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277 Church St., basement level, at White St. (Tribeca)
New York, NY
(1) 212-219-2970 | www.bflat.info
AMBIANCETokyo Jazz Bar
HOURSMon.-Wed.: 5:00pm-2:00am; Thurs.-Sat.: 5:00pm-3:00am; Sun.: 5:00pm-1:00am
PRICE (COCKTAIL)USD 12+
SIGNATURE DRINKJapanese-inspired cocktails
FOOD SERVED?Yes - bar snacks; light mains; dessert
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
SUBWAYCanal St.-6th Ave. (A, C, E); Canal St.-Broadway (N, R); Franklin St. (1)
Classic Tokyo jazz bar. In a semi-hidden, dimly lit, subterranean space, discerning cocktail drinkers and music fans lounge contentedly on leather and wooden banquettes. The live jazz on Mondays and Wednesdays is a treat, though it’s often outdone by the impressive cocktail mixing activities of the “bar chefs”–this is a place where every drink has its own shape of hand-cut ice cubes, and the flavor combinations (wasabi-infused vodka anyone?) are mind-blowing.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Artsy casual; a funky skirt or dressy jeans and an on-trend top
GO HERE WITH
Jazz fanatics; cocktail connoisseurs; a date
Mature, but not without a sense of fun. Cocktail and jazz aficionados bring their closest companions for a chat or a listen, and daters come for the intimate surrounds and mood-setting tunes.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Our fave stop off when we don’t have time to jet to Tokyo for a jazz club evening. The spare surrounds and smooth tunes are perfect complements for the out-of-this-world cocktails (our go-to is the Groovy). Great spot for a leisurely, laidback date showcasing your off-the-beaten-path savvy.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
There’s limited cell phone reception down here. (If you’re meeting up with people, be sure that everyone has the address.)
GOOD TO KNOW
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