Jazz clubs can be so glamorous, especially when they come with dinner and a show. And while NYC is no stranger to these iconic establishments, newcomer Baretto at Fasano Restaurant New York City is quickly earning its place on the map. Located in Midtown East, the whole experience is a time capsule into the 1950s, to the days when supper and jazz clubs were “the place to be” when having a “night on the town” (just minus the indoor cigarette smoking, of course).
Brazilian-born hospitality brand Fasano’s recently opened New York City hotel and restaurant brims with the same loftiness found in its sister South American outposts, from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo (the latter hosts the original and only other location of Baretto).
Designed by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, at Baretto, you walk into a dimly lit, rectangular space — colossal curtains draping the far-left and backside perimeter walls block any kind of view of the outside world, intentionally making it, so it’s just you and your jazz club experience.
Soothing tones that fall within a spectrum of beige to brown dress the entirety of the space. Wearing this gamut of shades are the velvet booths that outline half of the walls and hug the restaurant’s pond of two- and four-top fine-wood tables, each one with plush armchairs, a moody lamp, plus view of Baretto’s slightly elevated stage. On most nights, a talented vocalist sings a range of tracks, from Billie Holiday to Frank Sinatra, alongside the talents of a local cellist and pianist. During your time here, you will also catch an earshot of Bossa Nova, a tribute to Baretto’s Brazilian roots.
To the right of the entrance is the restaurant’s nifty bar, with its sharp millwork counter in the front and mirrored back wall shelving Baretto’s eclectic assemblage of spirits; thoughtful lighting causes each bottle to glow in its respective color. The drinks menu is awash with cocktail concoctions — we recommend the Milla, which comprises Black Label, Amaro Montenegro, chamomile syrup, plus lemon.
Waitstaff wear debonair white blazers that ooze five-star classiness, offering exceptional service from start to finish. An array of Northern Italian-esque dishes populate the menu (opt to try the Capesante, comprising seared sea scallops, saffron potato purée, plus Calvisius).
Last but not least, it would be amiss not to share the grandeur of the bathrooms (yes, you read that right), where a handful of doors masked in fluting open up to spacious stalls that are replete with resplendent marble everywhere. It’s a feast for the eyes.
All in all, if you need some 1950s night-on-the-town glamour in your life, this is the place (also, it makes for a great date spot).
Location: New York City, NY (Midtown East)
Price point: $$$
Takes Reservations: Yes (click here to book)
The Vibe: An elegant supper and jazz club that serves as a time capsule to the glamour of a “night on the town” back in the 1950s.
Our Favorite Thing on the Menu: The Capesante, which comprises seared sea scallops, saffron potato purée, plus Calvisius.
Casual or fancy: Fancy
When is it open? Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 1am, with live music from 8pm to 12am.
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