Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Midtown West (09/30)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2014
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Oktoberfest at Clinton Hall
thumbs_17-clinton-hall-outdoor-tables-9955We will be releasing a full takeover of classic Draft German Beers as well as our German cuisine in celebration of the Holidays. Festivities begin at 7pm, every beer our guests purchase enters them into a raffle packed with awesome Oktoberfest themed prizes, (T-shirts, Banners, Steins, Flags, Bottled beer, Das Boots (yes, you read that right) …and a 5 Liter Can of Oktoberfest (again, you read that correctly)).

Additionally we’ll be featuring German Stein Mug Holding Contests, winners of which snag themselves a Hofbrau t-shirt and a free filled stein of Oktoberfestbier as well as being entered into the final grad prize round!
Come join Clinton Hall for a taste of old world Bavaria!
Clinton Hall, 90 Washington at Rector St.,
7PM / (212) 363-6000

From Here to Here: Richard McGuire Makes a Book
In Richard McGuire’s graphic narrative Here, one corner of a living room in New Jersey, becomes the point of intersection among events from the past and future. McGuire will be joined in conversation by Michael Benson, author of Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time, and Matt Knutzen, the Geospatial Librarian at The New York Public Library. The program is co-organized with the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library.

The exhibition From Here to Here: Richard McGuire Makes a Book will be open at 5:30 p.m. for lecture attendees.
The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue
6:30 PM / $15

Meditations on Integration:
Two Masters of Time and of Times, Charles Mingus and Dave Brubeck
allnightlongThis concert opens the 2014-15 season of Juilliard Jazz with new director Wynton Marsalis at the helm.

The Artist Diploma Ensemble will perform Charles Mingus compositions – Meditation on Integration, Portrait in Three Colors, Fables of Faubus, Ecclusiastics, and Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk – and Dave Brubeck compositions – Unsquare Dance, Fast Life, Strange Meadowlark, We Will All Remember Paul, Blue Rondo à la Turk, Maori Blues, and The Duke.
Paul Hall at Juilliard, 155 West 65th Street
8PM / Free tickets available beginning September 22 online at

Secret Science Club: Priyamvada Natarajan
Rocket into deep space with astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan as she explores dark matter and dark energy! These two elusive components make up 95 percent of the known Universe. While they remain invisible-emitting and absorbing no light-scientists are discovering how they shape the very structure of the Cosmos and drive its expansion.

Dr. Natarajan, Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University, kicks off this new series at Symphony Space with an out-of-this-world talk and shares how orbiting telescopes, space missions, and high-energy experiments are providing unprecedented views and clues about the early Universe and the “Dark Duo.”
Before & After
–Imbibe our starry-eyed cocktail of the night, the “Cosmic Ray”
–Blast off with intergalactic grooves
–Enter the quantum quiz contest!
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street,
8PM / $25
212-864-5400 /

Back on Easy Street: An Evening with Walter Mosley
Award-winning WALTER MOSLEY visits McNally Jackson to read from ROSE GOLD, the latest installment of his Easy Rawlins novels—which follow Eziekel “Easy” Rawlins, a troubled WWII veteran and accidental private eye operating on the border of African American and white society in LA.
McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St. (btw Lafayette/Mulberry)
7:15 PM / FREE

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Nighthawks“If you haven’t yet checked out the Nighthawks’ new digs, what are you waiting for. “The band (which has just released their second volume of music from HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) now actually sounds better, audio-wise, and the menu is a vast improvement over the band’s previous venue—overall, it is a step up, to the second floor, rather than a flight down, to the basement.

Although longtime fans are currently referring to the Nighthawks as “The Iguana Troubadours,” they continue to play with the same amazing combination of skin-tight historical authenticity and sheer, relentless energy, plus a tempo that has always characterized Mr. Giordano’s bands.” (WSJ-Will Friedwald)
Iguana, 240 W. 54th St., (Btw 8th/B’way)
8pm-11pm (3 sets) / $15 cover, $20 food/drink minimum
(212) 765-5454 /

♦ 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 / Midtown West.

Russian Vodka Room / 265 W 52nd St (btw 7th/8th ave)

Sure, you could travel to Minsk or even Brighton Beach, for an authentic Russian experience, but why bother. On those days when you feel you must wash down your dish of kasha with a few glasses of icy, cold vodka, the Russian Vodka Room will definitely satisfy your urge.

From the outside this place looks a bit drab, and with no windows, a bit mysterious. Midtown tourists walk right by on their way to see “Jersey Boys”, just down the block.

lThose in the know enter a secret hideaway, a dimly lit front room with soft jazz playing – a perfect spot for an illicit late-night rendezvous, or maybe a meet-up with your Russian spy handler, but that’s later in the evening. Early in the evening the large U-shaped bar fills with the after work happy hour crowd, a group made very happy by the much reduced prices.

Their website says: “Welcome Comrades”. Of course, this welcome focuses on dozens of different vodkas, including their own special infusions, which marinate in giant, clear glass jugs visible around the room. The large vodka martinis ensure that you won’t confuse this place with your mother’s Russian Tea Room.

But man does not live by vodka alone. Eat some food, especially the tapa like appetizers. Be decadent and try the cheese blintzes with chocolate, or try a main dish like beef stroganoff with kasha.

Your best bet is to go on a night when the piano man is playing. This guy, who looks like he has eaten a lot of those cheese blintzes, plays five nights a week from 7 to 12 (no Mondays and Thursdays). When the piano man is playing American pop tunes, and you are at the crowded, dimly lit bar testing the horseradish infused vodka, that’s when the RVR shines.

It’s the kind of place where the noise gets louder and the crowd gets happier as the happy hour goes on. I’m generally a beer guy, but I like to come here with a group of friends. We find a table in the back room; we eat, and we drink vodka ‘till it hurts (and it will hurt).


Phone #: 212-307-5835
Hours: 4pm-2am; Fri-Sun closes 4am (that could be trouble)
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day
$4 shots infused vodka (2oz), $5 cosmos; $4 czech draft beer
Music: FR-SU; TU-WE / 7pm-12am
Subway: #1 to 50th St.
Walk 2 blk N. on B’way to 52nd St.; 1 blk W. to RVR
Confusingly, the Russian Samovar is right across the street, on the S. side of 52nd St.
The RVR, your destination, is on the N. side of 52nd St.
Update: music some nights includes a sax player with a younger, trimmer piano man.

“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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