Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Upper WestSide (11/28)

Today’s “Fab 4” / Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, NOV. 28, 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.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Yay! The Big Balloons will fly!
The parade begins at 9 a.m. at Central Park West and 77th Street and heads south to Columbus Circle, where it turns east to Avenue of the Americas and travels to 34th Street, ending at Macy’s in Herald Square. NBC will show the parade, with personalities from “Today” as hosts.
Public Viewing Areas
Central Park West: West side of street from 70th Street to Columbus Circle & east side of street from 70th to 65th
Columbus Circle: West side of street
6th Avenue: between 58th & 34th Streets
34th Street: south side of street between Broadway & 7th Avenue

Holiday Markets (through Jan. 5)
The Holiday Shops are just part of the seasonal events in Bryant Park – don’t forget the ice skating, too. At Avenue of the Americas and 40th Street, through Jan. 5. Hours: weekdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All the other major Holiday Shops in town are closed on Thanksgiving Day.

“Prism” is the name of both this super bassist’s new quartet and of its recent début album. With the pianist Craig Taborn, the guitarist Kevin Eubanks, and the drummer Eric Harland in tow, Holland has all the firepower he needs to produce the surprisingly fusion-esque music he’s seeking. The results are enormously fun, in a hyperkinetic mid-seventies manner, and the sixty-seven-year-old Holland sounds like he’s thoroughly enjoying himself.” (NewYorker mag)
Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton,
At 8:30 and 11 p.m./ $40, with a $10 minimum
(212) 581-3080,

Jimi Hendrix Birthday Celebration
“Celebrate one of the greatest guitarists of all time with legendary Terra Blues regular, Michael Powers, and a showcase of talent from rock to blues. Every year the Terra Blues goes all out for their Jimi Hendrix celebrations and anyone in the city for Thanksgiving will find this festival a welcome home or retreat from the turkey festivities. Previous tributes are available on YouTube.” (Matt Dorville, Flavorpill)
Terra Blues, 149 Bleecker Street
Between Thompson Street & LaGuardia Place
At 10PM / $10
(212) 777-7776 / Terra Blues

Happy Turkey Day!

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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