Chamber Magic at the Waldorf-Astoria ($75–$100)
He's performed magic for David Letterman on national TV, so he must be pretty good. Magician Steve Cohen takes over a suite inside the Waldorf-Astoria twice every Friday (7pm and 9pm) and three times on Saturdays (2pm, 7pm, 9pm), and audiences can't get enough of him! We think it has something to do with the intimate setting (a plush, dim-lit hotel suite on Park Avenue is bound to put anyone in the mood for magic), which break down the "fourth wall" of Cohen's illusions. Though ticket prices are slightly more than what you'll pay for a similar act downtown, we bet your date will be impressed by your choice of venue.
Jazz at Salon Millesime
The New York Times was suitably impressed by the talent they witnessed upon entering Salon Millesime, a jazz lounge inside the Carlton Hotel. Check out the scene—which includes a Steinway baby grand piano and Bose sound system—every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights between 6pm and 1am. Tonight and next Thursday, enjoy some funk sounds by trumpeter Igmar Thomas. Says Erika Hamilton, the restauran't music coordinator, "We've had everyone from Ne-Yo to Estelle to Lil' Kim." (Check out photos of Lil' Kim inside the hotel here).
Silent Sundays at the Gershwin ($10)
Similar to the Unsilent Film Series developed over at downtown music venue Le Poisson Rouge, Silent Sundays at the Gershwin Hotel offer performers a chance to accompany silent films. Next up on the calendar is pianist Joel Forrester (7pm), who will play along to Brats, a 1930s Laurel & Hardy comedy, The High Sign, another comedy from 1921, and Dream of a Rarebit Fiend, from 1906. Check the Gershwin's calendar, as they tend to schedule a wide variety of music, theater, comedy, and other offerings (there even have two performance spaces!)