Selected Events (02/12) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

 Today’s Fab 5+ > FRIDAY / FEB. 12, 2016

“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.)

Have time for only one event today? Do this:
Cecile McLorin Salvant (thru Feb.14)
Appel Room, Jazz @ Lincoln Center / 7PM +9:30PM, $90-105
“With a pinch of eccentricity to add spice to her vivid artistry, Salvant has grabbed the reins in the jazz vocal race. As slyly clever as she is affecting, she stocked her 2015 album, “For One to Love,” with well-crafted original tunes and offbeat choices like Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Stepsister’s Lament”—it’s anyone’s guess how her rendition of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s dated guide to marital bliss, “Wives and Lovers,” will go down on Valentine’s Day.” (NewYorker)

This lady is like the second coming of Billie Holiday. This makes a special Valentine’s Day treat in a very classy venue.

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Jane Monheit (thru Feb 14)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM +11PM, $40
“The once-controversial Jane Monheit has settled into the career of a singer who can please jazzers, pop fans and cabaretters alike. Her newest Birdland show is devoted to the music of jazz queen of Ella Fitzgerald.” (TONY)

Freddy Cole: Songs for Lovers (thru Feb 14)
Dizzy’s Club, 33 W60th St./ 7:30Pm, +9:30PM, $45
“His latest album may be titled “Singing the Blues,” but this veteran stylist would never willingly confine himself to an appointed genre. Getting a jump on Valentine’s Day, the impeccable singer and pianist will paint the room in shades of bittersweet romance while exhibiting the elegant poise that has made him the gold standard of his trade.” (NewYorker)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Out by 10 – DR. WENDY SUZUKI REVEALS SECRETS THAT LINK YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR HEART
John Strasberg Studios, 555 Eighth Avenue, btw 37/38 St./ 7PM +8:45PM, $25
“This spoken-word series, founded by the writer Susan Seliger, celebrates Valentine’s Day with two shows that provide humorous takes on the holiday. Guests include Ophira Eisenberg, host of the NPR game show “Ask Me Another”; Wendy Suzuki, a doctor and professor of neural science and psychology at New York University; and Sean Altman, a singer-songwriter who co-wrote the theme song to the PBS series “Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego?.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

 ‘Trump vs. Bernie: The Debate!’ (Friday)
Highline Ballroom, 431 W16th St./ 8PM, $25
“Anthony Atamanuik and James Adomian, both veteran improvisers with a particular knack for eccentrics, return for another wildly popular improvised debate between their versions of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.” (Czajkowski-NYT)

and how about some hot chocolate?
City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival (thru Feb.28)
City Bakery, 3 W18th St./ opens 7:30AM, $
“Regress to childhood with skillfully concocted mugs of hot chocolate courtesy of this downtown canteen. Owner-mastermind Maury Rubin will serve a different flavor of his intoxicating cocoa every day during February.” (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 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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