“Somehow the space is set up so that you get a good, close view of the stage no matter where you are, and yet you don't feel like you are sitting in your neighbor's lap, either.”
“Good wine list and food choices.”
“am from the south and as someone who prides herself on knowing good bbq I am very skeptical of BBQ places in NY.”
“Good wine list and food choices.”
“Great Jazz in a great place!”
“The food is delicious and the entertainment has you longing to come back.”
“first time at jazz standard we tried the "world-famous" BBQ, which was served cold and came to the table faster than our drinks, but our server was nice, plus we went there for the music anyway, so didn't care too much.”
“Very expensive though.”
Rude Musician, Unimpressive Food. Our recent experience at Blue Smoke was horrible! It had less to do with the service, food, ambiance etc. and more to do with the band that was performing there that night. We were seated right in front of the musicians and everything was going well until the composer/saxophonist (who happened to be an 80 year old man) proceeded to scold us for so much as moving a finger during the performance. We literally could not breathe, smile, or blink during the set. He commented and said ?why do people who don?t enjoy this music always have to sit in the front?. It was very demoralizing and embarrassing especially since no one in our group was being disrespectful to him. Thankfully the club manager refunded us the $30 cover after we complained, but we left very annoyed and our night was ruined! The food itself (specifically the ribs and gumbo) were not impressive. I double we?ll ever be back.
worst service in town.
first time at jazz standard we tried the "world-famous" BBQ, which was served cold and came to the table faster than our drinks, but our server was nice, plus we went there for the music anyway, so didn't care too much.
second time was today and I'm still kinda mad. (I work in a 4 star restaurant in midtown so I look at the service differently, but have never got upset over poor service or anything)
I was in the neighborhood today and sat down to have a drink. There is a couple at one table and a guy eating at another one. I sat between them, in front of the server who's chatting with the couple. There are no menus on the table.
So I'm sitting there waiting for the server to come to me with the menus I guess... He's still chatting, which is fine, it's been only 5 minutes.
Another 5 minutes go by and another server brings some food for the couple. She gives it to the server, looks at me, i smile, she goes back.
Another 5 minutes go by, the server stopped chatting with the couple, he's somewhere behind me, I don't turn around, probably he's coming with the menus...
A few minutes go by, this time another server comes outside to check on the guy who's eating solo. He also sees me sitting there with no menus. I kinda nod like "what's up man, I'm here ready to order", he says nothing and goes back.
It's been about 20 minutes since I sat down, 3 (!!!!) servers saw me sitting, waiting for service. nothing.
So I get up, cuz it's time to go, but I'm kinda curious where the first server went, so I turn around, he's standing behind me leaning against the wall, arms crossed.
I didn't understand why I was ignored, so I was gonna step to the guy ask him what I was doing wrong, but instead, I kicked in a chair by accident and almost fell. I got distracted, so finally didn't ask him, just put the chair on the top of the table, hoping to catch somebody's attention... I'm not sure if anybody noticed.
Ditch the boho grit and nab straight-ahead bop in refurbished style..
Two neon signs read "Jazz" in red and "Barbecue" in blue. Take the low road to Jazz Standard, a dimly lit basement club hopping with pony-tailed jazz aficionados, smiling businessmen and a smattering of young and lovely black-clad waitstaffers. With a raised bar space in the back, and rows of tables lined up tightly right up to the stage, there's not a bad seat in the house.
The pairing of barbecue spot Blue Smoke with the Jazz Standard is a no-fail combo. Like the barbecue--at once gourmet cuisine and down-home cooking--the straight-ahead jazz is carefully selected to appeal to the serious jazz fan, yet it's accessible enough for novice listeners. More akin to highbrow digs like the Blue Note than the boho grit of clubs like Smalls, the Standard is a civilized alternative to the sardine-can syndrome of some of its well-known peers.
Beautiful Beautiful Place. This place is well worth your time. The hostess and the servers were very attentive. The food is delicious and the entertainment has you longing to come back. We had two sides, an entree, two glasses of wine, a non-alcoholic beverage and a cup of coffee all for $127 which included the $30 show fee per a person. Don't hesitate, just pick up and go.
Great food, great service and fantastic Jazz. What a great place. Food was excellent. $32 bottle of local vine and service was super. Atmosphere was relaxed and very friendly. Place was clean and romantic enough to set you in Jazz mood.. I went with my mother who is visiting me from Europe and this was excellent night out for both of use. We went to see Mulgrew Miller Trio featuring Duane Eubanks. Excellent show. I recommend 100 % you won?t be disappointed. Also if you don't want to buy anything with $25 ticket price you get table and water.
An unbelievable experience!.
Our time at JS was the perfect night to remember! I really loved the seating arrangement; not overly crowded, great view and sound no matter where you are seated in the house. On top of the great performance, the ribs from BlueSmoke were heavenly! Where else can you find a night of great entertainment and satisfying dining with friendly services?
Finding a parking space around its neighborhood should not be a problem as it is in an area of businsses, not a usual hangout place like East Village.
Great Jazz in a great place!.
I recommend that you eat upstairs prior to going downstairs for a show. If you do this you can beat the line that forms upstairs to get one of the better seats in the house.
There really isn't a bad seat in this house like the blue note and they let you choose where to sit.
Great sound down there, nice layout, and good work with the couches, tables, and candles....it's all you really need for Jazz.
Great waiters who keep you nice and toasty. Make reservations for the shows and they will cost you around 25 bucks.....and you'll get your money's worth
Love It!. THere is nothing not to like. A risk free enjoyabvle evening for all live jazz lovers. The side banquet seats are spacious and romantic and oiffer a bird's eye view. Good wine list and food choices. My favorite above Blue Note and others
Best BBQ in the city!!!. I am from the south and as someone who prides herself on knowing good bbq I am very skeptical of BBQ places in NY. However, Blue Smoke/ Jazz Standard delivers in ways I could only dream of. The pulled pork sanwich left me remembering my childhood in Macon, GA. The sweet tea, though not true southern style, was a decent substitute. he fried green tomatoes were a little fancy for a southerner but they tasted like the ones my mother makes. Overall, I would give this place a 10 for NY BBQ and a 8 for true southern style- but that is saying a lot! Jazz below is fantastic. This is one of my new fave spots in the city. Only complaint- they didn't know what brunswick stew is. I sometimes forget that maybe you can't get everything in New York! God Bless Macon, GA!
Jazz and Ribs. Great jazz and great ribs from Blue Smoke upstairs. What more can you ask for?
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