Frequently Asked Questions

Dessert Sampler
What is the dress code?
Business Casual or "Smart" Casual Attire. Jackets are not required, though many people do wear them. Jeans are permitted as long as they are neat. Baseball caps are not permitted.
Do you have a liquor license?
Yes, we have a full bar with a full wine list [pdf] including more than fifteen varieties of draft and bottle beers, including our own Shanghai Jazz® Ale.
Do you charge a music cover?
No. There is no music cover charge, and world-class live jazz is complimentary, unless otherwise noted by a Special Event. There are simply food and drink minimums, ranging from $15 to $35 per person (not including tax and tip). The only time there may be a music cover charge is during Special Events.
I see you have two seatings on Saturday nights. How does this work?
There are 2 dinner seatings/show times on Saturday evenings. You select one of the two seatings and enjoy dinner while you enjoy the music. You may move to the bar, space permitting, after the first seating if you wish to continue to enjoy the music. Or come early and relax at the bar until your table is ready at the second seating / show time.
Do I need a reservation?
For reservation requests, please call us at 973.822.2899 or email Please give us your name, date of show, number of people, preferred seating/time, and contact number (mobile is best). Please note you will need to receive a confirmation email or voicemail from us for any reservation request. There are no confirmation reference numbers, however, just a simple "confirmed." Thank you!
What credit cards do you accept?
All major credit cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diners Club, and Discover.
Do you have a private room?
Yes, we have a private room with fireplace and bar which is perfect for corporate functions and special occasions. We also have semi-private areas in the main room and we can host cocktail parties in the main bar as well. For information on private parties and tasting menus for Corporate Events, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings and Rehearsal Dinners, please email us at
Do you have gift certificates?
A Shanghai Jazz® Gift Certificate. Simple and Sophisticated Gift Giving for an Experience they will treasure at One of the Top 100 Great Jazz Clubs in the World. Available in Any Amount. Click here for purchasing details.
What do you do for birthdays?
We have a Special Birthday Celebration Dessert Sampler featuring our signature desserts served on an impressive platter with sparkling candles. You may reserve one by telling us at time of reservation, or by telling the host or server when you arrive. It’s a great way to surprise the Birthday Girl or Guy or your Sweetheart with a special dessert sampler created especially for you.
Do you have Take-out? Catering?
Yes! Click here for a printable take-out menu.
What days are you open?
We are open every day for dinner except Monday. We do on occasion open for large groups on a Monday under special circumstances. You can see our hours here.
Are you open for lunch?
We are open for private events only. Please email us at
Can I see videos of the live performances?
Of course! We have a YouTube Channel featuring videos of Grammy winners and legends and stars on the rise.

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