New York, NY 10025
Hours: Mon-Fri 2p-3a, Fri-Sat 11:30a-3a
Subway: 1 to 103rd St
Written by: Laura Sherman & Monica U. Garcia
Intimate and welcoming, the Smoke Jazz and Supper Club was a favorite of jazz singer Etta James, who performed there every Valentine’s Day. With plush red leather seating for just over 50, the glow of antique chandeliers and candle light on exposed brick walls sets the mood for a trip to a place where time doesn’t exist. Sensuous, heavy draping does more than help create the intimate mood—it raises the acoustic quality of the room. The sound is impeccable in every seat in the house.
Smoke attracts some of the world’s best jazz performers including Wynton Marsalis, Bill Charlap, Ron Carter, Kenny Washington, Neal Smith, Jimmy Cobb, Eve Cornelius and many more. Smoke hosts a variety of music including funk, soul jazz, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban, and a 16-piece jazz band.
Co-owners Paul Stache and Frank Christopher work to ensure that Smoke offers its patrons the complete experience. The club offers dinner with every show, and even has the option of a prix fixe or á la carte menu. Three hours of jazz also accompanies the Saturday and Sunday jazz brunch.
The greatest element of Smoke is the diversity of the crowd. “One of the truly magical things about Smoke is that it transcends generations—that whenever you walk through the door at Smoke, no matter how old you are, you become ageless,” says a regular customer of the club.
Smoke is described as “magical” time and time again, and it isn’t only about the music. Smoke Jazz and Supper Club offers an ethereal experience, transporting you to a setting you hoped existed, and to which you will return.
Since 1999, Smoke has continued the legacy of the club formerly known as Augie’s. The author Paul Auster, a regular at Augie’s, is said to have based one of his characters from his screen play Smoke on the real life Augie. In the movie, Harvey Keitel plays protagonist Auggie, the owner of a Brooklyn smoke shop. In turn, Smoke Jazz and Supper Club was so-named in tribute to Paul Auster.