Selected Events (10/03) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

Today’s SUPER 7 > SATURDAY / OCT. 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.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
(click on links for complete event info.)

Have time for only one event today? Do this:
> Art Garfunkel – At Last
Carnegie Hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium / 8PM, $
images“Hello Art, my old friend. The 73 year old was plagued by vocal ailments over the five years, but has returned in full force for a yearlong worldwide tour that passed through Korea, Israel and California. Don’t be surprised if he reads some poetry — but really, the main goal of attending is simply to let “Bridge Over Troubled Water” deliver you home.” (Chow-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
> Stanley Cowell Quartet (also Sunday)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, at 106th St./ 7, 9, 10:30PM, $
“A pianist of deep authority and resolute purpose — less widely heard now than he was in the 1970s but still a force — Mr. Cowell recently made a much-talked-about club appearance in New York, on the heels of a new solo album, “Juneteenth.” He appears with his quartet, featuring the alto saxophonist Bruce Williams, the bassist Jay Anderson and the drummer Victor Lewis.” (Chinen-NYT)

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th St./ 8PM, $
“This storied blues-rock band, led by the married musicians Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, makes its annual pilgrimage to the Beacon Theater.” (Chow-NYT)

Ravi Coltrane Quartet (through Sunday)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave./ 8:30 +10:30PM, $30
“With a sense of searching suggestive of his father, Ravi Coltrane has maintained the legacy of jazz guided by serious and even avowedly spiritual ambitions. His saxophone-playing can be visceral and fiery at times, with equal capacity to fall back and luxuriate in gentle tones. His band, too, shares an affinity for music that ranges from the cerebral to the absorbing and back again.” (WSJ)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> How Washington Won
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West/ 9:30AM, $32 (members)
Presented in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Research Institute
“After a series of devastating losses and retreats, General George Washington ultimately led the colonial armies to triumph over one of the most formidable imperial powers in history. Celebrated military historian Jeremy Black surveys Washington’s distinguished leadership qualities and examines the forces—both internal and external—that aided Washington in his arduous path to victory.”

The New Yorker Festival (through Sunday)
At various times and locations
“Few festivals try to capture the zeitgeist as comprehensively as this three-day series of talks, screenings and events; even fewer succeed this much. While a few of the festival’s programs have sold out, at time of press, there was still space at some noteworthy events,including conversations with Jeffrey Tambor, star of Amazon’s “Transparent” and Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network,” “American Ultra”).” 

Elsewhere, but this is important and worth the detour:
Mets Game @ Citi-Field 1PM
searchSure, it’s a raw, cold and drizzly day, not the best for baseball. But these are our conquering heroes – Eastern Division champions, first time in 10 years. Let’s get out there and welcome them back home. Show them some love after they came back from a near death experience at mid season to win the pennant going away.
Let’s Go Mets!

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 — / 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. — / 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. — / 212-929-9883
Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — / 212-864-6662
Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 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.

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.

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.

“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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