Often cited as the most beautiful live music venue in New York City, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center offers the quintessential Manhattan experience, the scintillating medley of world class entertainment, intriguing food and an unforgettable setting.
The Dizzy’s experience starts at the threshold as you take in the room’s stylish wood clad curves that draw your eye to the massive floor to ceiling wall of glass across the room. Affording an eye-popping view of Columbus Circle, Central Park and the magnificent skyline of buildings surrounding the city’s fabled “backyard,” it serves as the backdrop to the stage, which is where the unforgettable part comes in – to see some of the most talented musicians on earth perform with that view behind them is an image that stays with you.
As do memories of your meal, soulfully Southern down home flavors their rhythm syncopated with titillating New York flair riffs. The kitchen, under the direction of Great Performances, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s food program partner, is the source of what is undeniably the best food served at any live performance site in the city. Indeed, even if there weren’t such compelling talent on the stage, Dizzy’s would attract its often full houses for the food alone.
Current menu – it changes seasonally – highlights include: supremely sublime Crawfish Sausage, housemade tagliatelle and lemon verbena emulsion; the clever Duck and Grits, slow cooked Anson Mills grits, Hudson Valley duck confit étouffée and pea tendrils and Dizzy’s Chicken Gumbo, Carolina rice and crispy kale. And those are just the starters! Entrée don’t misses are the succulent Memphis Style Baby Back Ribs, corn bread pudding and grilled asparagus and the potent Diver Sea Scallop and Prawn jambalaya, andouille sausage and charred green beans.
Vegetarians need not fret; there are always dishes for you, such as Spring Vegetable Terrine, baby greens and rhubarb vinaigrette or a Spring Vegetable Pot au Feu, black eyed peas puree and cornbread cracker.
The new bar and late night menu serves up somewhat more casual fare like Dizzy’s super crispy and flavor laden Fried Chicken basket, corn bread Madeleines, sorghum and hot pepper jelly and the killer Knuckle Sandwich, chicken fried steak, farm fresh egg, sausage gravy and collard greens.
Now speaking of the bar, its libatious attractions are many, including virgin specialty cocktails that could just tempt you away from their alcoholic brethren, such as the Greener Pastures, cucumber puree, fresh lime juice, club soda and mint or the Sunflower, pineapple shrub and coconut water on the rocks.
Headliner sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 seven nights a week and command cover charges of $20 to $40 Sunday through Thursday and $40 - $45 of Friday and Saturday. In addition, there is a $10 per person, food and drink minimum. For night owls and those who might like to experience Dizzy’s on more of a budget, check-out the Late Night Session at 11:15, Tuesday through Saturday evenings, that features the most exciting emerging artists in jazz and a rotating roster of special guest hosts.
Covers range from $5 to $20 ($10 minimum still applies with the new bar menu in play) and the Last Night Session is free for anyone who attends the 9:30 headliner set. As if that’s not enough options to experience Dizzy’s, there’s also a monthly dance session at 11:15 p.m., which is becoming so popular it may go bi-monthly. Small wonder, given the there are surprisingly few places to go dancing to live music in this town that never sleeps! You can get all the Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola calendar scoop at www.jazz.org/events/dizzys/calendar.
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