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These Are the 10 Best Restaurants with Live Music in NYC

Whether you’re planning a Valentine’s Day date or looking for some extra ambiance, you’ll find incredible musicianship and fine food at some of New York’s best restaurants. A piano, jazz band, or guitar great might accompany your meal of sushi or steak—now that’s our kind of concert! Savor the best of New York’s culinary and musical worlds at these ten local treasures.

NYC Restaurants with Live Music: The Iridium 

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Steve Miller with Jimmie Vaughan (credit: Arnie Goodman).

Rock ‘n roll royalty has graced the stage of The Iridium, now celebrating its 25th year. Come to this Theatre District club, the home stage of guitar icon Les Paul, for world-class guitar and music that ranges from rock to jazz to blues and everything in between. The table seating in this intimate underground space lets you enjoy a meal of American favorites like burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more. Grab a beer and fries to share, and enjoy the show! 1650 Broadway, 212-582-2121, theiridium.com

NYC Restaurants with Live Music: Club A Steakhouse 

You’ll enjoy your romantic dinner at Club A, especially if you’re headed to a Broadway show afterward. This upscale multilevel steakhouse often posts a band on the bottom floor to get your toes tapping while you indulge. Whether you prefer filet mignon or ribeye, sea bass or lobster, you’ll savor every bite. We also recommend a glass of red wine; it’ll go perfectly with your steak and the red walls of Club A’s interior. 240 E. 58th St., 212-688-4190, clubasteakhouse.com

NYC Restaurants with Live Music: Birdland Jazz Club

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Some of the best jazz in Midtown can be found at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club. With musically diverse acts and an intimate, classy vibe, dress up a little and come early to grab a table before the show. The baby back ribs and jambalaya are particularly yummy, and the cocktails are strong. 315 W 44th St., 212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com

NYC Restaurants with Live Music: The Flatiron Room

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Photo: Jacques Baudrier

The Flatiron Room hosts jazz acts every night of the week on their sizeable stage. But this is by no means a concert venue. Come sip one of their 1,000 varieties of whiskey, and sample some steak tacos or honey fried chicken with a biscuit. If you’re into 1920s aesthetics, upbeat crowds, and big bass riffs, this is your pick. 37 W. 26th St., 212-725-3860, theflatironroom.com

NYC Restaurants with Live Music: Arturo’s

Pizza and live jazz: that’s all you need to know about Arturo’s, located on the border of Greenwich Village and Soho. Arturo’s serves to-die-for coal-oven pizza (get the Diavolo) in this funky, surprisingly large spot on West Houston. The jazz band is a staple of the Village’s live-music scene and a local favorite for good reason. 106 W. Houston St., 212-677-3820

NYC Restaurants with Live Music: Tomi Jazz

This Midtown East haunt packs a punch with incredible Japanese food and live music nightly. Tomi Jazz tends toward its namesake genre and charges a cover for Friday and Saturday night guests. You’ll love favorites like the cod roe pasta, lychee cocktail, and honey toast for dessert. Another reason to come early: this small underground restaurant draws crowds and takes very limited reservations. 239 E. 53rd St., 646-497-1254, tomijazz.com

NYC Restaurants with Live Music: Chez Josephine 

See a show before your show at Chez Josephine, conveniently located on 42nd Street near the Broadway theatres. There’s live jazz every night of the week at this sumptuous French cafe inspired by Josephine Baker. Everyone can find something delicious on this menu, whether at lunch, dinner, or brunch. For dinner, have rack of lamb with ratatouille, while brunch hits include a classic croque monsieur. 414 W. 42nd St., 212-594-1925, chezjosephine.com

NYC Restaurants with Live Music: St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club

It doesn’t get more Williamsburg than St. Mazie, the enchanting bar and restaurant in Brooklyn. You’ll find jazz, blues, flamenco, and Americana daily on the diverse schedule, along with comfort food on the menu. Get a mezze platter to nosh while you listen, or go big at the Supper Club with a chicken sandwich or plate of risotto. If you’re around in the warm months, try to grab a spot in the back garden. 345 Grand St., 718-384-4807, stmazie.com

NYC Restaurants with Live Music: Minton’s Playhouse

Another legendary jazz club is the “birthplace of bebop”: Minton’s Playhouse. Located in Harlem, Minton’s is an elegant dining room and a wide stage decorated with a Harlem Renaissance-style mural. Minton’s hosts a range of impressive jazz acts nightly. Enjoy some jambalaya, filet mignon, lobster ravioli, or snapper as you tap your toes to the beat. 206 W. 118th St., 212-243-2222, mintonsharlem.com

NYC Restaurants with Live Music: BlackTail

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Photo: Gregory J. Buda

BlackTail checks a lot of boxes you might type into your search bar: waterfront view, live music, killer cocktails, and amazing food. Overlooking the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, BlackTail tends to fill up quickly at night, with patrons sipping Cuba Libres or lemon daiquiris. The kitchen takes the food seriously too, with a spicy burger topped with Manchego cheese and sloppy joe-style empanadas. Come Sunday nights for live jazz! 22 Battery Pl., 2nd Floor of Pier A, blacktailnyc.com

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Merrill Lee Girardeau lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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