Eat to the Beat

by Julie Besonen, 01/22/2014

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  • Cornelia Street Cafe 
    29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319, West Village, Manhattan
    Cornelia Street Cafe opened its arms to the West Village in 1977, embracing locals like family and welcoming musicians, poets, storytellers and stand-ups to strut their stuff. The cabaret is downstairs from the charming bistro and serves a wide-ranging Mediterranean-American menu: boudin blanc, bouillabaisse and burgers, to name a few bites. The dark cave of a room holds around 60; thrice-nightly performances take place on a red-curtained stage not much bigger than a puppet theater. There's a cash-only $10 cover charge and a $10 food/drink minimum. An international crowd packs in for jazz nights and includes the sort of friendly type who may inquire during a lull, "Are you Tina from Hamburg?"

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