Jazz clubs often occupy dark, cave-like dwellings, but now there’s an elegantly refurbished townhouse with a 30-foot glass ceiling around the corner from the Kitano Hotel on Park Avenue, where you can enjoy some of the best jazz in town. Aficionados may be familiar with the nightly performances in the hotel’s mezzanine lounge, but now jazz has its own permanent space, with a daily schedule of music along with contemporary American and Asian cuisine.
Top jazz acts appear each evening, and on Sunday there’s a jazz brunch, with the first set at 11am and the second at 1pm. Mondays feature a jam session backed by the three-piece house band, and on Tuesdays the spotlight is on young jazz pianists such as Jeremy Siskind, 25, a Cole Porter Fellow who recently performed there. Marquee jazz acts appear Wednesday through Saturday nights, when there is also a modest cover charge.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunch and dinner menus feature small and large plates, as well as several fixed-price sushi and sashimi selections. Sunday jazz brunch includes a $35 fixed-price buffet menu of pastries, cheeses, egg dishes, and other breakfast staples, as well as desserts. The Kitano New York, Park Ave. at 38th St., 212-885-7000; kitano.com