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Entering Musical Bohemia With Franco Battiato At NYC's Le Poisson Rouge

Where: 158 Bleecker Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10012
October 22, 2009 at 9:58 AM | by | ()

More than a music venue and beyond an art space, NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge is a self-proclaimed “creative asylum,” and its historic address (the site of the legendary Village Gate) is an inviting refuge from Bleecker Street’s rowdy, pub-crawling NYU crowd.

This week, we stopped by here—one of our "Best Live New Music Venues"—for a performance by Italian musician Franco Battiato. But the experience is so much more than just him; it's the entire venue. You'll see why...

The show:
Last night, Jaunted checked out iconic Italian composer/philosopher/singer, Franco Battiato, who chose Le Poisson Rouge to make his first New York City appearance in ten years. The audience, largely Italian, experienced Battiato’s profound lyrics and moving compositions up-close-and-personal, a treat for many of them who rarely get to experience the legend in such an intimate setting (LPR holds 250 seated or 700 standing). Even Battiato appreciated the bohemian airiness of the venue—he arrived on stage in a tailored black suit jacket and white tucked in shirt, but quickly and happily tore off the jacket and un-tucked his shirt to the audiences delight. Bravo Franco.

While Battiato enchanted the main stage, funk/hip-hop DJ Oreon was spinning a new party in the Gallery Bar, called "Muddled Mondays" for NYC’s bartenders and others in the industry. Last night, like most at LPR, diverse audiences, minds and music come together in eclectic harmony, a testament to LPR’s vision and why it’s got Jaunted’s vote for one of the best music venues in the country.

The venue:
Le Poisson Rouge is the by creative, for the creative; the brainchild of two classical musicians, Justin Kantor and David Handler who opened Le Poisson Rouge (“The Red Fish”) only one year ago. On any given week, LPR hosts a melting pot of musical genres, from indie pop to experimental, classical to R&B and a rotation of artwork on exhibition in the adjoining Gallery Bar. In the short time since their opening, LPR has attracted a throng of regular customers and an impressive roster of artists including Moby, Mos Def, and Lykke Li.

How To Get There:
Le Poisson Rouge is right in the heart of Greenwich Village, one of the most well-serviced areas for public transportation. The fastest and most convenient way to arrive is by Subway. Take the A, C, or E trains to the West 4th Street stop, be sure to leave the Subway at the W. 3rd Street Exit (not the W. 8th Street exit) and walk two blocks East on Bleecker Street.

Where To Eat:
One of the draws of LPR is it's light dinner menu served in the Gallery Bar for lunch, dinner and late-night. We tried and greatly enjoyed the spicy tuna roll. If you'd rather venture beyond the kitchen of LPR take your pick from some of the city's best restaurants all within a 3-4 block radius including Babbo, Elettaria, Cuba, Da Silvano, and Blue Ribbon Sushi.

Where To Stay:
One of our favorite historic hotels in New York City is the Washington Square Hotel, a 1930's Parisian throw-back adjacent to the newly re-furbished Washington Square Park. It's been a hideaway for Greenwich Village's hippies and artist for a century and is the perfect place to crash after a long night of LRP revelry. Check out their special Advanced Purchase Rates ranging from $200-$325/night.

Related Stories
· Le Poisson Rouge [Official Site]
· Best Small New Music Venues in the US Series [Jaunted]
· Live Music coverage [Jaunted]

Archived Comments:

cuban food

Another great <a href="http://www.favelacubana.com/menu" title="nyc cuban restaurant">Cuban restaurant</a> in the neighborhood is Favela Cubana on LaGuardia Place. Lot's of great live music with your traditional Cuban food!