First Nighter: Eric Comstock, Gabrielle Stravelli Light Up Cabaret

August 21, 2014 4:25 PM

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Cabaret is alive and not quite yet reduced to gasping for breath in New York City. One of the most recent promising signs is the opening on Second Avenue of Café Noctambulo with piano man Eric Comstock cutting the ribbon on the small, square and just about perfect room at the back of Pangea, a restaurant where the food is always first-rate.

Calling Comstock--who faces the room in jacket and tie (below 14th Street, no less) from the keyboard--a piano man is slightly unfair. He's much more than that. He's one of the thinning cadre around town who make it their business to know every song ever written--or at least give the impression they...

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