This high-ceilinged restaurant and lounge in the upstairs part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music is the spot to hit for free Friday and Saturday evening shows. The room is beautiful and the line-up is generally mellow, covering jazz, R&B, world music and experimental rock.

The cafe opens two hours before most shows, and it's worth sticking around for a drink or a meal – recent selections from Chef Tsering Nyima's seasonal menu included red-wine-braised short ribs, pan-seared Cape Cod skate, and vegetarian spaetzle of roasted butternut squash.