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Cleopatra's Needle

) #2,904 of 9,348 Restaurants in New York City $$ - $$$ , , Middle Eastern
2485 Broadway, New York City, NY 10025
+1 212-769-6969
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good45%
  • Average17%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“spinach pie” (2 reviews)
“kabobs” (2 reviews)
“hummus” (4 reviews)
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Bar, Grill, Middle Eastern, American
$$ - $$$
2485 Broadway, New York City, NY 10025
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Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

This place is quite unique. We have been coming here for several years. Our favorite time is late Sunday afternoon. Happy hour drinks! And a nice variety of music. You can sign up to sing a couple of songs or play an instrument. Or just...More

1  Thank Carol M
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

On our first night in New York we stopped off for a bite to eat and were probably more impressed with the live music than the food.

Thank Bobandmaggie
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Very small spot but the band or jazz playing is fantastic. I like to sit by a window every time I go because the place is so little you will be right next to the band and you won't be able to have a conversation....More

1  Thank Sara S
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Go for the live music and vibrant ambiance. I recommend the moussaka and the pasta al pesto. Drinks are expensive, but arrive before 7 pm for the daily happy hour discounts. Order enough drinks to last you until the music starts at 8pm!

Thank dadrulz
Reviewed 15 August 2016

This place is wonderful for one fact and one fact only. It keeps jazz alive and gives singers and musicians the chance to perform. But at their expense. Twice a week is an open mic for singers. So people come in to hear. The singers...More

1  Thank NewYorkAnnie13
cleoNewYork, General Manager at Cleopatra's Needle, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2016

We have got an answer for your review from the book that leaves not a small thing nor a great thing but hath counted it " The (faithful) slaves of the Beneficent are they who walk upon the earth modestly, and when the foolish ones...More

Reviewed 14 August 2016

We came for a late lunch. We had a toddler with us. The restaurant only has one high-chair and a child was using it so we had to sit the toddler in a regular seat. The service was slightly above average. They do serve pita...More

Thank TXtravelGirl23
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Went for dinner. Great live Jazz every night! We had the hummus and mussels, they were both delicious. Very small and intimate inside, but it definitely has a lot of character.

Thank Kara R
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

It is a good place on the Upper West Side for jazz, be it Open Mic or a regular set, quite relaxed atmosphere with decent (mostly) Mediterranean food and good service

Thank Stefan S
Reviewed 15 May 2016

Probably best to just go for a drink rather than a meal here. Had a nice starter of mixed mediterranean dishes followed by disappointing soup and vegetarian strudel. Service deteriorated during the evening and we gave up waiting for my Martini and just left. Australian...More

1  Thank Michelle M
cleoNewYork, General Manager at Cleopatra's Needle, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2016

Thank you Michelle for your generous 2 stars, we do not expected any better review from a French organization.

Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

Food was very good! Actually, my Shesh Kabobs were excellent! Nice ambiance, good service. If you like Mediterranean cuisine, should give it a try.

Thank CaciqueRG
cleoNewYork, Owner at Cleopatra's Needle, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2016

Thank you very much Casigue RG for your kind review. It was pleasure to have you dinning at Cleopatra's Needle, wish we see you again.

Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the
Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a
quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of
downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the
city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the
American Museum of Natural History, which has been
welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for
over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center,
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Peter B
28 August 2015|
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Response from cleoNewYork | Property representative |
We have Live Jazz every night , Monday Jazz starts at 8 pm to 1 am
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
Bar, Grill, Middle Eastern, American
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Television, Serves Alcohol, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
15:00 - 02:00
15:30 - 02:00
15:30 - 02:00
15:30 - 03:00
15:30 - 03:00
15:30 - 04:00
15:30 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2485 Broadway, New York City, NY 10025
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-769-6969
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Cleopatra's Needle, named after the famed monument in New York's Central Park, is a world-renowned New York hot spot known for serving up food, drinks and hot live jazz to the New York jazz community. Our original cuisine has been featured on TV Food Network's "$40 a day", and we offer the best of New York's live jazz scene, with no cover charge. Our famed jazz jam sessions have attracted both the up-and-coming and the well-known stars of the jazz world. Weekly open mic for singers sessions and late night jam sessions provide a jazz feast for night owls, as well as a chance for young musicians and seasoned professionals to hone their skills, and trade hot licks. We also now have a top-of-the line grand piano. We have been featured in Downbeat magazine's international club guide, "100 Great Venues to Hear Jazz"
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