Dining

Eat to the Beat

by Julie Besonen, 01/22/2014

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  • Iguana New York 
    240 W. 54th St., 212-765-5454, Midtown West, Manhattan
    Thanks to HBO's Boardwalk Empire, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks are the bee's knees these days for their orchestrations of 1920s and '30s tunes. When they're not appearing on the show, in period films or at jazz festivals they can be found at Midtown West's Iguana on Monday and Tuesday nights, doing three-set shows starting at 8pm. Since Monday is when most Broadway theaters are dark, show people and musicians from the orchestra pit turn up to gig with the band, maybe crooning "You Oughta Be in Pictures" into a vintage microphone or cutting up the dance floor like Fred and Ginger. A dozen or so players cram on the stage, dressed in black tie and standing for solos during Louis Prima's "Sing Sing Sing." It all happens on Iguana's third floor, where there's a full bar and Mexican-American fare like avocado fries, Texas chili and fried calamari with jalapeño tartar sauce.

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