Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood-WestVillage (11/25)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

JANE MONHEIT, JIM CARUSO & BILLY STRITCH IN
“HOLLYWOODLAND: SONGS FROM THE SILVER SCREEN”(through Thursday)
“Material will include beloved songs like “Pennies From Heaven,” “Let’s Misbehave,” “Over The Rainbow,” “If I Only Had A Brain,” “Bye Bye Baby,” and “It Happened In Sun Valley.” The trio will be accompanied by Rick Montalbano on drums and Neal Miner on bass.

Jane Monheit, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch had such a great time working together in the Jazz at Lincoln Center concert series, and were thrilled when Birdland offered them a weeklong booking on the historic stage. The trio brings a wealth of musical experience to this show, and they love performing tightly harmonized swing arrangements and lush ballads from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.” (cabarethotlineonline.blogspot.com)
BIRDLAND,315 West 44th St,
212-581-3080 / birdlandjazz.com
6:00 pm. / $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

Nels Cline & Julian Lage
“Cline is the free-styling lead guitarist in paternal-pop combo Wilco. Lage is a former guitar prodigy with one foot in jazz and the other in newgrass. Their new album of duets, _Room,_ is a wordlessly lucid cross-generational alternative to the Tweedys recent dad-rock debut. The duo orbit around one another like the gracefully twisting painted-metal objects hanging from a Calder mobile.” (VillageVoice-Richard Gehr)
SubCulture: Arts Underground, 45 Bleecker St, near Lafayette St,
212-533-5470 / subculturenewyork.com
8pm / $25

Author @ the Library:
Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York,
with Cindy R. Lobel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History at Lehman College.
This illustrated lecture surveys the origins of New York City’s food industry and the rise of New York as both a metropolis and food capital in the 19th century.
6:30 p.m.
Mid-Manhattan Library

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service this week.

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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 (pop. 8.4 million) had 54 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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A PremierPub – West Village

Corner Bistro / 331 W. 4th St.
Sometimes you just need a beer and a burger. If so, Corner Bistro is the place you want. Located just outside the hip Meatpacking district, this corner bar and grill is decidedly unhip, but it’s not uncrowded, especially at night. Seems that everyone knows this place has one of the better burgers in town.

kac_120405_phude_corner_bistro_bar_1000-600x450In the maze of streets known as the West Village, where West 4th intersects with West 12th (and West 11th, and West 10th, go figure), you will eventually find Corner Bistro on the corner of West 4th and Jane Street. An unassuming neighborhood tavern, it looks just like dozens of other taverns around town.

The bartender tells me that the Corner Bistro celebrated it’s 50th anniversary last year. The well worn interior tells me that the place itself is much older.

Corner Bistro has outlasted many of those other taverns around town because they know how to keep it simple — just good burgers and beer, fairly priced. The classic bistro Burger is only $6.75, and should be ordered medium rare, which will be plenty rare for most folks. Actually, it will be a juicy, messy delight – make sure you have extra napkins. I like to pull up a stool and sit by the large front window in the afternoon, where I can rest my burger and beer on the shelf, and watch the Villagers walk by.

Corner Bistro seems to attract very different groups of patrons depending on time of day. While it’s crowded with locals in the evening, in the afternoon you hear different foreign languages, and watch groups of euro tourists wander in, led by their guidebooks and smartphones.

For the classic Bistro experience, order your burger with a McSorley’s draft, the dark preferably. This is the same beer that you can get over at the original McSorley’s in the East Village, the pub that claims to be the oldest continually operating bar in NYCity. The only difference is that this McSorley’s ale is served with a smile by the bartenders here. Or you can get a Sierra Nevada, Stella, or Hoegaarden on tap if you want to go upscale a bit. Either way this is a simple, but quality burger and beer experience that is just too rare these days (sorry for the pun).
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Website: cornerbistrony.com
Phone #: 212-242-9502
Hours: 11:30am-4am Mon-Sat; 12pm-4am Sun
Happy Hour: NO
Music: Juke Box
Subway: #1/2/3 to 14th St. (S end of platform)
Walk 2 blk W. on 13th St. to 8th Ave.; 1 blk S. on 8th Ave. to Jane St.
Update:
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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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