Selected Events (01/29) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

 Today’s SWEET 6 > FRIDAY / JAN. 29, 2016

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Have time for only one event today? Do this:
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society (also Saturday)
Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth fl/ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“This intently contemporary big band made a recent stir with “Real Enemies,” a scintillating multimedia work at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Mr. Argue reconvenes the group this weekend — drawing partly from that suite, which is due out this fall, and from previous efforts like “Brooklyn Babylon” — as part of a 20th anniversary series for the Jazz Gallery.” (Chinen-NYT)
The Jazz Gallery is kind of spartan, not my fave venue, but this looks to be a special performance.

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Charles Lloyd & the Marvels (also Saturday)
the Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway,
7PM + 9:30PM, $65-85
“A tenor saxophonist and flutist with a searching sound that’s connected by image and intention to notions of the divine, Mr. Lloyd, 77, has settled nicely into the wise-elder phase of his career. He has a buoyant new album, “I Long to See You,” featuring the same elite partners found here: Bill Frisell on electric guitar, Greg Leisz on pedal steel, Reuben Rogers on bass and Eric Harland on drums. The group’s repertory consists of folk songs, spirituals and a few of Mr. Lloyd’s best-known compositions.” (Chinen-NYT)

Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (also Saturday)
Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 2537 Broadway, at 95th St./ 8PM, $25-45
“For two nights in January, Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra will take us back to the Palladium to honor the musicians who, for the last half a century and often anonymously, have been the sound of Latin Jazz. This Tribute to the Great Sidemen of Latin Jazz, will salute the musicians who actually turned the ideas of creators such as Celia Cruz, Frank “Machito” Grillo and Dizzy Gillespie into the music we love.”

Ben Vereen (thru Jan.30)
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $60-80
“The multitalented actor, singer, and dancer perfected his craft with such masters as Bob Fosse, with whom he worked on “Sweet Charity,” “Pippin,” and the film “All That Jazz.” A Tony Award-winner, Vereen is old school in the best sense: he’s out to give it his all, and he won’t leave the stage until he’s done just that.” (NewYorker)

Ralph Alessi Quartet (through Jan. 31)
Village Vanguard, 178 7th ave South, at 11th St./ 8:30 + 10:30PM, $30
“The trumpeter Ralph Alessi has done strong, scintillating work in an acoustic quartet format in recent years, and his new album — “Quiver,” due out on ECM next month — keeps that momentum going. He’ll make his debut as a bandleader at the Village Vanguard with the same group, featuring Gary Versace on piano, Drew Gress on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums.” (Chinen-NYT)

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

Winter Antiques Show (thru Jan.31)
Park Ave. Armory, 643 park Ave at 66th St./ today 1-7:30PM, $25
As it does every year, the Winter Antiques Show fills the cavernous Park Avenue Armory with the wares of seventy or so blue-chip dealers, offering everything from antiquities to Hudson River paintings, Flemish landscapes to modernist furnishings. Not everything is for sale: the show also includes an exhibition of items from the Wadsworth Atheneum, in Hartford.” (NewYorker)

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 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 8/9 ave) — 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 58 million visitors last year and was 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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This week’s fave and FREE NYCity AppS: 

Trip Advisor
An enormous base of NYCity user reviews (2.1 million) provides the widest coverage of hotels (468), restaurants (12,645) and things to do (yes, 3,246). Have a specific question? Then try one of Trip Advisor’s forums. Just remember that with all those reviews you have to try to find the consistency among the comments, and ignore the outliers.

OpenTable
Instantly locate restaurants near you with open reservations and then place a reservation right from your iOS device. A great interface and the ability to see a menu from the restaurant you’re interested in makes this my go to restaurant reservation app.

Subway Time 
Need to catch your #1,2,3 subway to attend an event? Use the Subway Time app from the MTA to find out when the next train arrives at your station. The MTA also has Bus Time info available on their mobile website.

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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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