Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Tribeca (04/27)

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, APR. 27, 2014.

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

Chef
“Jon Favreau’s tale of an acclaimed chef forced to start anew in a food truck business debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it will run through the weekend. The cast includes Dustin Hoffman and Scarlett Johansson — not to mention Oliver Platt as Favreau’s food critic nemesis. Tickets are available on a standby basis and are first come, first served; additional details can be found on the Tribeca Film Festival website.” (VillageVoice)
at the Tribeca Film Festival, SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, Sunday, 9 p.m.

Ziggy Marley
“Bob’s eldest son and his family band, the Melody Makers, scored a Top 40 hit with the knockout single “Tomorrow People” in 1988 — and a subsequent Grammy for the album that it appeared on, “Conscious Party.” He continues making bright, lissome reggae on solo albums like “Wild and Free” (2011) and the newly released “Fly Rasta.” (NYT-Anderson)
At 9 p.m. /  $36.
S.O.B.’s, 204 Varick Street, at Houston Street, South Village,
212-243-4940, sobs.com

New York International Auto Show (last day)
“Technology is front and center at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Sometimes it’s offbeat tech, such as a flying car, but this year the focus is more on driver assistance and infotainment services coming to a wider array of cars. Even small cars are loading up on driver tech, such as forward collision warning and lane departure warning, because the technology is cheaper. They’re also in demand from boomers downsizing into the same cars Millennials buy; the older drivers don’t want to give up the tech they had on their big car or SUV.

The 2014 NYIAS also features quick redesigns of cars only a year or two old, such as the Toyota Camry and Honda Civic. Automakers are getting quicker at fixing what focus groups and reviewers tell them. Most new cars have upgraded infotainment systems; several are showing Apple’s CarPlay. More have LCD displays standard even with no navigation, to better display infotainment and to provide backup cameras in advance of the federal mandate, now set for 2018.” (extremetech.com)
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th St.
212-216-2000, autoshowny.com
$15, $5 for children 12 and younger

Kurt Rosenwinkel
“Astute listeners who followed Rosenwinkel’s work over the years with such leaders as Paul Motian, Gary Burton, and Q-Tip knew that it was only a matter of time before the astonishingly fluid, post-Metheny stylist would ascend to full-fledged guitar-hero status. Although Rosenwinkel has an affinity for grandeur (earlier albums have found him in league with large ensembles and cushioned by elaborate production effects), he’s appearing at the Village Vanguard with a spiky quartet, perhaps the most effective setting for his dexterous improvising.” (NewYorker)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village,
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com
At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.,/$25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum.

African Restaurant Week (through May 4)
“This next week is a great opportunity to sample the African offerings in the city. With over fourteen restaurants to choose that will be offering three course prix fixe lunches and dinners, there are plenty of dishes to try. Check out the New York African Restaurant Week website for a full line up of participating restaurants which include Moroccan restaurant Le Souk Harem and African Fusion spot called Farafina. Lunch starts at $17 and dinner at $25.” (EaterNY)

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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 is a big town with many visitors where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.

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Clearing Winter Blooms – Woodside, Queens

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“A pile of wreaths and flowers gathered from gravesites at Cavalry Cemetery in Woodside, Queens, awaiting disposal.” (April 27, 2014)

Every Sunday in the NYT Metropolitan section, a photographer offers a new slice of New York. A wonderful slice of life it is – Thanks NewYorkTimes: N.Y. / Region section

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A PremierPub – Tribeca

B-Flat / 277 Church st (Btw Franklin/White)

There 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 1 blk E to Church; 1 blk N 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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