Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Upper WestSide (10/23)

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23, 2013

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

NYC Food Film Festival 2013

1 Minute Meal: Blessed by Brisket
David’s Brisket House is a Jewish Deli run by Yemenite Muslims in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bed-Stuy. A snapshot of pastrami, brisket, and corned beef sandwiches that aren’t strictly halal or kosher, but are 100% New York.
Mile High Pie
A short documentary film on the mile-high pies at Ed & Kay’s Restaurant in Benton, Arkansas
The Kings of BBQ: Barbecue Kuwait
Sitcom writer/producer, John Markus (The Cosby Show, Larry Sanders Show), teams up with the most legendary BBQ Pitmasters in America, travels to the Middle East, and cooks an unforgettable homestyle dinner of smoked brisket and chicken for 5,000 US troops stationed in Kuwait.

BBQ Brisket Dinner from Grand Champion Pit Masters
Sides by Char No. 4, City Grit, Jacob’s Pickles, and more of your favorite NYC joints
Pastrami from David’s Brisket
Sweets from Max and Mina’s, Bubby’s, Leske’s and more!
A special cocktail from The Winslow
Plus a selection of drinks, including beers by Warsteiner, the exclusive imported beer of the 2013 NYC Food Film Festival. Be sure to grab a beer from Rev at the Idle Hands in-theater bar!

Festival tickets are all-inclusive of food, beverages and entry to film screenings.

Matthew Bourne’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ (through Nov. 3)
“Though best known for his all-male version of “Swan Lake,” Matthew Bourne has been reinventing the classics for years. Now “Sleeping Beauty,” set to the beloved Tchaikovsky score, has been given a new Bourne identity: cheeky humor, cartoonish sets and the occasionally goofy movement. But the man knows how to put on an entertaining show.” (Schaefer-NYT)
City Center, 131 West 55th St.
Wednesday and Friday at 8 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m./$30 to $130.
(212) 581-1212,

“The saxophonist has been a leading member of his generation since the early nineties, his strong sound and willingness to stretch stylistic boundaries garnering him considerable attention from peers and listeners alike. His quartet, documented on last year’s album, “La Peur du Vide,” draws much of its inventive focus from its brilliant drummer, the seventy-three-year-old Andrew Cyrille, an acclaimed avant-garde rhythm avatar of the nineteen-sixties.” (NewYorker mag)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St., West Village,
At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., $25 cover, with a one-drink minimum.

Concert: Novecento: Piano Works by Gershwin, Frank Zappa, and More
NOVECENTO is divided into two parts. In the first part, pianist Alessandra Garosi performs music by Frank Zappa, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Giorgio Gaslini and George Gershwin. In the second part, she is accompanied by a video featuring special inedited images of Nino Rota’s life and music carrier. The program includes extracts of famous soundtracks such as The Godfather,La Strada, Prova d’orchestra, I Vitelloni, 8 1/2, Amarcord and lesser known movies such as Il Treno Popolare, his first soundtrack.
At 7:00PM / FREE
NYU, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 W. 12th St., (btw. 5th/6th Aves.)

B.B. King
The blues stalwart B.B. King deserves a royal return to New York. Since he began recording in 1949, this string-bending singer-songwriter has performed some 15,000 concerts, reaped armfuls of Grammy and Hall of Fame accolades, supported numerous philanthropic causes and founded a string of music lounges. He headlines two shows at the boisterous Times Square incarnation.” (Anderson-NYT)
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd St.
At 8 p.m./ $150.
(800) 745-3000,

Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm dates and check times, as schedules are subject to change.

A PremierPub and 3 Good Eating Places – Upper West Side

Dinosaur /  700 w125th St. @ 12th ave.

Walk only five minutes from the 125th st. station on the #1 line to find this authentic honky-tonk barbecue joint. Some folks think Dinosaur is just a place to eat ribs. Au contraire. With 24 carefully selected taps, this is a place to drink beer, and eat ribs.

No food goes better with American craft ales than American barbecue. Dinosaur may be the best combo of good beer drinking and hearty eating in town, which makes the trip to Harlem totally worthwhile.

This second incarnation of Dinosaur in Harlem is in an old brick warehouse near the Hudson River. Don’t let that run down exterior fool you. Inside it’s a large space with huge, rough wooden columns and unfinished wooden floors and brick walls – just right for a bbq joint. As soon as you open the door you are hit with that tantalizing aroma of barbecue coming from the large open kitchen. Reminds me of all those great rib joints I frequented when stationed in North Carolina all those years ago. If your stomach wasn’t grumbling before, it is now.

Head to the bar, sit down and try to decide on a beer. It’s not an easy decision – a good problem to have. This is a pretty damn good beer list to choose from, one that most beer bars should be jealous of. I love that they feature NY craft beers. You may want to try the four beer sampler, which is always fun, and in this place may be necessary.

The Mississippi blues music playing in the background will get you in the mood for their North Carolina style barbecue, and even when it’s a full house your order shouldn’t take too long. The food is all slow smoked, so it’s already mostly done and ready to go. I always start with an order of their giant, spice rubbed wings, so good they may make you give up Buffalo wings.

Unfortunately, a place this good does not fly under the radar. There can be some humongous waits for a table at dinnertime. So you need a strategy – avoid prime time, and try not to arrive with your entire posse, which will limit your seating options.

A seat at the bar, a small table in the bar area, or in the summer, an outside table, underneath what’s left of the elevated West Side Hwy, all may open before a table inside the main dining room. Otherwise, try Dinosaur for lunch, or come very late for dinner.

Phone #: 212-694-1777
Hours: M-Th 11:30am-11:00pm; Fr-Sa 11:30am-12:00am;
Su 12:00pm-10:00pm
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day; $1 off all drinks
Music: Fri / Sat 10:00pm
Subway: #1 to 125th st
Walk 2 blk W on 125th to Dinosaur Bar-B-Q,
just past the elevated highway

“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges  – 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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