Eat to the Beat
by Julie Besonen, 01/22/2014
Photo: Laylah Amatullah Barrayn
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206 W. 118th St., 212-243-2222, Harlem, Manhattan
Bebop was born in this swanky Harlem supper club, whose building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Founded in 1938 by saxophonist Henry Minton, its stage hosted greats like Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie before closing in 1974. Last year, it was revived by business titan Richard Parsons and executive chef Alexander Smalls—the same team behind the happening Cecil restaurant a drumstick toss away. Banks White executes the menu of Low Country cuisine, which has flourishes like wild arugula in the black-eyed-pea and ham salad and Creole crawfish gravy smothering a casserole of lobster and shrimp. Gentlemen must wear jackets Wednesday to Saturday, but sartorial rules are relaxed for Sunday supper—when down-home dishes like buttermilk fried chicken make an appearance. Jazz sets accompany every seating.