Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Times Square/ Theater District (05/01)

Today’s “Fab 5”+1/ Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, MAY 01, 2014.

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Nels Cline Singers
“Gauzy beauty and abrasive intensity are only two of the many settings favored by Nels Cline, whose visibility as lead guitarist of Wilco has helped to elevate his standing as a bandleader and solo artist. On “Macroscope,” the fifth album by his longstanding Nels Cline Singers, he moves through a range of textures, joined by the bassist Trevor Dunn, the drummer Scott Amendola and a series of guests — one of whom, the percussionist Cyro Baptista, turns up here. Opening the show, in a solo setting, is Mary Halvorson, a smart guitarist whose sensibility overlaps with Mr. Cline’s a lot more than her sound does.” (Chinen-NYT)
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village,
At 6:45 p.m., / $18.

Bernard Malamud Tribute
Bernard Malamud would have turned 100 on April 26. On May 1, The Center for Fiction is celebrating his life and work with a panel discussion featuring the Malamud family as well as prominent admirers of the author from literature, cinema, and beyond. The evening will open with old Calliope recordings of Malamud reading his work, and the just-published Library of America compendium of his work will be on sale. Please join us on May 1 to remember a master.

The event was organized by debut novelist Boris Fishman, repaying a debt to an author who taught him perhaps more than any other as he worked on the book. He will moderate the panel, which will also feature Alan Cheuse, Philip Davis, Clark Blaise, Liesl Schillinger, Kevin Baker, Téa Obreht, and Bharati Mukherjee.
The Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th St.
At 7:00 pm / FREE and open to the public.
Because their space is intimate, please RSVP . You can do so through their website, by e-mailing at:, or by calling 212-755-6710.

Enrico Pieranunzi
“The recent reissue of both volumes of the Pieranunzi trio’s splendid “Play Morricone” albums, which were recorded shortly after the turn of the century, as a double-disk set is a vivid reminder of the gifts of this lyrically attuned Italian pianist, who stands beside Martial Solal as one of the great European jazz keyboardists of our time. Although Pieranunzi had a special rapport with the bassist Marc Johnson and the drummer Joey Baron, who were his partners on the Morricone project and other recordings, he’s in fine company here with the bassist Scott Colley and the drummer Joe LaBarbera, the latter of whom teamed with Johnson in the final trio of one of Pieranunzi’s major influences, Bill Evans.” (NewYorker)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village,
At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m./ $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum.

Rodrigo y Gabriela (through May 2)
“The Mexican pop-flamenco acoustic guitar duo of Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero subverted their fine catalog in 2012 on “Area 52,” which reimagined a selection of their past hits with a 13-piece Cuban orchestra and the timeless producer Peter Asher. This tour supports the release on Tuesday of their fourth studio album, “9 Dead Alive,” on the Rubyworks label.” (NYT-Anderson)
Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th Street,
At 8 p.m., / $40 to $75; sold out on Friday

3rd Annual NY Burger Week, May 1-7, 2014
To celebrate National Hamburger Month, Burger Conquest, Burger Maker & The Food Film Festival proudly bring you the 3rd Annual NY Burger Week, May 1-7, 2014.
The Burger Week is a 7-day celebration of trendsetting chefs and unique burgers with a series of daily events.
Hashtag = #BurgerWeek;         Tweet: @BurgerConquest
Ticket link:

The Knife at Terminal 5
“Brother and sister Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer take a number of edgy art, music, political and philosophical influences to produce electronic music that’s one part occult, one part counterculture. Their live shows are like performance art gone wonderfully wild. A must-see. For tickets, visit” (


♦ 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.


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, 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.

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. ================================================================================

◊ 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 Fall 2014)

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