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Sunday Supper at The National, featuring LaMar NYC-February 17th!!

February 17, 2013

45502_407384532678833_1738312782_nFor many, Sunday nights are best spent at home on the couch, catching “Girls” or “Downton Abbey,” depending on your taste. But chef and restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian has a different idea for what makes a perfect Sunday: dinner with your friends and family.

To that end, Zakarian has created a warm, cabaret-style vibe at his Midtown East restaurant The National at 557 Lexington Ave., 212-715-2400.

In addition to comfort foods like steak frites and pork chops, the restaurant offers live music at the weekly “The National Sessions.”

When we stopped by recently, a jazz band played in the bar area and was pleasantly audible in the main dining room as well.

Zakarian says he just wants to bring “good, cool music” to his restaurants. His other restaurant, The Lambs Club (132 W. 44th St., 212-997-5262, thelambsclub.com), features live jazz on Wednesday nights and at Sunday brunch, and is introducing piano music on Monday evenings. A recent Monday featured “Star Trek’s” George Takei singing.

The mixing of live music and fine dining might seem old-school, but Zakarian says the trend “never left.”

It “just went quiet,” Zakarian wrote in an email.

The chef is also a music lover wanting to do right by artists. “There are so many great musicians out there that we wanted to showcase,” he said.

On Sunday February 17th you can see LaMar NYC starting at 6pm. LaMar NYC draws from the spirit of Spanish Flamenco music, the undefined force of cuban music and the power of World music. The group is led by extraordinary singer and guitarist, Nilko Andreas Guarin, who hails from Bogota, Colombia. Providing the low end frequencies of funk is Matt Geraghty (aka Mateo Guitierrez) on bass. Geraghty together with dexterous percussionist Reid Andrés on cajon make this one awesome musical journey!

See you at Sunday Supper!!

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