A foolproof way to justify all of your turtlenecks is by drinking martinis at Smoke on Broadway and 106th on the Upper West Side. It’s a little jazz club that brings in noteworthy musicians from all over the world to play on an intimate red-curtained stage. If you want to eat dinner while catching a show, we recommend making a reservation in advance to ensure a table. But you could also show up, sit at the bar, and fall into a conversation with an ex-mayor of Philadelphia or someone else who could probably give you some good life advice.
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