Sasha Ressetar writes; I'm so happy
to see that people remember the Two Guitars restaurant. I was
good friends of the balalaika player Sasha Polinoff who played
there for many years. I was too young to visit the place but I
heard stories. I played the balalaika for almost 15 years in NYC.
When I arrived I was so sad that the place was gone... Did you
know that Yule Brynner's sister sang at the Two Guitars? Also
Theodore Bikel sang a song about the night club when it was called
the Kretchma ... thanks again Sasha
Website visitor Francoise writes; My
recollection is very vague as to names. I remember only that the
owner (or main musician) was Sasha Poliakoff (sp?). He played
he balalaïka and the guitar. There was a wonderful woman
singer with a very smoky voice. I can't remember her name, but
she is not among the artists featured on yout web page. Many of
the patrons were Russian Jewish emigrés who went there
to reminisce. The night club was in a tiny cellar with only about
10 tables and there was a lot of sing-along of the old Russian
or Jewish folk songs. It was a lot of fun.
Claire in West Palm Beach writes; I went with a date to Two Guitars in 1963 or 1964. Alya Uno was singing. (I recognized her from her picture on your website.) She sang in many languages, and had a beautiful voice. The evening was unforgetable, and I have often over the years thought of it. What a pity that the club closed. Places like that are so rare.
Your website is so interesting, and I shall enjoy reading reviews of all the wonderful places that were. They don't make them like that anymore.