Cleopatra's Needle

Cleopatra's Needle

Jazz Club
Upper West Side, New York
  • Mistina P.
    "Delicious, reasonably priced food and great live jazz."(3 Tips)
    Sarah C.
    "One of the best known jam sessions and open mics anywhere."(2 Tips)
    Food Network
    "Rachael Ray makes her way to Cleopatra's Needle, on the..."(2 Tips)
    Scott G.
    "Great happy hour specials, especially on martinis"(5 Tips)
34 Tips and reviews
  • jazz music
  • martinis
  • happy hour
  • jam sessions
  • rachael ray
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  • Sarah C.
    Sarah ColvinApril 30, 2012
    Going alone? Sit at the bar. Going with friends? Grab a table. It's all good and it's all worthy. One of the best known jam sessions and open mics anywhere. Best of all: no cover + $10 Minimum.
  • Jonathan B.
    Jonathan BalsanoAugust 12, 2014
    The jazz is great but the food isn't exceptional like everyone says. However for a cool late summer evening the atmosphere is perfect and there's no cover so it's hard to complain
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 5, 2011
    Rachael Ray makes her way to Cleopatra's Needle, on the Upper West Side in New York, NY, for a Mediterranean meal and live jazz, on Food Network's $40 a Day. Find more tips at FN Local. Read more
  • Saving Places
    Saving PlacesApril 26, 2012
    Like the creation of Central Park, the effort to acquire the obelisk from Egypt was seen as key to New York's status among the great cities of the world. Thousands attended its erection in 1881.
  • Ari P.
    Ari PeñaAugust 9, 2011
    Fantastic place for dinner, drinks, and jazz. Great happy hour til 730. Get the French, wild passion, or Bellini martinis, and the kofta kebab is excellent.
  • Nicole H.
    Nicole HeringJune 2, 2013
    Come for the music, stay for...nothing else. Cleo's attracts some amazing talent but unfortunately the same can't be said for the kitchen and bar.
  • Mistina P.
    Mistina PiccianoJanuary 29, 2010
    Delicious, reasonably priced food and great live jazz. The evening jam sessions rock! Martinis are so-so, but it's a terrific value in an intimate setting. (We hate the downtown crowds.) Read more
  • Leo G.
    Leo GomezJanuary 9, 2016
    Love the Pasta al Pesto, too bad they don't serve it with pine nuts as they used to do.
  • Thrisha A.
    Thrisha A.April 14, 2014
    A bit of a mature (think senior citizens who seem to be the regulars) crowd on Sundays with visitors but half priced drinks make for a good afternoon.
  • Anja S.
    Anja StrajnarOctober 13, 2013
    Cozy place, great band. The food is a bit pricey but hey, you get music for free!
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WalkerOctober 2, 2013
    Great vibe and primo live music, but don't come if you're looking for a quality feed. You'll get a tastier shish kebab from a street vendor.
  • Brooke S.
    Brooke SkinnerOctober 2, 2013
    Super cute restaurant with great atmosphere, but we were charged for soda refills. Since when is that a thing, Cleopatra?!
  • ellen r.
    ellen resnickFebruary 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    It bothers me how the bathrooms and the kichen r so close. The food comes past the toilet on the way to your table. Great music lousy food and presentation. Just drink alot
  • Meghan L.
    Meghan LapidesMarch 15, 2015
    Music was good. Drinks too. Good local place.#UWS
  • J F.
    J FaustApril 10, 2011
    The music here ranges from good to amazing. But the service whether at the bar or at a table is consistently slow when it's anything but empty
  • Scott G.
    Scott GellmanDecember 16, 2015
    Great happy hour specials, especially on martinis
  • Carolina M.
    Carolina MejiaJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour martinis are the best!
  • Russ
    RussApril 8, 2012
    Amazing bland calamari but great music.
  • Sabrina M.
    Sabrina MartinJuly 10, 2011
    Clearly chatting quietly in a restaurant is frowned upon by bitchy old women who think their karaoke-esque singing is real jazz.
  • A F.
    A FordJanuary 20, 2013
    Great place for relaxing! Music and drinks
  • Carolina
    CarolinaJuly 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Yummy dirty Martinis and jazz a great combo!
  • Kirsten K. K.
    Kirsten K. KesterSeptember 18, 2013
    Great service and smooth jazz 💜
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Cleopatra's Needle as seen on Rachael Ray - $40 a Day Read more
  • Melanie C.
    Melanie CoffeeMarch 11, 2010
    Happy hour is great. A glass of blanc de blanc and a blue moon for 10.50.
  • Stan K.
    Stan KillianAugust 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Skip the beer on tap because it's crap.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HopkinsJune 4, 2015
    Great little place to listen to some tunes
    BLOUIN ARTINFOJune 29, 2011
    Great for live jazz! Read more
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BSeptember 26, 2011
    Stop by and listen to the great jazz music
  • Gamal A.
    Gamal AlexanderApril 22, 2012
    The music is great!
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MasslerAugust 16, 2013
    Waited over an hour for music and nothing. Service also didn't help us at all. Hoping it was just an off night.
  • Mistina P.
    Mistina PiccianoJanuary 30, 2010
    The moussaka is something special.
  • lynda b.
    lynda bauerApril 11, 2010
    On the hill behind the Met, and today, the runners..
  • Thomas J.
    Thomas JunkerAugust 5, 2013
    Good music. Terrible food.
  • Jon h.
    Jon hoffmanDecember 13, 2009
    Food is awful, but the jazz is great.
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