New, original live music. Manhattan had it on lockdown for decades, but then something happened. Brooklyn started looking way more appealing for bands and venues alike. Rising rent and changing trends are driving the smaller live music venues out of NYC. Some newcomers are fighting back by offering creative menus and cocktail options beyond the tried and true formula of “music and beer.” The Kitano hotel pumps out fusion cuisine and creative cocktails with Jazz at Kitano. Great natural lighting with high ceilings breaks the traditional jazz hole cliché. There’s a creative American/Japanese breakfast buffet, as well as an inspired fusion menu for lunch and dinner. Cocktails like the Millionaire (rum, apricot brandy, sloe gin, and lime) go way beyond the bourbon neat of your grandpa’s jazz joint.
And continuing on the music tip, Paul Oveisi of Momo’s has brought a bit of Austin to the Village with the new music venue Zirzamin. The short, creative menu is inspired by the Lone Star State, with brisket tacos, a “grown up” grilled cheese, and a burger topped with fried egg. Specialty drinks like the Pancho and Lefty (Espolón Reposado tequila, Drambuie, chipotle syrup, and bitters) would make Townes himself proud–and drunk. Local and national bands will be playing through seven days a week.