SWING 46 | NEW YORK
I'm a bit of a sucker for jazz. My Grandpa is the first person who really introduced me to jazz. When I was younger he would play Frank Sinatra on the keyboard and I would aimlessly sit and admire. Since then, I play jazz music when I am feeling super creative or when i'm cooking myself.
- I also have to apologise for the photos, the only lights inside were red, not the best for food photography.
On our first full day in New York we wanted to go to somewhere that wasn't a chain or a well known restaurant. We asked a ticket sales guy in Times Square where is best to head too and he said 'Restaurant Row'. Luckily it was only a short walk from our hotel on 8th Av. the road was full of one off Italian, French and Eastern places. All attractive. Suddenly I heard the sound. The sound of jazz and we were lured in. Swing 46 was a live jazz restaurant where the band played in the back and for an extra $15 you could sit there and all money went towards them. It didn't seem that busy and me and mom wanted to talk so we decided to sit in the normal part of the restaurant.
Although the al la carte menu wasn't expensive there was a set menu which had everything that I wanted to order on anyway, so we both decided to settle for that. For starter I had the classic mozzarella and tomato with balsamic. Can't really go wrong with that can you? For main, i chose mussels in a tomato and garlic sauce. Now I am a new fan of mussels as Andrea got me into them in the summer. I am sometimes very picky about mussels as some are more meaty than others and that is what I prefer. These ones were delish. Really full of flavour and it actually made me feel quite full which is surprising as they're only small! It was accompanied with some very strong garlic bread. It was a little overpowering but I think my heart is shaped like a garlic. I just felt sorry for my mom who had to share a room with me! My mom had braised beef with vegetables. I only had a mouthful but the mashed potato was so creamy it was like eating a super Sunday Roast. For dessert, I had the chocolate brownie and mom had raspberry sorbet. Two of my favourite things. The brownie wasn't as gooey as I hope it had be. I am quite picky on what makes a good brownie. It was still chocolatey though.
After we ate, we finished our cocktails and then I wanted to take some photos of the band. They played all classic jazz songs from all the legends. By the time we were leaving couples were dancing on the dance floor and everyone was having a boogie. I suddenly felt transported to the 20's. It felt magical. It was a lovely experience for our first full day/night in New York. If and when I go back 'Restaurant Row' is somewhere I'll visit again.
Sucker for Jazz?
349 West 46th St.
New York, NY 10036
Contact us : SWING46jazz@gmail.com