Le Poisson Rouge
While ticket prices for this Greenwich Village venue tend to match those of much larger venues on this list, LPR curates some of the best shows in the city, which make you feel like you’re getting more bang for your buck than spots twice its size. The LPR team books everything from Afro-pop jazz to experimental electronic music to dance-pop to classical. All of it is good. Before you descend the stairs into this swank basement venue, make sure to check out the namesake-slanted fish tank in the entryway, and prepare yourself for near impeccable sound.