Selected Events (08/02) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s Elite 8 > SUNDAY / AUGUST 02, 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
> Bryant Park Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet  (LAST DAY)
Bryant Park Stage, 42nd St. (btw 5/6 ave) / today 2PM, FREE
“In The Drilling Company’s production for Bryant Park Shakespeare the play will be set in a modern city which is divided by wealth and class. Directed by David Marantz, it aims to send a clear message about the violence that can result from social division and corporate greed.” (BroadwayWorld)

> Ben Wolfe Quintet Featuring Nicholas Payton
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St & Broadway / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $35
Ben Wolfe is a seasoned bassist-composer who, according to Wynton Marsalis, “swings with authority,” Wolfe will be joined at Dizzy’s CluB by special guest, GRAMMY® Award-winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton.

> Ache: Lavagem da Rua NY – Lincoln Center Out of Doors
Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center / 7PM, FREE
“Lavagem da Rua is a sacred Brazilian tradition that translates as “the cleansing of streets. The Caribbean Cultural Center brings together artists representing countries of the diaspora including Brazil, Cuba, Trinidad, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and more to reflect the different roads of song, music, and dance travelled on the path to a joyful destiny. Ache—may it be so!”

> Miguel
Terminal 5, 610 W56th St / 7PM, $40
“R&B for the iPhone age, Miguel sounds happily fills the sexy shoes D’Angelo unintentionally procured during the crooner’s infamous “Untitled (How Does it Feel)” video. Miguel rises to the sweaty occasion on his recent effort, Wildheart, where he teamed up with Lenny Kravitz and Kurupt to create a Prince-recalling record.” (Silas Valentino-VillageVoice)

> Dolly: Coat of Many Colors
Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe, 407 W42nd St. / 7PM, $20
“Jason CozMo is a dynamite celebrity impersonator, and tonight he’s taking on this country’s most American national treasure: Dolly Parton.”

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2015 (through Aug 14)
Various locations and times; $25 for lunch, $38 for dinner
Enjoy the summer edition of Restaurant Week (actually three weeks) of prix-fixe three course meals at many of the city’s best restaurants. Mangia!

ELSEWHERE, but this looks worth the detour:
> Animation Block Party
BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building / 7PM +9PM, $14
If you think animation is only for kids, today’s programs, which bring BAM’s weekend-long Animation Block Party to a close, will surprise you. At 7pm, a program of 10 international short films runs the gamut, from a claymation tale about a Parisian taxidermist (“Ernie Biscuit”) to a cautionary fantasy about technology run amok (“Spamorama”). At 9pm, the 70-minute program of 20 shorts offers a freewheeling mix of experimental films, music videos and animated GIFs. (seniorplanet.org)

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

> Brasil Summerfest (through Aug 8) / various locations and times
today: Nação Zumbi / Nation Beat’s Carnival Caravan
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, mid-Park at 69th St. / 2-7PM, FREE
Get ready to get sweaty. Béco Dranoff, curator of this ambitious series, calls Brazilian music “the perfect soundtrack for summertime.” Checking out the schedule for the fifth annual installment of Summerfest, whose locations range from Central Park and Lincoln Center to Bushwick and several downtown locales, we’re inclined to agree.
For the full schedule, visit brasilsummerfest.com.” (TONY)

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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