33 West 60th Street, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.769670 -73.983462
Neighborhoods: Lincoln Square, Midtown
Bad service, good music, corporate atmosphere, nice view – This place is located inside a mall -- although it's polished up, it's still inside the mall and seems more like a cheesecake factory than a jazz joint. I prefer places with more character and individualism.
Performance itself was moving and artists were great. It was quite expensive though.
The worst part was the noise. We went in for the last set and were seated close to the entrance. Mid-concert some employees went on their break and spoke and ate loudly, so that we couldn't hear the music properly. I asked them to keep it down, but they were not responsive or polite. So don't sit close to the entrance on the last set.
Great Place, C+ Service – My first trip ever to the Dizzy's or Lincoln Center for that matter was on 4/13/2009 to see Judy Carmichael perform for a music project. I took my best friend and we had a good time. We called ahead for reservations and were promptly seated, a server came over and served some horrid tasting tap water, yikes!...Our waitress came over and seemed nice at first but she was just a bit off for me. My friend and I both had the fried chicken entree but diffrent sides, I asked the waitress could I substitute, she said she would ask the chef if it was possible, but never got back to me. We were seated near the far end overlooking the NYC skyline, it was truly beautiful. The food came, it was really good some not so bad. We asked the waitress could we order a drink , she said she would be back, but never came back to show us a drink menu or desserts, we never saw her until after the show. I remember sitting and waiting for her to come back so I could get some ketchup for my fries, I felt she was reall inattentive...I would come back here though, and the shows should be a bit longer since we spent more time eating than the 1 hr show...Oh and Students should really go here, they gave us half off the show and 15% off food..
HIGH CLASS JAZZ WITHOUT PRETENSE – Perhaps because of the name of the place, I was reluctant to go, but a friend offered to treat me and my wife, so we gave it a shot. Thank you, friend! Our seats were at the bar since we didn't have reservations, and the bar was right next to and just in front of the stage. Good sight lines, just no table to lean on as you relax to listen. I turned my bar stool around and leaned on the back. Besides providing good service, the bartender was able to answer this question: "Does the band change the play list from set to set?" His answer was detailed and insightful enough that I could see he was involved and vested in what was going on. "Sometimes, the drummer will move down to the vibes," he offered. That was a good sign. Later, when the drummer did indeed move down, I looked over my shoulder and happened to make eye contact with the bartender. We nodded in recognition of the moment. The players - drum, reeds, guitar, piano, bass - were old timers. Some veterans of Benny Goodman's bands. Really first class. I don't think they tried anything too dangerous, but they did manage to create the kind of joy in the room that we always hope to find in jazz. The background to the stage are floor to ceiling windows with a view over Central Park and the Upper East Side. For those of us at the bar, with the more acute angle, the view included the huge, luxury residence tower just over a way on Columbus Circle. As I sat there, enjoying my big night out in the City, living the life, I couldn't help but notice a guy in one of the super-expensive, exclusive apartments just a hundred yards or so away. He was sitting there in cut off jeans and a t-shirt watching a ball game. Huh? No Armani, no model girlfriend serving martinis, no sophisticated soiree? Same as me, just a bigger TV and a shorter walk to the jazz joint. Not really. If you can get past DGCC name and a couple of other things corporate, the place is worth trying.
Great view, good performances, but very noisy – The view is great, but there seemed to be a constant buzz of talking and all of the clanking of glasses and plates was extremely audible during the performance. I can only think it's the accoustics of the room... it ruined several numbers for me.
What surprise – I was VERY hesitant to go to this venue, but was invited for a work function. It was marvelous. The view of Central Park was spectacular and the jazz show wonderful. The food is Southern and a little heavy, but still good. Definitely would come back with my husband - it was quite romantic and intimate. From what I heard Winton Marsalis deisgned the inside so the acoustics would be perfect. A+
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