge, so all of my musician friends hang out there. If you want a "romantic evening", eat early, though, because late at night, the place is packed with jazz musicians (sometimes famous muscians drop in), music students, hipsters and locals. Late at night, there are the best jam sessions!

If you are looking for a slick, corporate jazz club, then you might not like Cleo's. It's funky, gritty, ambient and down-to-earth, and it's peopled with the kind of jazz characters that would be ideal in a novel. Sometimes you might also encounter some "New York attitude", but it's worth it for the music, the food and the vibe.

Pros: live music, no cover charge, great cocktails, good food

Cons: big screen TV is a distraction at times, music is sometimes loud

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Goodness. I too like to do my research before I try a new place out which would involve reading the reviews from past diners. I am truly surprised that the ?Restaurant Representative? would post such odd somewhat rude replies to customers. I find it very immature and slightly unprofessional. If someone is posing as a rep on this posting I sure hope that the restaurant can speak on his or her behalf and redeem their image on this posting. Needless to say I will not be checking this place out this evening like I had planned.

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★★★☆☆

Goodness. I too like to do my research before I try a new place out which would involve reading the reviews from past diners. I am truly surprised that the ?Restaurant Representative? would post such odd somewhat rude replies to customers. I find it very immature and slightly unprofessional. If someone is posing as a rep on this posting I sure hope that the restaurant can speak on his or her behalf and redeem their image on this posting. Needless to say I will not be checking this place out this evening like I had planned.

Pros: Has possibility

Cons: Poor taste on responses to reviews

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I saw this place referenced on Rachel Ray's show and planned on checking it out...until I scrolled through all the reviews here and saw the 2 responses from the restaurant.

I hope these responses are not truly from the restaurant's representatives. As I would expect very little in the way of good customer service from a restaurant that responds so RUDELY to past customers.

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★★★☆☆

I saw this place referenced on Rachel Ray's show and planned on checking it out...until I scrolled through all the reviews here and saw the 2 responses from the restaurant.

I hope these responses are not truly from the restaurant's representatives. As I would expect very little in the way of good customer service from a restaurant that responds so RUDELY to past customers.

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A cozy romantic place to take in the sights of Broadway's Upper Westside and enjoy a glass of red wine and quality food and jazz! I had a very delightful pasta salad plate full of nice slices of tomatoes, carrots, green peppers and meaty fresh mushrooms at such a good price. Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

A cozy romantic place to take in the sights of Broadway's Upper Westside and enjoy a glass of red wine and quality food and jazz! I had a very delightful pasta salad plate full of nice slices of tomatoes, carrots, green peppers and meaty fresh mushrooms at such a good price. Highly recommended.

Pros: Romanic, beautiful dazzling atmosphere.

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The food here is great! I ordered the Moussakah and it was fantastic. I will definitely be returning to Cleopatra's Needls again to sample one of their many other options. The menu is great becuase there are so many choices. The menu is so authentic! I don't know what the other reviewers were thinking, but don't listen to them...the food is great!

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★★★★★

The food here is great! I ordered the Moussakah and it was fantastic. I will definitely be returning to Cleopatra's Needls again to sample one of their many other options. The menu is great becuase there are so many choices. The menu is so authentic! I don't know what the other reviewers were thinking, but don't listen to them...the food is great!

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The fact that this restaurant has both a live jazz band and a big sports screen should have warned us. This place is so bad, I can hardly find words for it.
The live music is nice but not more than mediocre. Everything else is terrible.
The menu is a weird mix of Italian, American, Arabian and Indian cuisine. My Chicken Massala was expensive and (far worse) uneatable. I took two bites before giving up. I almost always eat what I am served. But this was really horrible. My friend's Baklava tasted like peanutbutter.
The staff shares in the misery of this place and doesn't seem to care about anything but to do as little as possible. The only positive thing is that it was so all so bad that we actually had a lot of fun about the place.
This was by far the worst experience ever in the City. So if you want to hear live music, go anywhere but here.

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★☆☆☆☆

The fact that this restaurant has both a live jazz band and a big sports screen should have warned us. This place is so bad, I can hardly find words for it.
The live music is nice but not more than mediocre. Everything else is terrible.
The menu is a weird mix of Italian, American, Arabian and Indian cuisine. My Chicken Massala was expensive and (far worse) uneatable. I took two bites before giving up. I almost always eat what I am served. But this was really horrible. My friend's Baklava tasted like peanutbutter.
The staff shares in the misery of this place and doesn't seem to care about anything but to do as little as possible. The only positive thing is that it was so all so bad that we actually had a lot of fun about the place.
This was by far the worst experience ever in the City. So if you want to hear live music, go anywhere but here.

Pros: live jazz band

Cons: price, food, service

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I went to this restaurant with my boyfriend for my birthday. We heard about it on $40 a day with Rachel Ray. It looked like a great atmosphere with live jazz and good mediterrean dishes. When we got there (on a Sat. night), the place was half empty.. which should have been a clue. The tables were squished together. I don't know how Rachel managed to pick a reasonably priced dish here. Most of the meals were $20+ for an entree and both of our dishes were bland. In addition, the wine list was mediocre. I understand that you may sacrifice some quality for good value... but this place completely lacked both! Don't go here unless you only care about the music. I seriously doubt Rachel Ray's recommendations.. she doesn't seem to dislike anything!

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to this restaurant with my boyfriend for my birthday. We heard about it on $40 a day with Rachel Ray. It looked like a great atmosphere with live jazz and good mediterrean dishes. When we got there (on a Sat. night), the place was half empty.. which should have been a clue. The tables were squished together. I don't know how Rachel managed to pick a reasonably priced dish here. Most of the meals were $20+ for an entree and both of our dishes were bland. In addition, the wine list was mediocre. I understand that you may sacrifice some quality for good value... but this place completely lacked both! Don't go here unless you only care about the music. I seriously doubt Rachel Ray's recommendations.. she doesn't seem to dislike anything!

Pros: Music

Cons: unattentive staff, bland food, price

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My boyfriend and I went on a Friday night to listen to music and have dinner. We were shocked at the high prices but decided to try it anyway. When my beau got his chicken he said it tasted horrible and couldn't eat it. We never return food, but for $20 a plate we couldn't let this go. The waiter argued with him, telling him that he had to pay for it and that it was impossible that it couldn't taste good. My boyfriend said he couldn't eat it and to please just give him a salad. The manager came back with a soggy salad with Newman's dressing and told us that he tasted the chicken himself and pointed to my beau's mouth and said that something must be wrong with him! To top it off, the chicken was still on the bill! Stay away from this place!

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★☆☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I went on a Friday night to listen to music and have dinner. We were shocked at the high prices but decided to try it anyway. When my beau got his chicken he said it tasted horrible and couldn't eat it. We never return food, but for $20 a plate we couldn't let this go. The waiter argued with him, telling him that he had to pay for it and that it was impossible that it couldn't taste good. My boyfriend said he couldn't eat it and to please just give him a salad. The manager came back with a soggy salad with Newman's dressing and told us that he tasted the chicken himself and pointed to my beau's mouth and said that something must be wrong with him! To top it off, the chicken was still on the bill! Stay away from this place!

Cons: food, service, price

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If you are coming for live music then grab a drink at the bar or in a corner away from the band and enjoy. Be prepared to spend $7 for a bottle of beer and $8 for a glass of cheap wine. The food, no matter what they market it as, is mediterranean bar food - poor quilty served by inattentive and impersonal staff. If your goal is music than you will like the lively jazz supported by good acoustics.

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★★★☆☆

If you are coming for live music then grab a drink at the bar or in a corner away from the band and enjoy. Be prepared to spend $7 for a bottle of beer and $8 for a glass of cheap wine. The food, no matter what they market it as, is mediterranean bar food - poor quilty served by inattentive and impersonal staff. If your goal is music than you will like the lively jazz supported by good acoustics.

Pros: good jazz

Cons: bad food, inattentive staff, expensive

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While dining with my boyfriend and his brother, our waiter informed us that the signature dish was currently being featured on The Food Network, so we ordered it. He served our appetizer and entrees simultaneously, poured water all over the floor, and than sat at the bar behind us and ate his dinner. Everyone must eat, but the sound of him chewing greatly interfered with our ability to hear the "jazz" that was being performed. The food was extremely overpriced and overrated anyway. We don't reccomend it.

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★★☆☆☆

While dining with my boyfriend and his brother, our waiter informed us that the signature dish was currently being featured on The Food Network, so we ordered it. He served our appetizer and entrees simultaneously, poured water all over the floor, and than sat at the bar behind us and ate his dinner. Everyone must eat, but the sound of him chewing greatly interfered with our ability to hear the "jazz" that was being performed. The food was extremely overpriced and overrated anyway. We don't reccomend it.

Pros: big screen t.v

Cons: , service, singing

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