158 Ludlow St.
New York, NY 10002
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  • Daily 2pm-4am
  • Coat Check
  • Reservations Accepted
A staple of the Lower East Side, Pianos offers two stages to check out tunes when you need a respite from the inanity of Ludlow Street. Squeeze past the throngs of drunken hipsters in the front bar to find either performance space. The upstairs has something a little more intimate with a smaller stage, and Pianos books shows here that cater to the lower ceilings and broader room. Up here, you can also get your burger on while watching a muted rock act or folk trio. But the guilt of talking and eating over a singer-songwriter might be a little too pervasive. The main concert space below hosts the bulk of Pianos’ shows. After all these years, Pianos still manages to pull off some of the most diverse sets in the city, from avant-jazz to heavy, Goth-tinged rock, to dubstep. And the ears on the sound guy seem to handle everything. --Dale Eisinger

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