Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: West Village (06/28)

Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, Jun. 28, 2013

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide be sure to check out :
“Notable Events-June”, “on Broadway”,  and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

Django Reinhardt NY Festival (Friday through Sunday)
“Young Lions of Gypsy Jazz” reads the subhead for this annual trans-Atlantic salute to Django Reinhardt. Among the guitarists gathered under that banner are Doudou Cuillerier, who also answers to “Mister Django”; Krunoslav Spisic, who goes by Kruno; and Samson Schmitt, whose father, Dorado Schmitt, is a master in the style. Also aboard, from France, are the accordionist Ludovic Beier and the violinist Pierre Blanchard — and a handful of other international guests, like the Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen (Friday) and the Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda (Saturday and Sunday).” (Chinen-NYT)
Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton,
(212) 581-3080, birdlandjazz.com;
At 8:30 and 11 p.m.,  / $30 and $40, with a $10 minimum.

“ROY HAYNES has played with nearly everyone who’s anyone in jazz, from Lester Young and Charlie Parker to Chick Corea and Pat Metheny. The strength and length of that list is rivalled only by the eighty-eight-year-old drummer’s energy and commitment to continued playing. He shows no signs of slowing down, and often surrounds himself with younger players in his Fountain of Youth Band.” (NewYorker)
BLUE NOTE131 W. 3rd St.
At 8 and 10:30pm / $20 and $35
212-475-8592 / bluenote.net

Roy Hargrove Quintet (Friday through Sunday)
“Hard bop has an able-bodied ambassador in Roy Hargrove, a trumpeter who manages to inhabit the style without rigidity or stifling nostalgia. He’s also a shrewd bandleader with an unfailingly disciplined crew: the saxophonist Justin Robinson, the pianist Sullivan Fortner, the bassist Ameen Saleem and the drummer Quincy Phillips.” (Chinen-NYT)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, West Village,
at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. / $25 cover, with a one-drink minimum.
(212) 255-4037 / villagevanguard.com

Ben Monder Quartet
“A painterly guitarist equally adept with color and line, Ben Monder leads a quartet stocked with like-minded partners: the tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry, the bassist Chris Lightcap and the drummer Ted Poor.” (Chinen-NYT)
Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village
At 9 and 10:30 p.m. / $20 cover, which includes a drink.
(212) 989-9319 /corneliastreetcafe.com

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Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm dates and check times, as schedules are subject to change.
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A PremierPub and 3 Good Eating places – West Village

Corner Bistro
331 W. 4th St.

Sometimes you just need a beer and a burger. If so, Corner Bistro is the place you want. Located just outside the hip Meatpacking district, this corner bar and grill is decidedly unhip, but it’s not uncrowded, especially at night. Seems that everyone knows this place has one of the better burgers in town.

In the maze of streets known as the West Village, where West 4th intersects with West 12th (and West 11th, and West 10th, go figure), you will eventually find Corner Bistro on the corner of West 4th and Jane Street. An unassuming neighborhood tavern, it looks just like dozens of other taverns around town. The bartender tells me that the Corner Bistro will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary next year. The well worn interior tells me that the place itself is much older.

Corner Bistro has outlasted many of those other taverns around town because they know how to keep it simple — just good burgers and beer, fairly priced. The classic bistro Burger is only $6.75, and should be ordered medium rare, which will be plenty rare for most folks. Actually, it will be a juicy, messy delight – make sure you have extra napkins. I like to pull up a stool and sit by the large front window in the afternoon, where I can rest my burger and beer on the shelf, and watch the Villagers walk by.

Corner Bistro seems to attract very different groups of patrons depending on time of day. While it’s crowded with locals in the evening,  in the afternoon you hear different foreign languages, and watch groups of euro tourists wander in, led by their guidebooks and smartphones.

For the classic Bistro experience, order your burger with a McSorley’s draft, the dark preferably. This is the same beer that you can get over at the original McSorley’s in the East Village, the pub that claims to be the oldest continually operating bar in NYCity. The only difference is that this McSorley’s ale is served with a smile by the bartenders here. Or you  can get a Sierra Nevada, Stella, or Hoegaarden on tap if you want to go upscale a bit. Either way this is a simple, but quality burger and beer experience that is just too rare these days (sorry for the pun).

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Website:  cornerbistrony.com
Phone #:  212-242-9502
Hours: 11:30am-4am Mon-Sat; 12pm-4am Sun
Happy Hour:  NO
Music:  Juke Box
Subway: #1/2/3 to 14th St. (S end of platform)
Walk 2 blk W. on 13th St. to 8th Ave.; 1 blk S. on 8th Ave. to Jane St.
Update:

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, cocktail lounges, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge.
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