As if Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster Harlem wasn't hot enough, the big shot chef and his partner Andrew Chapman went ahead and opened a rather gorgeous music, drinking, and dining destination under their popular soul food-inspired restaurant. The swank nightclub, called Ginny's Supper Club, is a deluxe homage to the swinging clubs (think "Cotton") that were all the rage in the roaring '20s. And it looks like they spared no expense: Ginny (it was a popular name in the Jazz Age) arrives at the party decked out with leather banquettes, hand-carved wooden arches, and an 18-seat bar sprawled across the back of the room. The staff ain't hard on the eyes either—take a look around!
There is no cover, and the musical performances will change nightly, with an eclectic lineup featuring jazz, reggae and rock musicians, "global" DJs and gospel singers, poets and authors. The menu, executed by chef Jeremie Tomczak, differs somewhat from Red Rooster's, featuring mostly small to mid-size plates, with Southern, Chinese and French influences. (Check it out below.) Cocktails are in the $12-$15 range, and include such options as the Rooster Colada, made with coconut rum, strawberries, pineapple, and cream.
Ginny's, which just opened this week, does take reservations by phone or online. But there's no performance schedule on their website yet, so for now you'll have to use an old-timey telephone to find out what's on. It's open every night from 6 p.m. to midnight.
310 Lenox Avenue, (212) 792-9001
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