Selected NYC Events (01/19) + Today’s Featured Pub (Midtown West)

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-Jan.”

The Apocalypse is upon us.
Tomorrow that crude and rude man, ignorant of world affairs, host of a mediocre reality show; a bully and buffoon who never cared about anyone but himself, and who, BTW, lost the popular vote by 3 million votes, will somehow be inaugurated president.
God help us!

If the thought of watching the inaugural makes you sick to your stomach, Time Out New York has put together some good alternative activities. Please go to the Tab above:  “Anti-Inaugural Activities”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

J. P. Morgan Tournament of Champions (LAST DAY CHAMPIONSHIP)
at Grand Central Terminal, 7PM, +8PM
“As the only top-level sporting event to be held annually in Grand Central Terminal, the J. P. Morgan Tournament of Champions is considered one of the squash world’s most coveted titles. More than 100 of the game’s best men and women will compete in this weeklong event, beginning on Jan. 12, which takes place in a specially constructed court inside Vanderbilt Hall. Fans of the sport can opt for free, standing-room viewing — an option that also attracts curious passers-by and commuters — or purchase seated tickets.” (JACK WILLIAMS, NYT)
Today: Men’s Finals, 8PM & Women’s Finals, 7PM

4  OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY
CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE
Noche Flamenca: Antigona
Hollywood in the White House
Book Launch: Insane Clown President by Matt Taibbi

PLUS 
NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open
Broadway Week and Attractions Week now open

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE (also Jan. 17-22)
at the Village Vanguard, / 8 and 10PM, $30.
“Mr. McBride, the bassist, bandleader and composer, holds fast to a mood of generous bonhomie with his trio, which recently released a live album recorded in this room. That group, now with Christian Sands on piano and Jerome Jennings on drums, performs the first week of his engagement, Jan. 10 through 15. From Jan. 17 through 22, Mr. McBride will lead a groove-minded quartet, informally called New Jawn McBride, featuring the trumpeter Josh Evans, the saxophonist Marcus Strickland and the drummer Nasheet Waits.” (NYT-Chinen)

Noche Flamenca: Antigona (through Jan. 28)
West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W86th St./ 8PM, $25-$60
“Traditional Spanish dance and ancient Greek theater are an unlikely but well-suited pair in Noche Flamenca’s sharp production “Antigona,” based on Sophocles’s famous tragedy. The dance lights a fire under the play while discovering in itself a knack for narrative drama. In the title role, the powerhouse Soledad Barrio is both fierce and fragile. The century-old church where the performance takes place is filled with striking sets, darkly amorous music played by a live band and a ferocious Greek chorus of dancers.” (NYT-Schaefer)

My Take: Noche Flamenca is Spain’s most successful touring company and its greatest exponent of the art of flamenco. Soledad Barrio is a goddess of dance and brings so much passion to her role as Antigona. Two wonderful Spanish guitarists and two vocalists do not get the credit they deserve. Every piece of this performance is outstanding. Go See It!

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Hollywood in the White House
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
With Max Alvarez, an author and public speaker with over 20 years of experience in the areas of journalism, media criticism, archival research, teaching, and cultural programming.
“This illustrated talk explores how U.S. presidents have been portrayed in major movies over the decades: flattering (The American President and West Wing) or not (Absolute Power and the current series House of Cards).”

Elsewhere, but this looks absolutely worth an essential detour:

Book Launch: Insane Clown President by Matt Taibbi
powerHouse Arena, 28 Adams St. Bklyn./ 7PM, Free, RSVP requested
Process all your feelings surrounding a Trump presidency on the eve of the inauguration with one of America’s most essential political journalists. Matt Taibbi will be here reading from his collection of dispatches on the 2016 election—from the ominous clownshow of the 2015 run-up to the primaries to the darkly comic twists and turns of the general campaign to the astonishing, world-shaking finish.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

PLUS 

NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open
From Jan. 23 to Feb. 10, have your pick from 375 participating restaurants, with a three-course prix fixe lunch or dinner; lunches are $29, and dinners are $42, not including beverages, gratuities and taxes, a great deal for some of the city’s most popular spots…

This year there are 32 new restaurants participating, joining the array of restaurants that span 41 neighborhoods and four boroughs.
To see the full list, go to nycgo.com/restaurantweek.

Broadway Week and Attractions Week now open
Day 2 of Broadway Week and Attractions Week, through Feb. 5, where you can receive deals like two-for-one tickets at performances and cultural events around the city.

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Bonus NYC Events – Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village (all six are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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A PremierPub / Midtown West.

Russian Vodka Room / 265 W 52nd St (btw 7th/8th ave)

Sure, you could travel to Minsk or even Brighton Beach, for an authentic Russian experience, but why bother. On those days when you feel you must wash down your dish of kasha with a few glasses of icy, cold vodka, the Russian Vodka Room will definitely satisfy your urge.

From the outside this place looks a bit drab, and with no windows, a bit mysterious. Midtown tourists walk right by on their way to see “Jersey Boys,” just down the block.
(Alas, no more. After 10 years, “Jersey Boys” closed Jan.15)

lThose in the know enter a secret hideaway, a dimly lit front room with soft jazz playing – a perfect spot for an illicit late-night rendezvous, or maybe a meet-up with your Russian spy handler, but that’s later in the evening. Early in the evening the large U-shaped bar fills with the after work happy hour crowd, a group made very happy by the much reduced prices.

Their website says: “Welcome Comrades”. Of course, this welcome focuses on dozens of different vodkas, including their own special infusions, which marinate in giant, clear glass jugs visible around the room. The large vodka martinis ensure that you won’t confuse this place with your mother’s Russian Tea Room.

But man does not live by vodka alone. Eat some food, especially the tapa like appetizers. Be decadent and try the cheese blintzes with chocolate, or try a main dish like beef stroganoff with kasha.

Your best bet is to go on a night when the piano man is playing. This guy, who looks like he has eaten a lot of those cheese blintzes, plays five nights a week from 7 to 12 (no Mondays and Thursdays). When the piano man is playing American pop tunes, and you are at the crowded, dimly lit bar testing the horseradish infused vodka, that’s when the RVR shines.

It’s the kind of place where the noise gets louder and the crowd gets happier as the happy hour goes on. I’m generally a beer guy, but I like to come here with a group of friends. We find a table in the back room near the piano man; we eat, and we drink vodka ‘till it hurts (and it will hurt).
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Website: http://www.russianvodkaroom.com/
Phone #: 212-307-5835
Hours: 4pm-2am; Fri-Sun closes 4am (that could be trouble)
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day
$4 shots infused vodka (2oz), $5 cosmos; $4 czech draft beer
Music: FR-SU; TU-WE / 7pm-12am
Subway: #1 to 50th St.
Walk 2 blk N. on B’way to 52nd St.; 1 blk W. to RVR
Confusingly, the Russian Samovar is right across the street, on the S. side of 52nd St.
The RVR, your destination, is on the N. side of 52nd St.
Update: music now includes a younger, trimmer piano man. “Tiny” we miss you.
Update#2: Rumor that “Tiny” is back playing only on Friday nights – need to check it out.

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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Selected NYC Events (01/18) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-Jan.”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

J. P. Morgan Tournament of Champions (Jan.12-19)
at Grand Central Terminal, 5PM, +8PM
“As the only top-level sporting event to be held annually in Grand Central Terminal, the J. P. Morgan Tournament of Champions is considered one of the squash world’s most coveted titles. More than 100 of the game’s best men and women will compete in this weeklong event, beginning on Jan. 12, which takes place in a specially constructed court inside Vanderbilt Hall. Fans of the sport can opt for free, standing-room viewing — an option that also attracts curious passers-by and commuters — or purchase seated tickets.” (JACK WILLIAMS, NYT)
Today: Men’s Semi-Finals, 8PM & Women’s Semi-Finals, 5PM

6  OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY
Molly Pope in A Star is Born
CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE
Ehud Asherie with Rebecca Kilgore
CHERRY GLAZERR
Noche Flamenca: Antigona
Visual Art and Humor: a Discussion

PLUS 
NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open
Broadway Week and Attractions Week opens

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Molly Pope in A Star is Born
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 9:30PM, $35-$45
“Pope’s viscerally thrilling alto is a rich gusher of sound that emerges like a full-on blast from the past. In her latest venture, the downtown darling boldly essays the score from the 1954 Judy Garland version of A Star Is Born, including “The Man That Got Away,” “Swanee” and “You Took Advantage of Me.” The wizardly Brian Nash mans the piano.” (TONY)

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE (also Jan. 17-22)
at the Village Vanguard, / 8 and 10PM, $30.
“Mr. McBride, the bassist, bandleader and composer, holds fast to a mood of generous bonhomie with his trio, which recently released a live album recorded in this room. That group, now with Christian Sands on piano and Jerome Jennings on drums, performs the first week of his engagement, Jan. 10 through 15. From Jan. 17 through 22, Mr. McBride will lead a groove-minded quartet, informally called New Jawn McBride, featuring the trumpeter Josh Evans, the saxophonist Marcus Strickland and the drummer Nasheet Waits.” (NYT-Chinen)

Ehud Asherie with Rebecca Kilgore
Mezzrow, 163 W10th St./ 8PM, +9:30PM, $20
“The Great American Songbook can unite keen interpreters of different generations. The pianist Asherie, an Israeli expatriate who has drawn attention in the past decade with his assured mainstream piano stylings, joins forces with the highly regarded West Coast-based singer Kilgore, whose recordings since the eighties include prized co-efforts with the eminent pianist and songwriter Dave Frishberg. Between the two of them, few valued standards will slip through the cracks.” (NewYorker)

CHERRY GLAZERR
at the Bowery Ballroom / 9PM, $15
“Fuzz-bomb guitar riffs, thrumming bass grooves, shambolic drum beats: On the surface, Cherry Glazerr might appear to be your average indie-rock band. But the group’s secret weapon is its singer and guitarist, Clementine Creevy. With vocals that can shift from an angelic coo to a shrieking wail, she is as deft at spinning tales about Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” as she is at dissing Rob Kardashian. Listen for more yarns at this performance.” (NYT)

Noche Flamenca: Antigona (through Jan. 28)
West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W86th St./ 8PM, $25-$60
“Traditional Spanish dance and ancient Greek theater are an unlikely but well-suited pair in Noche Flamenca’s sharp production “Antigona,” based on Sophocles’s famous tragedy. The dance lights a fire under the play while discovering in itself a knack for narrative drama. In the title role, the powerhouse Soledad Barrio is both fierce and fragile. The century-old church where the performance takes place is filled with striking sets, darkly amorous music played by a live band and a ferocious Greek chorus of dancers.” (NYT-Schaefer)

My Take: Noche Flamenca is Spain’s most successful touring company and its greatest exponent of the art of flamenco. Soledad Barrio is a goddess of dance and brings so much passion to her role as Antigona. Two wonderful Spanish guitarists and two vocalists do not get the credit they deserve. Every piece of this performance is outstanding. Go See It!

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Visual Art and Humor: a Discussion
New York Academy of Art, 111 Franklin St./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Join former New York Times art critic Ken Johnson and the New Yorker’s cartoon editor Bob Mankoff for a discussion on what makes humor cartoons and comics work.” (TONY)

PLUS 

NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open
From Jan. 23 to Feb. 10, have your pick from 375 participating restaurants, with a three-course prix fixe lunch or dinner; lunches are $29, and dinners are $42, not including beverages, gratuities and taxes, a great deal for some of the city’s most popular spots…

This year there are 32 new restaurants participating, joining the array of restaurants that span 41 neighborhoods and four boroughs.
To see the full list, go to nycgo.com/restaurantweek.

Broadway Week and Attractions Week opens
Day 1 of Broadway Week and Attractions Week, through Feb. 5, where you can receive deals like two-for-one tickets at performances and cultural events around the city.

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village (all six are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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Chelsea Art Gallery District*

Chelsea is the heart of the NYCity contemporary art scene. Home to more than 300 art galleries, the Rubin Museum, the Joyce Theater and The Kitchen performance spaces, there is no place like it anywhere in the world. Come here to browse free exhibitions by world-renowned artists and those unknowns waiting to be discovered in an art district that is concentrated between West 18th and West 27th Streets, and 10th and 11th Avenues. Afterwards stop in the Chelsea Market, stroll on the High Line, or rest up at one of the many cafes and bars and discuss the fine art.

Time Out New York highlights this current exhibition:
“Sergei Eisenstein: Drawings 1931–1948” (thru Feb.11)
Alexander Gray Associates, 510 W26th St.
“Did you know that the director of Battleship Potemkin drew pornographic pictures in his downtime? Us neither, but as this roundup of his explicit exertions on paper clearly demonstrate, it’s true. The show spans the period from 1931 until his death in 1948.”

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For a listing of 25 essential galleries in the Chelsea Art Gallery District, organized by street, which enables you to create your own Chelsea Art Gallery crawl, see the Chelsea Gallery Guide (nycgo.com) Or check out TONY magazine’s list of the “Best Chelsea Galleries” and click through to see what’s on view.

*Now plan your own gallery crawl, but better to plan your visits for Tuesday through Saturday; most galleries are closed Sunday and Monday.

TIP: After your gallery tour, stop in Ovest at 513W27th St. for Aperitivo Italiano (Happy Hour on steroids). Discuss all the great art you have viewed over a drink and a very tasty selection of FREE appetizers (M-F, 5-8pm).

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see recent posts in right sidebar dated 01/16 and 01/14.
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Selected Events (01/17) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square/ Theater District)

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

New York City Ballet
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, $65+
Leaps and spins easily earn audience applause, but there’s something truly breathtaking about the way the title character bursts backward across the stage in fearless flutters in Balanchine’s haunting 1946 work “La Sonnambula,” part of the opening program for the winter season, which begins on Tuesday. Joining it are two more Balanchine one-acts: “Prodigal Son,” the classic tale of redemption to music by Prokofiev, and “Firebird,” with music by Stravinsky and designs by Marc Chagall.

On Wednesday, the company will introduce another all-Balanchine program, with “Allegro Brillante,” a one-act “Swan Lake” and “The Four Temperaments.” There are more programs and premieres to come this season.” (BRIAN SCHAEFER, NYT)

6  OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY
Roméo et Juliette
JILL SOBULE
MICHELLE WOLF: SO BRAVE
Noche Flamenca: Antigona
From Mannahatta to Manhattan: Four Centuries In the Life of An Island City
‘CRUEL AND UNUSUAL COMEDY’

PLUS – NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Roméo et Juliette
Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, $28+
“When Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo starred opposite each other in Manon at the Met in 2015, the New York Times said, “the temperature rises nearly to boiling every time Damrau and Grigolo are on stage together.” Now they’re back as opera’s classic lovers, in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. The production, by director Bartlett Sher, has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score.”

JILL SOBULE
at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St./ 7PM, $20
“In the mid-1990s, Ms. Sobule was part a class of female singer-songwriters like Alanis Morissette, Meredith Brooks and Fiona Apple who scored Top 40 success and heavy MTV airplay thanks to their fiercely catchy and proudly feminist pop. Her hits, including “Supermodel” and “I Kissed a Girl,” fused sugary melodies and her bright, girlish vocals with storytelling that was brilliantly subversive for mainstream audiences. Although Ms. Sobule has not matched that commercial success in recent years, she remains just as restlessly creative: For her 2014 album, “Dottie’s Charms,” she asked literary stars like Jonathan Lethem, Luc Sante and David Hajdu to contribute lyrics that were inspired by a vintage bracelet she received as a birthday gift.” (NYT- KEVIN O’DONNELL)

MICHELLE WOLF: SO BRAVE (also Feb.15)
at the Village Underground, / 8PM, $%
“Ms. Wolf, a writer and a contributor to “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah,” is a feisty stand-up whose comedy is a blend of absurd storytelling and sharp political commentary. Her show, “So Brave,” was nominated for a best newcomer award at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe; The Guardian called it “a striking debut.” (NYT-ELISE CZAJKOWSKI)

Noche Flamenca: Antigona (through Jan. 28)
West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W86th St./ 8PM, $25-$60
“Traditional Spanish dance and ancient Greek theater are an unlikely but well-suited pair in Noche Flamenca’s sharp production “Antigona,” based on Sophocles’s famous tragedy. The dance lights a fire under the play while discovering in itself a knack for narrative drama. In the title role, the powerhouse Soledad Barrio is both fierce and fragile. The century-old church where the performance takes place is filled with striking sets, darkly amorous music played by a live band and a ferocious Greek chorus of dancers.” (NYT-Schaefer)

Noche Flamenca is Spain’s most successful touring company and its greatest exponent of the art of flamenco. Soledad Barrio is a goddess of dance and brings so much passion to her role as Antigona. Two wonderful Spanish guitarists and two vocalists do not get the credit they deserve. Every piece of this performance is outstanding.
Go See It!

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

From Mannahatta to Manhattan: Four Centuries In the Life of An Island City
moderator Sam Roberts and panelists Eric Sanderson, Gerard Koeppel, and Jason Barr.
Mid-Manhattan Library / 6:30 PM, FREE
“A panel of New York City authors and experts discusses the city’s evolution, highlighting the connections between landscape ecology, infrastructure investment, and real estate, that continue to shape patterns of development today.”

‘CRUEL AND UNUSUAL COMEDY’
“The 1926 film “Honest Injun,” starring Johnny Arthur, pictured, will be among the films featured at MoMA on Saturday, Jan. 14, as part of the series “Cruel and Unusual Comedy: Astonishing Shorts From the Slapstick Era.” This series features dozens of silent-era short films that find humor in the darker corners of the American psyche. Themes include domestic abuse, ethnic stereotypes, political anarchists and violence. Screenings generally comprise several films with a total running time of 90 minutes.
WHEN | WHERE Friday, Jan. 13, through Jan. 26 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St. ADMISSION $12 or free with museum admission
INFO 212-708-9400, moma.org — (STAV ZIV, Newwday)

PLUS – NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open
From Jan. 23 to Feb. 10, have your pick from 375 participating restaurants, with a three-course prix fixe lunch or dinner; lunches are $29, and dinners are $42, not including beverages, gratuities and taxes, a great deal for some of the city’s most popular spots…

This year there are 32 new restaurants participating, joining the array of restaurants that span 41 neighborhoods and four boroughs.
To see the full list, go to nycgo.com/restaurantweek.

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues, almost all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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A PremierPub

Jimmy’s Corner / 140 W 44th St (btw B’way & 7th ave)

IMG_2083Jimmy’s Corner is right in the heart of Times Square, but you won’t find it on the corner, it’s mid-block. Enter this long narrow bar and you are struck by the walls covered with mostly black-and-white boxing photographs, and memorabilia. Soon enough you learn that “Corner” refers to proprietor Jimmy Glenn’s long career as a corner man for some of boxing greats – Liston, Tyson, even “the greatest”, Ali.

Jimmy’s is a sort of time machine, taking you back to a time and place that no longer exists. All around you Times Square has cleaned up, grown up, assumed a new identity. Jimmy’s probably hasn’t changed a bit since it first opened in 1971. Certainly the bar itself looks original and the prices haven’t changed much either. When I brought a friend, who owns her own bar, she was surprised when she got the small tab for a round of drinks. Figured there must be a mistake, that maybe they forgot to charge for all the drinks.

Times Square today is filled with neon glitz and wandering tourists from Dubuque, but not Jimmy’s. You’ll likely find some old timer’s at the bar nursing their drinks, some younger locals at tables in the back, and maybe a few adventuresome tourists clutching their trusty guidebooks. There’s no food served here because this is just a bar, and sometimes that’s all you need.

On nights when no local team is playing, it’s a fine place to sip some drafts and listen to a great old time jukebox (40s, 50s, R&B, and soul). On sports nights this very narrow bar can get a bit claustrophobic, filled with excited fans watching their team on the TVs. Either way, Jimmy’s is the place to be if you are looking for an old time bar in the new Times Square.
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Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
facebook.com/jimmyscornernyc)
Phone #: 212-221-9510
Hours: 11am – 4 am, except Sunday they open 12 noon
Happy Hour: not necessary, low prices all day, every day
Subway: #1,2,3 to TimesSquare 42nd st
walk 2 blks N on 7th ave to 44th st; ½ blk E to Jimmy’s

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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Selected NYC Events (01/16) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Roy Hargrove
Blue Note, / 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“At 46, trumpeter Roy Hargrove has firmly established himself as among the premier players in jazz and beyond. Ever-stretching into more challenging and colorful ways to flex his musical chops, Hargrove has left indelible imprints in a vast array of artful settings. During his tenure on the Verve label alone, he has recorded an album with a hand-picked collection of the world’s greatest tenor saxophonists (With the Tenors of Our Time), an album of standards with strings (Moment to Moment) and, in 2003, introduced his own hip hop/jazz collective The RH Factor with the groundbreaking CD Hard Groove (swiftly followed by the limited edition EP, Strength).”

6  OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY
Steve Earle’s Annual Winter Residency
Natalie Douglas: Stevie Songs
Medeski Martin & Wood
New York Jewish Film Festival
Barney Rosset: My Life in Publishing and How I Fought Censorship
‘CRUEL AND UNUSUAL COMEDY’

PLUS – NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Steve Earle’s Annual Winter Residency w/ Amy Helm
City Winery, 155 Varick St. / 8PM, $45-$55
“Steve Earle released his fifteenth studio album, The Low Highway, to worldwide critical acclaim in Spring 2013. Magnet Magazine stated in their 9 out of 10 star review, “This time out, he brings all his influences together into an LP that may be his most musically diverse offering yet” with PopMatters stating that it is Earle’s best record since 2004’s Grammy Award-winning album The Revolution Starts…Now.

A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others.”

Natalie Douglas: Stevie Songs
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 7PM, $30
“Septuple MAC Award winner Natalie Douglas has previously plumbed the catalogs of Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln and Billie Holiday, among others. Now she applies her her formidable voice to songs by Stevie Wonder and Stevie Nicks, with piano wizard Brian Nash at the keys.” (TONY)

Medeski Martin & Wood (also Jan 17,18)
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St./ 8PM, $35
“For more than 20 years now, the ever-combustible MMW has fused mainstream, avant-garde and funky inclinations into an irresistible jam with a flavor all its own. This week the trio play a three-night engagement at LPR, rescheduled from its canceled shows last October.” (TONY)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

New York Jewish Film Festival (Jan.11-24)
Walter Reade Theater (at Lincoln Center), 165 W65th St./ 1PM, $14
“For its 26th year, the wide-ranging festival takes over Lincoln Center for two weeks of documentary and narrative film screenings. This edition features Bette Midler: The Divine Miss M, a doc that chronicles the singer’s five-decade career; Mr. Gaga, which documents the work of Ohad Naharin and Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company; and a special screening of Mel Brooks’s classic The Producers, starring the late greats Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder.” (TONY)

Barney Rosset: My Life in Publishing and How I Fought Censorship
The Strand, 828 Broadway,/ 6:30PM,
“Genet…Beckett…Burroughs…Miller…Ionesco… Duras. Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard. Hubert Selby Jr. and John Rechy. The legendary film I Am Curious (Yellow). The books that assaulted the fort of propriety that was the United States in the 1950s and ’60s, Lady Chatterley’s Lover and The Tropic of Cancer. The Evergreen Review. Victorian “erotica.” The Autobiography of Malcolm X. A bombing, a sit-in, and a near-fistfight with Norman Mailer. The common thread between these disparate elements, a number of which reshaped modern culture, was Barney Rosset.

His unswerving dedication to publishing what he wanted made him one of the most influential publishers ever. At times appalling, more often inspiring, never boring or conventional: this is Barney Rosset, uncensored.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

$28 Admission & Signed Copy grants you admission for one, plus one signed copy of the book. Admission & Gift Card grants you admission for one, plus one $15 Strand gift card to be used at any time on any product.

‘CRUEL AND UNUSUAL COMEDY’
“The 1926 film “Honest Injun,” starring Johnny Arthur, pictured, will be among the films featured at MoMA on Saturday, Jan. 14, as part of the series “Cruel and Unusual Comedy: Astonishing Shorts From the Slapstick Era.” This series features dozens of silent-era short films that find humor in the darker corners of the American psyche. Themes include domestic abuse, ethnic stereotypes, political anarchists and violence. Screenings generally comprise several films with a total running time of 90 minutes.
WHEN | WHERE Friday, Jan. 13, through Jan. 26 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St. ADMISSION $12 or free with museum admission
INFO 212-708-9400, moma.org — (STAV ZIV, Newwday)

PLUS – NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open
From Jan. 23 to Feb. 10, have your pick from 375 participating restaurants, with a three-course prix fixe lunch or dinner; lunches are $29, and dinners are $42, not including beverages, gratuities and taxes, a great deal for some of the city’s most popular spots…

This year there are 32 new restaurants participating, joining the array of restaurants that span 41 neighborhoods and four boroughs.

To see the full list, go to nycgo.com/restaurantweek.

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues, almost all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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WHAT’S ON VIEW
These are My Fave Special Exhibitions @ MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

MORGAN LIBRARY & MUSEUM:
‘HANS MEMLING: PORTRAITURE, PIETY AND A REUNITED ALTARPIECE’ (through January 2017)
“When it comes to jewels, there are Taylor-Burton rocks and discreetly cut heirloom stones. With museum shows, it’s the same. This one, at the Morgan Library, is a minute but invaluable gem. Set in a 20-by-20-by-20-foot gallery known as the Cube, it reunites, for the first time in the United States, dispersed sections of an altarpiece by the 15th-century German-born, Flanders-based Memling and adds some of his exquisite portrait paintings. 225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street, 212-685-0008, themorgan.org.” (Cotter)

and you should be sure to check out the special exhibitions at that little museum on Fifth Ave., The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(open 7 days /week, AND always Pay What You Wish)

at the very least you will want to see these two:
‘CELEBRATING THE ARTS OF JAPAN: THE MARY GRIGGS BURKE COLLECTION’ (through May 2017)
“This lavish collection of 160 objects came to the Met from the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation in early 2015. The Burkes loved Japanese art — all of it — and the exhibition is close to compendious in terms of media, from wood-carved Buddhas to bamboo baskets, with a particular strength in painting, early and late. The quality of the work? Japan thinks highly enough of it to have made the Burke holdings the first Japanese collection from abroad ever to show at Tokyo National Museum. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Cotter)

‘MAX BECKMANN IN NEW YORK’ (through Feb. 20).
“In the last two years of his life, the great German Expressionist Max Beckmann lived in New York. This terrific exhibition gathers paintings that he created during his time here as well as paintings now owned by museums and private collectors in New York, regardless of when they were made. If this sounds like a recipe for mishmash, it’s not: There’s not a single dud among the 39 works in the show. Including portraits, still lifes, cityscapes and several of his most ambitious allegorical visions, it will warm the hearts of Beckmann’s fans and serve as an excellent introduction for those unfamiliar with his vigorously humane art. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org” (Ken Johnson)

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Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Eight museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:
• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio (closed Sun-Mon)*
• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York (open 7 days /week)
•  92nd Street – The Jewish Museum (closed Wed) (Sat FREE) (Thu 5-8 PWYW)
•  91st Street  –  Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (open 7 days /week)
•  89th Street –  National Academy Museum (closed Mon-Tue)
•  88th Street –  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (closed Thu) (Sat 6-8 PWYW)
•  86th Street –  Neue Galerie New York (closed Tue-Wed) (Fri 6-8 FREE)
Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
•  82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (open 7 days /week)*
*always Pay What You Wish (PWYW)

Although technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection (closed Mon) (SUN 11am-1pm PWYW) on the corner of 70th St. and Fifth Avenue and the The Morgan Library & Museum (closed Mon) (Fri 7-9 FREE) on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave.
Now plan your own museum crawl (info on hours & admission updated June 2, 2015).
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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 01/14 and 01/012.
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Selected NYC Events (01/15) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

STEVE DAVIS SEXTET (last day)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, btw.105th/06th Sts./ 7, 9 and 10:30PM, $38
“Davis may not have been around for the first flowering of hard bop in the nineteen-fifties, but for this supremely adept trombonist—who has also been heard with the neo-bop One for All unit, as well as with advanced ensembles like Chick Corea’s Origin band—the idiom is as natural as his heartbeat. To stir up the action, he has gathered four similarly minded peers, including the saxophonists Steve Wilson and Jimmy Green, the bassist Peter Washington, and the drummer Lewis Nash, along with a highly regarded elder, the pianist Larry Willis.” (NewYorker)

6  OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY
CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE
Kelly Burke: Love for Sale
NICHOLAS PAYTON: AFRO-CARIBBEAN MIXTAPE
An Evening with Charles Osgood
Legends of Burlesque Calendar Show
‘CRUEL AND UNUSUAL COMEDY’

PLUS – NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE (also Jan. 17-22)
at the Village Vanguard, / 8 and 10PM, $30.
“Mr. McBride, the bassist, bandleader and composer, holds fast to a mood of generous bonhomie with his trio, which recently released a live album recorded in this room. That group, now with Christian Sands on piano and Jerome Jennings on drums, performs the first week of his engagement, Jan. 10 through 15. From Jan. 17 through 22, Mr. McBride will lead a groove-minded quartet, informally called New Jawn McBride, featuring the trumpeter Josh Evans, the saxophonist Marcus Strickland and the drummer Nasheet Waits.” (NYT-Chinen)

Kelly Burke: Love for Sale
SOHO Playhouse, Huron Club, 15 Vandam (btw Varick Street and Sixth Ave.) / 5PM, $30

“English singer-actor Burke makes her U.S. debut in a “cabaret-play” set in the 1930s, featuring songs by Kurt Weill and others. The winning Charlie Alterman costars as her pianist.” (TONY)

“Developed for London’s historic Wilton’s Music Hall, and following sell-out performances in London and Edinburgh, Love for Sale is a 1930’s cabaret celebrating the music of Kurt Weill, Cole Porter and their contemporaries.”

NICHOLAS PAYTON: AFRO-CARIBBEAN MIXTAPE (Jan. 12-15)
at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $40
“Mr. Payton, a trumpeter, keyboardist and (on occasion) vocalist with a taste for soulful postbop and moody funk, recently unveiled this band in New Orleans, his hometown. Along with the bassist Vicente Archer, the drummer Joe Dyson and the percussionist Daniel Sadownick, it features Lady Fingaz, a hip-hop D.J. who has logged some serious time in New Orleans, though she now lives in San Francisco.” (NYT-Chinen)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

An Evening with Charles Osgood
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7:30PM, $32
Veteran CBS newsman and creator of The Osgood File, Charles Osgood is CBS News’ “Poet-in-Residence” and an icon of American broadcasting.

Osgood spent 22 years hosting the Emmy Award-winning CBS Sunday Morning, continuing the show’s long tradition of in-depth profiles, great reporting and wide-ranging coverage of news, art, entertainment, science, literature and culture. Join him for an evening of storytelling and music reflecting on his remarkable life and the people he has encountered.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Legends of Burlesque Calendar Show
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St./ 6PM, $20-$30
“The 2017 Legends of Burlesque calendar is here, and Le Poisson Rouge is hosting a gala affair to mark the occasion. The event’s lineup is stacked with top-notch burly-Q talent, including Jo Weldon, Legs Malone, Bunny Buxom, Tansy, Jeez Loueez, Lil Miss Lixx, Dottie Dynamo, Miss Poison Ivory and many more. Hosting duties fall to the ever-enticing World Famous *BOB* and all proceeds from the calendar benefit the Burlesque Hall of Fame, a Las Vegas organization dedicated to preserving the history of burlesque.” (TONY)

‘CRUEL AND UNUSUAL COMEDY’
“The 1926 film “Honest Injun,” starring Johnny Arthur, pictured, will be among the films featured at MoMA on Saturday, Jan. 14, as part of the series “Cruel and Unusual Comedy: Astonishing Shorts From the Slapstick Era.” This series features dozens of silent-era short films that find humor in the darker corners of the American psyche. Themes include domestic abuse, ethnic stereotypes, political anarchists and violence. Screenings generally comprise several films with a total running time of 90 minutes.
WHEN | WHERE Friday, Jan. 13, through Jan. 26 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St. ADMISSION $12 or free with museum admission
INFO 212-708-9400, moma.org — (STAV ZIV, Newwday)

PLUS – NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open
From Jan. 23 to Feb. 10, have your pick from 375 participating restaurants, with a three-course prix fixe lunch or dinner; lunches are $29, and dinners are $42, not including beverages, gratuities and taxes, a great deal for some of the city’s most popular spots…

This year there are 32 new restaurants participating, joining the array of restaurants that span 41 neighborhoods and four boroughs.

To see the full list, go to nycgo.com/restaurantweek.

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.
See Below.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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A PremierPub and 3 Good Eating Places – Greenwich Village

Caffe Vivaldi / 32 Jones Street (btw. Bleecker St./W4th St.)

Café Vivaldi is a classic, intimate club located in Greenwich Village on Jones Street, the street featured on the cover of Bob Dylan’s second album, “Freewheelin’. ”

maxresdefaultEach night Ishrat, the long time proprietor and impresario, carefully curates and schedules an eclectic series of musicians. You can often see him at his table in the corner, hard at work reviewing music videos and listening to cd demos on his laptop, scouting out future bookings. Musicians come from all over to play and sing in a club in Greenwich Village. Some are local New Yorkers, others are just passing through, in town for a few days.

There is a small bar, seating maybe 10. It’s close to the stage and I find it’s a perfect spot to sip a glass of red wine while listening to the music. The room itself has the performance area at one end and a cozy fireplace at the other. The performance area here is small, dominated by a large black Yamaha Grand piano. Tables are bunched together and most people at the tables are eating lite meals or sampling the wonderful desserts.

There is also a good selection of fairly priced wines,  but you are here because of the music. You can never be quite sure what you’re going to find, and that’s half the charm of this place. It’s not a home run every night, but many nights it’s pretty special.

I remember the night I saw the most talented bossa nova group, just in from San Paulo. As I listened, I wondered if there was any better music playing anywhere else in New York City that night. And at Caffé Vivaldi there is never a cover charge. Their recently redesigned web site does give you a better idea of the type of music playing each night.

At one time Greenwich Village was filled with clubs just like this, but times change. Real estate interests have impacted the village, and not for the better. Even Caffé Vivaldi had a rough time recently, when a new landlord raised the rent exorbitantly. Fortunately, Ishrat has built a loyal following over the years, and a fund raiser and slightly more reasonable rent has kept Café Vivaldi in business.

When Woody Allen and Al Pacino wanted to make movies featuring the timeless quality of Greenwich Village they came to Vivaldi. It’s important that we keep this special place alive, for if we lose Cafe Vivaldi, NYCity will have lost a piece of it’s soul.

Website: http://caffevivaldi.com/
Phone #: (212) 691-7538
Hours: Music generally 7:30PM – 11PM, but varies
Lunch/Dinner 11AM-on
Subway: #1 to Christopher St.
Walk 1 blk S. on 7th ave S. to Bleecker St., 1 blk left on Bleecker to Jones St., 50 yards left on Jones St. to Caffe V.
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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge.

If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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3 Good Eating places

It’s not difficult to find a place to eat in Manhattan.
Finding a good, inexpensive place to eat is a bit harder.
Here are a few of my faves in this neighborhood:

Fish280 Bleecker St. (just a bit S. of 7th ave South)
This was an easy pick – the best raw bar special in town. $9 gets you 6 of the freshest oysters or clams + a glass of wine or beer. Don’t know how they can do it, but I tell everyone I know about this place. And it’s located right in the heart of some of the best no cover music in town.

Bleecker Street Pizza – 69 7th ave S. (corner of Bleecker St.)
The place is tiny and not much to look at, but this is one good slice. They like to brag that they have been voted “Best pizza in NY” 3 years in a row by the Food Network. I believe them. I would have voted for them.

Num Pang – 21 E 12th St. (btw. University Place/5th ave.)
This is a Cambodian banh mi sandwich shop that kept me well fed while I was in class nearby recently. It’s cramped, even for NYCity, but usually there is room up the spiral staircase to sit down and eat. In good weather carry your sandwich a few blocks to Union Square park. You may have to wait a few minutes, because everything is freshly made, but it’s worth it. Can you believe – an unheard of 26 food rating by Zagat.

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“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
No reservations needed.
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NYCity is the most diverse and interesting place to find a meal anywhere in the world. With more than 24,000 eating establishments you might welcome some advice.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide, order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($4.99, available Spring 2017).
◊ Order before Mar.31, 2017 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.

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Selected NYC Events (01/14) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Roméo et Juliette
Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center/ 8PM, $27+
“When Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo starred opposite each other in Manon at the Met in 2015, the New York Times said, “the temperature rises nearly to boiling every time Damrau and Grigolo are on stage together.” Now they’re back as opera’s classic lovers, in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. The production, by director Bartlett Sher, has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score.”

6  OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY
SAVION GLOVER ft. MARCUS GILMORE
Noche Flamenca: Antigona
‘CANDIDE’
Zlatne Uste Golden Festival
‘CRUEL AND UNUSUAL COMEDY’
New York Jewish Film Festival

PLUS – NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

SAVION GLOVER ft. MARCUS GILMORE
Blue Note, / 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“Famous tap dancer, choreographer, and actor Savion Glover is the epitome of a living legend. Born in 1973, the tapping marvel has graced the stage since childhood. He set a record as the youngest person ever to receive a scholarship in the Newark Community School of the Arts, and before he was a teenager, he made his mark starring in the leading role in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid.”

Noche Flamenca: Antigona (through Jan. 28)
West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W86th St./ 8PM, $25-$60
“Traditional Spanish dance and ancient Greek theater are an unlikely but well-suited pair in Noche Flamenca’s sharp production “Antigona,” based on Sophocles’s famous tragedy. The dance lights a fire under the play while discovering in itself a knack for narrative drama. In the title role, the powerhouse Soledad Barrio is both fierce and fragile. The century-old church where the performance takes place is filled with striking sets, darkly amorous music played by a live band and a ferocious Greek chorus of dancers.” (NYT-Schaefer)

Noche Flamenca is Spain’s most successful touring company and its greatest exponent of the art of flamenco. Soledad Barrio is a goddess of dance and brings so much passion to her role as Antigona. Two wonderful Spanish guitarists and two vocalists do not get the credit they deserve. Every piece of this performance is outstanding.
Go See It!

‘CANDIDE’ (also Jan. 15, 4 p.m.)
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater ,/ 2PM+8PM, $20+
“Harold Prince returns to direct Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” after introducing it to the New York City Opera in 1982. Singers include Jay Armstrong Johnson (Candide), Gregg Edelman (Voltaire, Pangloss and other roles), Meghan Picerno (Cunegonde), Linda Lavin (Old Lady) and Keith Phares (Maximilian).”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Zlatne Uste Golden Festival
The Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave., Bklyn./
FRI-7:30PM-12:30AM $30; SAT-6PM-2AM $45
“Eastern European and Middle Eastern music, dance, and culture coalesce at this annual festival, held in New York City for more than thirty years. Balkan traditions and customs unfold across two nights and four stages, where attendees can shop for folk arts and sample the wide array of foods native to the region, spanning roughly from Romania to Greece and from Croatia to Turkey. The main draw is a marathon of groups staging performances from the region, including Egyptian traditional dance, a Slavic chorus, a Balkan brass band, and a Mediterranean outfit of violin, accordion, and clarinet. Profits generated from ticket sales will be donated to charitable and educational organizations aiding Balkan communities.” (NewYorker)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

‘CRUEL AND UNUSUAL COMEDY’
“The 1926 film “Honest Injun,” starring Johnny Arthur, pictured, will be among the films featured at MoMA on Saturday, Jan. 14, as part of the series “Cruel and Unusual Comedy: Astonishing Shorts From the Slapstick Era.” This series features dozens of silent-era short films that find humor in the darker corners of the American psyche. Themes include domestic abuse, ethnic stereotypes, political anarchists and violence. Screenings generally comprise several films with a total running time of 90 minutes.
WHEN | WHERE Friday, Jan. 13, through Jan. 26 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St. ADMISSION $12 or free with museum admission
INFO 212-708-9400, moma.org — (STAV ZIV, Newwday)

New York Jewish Film Festival (Jan.11-24)
Walter Reade Theater (at Lincoln Center), 165 W65th St./ 1PM, $14
“For its 26th year, the wide-ranging festival takes over Lincoln Center for two weeks of documentary and narrative film screenings. This edition features Bette Midler: The Divine Miss M, a doc that chronicles the singer’s five-decade career; Mr. Gaga, which documents the work of Ohad Naharin and Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company; and a special screening of Mel Brooks’s classic The Producers, starring the late greats Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder.” (TONY)

PLUS – NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open
From Jan. 23 to Feb. 10, have your pick from 375 participating restaurants, with a three-course prix fixe lunch or dinner; lunches are $29, and dinners are $42, not including beverages, gratuities and taxes, a great deal for some of the city’s most popular spots…

This year there are 32 new restaurants participating, joining the array of restaurants that span 41 neighborhoods and four boroughs.

To see the full list, go to nycgo.com/restaurantweek.

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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WHAT’S ON VIEW
My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also to see their expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Museum of Modern Art:
‘FROM THE COLLECTION: 1960-1969’ (through March 12, 2017)
“MoMA shakes up its sanctum sanctorum, installing half of its permanent collection galleries with works chosen by 17 curators from a single decade: the tumultuous 1960s. The limited time frame is balanced by unprecedented breadth and variety. As never before, the presentation mixes together objects and artworks from all six of the museum’s curatorial departments. The blend is alternately stimulating and bewildering, revelatory and infuriating: yet another symptom of the museum’s limited curatorial mind-set. 212-708-9400, moma.org.” (Smith)
 ‘TONY OURSLER: IMPONDERABLE’ (through April 16, 2017)
“This small exhibition is centered on a 90-minute film in which episodes from the history of spiritualist frauds and hoaxes are re-enacted by people in fanciful costumes while mystic flames, smoke and ectoplasmic phenomena come and go. At certain moments during “Imponderable,” you feel breezes wafting over you and hear loud thumping under the theater’s risers. The crudeness of these effects is part of the generally comical spirit. It’s all about the confusion between illusion and reality to which human beings seem to be congenitally susceptible. 212-708-9400, moma.org.” (Johnson)

 Whitney Museum of American Art:
‘HUMAN INTEREST: PORTRAITS FROM THE WHITNEY’S COLLECTION’ (through Feb.12, 2017)
“A year ago, the Whitney inaugurated its new downtown home with a permanent collection showcase called “America Is Hard to See.” Its even more immediately engaging successor, devoted entirely to portraiture, is now on view and might well have been subtitled “Americans Are Strange to Look At,” which, in the 250 images here, we sure are: funny-strange, beautiful-strange, crazy-strange, dangerous-strange, inscrutable-strange. The work is arranged by theme and spread over two floors. There are magnetic images everywhere. 99 Gansevoort Street, 212-570-3600, whitney.org.” (Cotter)

“DREAMLANDS: IMMERSIVE CINEMA AND ART’, 1905-2016′ (thru Feb.05, 2017)
“The Whitney’s new exhibit offers visitors a chance to explore more than a century of experimentation in cinema, mostly by American artists. See works that question and play with elements such as color, touch, music, spectacle, light and darkness, animation and dimension. There will be a film series in addition to the 18,000 square feet of gallery space devoted to the show.” (Newsday)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right sidebar dated 01/12 and 01/10.
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Selected NYC Events (01/13) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Noche Flamenca: Antigona (through Jan. 28)
West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W86th St./ 8PM, $25-$60
“Traditional Spanish dance and ancient Greek theater are an unlikely but well-suited pair in Noche Flamenca’s sharp production “Antigona,” based on Sophocles’s famous tragedy. The dance lights a fire under the play while discovering in itself a knack for narrative drama. In the title role, the powerhouse Soledad Barrio is both fierce and fragile. The century-old church where the performance takes place is filled with striking sets, darkly amorous music played by a live band and a ferocious Greek chorus of dancers.” (NYT-Schaefer)

Noche Flamenca is Spain’s most successful touring company and its greatest exponent of the art of flamenco. Soledad Barrio is a goddess of dance and brings so much passion to her role as Antigona. Two wonderful Spanish guitarists and two vocalists do not get the credit they deserve. Every piece of this performance is outstanding.
Go See It!

5  OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY

STEVE DAVIS SEXTET
NICHOLAS PAYTON: AFRO-CARIBBEAN MIXTAPE
Zlatne Uste Golden Festival
J. P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
New York Jewish Film Festival

PLUS – NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

STEVE DAVIS SEXTET (Jan. 13-15)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, btw.105th/06th Sts./ 7, 9 and 10:30PM, $38
“Davis may not have been around for the first flowering of hard bop in the nineteen-fifties, but for this supremely adept trombonist—who has also been heard with the neo-bop One for All unit, as well as with advanced ensembles like Chick Corea’s Origin band—the idiom is as natural as his heartbeat. To stir up the action, he has gathered four similarly minded peers, including the saxophonists Steve Wilson and Jimmy Green, the bassist Peter Washington, and the drummer Lewis Nash, along with a highly regarded elder, the pianist Larry Willis.” (NewYorker)

NICHOLAS PAYTON: AFRO-CARIBBEAN MIXTAPE (Jan. 12-15)
at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $40
“Mr. Payton, a trumpeter, keyboardist and (on occasion) vocalist with a taste for soulful postbop and moody funk, recently unveiled this band in New Orleans, his hometown. Along with the bassist Vicente Archer, the drummer Joe Dyson and the percussionist Daniel Sadownick, it features Lady Fingaz, a hip-hop D.J. who has logged some serious time in New Orleans, though she now lives in San Francisco.” (NYT-Chinen

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Zlatne Uste Golden Festival
The Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave., Bklyn./
FRI-7:30PM-12:30AM $30; SAT-6PM-2AM $45
“Eastern European and Middle Eastern music, dance, and culture coalesce at this annual festival, held in New York City for more than thirty years. Balkan traditions and customs unfold across two nights and four stages, where attendees can shop for folk arts and sample the wide array of foods native to the region, spanning roughly from Romania to Greece and from Croatia to Turkey. The main draw is a marathon of groups staging performances from the region, including Egyptian traditional dance, a Slavic chorus, a Balkan brass band, and a Mediterranean outfit of violin, accordion, and clarinet. Profits generated from ticket sales will be donated to charitable and educational organizations aiding Balkan communities.” (NewYorker)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

J. P. Morgan Tournament of Champions (Jan.12-19)
at Grand Central Terminal,
“As the only top-level sporting event to be held annually in Grand Central Terminal, the J. P. Morgan Tournament of Champions is considered one of the squash world’s most coveted titles. More than 100 of the game’s best men and women will compete in this weeklong event, beginning on Jan. 12, which takes place in a specially constructed court inside Vanderbilt Hall. Fans of the sport can opt for free, standing-room viewing — an option that also attracts curious passers-by and commuters — or purchase seated tickets.” (JACK WILLIAMS, NYT)

New York Jewish Film Festival (Jan.11-24)
Walter Reade Theater (at Lincoln Center), 165 W65th St./ 1PM, $14
“For its 26th year, the wide-ranging festival takes over Lincoln Center for two weeks of documentary and narrative film screenings. This edition features Bette Midler: The Divine Miss M, a doc that chronicles the singer’s five-decade career; Mr. Gaga, which documents the work of Ohad Naharin and Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company; and a special screening of Mel Brooks’s classic The Producers, starring the late greats Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder.” (TONY)

PLUS – NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open
From Jan. 23 to Feb. 10, have your pick from 375 participating restaurants, with a three-course prix fixe lunch or dinner; lunches are $29, and dinners are $42, not including beverages, gratuities and taxes, a great deal for some of the city’s most popular spots…

This year there are 32 new restaurants participating, joining the array of restaurants that span 41 neighborhoods and four boroughs.

To see the full list, go to nycgo.com/restaurantweek.

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Bonus NYC Events – Jazz Clubs:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village (all six are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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A PremierPub / Tribeca

B-Flat / 277 Church St. (btw Franklin/White St))

b_flat4There are some places that are tough to find, then add a layer of mystery when you do find them. B-Flat has a nondescript, almost unmarked door at street level – today’s speakeasy vibe. Open this door and you face a dimly lit stairway down to their basement location. It almost takes a leap of faith to follow the stairs down to their interior door.
But open that door and a pleasant surprise awaits you.

It’s a basement jazz spot all right, but not like any traditional jazz joint you may have been to before. This place looks as fresh as today, probably because it’s only been open for 6 years. Even though it hasn’t had a chance to age gracefully, the cherry wood accents and low lighting make this small space very inviting.

There is always jazz, often progressive jazz, playing over their very discrete, stylish bose speakers, setting just the right tone as you find a seat at the bar, or one of the small tables. There is wine and beer available, but this place has some expert mixologists making some very creative cocktails, which I’m told change seasonally, a nice touch.

Come at happy hour and tasty cocktails like the el Diablo or the lychee martini are $8 – not bad. I am a sucker for any drink made with lychee and how can you not try a tequila drink named el Diablo. There is also nice selection of small bites available at happy hour and a food menu that is as innovative as the cocktail menu, so this does not have to be a happy hour only stop.

It wasn’t surprising to find a tasty prosciutto and arugula salad with yuzu dressing, but I did not expect to find such a good version of fried chicken breast on the apps menu. Here it’s called “Tatsuta.” Best bet is to sample happy hour, then dinner on a Monday or Wednesday night, when you can finish with no cover live jazz that starts around 8.

This place is tough to find (look for a small slate sandwich board on the sidewalk out front advertising happy hour) and on some nights when there is no live music it may be a little too quiet for some. But I think it’s worth searching out if you want a place with good music, food, and especially drinks, away from the maddening crowd.

Website: http://http://www.bflat.info/index.html
Phone #: 212-219-2970
Hours: Mo-Wed 5pm-2am; Th-Sat 5pm-3am; no Sun
Happy Hour: 5-7pm every day; $8 cocktails + special prices on apps
Music: Mon/Wed 8pm
Subway: #1 to Franklin; walk E 1 blk to Church; N 1 blk to bFlat

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).

If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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