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The best live jazz brunch in NYC

Looking to spice up this weekend's brunch? Enjoy your mimosa with a side of jazz at these spots in NYC.

Photograph: Courtesy The Lambs Club
By Jordi Lippe-McGraw |

Where do you go to make an ordinary hangover breakfast just a little more special? Check out these amazing spots for a jazz brunch at wine bars and restaurants in NYC, or jazz clubs like Minton’s in Harlem, that will please everyone from a melodic newbie to a musical connoisseur.

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Jazz brunch in NYC

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Restaurants, American

The Astor Room


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.

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Bars, Wine bars

Corkbuzz Wine Studio

Greenwich Village

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.

Jazz at Kitano
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Jazz at Kitano

Murray Hill

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.

Restaurants, Contemporary American

The Lambs Club

Midtown West

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.

Photograph: Evan Sung
Restaurants, Soul and southern American



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.


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