349 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036
Hours: Sun-Thu 5p-11:30p, Fri-Sat 5p-1a
Subway: A,C,E,1,9 to Times Square
Written by: Jasmine Lovell-Smith
Entering Swing 46 is like stepping back into 1940s New York. The lettering on the awning reads “dining dancing cocktails.” With live dance music seven nights a week, this polished, sophisticated venue provides the perfect atmosphere for all three offerings.
The cozy red-walled interior is outfitted with dark wood furnishings, mellow lighting, crisp white tablecloths and red carnations in glass vases. The relaxed yet attentive staff and mixed clientele lend the place an approachable, friendly quality that avoids being stuffy or overly formal.
The front room presents a long, elegant wooden bar, with mini chandeliers overhead and a mirrored wall behind covered in rows and rows of sparkling glasses. Ample table seating is provided in this room for those preferring a quieter dining experience. The venue has an extensive drinks list and a full menu, specializing in classic American cuisine such as steak and seafood.
Past the bar is the entrance to the back room, where the music and dancing take place. The intimate wooden dance floor is right in front of the stage. The stage, complete with grand piano, is surrounded by both formal table seating and more casual areas to perch for drinks. Music from the ten-piece dance band is tight and swinging, and perfectly in sync with the period atmosphere.
Swing 46 is the last remaining swing supper club on the east coast, and a perfect spot for parties and special events. It was recently voted the number one place to dance in New York City by MSN, and free dance lessons are provided as part of the entertainment. Conveniently located in midtown Manhattan’s theater district, the venue draws a diverse crowd and is particularly popular with tourists looking to experience the New York of a bygone era.