Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Upper WestSide (05/25)

Today’s “Fab 5”+1/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2014.

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable NYCity Events-May”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories check out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
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Ben Wolfe Quintet Featuring Nicholas Payton (through Sunday)
“As on an elegant, swinging album from last year, “From Here I See,” the bassist Ben Wolfe augments his ensemble with a commanding guest, the trumpeter Nicholas Payton.” (Chinen-NYT)
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway,
212-258-9595, jalc.org;
At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. / $35 to $45 cover, with a $10 minimum

Benny Golson
“While Sonny Rollins deserves much credit, a very good case can be made that Golson, who is eighty-five years old, is the finest tenor saxophonist from the golden age of the nineteen-fifties and sixties who is still actively performing. A notable composer (of the hard-bop standards “I Remember Clifford,” “Stablemates,” and “Whisper Not,” among other songs), Golson has a gorgeous tone, unimpeachable harmonic ingenuity, an inspired melodic gift, and unflagging stamina.” (NewYorker)
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village,
212-475-8592, bluenote.net;
At 8 and 10:30 p.m. / $35 cover at tables, $20 at the bar, with a $5 minimum.

Passport to Taiwan
“Come Sunday noon, Union Square will be filled with performances, art exhibits, and plenty of food celebrating Taiwanese-American heritage and culture. Look for goodies like bamboo tamales, shaved ice, oyster omelets, and intestines with noodle. Food-related exhibits include dough figurines and sugar paintings, which showcase the artists’ use of edible materials for creative purposes. A full line up of food vendors and activities can be found on the event’s website.” (VillageVoice)

The Westerlies
“This local brass quartet celebrates the release of its debut CD, which is devoted to the compositions of sometime jazzer (and group mentor) Wayne Horvitz.” (TONY)
Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St. (btw Bleecker and W 4th Sts.)
212-989-9319 / corneliastreetcafe.com
at 8:30pm / $10 plus $10 minimum

Steve Wilson: Wilsonian’s Grain (through May 25)
“The alto and soprano saxophonist Steve Wilson combines economy and modernity in his playing, as a sideman or a leader. Wilsonian’s Grain, his crisp quartet with Orrin Evans on piano, Ugonna Okegwo on bass and Bill Stewart on drums, will be recording this run for his first-ever live album.” (Chinen-NYT)
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

PlusOne
Air Show at Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, LI.
516-785-1600, airshow.jonesbeach.com
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. / FREE, but parking is $10 OR
take the LIRR from PennStation to Freeport, transfer to bus to the beach.
This is way not Manhattan’s WestSide, but the Blue Angels are back this year and they are joined by the GEICO Skytypers formation flying, and many others – not to be missed.
And the weather forecast for today is superb.

Don’t Forget:
• Opening weekend for ferries to Governors Island. New this year: a $2 round-trip fare … and many new food vendors. • Opening weekend too, at the city’s 14 miles of beaches. Gothamist offers a guide.
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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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Fancy Flight – Roosevelt Island

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On the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, children and their families let loose their creations at a kite-making workshop on May 18. (May 25, 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 – 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.

Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/
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

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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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