Upon entering this Alphabet City no cover jazz
fixture, you may be greeted by Hamsa, owner Zach Chiraga’s white-and-brown pit bull which a neighbor affectionally calls “my pirate”. The dog might look intimidating, but is as friendly as the atmosphere of the club, named in honor of Louis Armstrong.
The venue is small, with the bar seating around 10
people. Several tables are scattered around and the band sets up next to the upright piano in front by a big bay window which allows for peering in by curious passers-by on E. 9th Street.
The crowd, according to Chiraga, are “in their late 20s, all the way to their 60s and 70s and there are a lot of people who come here to listen to the music, a lot during the week and also on weekends, when this place becomes like a ‘scene’.”
Directions: NY transit > L train to 1st Av/14th St or the 6 train to Astor Place.