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Getting a Kick From Piano Bars

 

“Although just a year old, it could pass for 100, and for a bar or restaurant — Manhattan Inn is both — that’s a compliment. The molding and glass display cases above the bar, the sleigh-shaped wood banquettes, the antique theater-style chairs, the moss-draped chandelier above the baby grand: all of these look like the most miraculous haul ever from the flea market of your dreams.”
- Frank Bruni

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As we finished our meal a piano-upright bass jazz combo began playing. The dining room, previously empty, began to fill up. I began to see Manhattan Inn the way it was meant to be seen: a romantic destination with good food and great atmosphere. Vegetarians can safely bring a date there, and be spoiled for choice.

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This three-year-old piano bar and restaurant north of McCarren Park is ideally situated to begin or end a craft cocktail bar crawl through northern Williamsburg and Greenpoint. From 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., a rotating cast of pianists play classics, jazz and original light music on a white baby grand during dinner. Enjoy seasonal New American cuisine and craft cocktails and beer.

Hidden Gem: Manhattan Inn and it’s Heavenly Burger


If you live in the area, chances are you’ve gotten drunk at Manhattan Inn a few times. However, you should realize that eating there is just as good, especially when you order this insanely delicious, umami-oriented gut bomb. Seriously, this thing is last-meal material, it’s that amazing.


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Sunday, 8pm, Cocktails at Manhattan Inn
You had a busy weekend. Chill the fuck out with a Rob Roy and some live piano. Sophisticated, but never square.


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We sat at the bar and perused the sizable cocktail menu. I ordered a Cinnamon Sidecar (brandy, cointreau,cinnamon syrup, lemon and egg white). I watched the bartender as she made it, carefully cracking an egg and separating out the white into the mixer. I was transfixed by the effort that went into making the cocktail, and I was delighted with the end result, which is pictured above. The concoction was deliciously acidic, sweet, and boozy, with a light layer of foam on top.

I happily sipped my Cinnamon Sidecar as I admired The Manhattan Inn’s unusual, antique/reclaimed decor. Along one wall, old school desks were affixed at an appropriate bar table height. At the bar, we sat on quirky stools made with over sized bicycle seats (very cute, not overly comfortable). And behind the bar, 2 shelves of liquor gleamed from inside a large frame of white molding – perhaps a mantle at one time?


Feature on our bartender Adam Schmidt



“When I started, the one thing I didn’t want to be was that cool New York bartender. There’s nothing worse than having to deal with some asshole behind the bar who’s just a god descended from Olympus who’s here to make drinks and ignore you for 45 minutes while he talks to a girl. Those guys are a different species than I would ever aspire to.”


Listing: Piano Bars

“Before opening last November, co-owners Brooke Baxter and Rolyn Hu found a piano on Craigslist offered by a concert pianist in Bushwick, painted it white, and stuck it in their Western saloon–style back room under a skylight. Every night around 7:30pm, jazz lovers get a selection of boogie-woogie, ragtime and New Orleans blues played by a rotating cast of seven pianists, with karaoke on Tuesdays. “We didn’t plan on opening a piano bar,” says Baxter, “so we’re pretty laid-back about it.””

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A Piano Bar Grows in Brooklyn

“Uptowners have Bemelmans. Marie’s Crisis, in the West Village, caters to a gay crowd. But what about the Brooklyn hipsters? Now they have the Manhattan Inn, a new old-timey piano bar on Manhattan Avenue opened by Brooke Baxter and Rolyn Hu, the ladies who started Glasslands Gallery. An intimate front bar opens to a larger back room, where, under a skylight and a chandelier, a lily-white baby grand — courtesy of Craigslist — awaits its player.”


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