Smoke came out of the ashes of Augie’s Jazz Bar on upper Broadway in 1998. Named after the film “Smoke,” written by legendary New York author Paul Auster, Smoke is exactly what you expect out of a jazz club on the homey and laid-back Upper West Side: small, comfortable, and completely unpretentious.
With great acoustics and a room that accommodates only fifty people, Smoke is a place for genuine jazz lovers to enjoy the music in an intimate, no-frills setting. Two rows of tables and a long bar lead from wide floor-to-ceiling windows all the way up to the small stage. A menu by renowned New York chef Patricia Williams ensures that food and drink minimums are not a burden on clientele but rather a pleasure to fulfill. A buzzing jazz brunch on weekends gets the neighborhood up early, and the 16-piece Smoke Big-Band is always a draw on Mondays.