NYC and Chicago Dopers: recommendations for salsa and jazz clubs, please!
A couple of friends of mine will be visiting New York City and Chicago soon, and have asked for my help in finding some cool jazz clubs and places to go salsa dancing.
I’ve already e-mailed them links that I’ve found through web searching (such as the JustSalsa.com New York page and SalsaChicago, plus some jazz club information that I’ve pulled off the Web), and was hoping that NYC and Chicago Dopers might be able to chime in with some personal recommendations.
They’ll be flying in from Madrid (they’re bilingual Spanish/English, so language will not be a problem) this Saturday, and will be staying near Penn Station (actually at the Hotel Pennsylvania, so I don’t even need to look up their phone number — it’s PEnnsylvania Sixty-Five Thousand!) from Feb 19 through 23rd, then off to Chicago where they’ll be staying just off the Magnificent Mile (N. Michigan and E. Ohio) from Feb 23 through Feb 27.
They’ll be busy during each day (they’re helping to lead a tour of Spanish architects), but will have “free time” in the evenings.
They’ve also asked for restaurant recommendations, although obviously they’ll have hundreds of choices within a few blocks of either hotel. They’re seasoned travelers (especially throughout Europe) but not wealthy, so any unusual eating recommendations would be most welcome! They’re very adventurous and would be up to try anything new.
They’ve been to NYC before, so are aware of what they’ve seen and have yet to see, but this will be their first time in Chicago. They know what architecture they want to check out (the husband teaches the subject in Madrid), and I’ve mentioned special events such as the Christo Gates in NYC (which they’ll probably skip). I’ve sent them a list of “must-sees” in Chicago such as the Art Institute, MSI, Field Museum ,and Adler Planterium, but they won’t have much spare time duing the day.
Any Dopers eaten at the Berghoff in Chicago recently? How about the Sayat Nova East Armenian restaurant on E. Ohio? I’ve put in a word for both of these places to my friends, but haven’t eaten in either in years.
Anyway, thanks in advance for any ideas that you guys can come up with!