129 MacDougal St, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.731032 -73.999628
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Greenwich Village
Just misses 5 stars – I hate NOT giving this place 5 stars. The only reason I didn't was that some of the food, like the plain lasagna was only very good-- not spectacular. (The desserts, and the liquor coffee, on the other hand, WERE spectacular.)
The service was incredibly good. So attentive I felt like I was in a hospital on life-support! Are you okay? Can I make you more comfortable? The manager came over several times, and treated us to something very sweet at the end of the meal. (I'm talkin' drinks here. Don't get any ideas!)
There are more nooks and crannies in this place than on a Thomas's English. We sat in the back garden. There's also a funky upstairs and an intimate, low-light downstairs.
I'll be back here, probably more than once. Too bad I can't give it 4 1/2 stars. --Eat Club is a roving group of NYC gluttons
Romantic, hip, relaxing – I've never heard of this place until last night. It seems like it's easy to miss when walking by, but when you walk in you can see that this place is full of character. It's dim lit, romantic, great for relaxing back while drinking some delicious tea or eating some gelati. I didn't get to see the jazz band unfortunately, but they did sound great when passing by. My friends and i sat in the back courtyard seating. (i guess you'd call it a courtyard) It was very romantic. You could see the neighboring west village buildings. I'm sure this would be great during the spring and summer time during the morning with the light shining in through the top windows. I recommend the peaches and cream gelati if you ever go and are looking for a good dessert.
Romantic place to celebrate a special occasion – My husband took me to this place for my birthday on a Saturday night. We found the place to be cozy and romantic and really enjoyed the jazz trio. The food was great - we shared a salad, a delicious pesto pizza, and a slice of cheesecake, and it was exactly right for the two of us. The wine selection was also good and our waiter was attentive and helpful. The prices of the food and drinks and the cover charge were quite reasonable, especially considering the location, quality and ambiance. All in all, we felt like we were able to celebrate a special occasion in style without breaking the bank.
Love it! – I had been wanting to go this place for quite sometime and I finally got the opportunity when my boyfriend took me on a surprise dinner date!. I must say it has been one of the best experiences I have had in quite sometime... we arrived for one of the jazz presentations, which added to the already pleasing ambiance of the restaurant. The performers are quite good and the food and wine list great. I would highly recommend this for a date.. or even to just experience something pleasingly different in NYC. Highly recommend making a reservation, especially on nights with performances
Dopest Jazz Music Spot – Where else can you go for this type of experience, where everything is so excellent, and yet you don't have to pay Village Vanguard prices and be all formal? This place is very casual in the sense that there really isn't a stage, which makes the music very intimate. I have seen amazing trios here, very creative and hard-swinging, sometimes experimental. Regularly recurring musicians - like artists in residence, they are that good. The iced coffees and so on, pastries, food, are also bizarrely good. For real, this place is great for several things, and can be enjoyed many times.
The Best Food and Music! – I've been coming to Next Door to enjoy the great food, and to listen to their outstanding musicians, for the last three years. And I for one, love the fact that they treat their music seriously. There is nothing worse than having to listen to a table full of philistines who don't have enough sense to understand that the young men and woman performing are talented artists, who are trying to connect with their audience. Who knows, maybe Vittorio should charge Blue Note prices? Maybe then, the loudmouths would realize that the music they are drowning out with their chatter is worth a listen. Keep up the good work Vittorio!!!
Not recommended – My husband and I took our out-of-town parents here last night for some food & music. We were respectful of the musicians and whispered (if spoke at all) during their performance. However, as soon as I accidentally laughed a little too loud, the waiter rushed over to our table and scolded us for being too loud. Next Door at La Lanterna di Vittorio not only lost out on serving us dessert last night but they've lost all of our future business. They take themselves a little too seriously for mediocre food & music. And it's not like they can afford to keep treating customers that way, as there were less than twenty people in the whole place.
It is our policy to remind tables which are being disruptively loud, to kindly consider the other people who are trying to enjoy the music, as well as the musicians who are giving their "all" to the audience. Clearly you were one of those disruptive people, otherwise the waiter, who depends on your tip for a living, would not have approached you. That being said, please accept my apologies if my waiter was anything less than courteous or repectful in the manner in which he spoke. It is not our intention to police our customers, but rather to try to strike a balance between our customer's needs and those of the establishment.
Amazing Cafe - Avoid Wednesdays – I love La Lanterna and will always recommend it. However, I went downstairs to Next Door to see the live jazz this Wednesday evening for the first time, and was shocked to find a pretentious atmosphere made up of snooty musicians and high-brow would-be jazz aficionados. Don't know about you, but when I go to see live music, I like to enjoy it, talk about it with the people I'm with, and maybe even make a little noise. If you're not into being shushed with an attitude, and enjoy a little conversation with your food and drink, think twice about Next Door (at least on a Wednesday night). It's a cafe, not Carnegie Hall.
A New York Jewel – Places like La Lanterna is what makes NYC one of the best to live in. Delicious and reasonably-priced food, lots of character and fantastic music, I cannot wait to go back again.
The Best Live Jazz in New York! – I read about the live jazz performances in Time Out New York and decided to go check it out. I didn't expect to find the most fabulous jazz room in the city! I've been back on different nights every week, and have yet to be disappointed THe kicker is that the food is as good as the music. Go see this place now, before the secret gets out!!
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