Eat to the Beat

by Julie Besonen, 01/22/2014

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  • The weather outside is not so much frightful as it is unpredictable, so it's smart to be prepared with layers—as well as entertainment options that combine food, drink and live music under one roof. Down in the Financial District, there's no cozier venue than the Dead Rabbit, whose cocktails, reliable Irish fare and minstrels have earned it a reputation as one of the world's great drinking destinations. Moving north, Greenwich Village's Knickerbocker Bar & Grill is a time-honored steak house animated by Friday and Saturday night jazz. In the Flatiron District, there's nightly rock, roots and twang in the basement of Hill Country Barbecue—while over at Danny Meyer's Blue Smoke you can step downstairs to the renowned Jazz Standard. In the Theatre District, Chez Josephine features pianists, composers and singer-songwriters nightly (save Mondays, when it's closed) and during Sunday brunch. Up in Harlem the exciting Ginny's Supper Club, below Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster, has a compelling music calendar—as does Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, which features blues performances on weekends. There are also melodious meals to be had beyond Manhattan: Greenpoint's Manhattan Inn showcases pianists and Red Hook's Hometown Bar-B-Que hosts vocally driven honky-tonk, while Astoria's plenty-cool Queens Kickshaw boasts an eclectic Friday night live-music series. Astoria is also home to The Strand Smokehouse, where rowdy rockers and ramblers regularly take the stage. Check out our slideshow for more ideas on where to make the winter blues go away.

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