While Red Rooster was hoppin’ upstairs (as always), Ginny’s was busy but never packed, with a few empty tables here and there throughout the night. (I know, right?! We thought it would be a madhouse, too.)
Don’t expect this slow period to last for long, though. Channeling old-school Harlem speakeasies like the Cotton Club, Ginny’s has a sexy retro vibe and nightly live music – Gospel on Sundays, jazz on Mondays, Latin on Tuesdays and assorted bands through the weekend. The music gives the place a fun atmosphere, while never getting so loud that you can’t carry on a conversation.
The menu is a change of pace from Red Rooster, featuring shareable Asian and soul food dishes like five-spice duck breast with scallion pancakes and chicken and waffles with bourbon maple syrup. As far as drinks go, the highlight is the Harlem Mule, a take on the classic mule cocktail with Japanese whiskey, ginger, basil and Peychaud’s bitters, served ice cold in a vintage Moscow Mule mug.
With all that eating, drinking and grooving going on, it’s only a matter of time before the people waiting for tables upstairs start to catch on. So hurry – get there before everyone else does!