Jazz brunch in NYC
Where better to indulge in a little old-school jazz than at this retro supper club in the Kaufman Astoria Studios? Famous performers like Joel Forrester and Jane Irving fill your ears from 11:30am to 3:30pm while your stomachs are sated with one of many unlimited signature cocktails like the Béla Lugosi (Bloody Mary) or Guilded Lady (mimosa), fresh doughnut holes, classic eggs Benedict, and buttermilk-fried chicken and waffles. $26 per person.
Whether you're alone, on a date or with a large group, Corkbuzz is the ideal setting to drink in and listen up since it recently launched a live Sunday jazz series (noon to 3pm), during which all champagne is half off. Choose between sitting at the bar, a high-top table for two or one of the many communal tables in the back while eating classics like French toast and listening to weekly featured local artists. The plethora of options for seating, eating and music makes it a great place for a group with mixed interests.
Situated in the Kitano New York Hotel, this intimate jazz lounge is known for its nightly world-class performances. Wanting to expand its musical horizons, the venue created a Sunday brunch version of its top-notch entertainment, which includes a buffet of breakfast and supper options along with music by doo-wop legend Tony Middleton. Seatings are available at 11am and 1pm, and reservations are encouraged. $40 per person.
If award-winning chef Geoffrey Zakarian's huevos rancheros and half shell oysters aren't enough to get you out of bed on Sunday morning, then the incredible jazz artists who perform each week at this midtown restaurant will. Beginning at 11am until 3pm, be dazzled by both the fabulous fare and marvelous music with artists like Melanie and Bianco Martinis, Via Paris Jazz band, and Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers.
Another classic jazz haunt is situated in this revived famed Harlem nightclub where the Minton Players perform each week from noon to 3pm while brunchers can sip on pineapple-coconut champagne cocktails or a Smoky Mary. Good ol' Southern cooking is served with low country delights like peppered-ham grilled cheese and collard-green salad. Reseravations are recommended. $10 per person music charge.