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129 MacDougal St., nr. W. 3rd St. (Greenwich Village)
New York, NY
(1) 212-529-5945 | lalanternacaffe.com
AMBIANCERomantic Jazz Bar
HOURSSun.-Thurs.: 6:00pm-2:00am; Fri.-Sat.: 6:00pm-3:00am
RESERVATIONSHighly recommended, especially on weekends
DOOR POLICYUSD 12 cover charge (per night on weekdays; per set on weekends); one drink minimum per set
PRICE (WINE (HALF BOTTLE); WINE (BOTTLE))USD 19-105; USD 24-280
SIGNATURE DRINKAny of the Italian wines
BARYes - a small but well-stocked bar
FOOD SERVED?Yes - full menu from the adjacent La Lanterna di Vittorio is offered till 2:00am (3:00am on weekends)
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
SUBWAYW. 4th St. (A, B, C, D, E, F, M)
Those desperate for a date night spot need look no further. Bar Next Door at La Lanterna offers the perfect mix of music and romance for after-dark imbibing beside a beautiful beau (or belle). In the charming lower-level of a townhouse, nightly live jazz sessions serenade those snuggled into black leather banquettes and tables for two. Low ceilings keep the candlelight dancing, while the proximity of performers to the audience exaggerates the intimacy of the tiny space. Italian wines and fruity cocktails satisfy guests in any season, and a full menu caters to those hankering for a bite but wishing to avoid the full dinner-to-do in the trattoria next door. And non daters, never fear: the rotating schedule of performers, which covers every night of the week, has made this still-hidden gem a high-caliber jazz haunt for music enthusiasts, too.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Stay polished with a chic low-cut top, sleek skirt, classic heels or flats, and some sparkling accessories.
GO HERE WITH
A date; significant other; a fan of jazz
Starry-eyed couples, jazz enthusiasts, wine connoisseurs, and spillovers from the restaurant next door.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Candlelight, a rustic fireplace, jazz: it’s pure Village charm. We also appreciate that it hasn’t yet been “discovered” by the trendy crowd–pefect for enjoying the jazz sans scene.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Nothing we can think of, except perhaps for the teensy space (rubbing elbows with your neighbors makes for some awkward encounters).
GOOD TO KNOW
This spot is attached to restaurant La Lanterna di Vittorio, which offers the same menu in a much more traditional Italian restaurant setting. The lasagna and thin-crust pizza are two popular favorites, though guests in the bar usually stick to the extensive wine list for all of their indulging fancies. Jazz performances start at 8:00pm and 10:00pm on Sunday, at 8:30pm and 10:30pm on Monday through Thursday, and at 7:30pm, 9:00pm, 11:30pm, and 12:30am on Friday and Saturday.
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