Selected Events (11/30) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s SWEET 6 > MONDAY / NOV. 30, 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 more complete event info.)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
‘Giant Night of Comedy’
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W23rd St./8:30PM, $
“Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants hosts this celebrity-studded fund-raiser, which benefits his literacy and community outreach charity. Along with appearances by several of Mr. Jennings’s teammates, the event includes performances by the comedians Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live,” Hasan Minhaj of “The Daily Show,” Jim Norton, Michael Bocchetti and John Melendez.” (Czajkowski-NYT)

Lesli Margherita “Broad”
Birdland, 315 W44th St. / 7PM, $30-$40
“Mae West. Sophie Tucker. Lesli Margherita. Brassy. Ballsy. Bawdy….BROAD. Olivier Award Winner Lesli Margherita (Dames at Sea, Matilda) returns to the New York cabaret stage in “BROAD,” an evening celebrating the controversial women of yesteryear. Written by Margherita, the evening will be directed by Lauren Bass, with musical arrangements by Brett Ryback and produced by Jordan & Lauren Bass.” (BroadwayWorld.com)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Glen Hansard
Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave./ 8PM, $45-$55
“Irish singer-guitarist Glen Hansard has made a long career of honest, impassioned songwriting, kicking things off over two decades ago with his band the Frames. Earlier this year, they released a collection of their best songs (and a few new ones) entitled Longitude, but Hansard was hardly content to rest on those laurels. In September he also put out his latest batch of solo material, Didn’t He Ramble. With its reserved strings and aching melodies, Ramble holds some of Hansard’s best work, and he’ll be sharing it during two NYC-area shows this week, with a stop at Kings Theatre on Monday and another at Beacon Theatre December 1.” (Lindsey Rhoades, VillageVoice)

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

16th Annual Winter’s Eve Festival
Lincoln Square at W63rd St and Columbus Ave/ 5PM; FREE
“For one night, Lincoln Center becomes a beautiful seasonal market straight out of Star’s Hollow. Dip into beignets, hot cider, pizza and other treats from more than 30 local restaurants, get delirious at a dance party with the Fresh Kids of Bel-Air, and enjoy performances by dancers, bands and artists at this packed seasonal jamboree.” (TONY)

The Dakota: A History of the World’s Best-Known Apartment Building
NYPL- Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
“With Andrew Alpern, an architectural historian, architect, and attorney, who has published ten books, including five about apartment houses in New York City. This illustrated lecture spotlights arguably the best-known residential address in the world, home to dozens of New York City’s most famous artists, performers, and successful executives.”

On Bob Hope
92nd Street Y. Lexington Ave at 92nd St./ 7PM, $25
“Bob Hope achieved top-rated success in every mass-entertainment medium, from vaudeville to television and everything in between.

He helped redefine the very notion of what it means to be a star: a savvy businessman and public-spirited entertainer whose tireless work for charity set the standard for public service in Hollywood. Join biographer Richard Zoglin for a complex portrait of a gifted and yet flawed entertainer and star.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

“Laugh out loud at the memory of Bob Hope, the Entertainer of the Century, as a biography by a former Time magazine critic titles him; author Richard Zoglin analyzes the comedian’s career, signing copies of his book afterwards.”

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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