Selected Events (07/21) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

Today’s Elite 8 – TUESDAY / JULY 21, 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.”
We make it as easy as 1-2-3.  (click on links for complete event info)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival (Tuesdays through Aug 25)
> Elephant Revival and Elijah Wolf
City Winery Courtyard, 155 Varick St. / 5:30PM, FREE
“Elephant Revival, acclaimed quintet from Colorado, are quite a sound to be experienced with musical elements of gypsy, Celtic, Americana, and folk. Elijah Wolf’s songs embrace folk, punk, rock, and a distinctive spin on modern acoustic music.”

> Jenny Scheinman (through July 26)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St. / 8:30PM+10:30PM, $30
“violinist Scheinman returns to her downtown roots as an instrumental improviser, finding pathos in a hybridized style drawing from Appalachian fiddle, klezmer, and the avant-garde that has helped redefine the role of the violin in the jazz diaspora.” (VillageVoice)

> Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Central Park’s Naumburg Bandshell, 72nd St. @ 5th ave / 7:30PM, FREE
listen to symphonies by Beethoven, Haydn and Wagner without a conductor.

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

> Danny Meyer “Setting the Table”
Club Monaco, 160 5th Ave, (btw 20/21 St) / 5PM,
must purchase a copy of Setting the Table from Strand in order to attend
What better mix is there than food and books? Union Square Hospitality Group founder Danny Meyer will be The Strand’s shop-in-shop at Club Monaco discussing “Setting the Table”–and food and drink will be provided.

> Jim Bruce’s:
“What to Expect When the Fed’s Expecting (To Raise Interest Rates)
Graybar Building, 420 Lexington Ave (43rd St), 15th Fl / 6:30PM, $10
also brief talks on New York City real estate and an update on the economy and stock, bond, currency and commodity markets. (ThoughtGallery.org)

> Astronomy Live: Deep Sky Scavenger Hunt
American Museum of Natural History / 6:30PM; $15
Learn how astrologists measure the distance between stars and clusters, and discover tricks to locating some of the heaven’s most famed constellations.

> NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2015 (through Aug 14)
Various locations and times; $25 for lunch, $38 for dinner
Today marks the start of the summer edition of the “week” (actually three weeks) of prix-fixe three course meals at many of the city’s best restaurants. Mangia!

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

> Jazz in July: Bill & Dick’s All-Star Jazz Party (through July 30)
92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St / 8PM, $52
At the first of six jazz concerts at the 92nd Street Y  join two generations of jazz—piano titan Dick Hyman and heir to the throne Bill Charlap, plus clarinet superstar Anat Cohen—as they blaze through your favorite American Songbook classics and swing standards. It’s a party, and you’re invited.
Anytime there is an opportunity to hear Anat Cohen play, you just must go.

“New York City is arguably the jazz capital of the world, and this festival highlights some of our musical metropolis’ finest contributions to the genre. The 31st annual Jazz in July fest salutes a number of worthy musical legends.” (nycgo.com)

“Under the stewardship of the pianist Bill Charlap, who begins his second decade as artistic director this year, this much loved festival remains a bastion of mainstream jazz and quality songcraft. Its first week features piano showcases, jam sessions, and a tribute to Duke Ellington. Ernie Andrews, Anat Cohen, Steve Nelson, and the venerable pianist and former festival director Dick Hyman are among the many luminaries making the trip uptown.” (NewYorker)

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:
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 / 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.

HarlHostStandNo 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.

Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/
Phone #: 212-694-1777
Hours: Mo-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 10:30pm
Subway: #1 to 125th St.
Walk 2 blk W on 125th St. 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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