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B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

Map & Directions 237 W. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036
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212-997-4555
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Accepted
  • Street

Description

Village Voice's Description

Robert Johnson sold his soul for prodigious skill on the guitar. B.B. King was already pretty good, so he ended up with... a Midtown mega club? Just kidding, don't worry about B.B. King's soul, it's fine. B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill actually plays host to plenty of great shows than span a variety of eras and genres. Occasionally, forever-awesome names play B.B. King's (like, say, Al Green) and if you can navigate the block from Times Square without having a panic attack, perhaps you'll appreciate the club's weirdly unifying allure. Said charm earned the "Best club to sit with tourists named Sven and see forgotten bands" from this very publication. Due to its proximity to the teeming, glowing epicenter of NYC-tourism, the venue was conceived to endure a constant barrage and thus provide a steady stream of musical entertainment. The day-to-day talent involves cover bands, soul-tributes, and Beatles-themed brunches. Since it's in Midtown, B.B. King’s is expensive, oversized, dripping in neon, and the attached restaurant-venue Lucille's doesn't serve the most "authentic" BBQ. However, the Harlem blues and gospel revues play the best regular gigs, and just because the longhairs have become gray hairs doesn’t mean they aren't still killer performers. The namesake guitar legend is in his late 80s now, but he still performs and occasionally drops in on his club. --Alex Spoto

Merchant's Description

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill is the premier live music venue in New York City, located in the heart of Times Square.

 
Member Reviews

  • on 01/14/13
    1

    ZERO STARS!!! My wife and I went to see what looked like a great avant garde jazz show featuring Cassandra Wilson as the headliner with an under card featuring James Blood Ulmer. James played only 2 songs and left due to a loud, persistent buzz in the PA. system. After a delay, 2 entertaining bands from the Delta, Tawanna Shante and the Paper Clip Scientists played a rousing but... More >>

  • on 05/09/10
    4

    awesome place, music is wonderful, live. notable performances from artist of old and current artists. wonderful food. bb king plays also check the schedule!

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Tips from foursquare

  • Concert Ticket Agency on 09/27/12

    Come here for the blues, not the food. Bring cash for the beer bucket guy if it's crowded, you may never make it back from the bar!

  • VH1 on 07/21/10

    The best view is from either a booth or right up front. If you grab a booth, be sure to have the 38oz sharing steak. – Pete from One eskimO

  • Gilt City on 03/09/11

    Check out the legendary Harlem Gospel Choir brunch here every Sunday -- it's perfect for the bored church-goer, music lover, soul food connoisseur, urban adventurer... you get it.

  • Advertising Week on 09/25/10

    Great sessions abound -- with appearances by advertising leaders, it's also home to the a session on the first MTV TJ, Billboard Conversation and a session with Cyndi Lauper.

  • DHR.com on 02/14/12

    This is a place of great music and fantastic southern food. This club and grill is also known for the amazing performances by the Harlem Gospel Choir, happening during the Sunday Gospel Brunch.

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  • 1:30 p.m. every Sun.

    Featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir.

  • 8:00 p.m. April 24

  • 12:00 p.m. every Sat.

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