Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Times Square /Theater District (11/22)

Today’s “Fab 5” / Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, NOV. 22, 2013

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

Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band* (through Sunday)
“Bobby Sanabria, a drummer whose passion for Afro-Latin jazz is rivaled only by his knowledge of it, leads his big band in a celebration of Puerto Rican Heritage Month. The band’s lineup includes Orestes Abrantes and Matthew Gonzalez on hand percussion; Chris Washburne on bass trombone and tuba; and Hiram Remon and Charenee Wade on vocals.” $40 and $45 cover, with a $10 minimum; $20 for students.” (Chinen-NYT)
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway,
At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m./ $40 and $45 cover, with a $10 minimum;
(212) 258-9595,

“The singer-songwriter Wesley Stace (who made his début in 1988 with “It Happened One Night,” recording and performing under the name John Wesley Harding, until this past September) is also a novelist with three large and intense books to his credit. With his signature variety show, which is syndicated nationally on NPR, he sleekly combines his two interests. The evenings mix song, comedy, and literature into some of the finest nights of entertainment this city has to offer. Ted Allen, Bill Janowitz, Beth Lisick, Eugene Mirman, Rick Moody, Nina Persson, Jim White, and others join him.” (NewYorker mag)
City Winery, 155 Varick St.
At 8PM / $25-$35

Chris Potter’s Underground Orchestra* (Friday and Saturday)
“Chris Potter, the most commandingly skilled saxophonist of his generation, has developed a rugged kind of jazz-rock aesthetic with Underground, a band with Craig Taborn on keyboards, Fima Ephron on electric bass and Adam Rogers on guitar. Here he more than doubles the group’s size, with a roster that includes the vibraphonist Steve Nelson, the bassist Scott Colley and the violinists Mark Feldman and Joyce Hammann.” (Chinen-NYT)
Allen Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway,
Friday at 9:30 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m./ $45 to $75; tickets are limited
(212) 721-6500,

“Jazz has been springing forth from Texas since at least the nineteen-twenties; upholding that proud regional tradition are the tenor saxophonist Marantz and the pianist Harris, two assertive Dallas-raised players whose co-led quartet will grace the Rubin Museum of Art’s gloriously unamplified stage. The C.V.s of both maturing musicians are already impressive: Marantz has played with Herbie Hancock and performed at the White House, while Harris has been heard with the trumpet sensation Ambrose Akinmusire.” (NewYorker mag)
Rubin Museum of Art,150 W. 17th St.
at 7PM / $29
212-620-5000 /

(Friday and Saturday)
The award-winning author, whose graphic novels have earned him recognition as a master of sci-fi and fantasy, and the audacious singer-songwriter (formerly half of the punk-cabaret rock duo the Dresden Dolls), who raised a spectacular amount of money on Kickstarter to fund her album “Theatre Is Evil,” have spent many evenings together—they are married, after all.

What the social-media power couple do at home is their business (and sometimes not—they have three million Twitter followers between the two of them), but it is known that their time onstage includes singing, storytelling, and interaction with the audience. They’ve presented these “intimate nights” before: In 2011, shortly after getting hitched, the couple toured the West Coast together for six shows, and they recently released a recording of those gatherings as a three-disk CD set. This is the first time they’re doing it in New York City.
Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St.
At 8PM / $30-$42.50
Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm dates and check times, as schedules are subject to change ================================================================================

A PremierPub + 3 Good Eating places 

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

Jimmy’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.
Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
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

“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.

3 Good Eating places 

It’s not difficult finding 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:

Patzeria Perfect Pizza – 231 W46 st (Betw 7th/8th ave)
Perfect name for a pizza joint. On a street filled with Broadway theaters, this is a real hole in the wall, but don’t let the dive look scare you away. You can never go wrong with a slice of NYC pizza, and this one is a classic thin crust. Only a few seats here, but pizza was made to eat standing up.

Shake Shack – 691 8th ave (Betw 43rd/44th st)
Danny Meyer has revolutionized the high quality burger in this town. Now he has a branch on the West Side that was desperately needed, with none of the insane lines that you find at the Madison Sq. Park location. Plus, it may be the cleanest joint to eat in all of Hell’s Kitchen.

“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
That covers a wide range of food – pizza,  burgers,  food trucks/carts,  vegetarian/falafel,  ramen,  chopped salad & salad bars,  hot dogs,  bbq,  soup & sandwiches,  picnic fixins’,  raw bars & lobster rolls. No reservations needed. ================================================================================

There are other casual dining options in this neighborhood that provide good food, especially as alternatives to overpriced hotel breakfasts, and most importantly,
have free Wi-FI:

>Pret a Manger @ 11 W 42nd st (Betw 5th/6th)
Subway: #1/2/3 to 42nd st / times square

>Potbelly @ 30 Rockefeller Plaza (Betw 49/48 st)
Subway: #1 to 50th st

>Pret a Manger @ 1200 6th ave (Betw 47/48)
Subway: #1 to 50th st

◊ For a few more PremierPubs and Good Eating places see previous Featured Neighborhoods in the right sidebar.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places and descriptions of my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods (plus 27 casual dining places with free Wi-Fi) order a copy of my e-book: “Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($3.99).
(available Winter 2013)

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