I have been to the Blue Note. The heart of jazz and located in the Village area, but this place is just wonderful for its location...location..location. Great view of Columbus Circle and looking over Central Park and the line of Central Park East high rises. As the sun sets with it's reflection on the high rises, colors change and the night opens up with all it's lights. The music was just great when we were there. Room is designed with perfect acoustics in mind. Then you leave there and walk outside to the dancing fountains in the Circle...nice...very nice. Only flaw would be at least to me and my wife, the food. It is good, but not great, however, the rest of the experience more than makes up for that fact.