Today’s TOP 10 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 06, 2015
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts
> Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival (through May 9)
tonight’s highlight: Supreme Sonacy: Marcus Strickland’s “Twi-Life” / 7:30PM, $10
Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue (at West 135th St.)
> The Claudia Quintet (through May 8)
Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St. / 8:30+10:30PM, $10
> The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Guest Vocalist Carmen Bradford
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St. / 8:30PM + 11PM, $45
> Peter and Will Anderson (through May 7)
59E59 Theaters, 59 E59th St. / 7PM, $45
Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> PEN World Voices Festival (through May 10)
today’s highlight: “Prayer and Meditation”,
Sheen Center Loretto Auditorium, 18 Bleecker St. / 8PM, $15
> Alan Cumming
JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue, at 76th St. / 7PM, $25
> Bryant Park Public Tours
Bryant Park, 41st St. at Sixth Avenue / 11AM , FREE
> National Geographic: Kobie Boykins, Exploring Mars
NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place / 7:30PM, $30
> Getting Beyond a Blind Date with Science, with Alan Alda
Miller Theatre, Columbia University, 2960 Broadway / 6:30PM, FREE
Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:
> RadioLoveFest (through May 10)
tonight: WQXR Eine Kleine Trivia Nacht
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave / 8PM, $15
Bonus Jazz Picks:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South — villagevanguard.com / 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. — bluenotejazz.com / 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. — 55bar.com / 212-929-9883
Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.
♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of 8.5 million, had a record 56 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015. Quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
A PremierPub / Upper West Side
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que / 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 uptown to West Harlem totally worthwhile.
This second incarnation of Dinosaur in Harlem is in a two story, 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 front door you are hit with that tantalizing aroma of barbecue coming from the large open kitchen. Reminds me of 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 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 (assuming you snagged a table). 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 long 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 Highway, all may open before a table inside the main dining room. Otherwise, try Dinosaur for lunch, or come very late for dinner, maybe after a show at the nearby Cotton Club nightclub.
Phone #: 212-694-1777
Hours: Mo-Th 11:30am-11:00pm; Fr-Sa 11:30am-12:00am;
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day; $1 off all drinks
Music: Fri / Sat 10:30pm
Subway: #1 to 125th St.
Walk 2 blk W on 125th St. to Dinosaur Bar-B-Q,
just past the elevated highway.