Go See New York's Most Incredible House Band At Cafe Wha?! In The Village
Arturo’s isn’t just some hole-in-the-wall NYC pizzeria. This circa-1957 Italian restaurant specializes in equal parts atmosphere and pizza (honestly, what more could you ask for in life?). This is the perfect kind of place to A) get lost in a quintessential New York City night out, B) enjoy live jazz, and C) to see if that Lady and the Tramp spaghetti kiss is as easy as it looks. But, as cute at that might be, you can’t really judge this place till you’ve tried their pizza.
Next, stroll through the Village till you come across Cafe Wha? This inquisitively-named club isn’t just your run-of-the-mill late night dive, but a favorite stomping ground for classic musicians from the 1960s. Come for the live music, but stay for the history. Musicians like Dylan and Hendrix, as well as American poets like Allen Ginsberg, sought this place out for artistic refuge, and here it still stands for your visiting pleasure. Just be sure to get there by 8:30 p.m. to guarantee a seat and prepare for the Cafe Wha? house band to blow you away. P.s., seeing as it’s located underground, don’t be surprised when you realize your phone has little-to-no reception.
106 W Houston Street, Manhattan
115 Macdougal Street, Manhattan