29 locals recommend · Estimated price 2 out of 4 ·
Why locals recommend it
It still feels like the gritty hangout it was when it opened in Alphabet City in 2002, when its underground scene hosted many famous jazz musicians. These days, the club features Brazilian bands throughout the week. On Wednesday nights, Forró in the Dark plays original dance hits and classics from the traditional repertory of northeastern Brazil. Be on the lookout—you might spot a Brazilian celebrity, like Jorge Ben, Bebel Gilberto, or Baby do Brasil. They’ve even been known to join the band for a couple songs.
Tips from locals
Bizarre world-music venue in the middle of nowhere. Go here for some surprises. Up a few blocks, there's a larger, more modern venue from the same owners.
This semi hidden hole in the wall place is hard to find unless you know it is there. It is very cute on the inside and often has great music.