You don’t need to spend nearly $4 on a single grilled oyster, $20 on dry, crumbly boudin, or go out of your way to have dinner at Canary Club, a multi-floor Cajun spot on the LES. But you should make a reservation for the live music lounge downstairs, which has performances Tuesday through Saturday from 9pm until 4am. The red fabric booths, large format cocktails, and live jazz make it feel like a speakeasy in New Orleans, and it’s a great place to hang out with a first date or significant other.
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Where to go for regularly-scheduled live music outdoors.
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A classic New York City gem, still standing from a time when horse and buggies were bringing people here to drink. Eat the chicken club sandwich, drink a Stella from the tap, and imagine that you’re about to head off for a sweet vacation aboard the Titanic.
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