Saturday, September 27, 2008

59 Grove Street

A little bit divy, a dash of eccentric and mix it up with a big whooping serving of Broadway and you have Marie's Crisis. If one is in the need of expressing their inner Broadway diva this is the place for you. A basement bar with an upright piano as its centerpiece is a must on any show lovers list. The room originated as a prostitute's den in the 1800s. Eventually it was where Thomas Paine met his maker in 1809. (Hence the crisis from The Crisis Papers.)

Dark paneling and a low ceiling only add the ambiance to this tiny place. The sheer energy and delight make it a true "only in NYC" experience. The pianoman is absolutely brilliant and the depth of patron talent is endless. If you are lucky enough your waiter might bust into a solo that makes the entire room go silent.

Nothing fancy here. The crowd is as diverse as it gets...Broadway aficionados, queens, silver hairs, shocked tourists, you name it. A few patrons may have even hoofed it on the great white way before.

If you find yourself in the heart of the Village and you are a little bit daring and want to live your dream of singing in the big city step on down to Marie's Crisis.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008