Eat to the Beat

by Julie Besonen, 01/22/2014

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  • Caffe Vivaldi 
    32 Jones St., 212-691-7538, West Village, Manhattan
    This raffish Village venue looks straight out of the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis; how fitting the film's star, Oscar Isaac, shows up to play here from time to time. Promising and established musicians of many genres—jazz, bossa nova and classical, to name a few—perform every night and pass the hat rather than charge a cover or drink minimum. Proprietor Ishrat Ansari has dedicated himself to Caffe Vivaldi for more than 30 years, keeping the fireplace stoked and the menu (mostly) simple—cheese plates, panini, pasta and pan-fried trout are among the offerings.

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