New York City , New York
Tel: 212 505 3474
Concierge.com's insider take:
Its location may be somewhat inauspicious (on a stretch of Bleecker Street typically overrun with tipsy NYU freshmen), yet Le Poisson Rouge hosts some of the city's most exciting experimental music. Opened in 2008 by two Manhattan School of Music grads, this is a place where the city's music-geek set flocks to hear the most cutting-edge contemporary jazz, classical, rock, and world music—often performed side by side. You might find a performance of Arnold Schoenberg's atonal 1912 Pierrot Lunaire; the avant-garde chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound premiering a new piece; a last-minute, packed-to-the-gills Lykke Li show; or a DJ set from of the godfather of hip-hop, Afrika Bambaataa. The vibe is laid-back, and guests can convene at tables while nibbling on small plates of truffled mac and cheese and chicken satay and sipping on specialty cocktails with names like the Zombie Hunter and the Dirty Colonel. But you don't always have to sit quietly. Tables are frequently moved for weekly dance parties, including the long-running Friday-night Freedom and Wednesday-night Props parties.—Alexis Swerdloff
Open Sundays through Wednesdays 5 pm to 2 am, Thursdays through Saturdays 5 pm to 4 am.