Selected Events (07/03) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s Elite 8 – FRIDAY / JULY 03, 2015

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.”
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

> Nicholas Payton Trio (also Saturday)
Ginny’s Supper Club, 310 Lenox Avenue, near 125th St. / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $
‘their style as a trio suggests a continuum from post-bop through vintage soul into a kind of modern fusion: Black American Music, according to Mr. Payton’s preferred term of art.” (NYT-Chinen)

> Fred Hersch Trio (through July 5)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St. / 8:30PM +10:30PM, $30
“a master who plays it his way” New York Times, “a poet of a pianist” New Yorker and “one of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation” Downbeat.

> Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing
> Kahulanui – Hawaiian Swing
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center W62nd St (btw Columbus/Amsterdam Ave.)/ 6PM, $17
Dance Floor Opens at 6/ Dance Lesson at 6:30/ Live Music at 8
Dance Instructor: Paolo “Pasta” Lanna teaches Balboa & Collegiate Shag
“In the early 20th century, Hawaiian bands started playing jazzed-up versions of beloved traditional songs on Hawaiian instruments. Embracing this custom, Kahulanui (the Big Dance) crafts dance floor-ready tunes on traditional Hawaiian instruments.

This tropical-paradise-meets-big-band sound embraces swing’s brassy grace, the charm of the ukulele and lap steel, and breezy vocal harmonies. Come dressed in your finest tropical vintage. Prizes for the best dressed. Hawaiian-inspired style will be sure to catch the judges’ eyes!”

> Ravi Coltrane Quartet (through July 4)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. / 8:30PM+11PM, $40
“Coltrane lends an inviting balance to his involving improvisations on tenor and soprano saxophones.” (NewYorker)

> “The Tempest” (LAST WEEK, closes July 5) / Shakespeare in the Park
Central Park, Delacorte Theater / 8PM, FREE
actor Sam Waterston, makes his 13th Shakespearean production.
FREE tickets are available via a lottery system. check The Public Theater website.

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

> Inaugural Exhibition: AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St. / 10:30AM-6PM, $22.
“it’s finally here! The new improved Whitney home in MePa that’s supposed to finally put to rest the museum’s rep as the also-ran of New York’s major art institutions. As designed by international starchitect Renzo Piano, the building is certainly big, with 63,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibition space.” (TONY)

Elsewhere, but looks worth the ferry ride to Governor’s Island:
> Funk n ‘Cue
Governors Island Beach Club / 5PM, $35-$125
“The holiday weekend kicks off with the return of this food and music festival on Governors Island, featuring the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic. Food selections include typical barbecue fare, Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and grilled Mexican corn.” (NYT)

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

> Independence Day Weekend Open House @ Fraunces Tavern Museum
gw$1 Admission weekend, PLUS

Friday, July 3 – Book Signing & Film Screening
I Say Vote Yes: An Afternoon with William Daniels & 1776′
1pm – 5pm
FREE with $1 Museum admission
Meet actor William Daniels, who played John Adams in 1776, and learn what it was like to portray one of the Founding Fathers in this iconic musical film released in 1972. Daniels will be signing copies of his memoir, Still at Play: My 75 Years in Show Business and Roles America Embraced. Signing at 1pm; screening begins at 2pm. Reservations not required.

Friday, July 3 – Walking Tour
A Toast to History: Independence Eve
8pm – 10:30 (Happy Hour at the Tavern starts at 8pm, tour begins at 9pm)
Led by Jennifer Patton
Cost: $25/General admission; $20/Museum Members
(Ticket price includes a pint of Samuel Fraunces Ale at the Tavern before tour starts)
Created as a condensed version of our traditional July 4th walking tour with a social ‘twist,’ spend the evening of July 3rd strolling the streets of the Financial District with FTM’s very own Director of Education and Public Programs to learn about the City’s rich Revolutionary War history. Whether you are a novice or history buff, you’ll be sure to walk away with a new fact or two to drop while celebrating the 4th with friends and family the next day. Advanced ticket purchase required.

Bonus – Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:
Greenwich Village:
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
Special Mention:
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.

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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, 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.
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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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