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There's a New Club in Town: Piano Bar and Open Mic at Room 53, in Hell's Kitchen

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

Salon Ziba


200 West 57th Street
New York, NY
AND
485 6th Ave.(12th St.)
New York, NY 10011
212-767-0577
www.salonziba.com

salon@salonziba.com
Open seven days a week
Ask for Alonso

Room 53 Upstairs
Piano Bar and Dining
www.room53.us
Phil Kadet on Piano
Bobby Butler on Bass

Room 53 Downstairs
Polly’s Follies, Open Mic

At
Room 53
www.room53.us
314 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
646.675.5341

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
November 10, 2014


There’s a gorgeous new Club in town, Room 53, in Hell’s Kitchen, between 8th and 9th Avenues. The cultured British Proprietor, Steve, has great ideas and plans, as the lushly renovated spaces evolve. Upstairs is a baby grand piano and sound system, plus stately ding décor and new furnishings and chandeliers. The bar is busy, with different performers and bands most nights. There’s even enough space for theater and ensemble cabaret. A side bar has its own lively vibe, while Downstairs, a chef’s room with flickering candles, tucked behind an exposed brick archway, is ready for elegant, small celebrations or conferences. The larger, Downstairs space can be casual or formal, depending on the party or event. Menus are Moroccan-French, and quite reasonable.

Tonight I caught a portion of two different events, one Upstairs and one Downstairs. Upstairs, Phil Kadet crooned at the piano, accompanied by Bobby Butler on bass. Phil and Bobby created deep rhythms with bluesy intonations, with Phil adding piano interludes to his songs. Downstairs, in the earthy, rectangle room, with its smaller bar, high tables, and chef’s dining room, behind the piano and microphone, was the Monday night Polly’s Follies. Emerging and seasoned vocalists, looking for a spotlight to showcase their versatility and repertoire, sign up with Host, a dynamic Polly McKie. Tonight’s two featured singers, Beth Adubato and Janine Hegarty, sang songs from “Into the Woods”, “Kiss Me Kate”, and “West Side Story”, among other shows. Janine also sang a glorious aria from the opera, “Carmen”, revealing an extraordinary vocal range through various musical genres. Beth’s vocals, as well, were sensuous and intriguing. Ms. McKie, who spoke fondly of her native Scotland, sang with humor and zest, a vivacious entertainer, between greeting the crowd and calling on guests for their turn at the mic. John Champion sang “Autumn Leaves”, with deeply stretched notes in earthy emotionality. You can call Room 53 at 646.675.5341 to check out their upcoming events.



Phil Kadet on Piano
Bobby Butler on Bass
Room 53 Upstairs
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Artist Sketches Music Event
Room 53 Upstairs
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Room 53 Upstairs Decor
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Phil Kadet on Piano
Room 53 Upstairs
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Beth Adubato and Janine Hegarty Vocal Duo
Room 53 Downstairs
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




Polly McKie, Open Mic Host
Room 53 Downstairs
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




John Champion, Vocalist
Room 53 Downstairs
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net