Insider’s Guide to NYC Brunch Destinations with Live Music
Music, in harmony with its setting, has the power to enhance any moment. No one understands that better than Jared Dietch, the producer and DJ who curates the music you will hear in the lobby and other public areas of The James. Not only does Jared have a broad and deep knowledge of musical artists and the chords they strike; his uncanny ability to recognize emerging talent and trends make him a true cultural insider.
We asked Jared to give us his recommendations for NYC brunch destinations that do an outstanding job of pairing live music with their venue and menu. Try one and transform a weekend meal into an occasion for all the senses.
The Lamb’s Club - Jazz Brunch
Jared’s Take: Located inside The Chatwal hotel, The Lambs Club is a classic throwback. Sinatra himself wouldn’t look out of place if he walked through the doors. Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is the man in charge and the food, music and decor are second to none.
Designed by renowned American architect Stanford White and completed in 1905, the building that now houses The Chatwal and The Lamb’s Club was originally the home of “The Lambs,” a social club for the theater’s elite including Irving Berlin, Fred Astaire, Spencer Tracy and John Barrymore. The extensive restoration that preceded The Chatwal’s 2010 opening retained many elegant period details, and Chef Zakarian has created a brunch menu luxe enough to be worthy of the building’s pedigree. Its flavors are also as unexpected and perfect as the syncopated rhythms of the live jazz accompaniment. In the fall, your stuffed French toast might contain spiced pumpkin and cream cheese; in the spring, perhaps strawberry rhubarb chutney and banana pastry cream. Located off the lobby of the Chatwal, The Lamb’s Club offers their jazz brunch both Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-3pm.
City Winery – Klezmer Brunch
Jared’s Take: For a unique jazz brunch, just a short walk from The James, this one takes the cake. Pancakes and klezmer? Sold.
City Winery is both Manhattan’s only fully functioning winery and a destination for dining and live music. Their klezmer brunch is a fantastic and quirky experience from beginning to end. Klezmer is a fusion of the celebratory dance music of Ashkenazi Jews and American jazz, and City Winery’s changing line-up of performers showcases the full range of the genre. The brunch menu, accompanied by their house-made wines and a small selection of cocktails and beer, is also an eclectic mix of traditions. It includes kosher pastrami and eggs and latkes with house-made applesauce, alongside an upscale grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup, buffalo mozzarella flatbread and a s’mores-inspired dessert. Every Sunday, the doors open at 10:00am and from 11:00am-2:00pm, the musicians take the stage. We strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance (there is a $10 cover charge; cost of your brunch is additional).
Ginny’s Supper Club – Gospel Brunch
Jared’s Take: Take the A train uptown for some of the best food and music in NYC. Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson is the man behind this Harlem gem. Sunday brunch is all about gospel and one of the local Harlem gospel choirs won’t disappoint.
Located underneath the Red Rooster restaurant, the nostalgic vibe of Ginny’s Supper Club and soulful, joyful gospel performances will transport you to a different time and place. Accompanying the music is a buffet-style brunch of Southern favorites and comfort food. Brunch is served Sundays, 10:30am-12:30pm, and reservations are recommended.