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Cleopatra's Needle

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Upper West Side
Bar, Grill, American, Middle Eastern
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2485 Broadway, New York City, NY 10025
3:30 pm - 4:00 am
Closed now
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Sun 3:00 pm - 2:00 am
Mon - Tue 3:30 pm - 2:00 am
Wed - Thu 3:30 pm - 3:00 am
Fri - Sat 3:30 pm - 4:00 am
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 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. However, the bar might be a little tight but you will be able to sit... More 

1 Thank Sara S
new york
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 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 don't get paid. The owner does. So he really uses talented musicians and singer and... More 

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cleoNewYork, General Manager at Cleopatra's Needle, responded to this review

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 address them answer: Peace " More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 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
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 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 Shiraz was terrible but their Italian cabernet was better. Great jazz but customers mostly ignored... More 

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cleoNewYork, General Manager at Cleopatra's Needle, responded to this review

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

Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 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 review

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. More 

new york
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2016

Neighborhood place to listen to jazz or open mic. Is comfortable. Bar could be configured better though- seats are uncomfortable. Decent happy hour prices -food on pricier side, but I have not tried.

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Santiago, Chile
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2016

You may think Woddy Allen would appear suddenly on the stage, as any neighbohr could do, the thing is that the atmosphere is absolutely charming and relaxed.. while you share a good mix of white wine and chesse cake one musician gets to the stage and starts to play, could it be a piano player.. or a guitar player... as... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2016

We have been dining at Cleopatra's Needle for around 4 years whilst visiting Manhattan, Whilst staying on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, we always enjoy Dinner at this Restaurant, they cater with a Middle Eastern Menu as well as people who have strict diets in our case, one who is a Vegetarian, there is good choice of Entrees for... More 

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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2016

This spot is like hanging out in your living room - cozy and warm with Christmas and other lights hanging about. I went on a Wednesday which seemed to be Open Mic night and everyone was great! Draft Beer was $9 and the Linguini with tom/basil was $13.95 with bread but no salad. Very basic menu.

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Great Neck, New York, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2016

Cleopatra's Needle is a singularly unique experience. Local talent performing in a warm & friendly environment. This is by no means amateur night. These are people who entertain / perform at the top of their game. Age is no barrier here with back up performers who while may be a bit long in the tooth prove there's no age barrier... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Bar, Grill, American, Middle Eastern
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Television, Serves Alcohol, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
3:00 pm - 2:00 am
3:30 pm - 2:00 am
3:30 pm - 2:00 am
3:30 pm - 3:00 am
3:30 pm - 3:00 am
3:30 pm - 4:00 am
3:30 pm - 4:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2485 Broadway, New York City, NY 10025
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: 12127696969
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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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, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theater performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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