Today’s Fab 5 > WEDNESDAY / APR. 06, 2016
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Have time for only one event today? Do This:
Camille O’Sullivan (April 6-9 and April 13-16)
Irish Arts Center, 553 W51st St./ 8PM, $32
“Pinning this Irish-French performer down to any one confining musical genre is a fool’s game. What can be confirmed is that she brings arresting theatricality and sensuality to a wide swath of song, touching on the work of Gillian Welch, Nick Cave, and others.” (NewYorker)
“Ravishing…superb performer.” – Guardian
“Exceptional.” – Time Out
Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Pharoah Sanders Quartet
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, 11PM, $40
“Mainstream he will never be, but this pioneering free-jazz saxophonist now regularly tempers his robust effusions with deeply soulful playing that embraces the tradition without pandering to it. In fact, he’s initiated a new tradition; potent traces of Sanders’s ecstatic vibe can be detected in the music of Kamasi Washington.” (NewYorker)
Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Books at Noon: Padma Lakshmi
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Astor Hall / 12PM, FREE
“Padma Lakshmi comes to Books at Noon to discuss her latest work, Love, Loss, and What We Ate. Padma Lakshmi is the host of the Emmy Award-winning, top-rated Bravo series Top Chef, and the author of two cookbooks: the award-winning Easy Exotic and Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet.”
LIVE from the NYPL: Maya Lin & Paul Holdengräber
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum / 7PM, $25
“Maya Lin’s work speaks for itself in her art and architecture projects across the world, but on the LIVE stage, she brings words to her repertoire. In conjunction with the release of the monograph Maya Lin: Topologies, Lin, whose famous works include the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will reflect on how she has shaped our shared spaces over the past 30 years.”
SciCafe: How “Paleo” is Your Diet?
AMNH, Central Park West and 79th St./ 7PM, FREE, registration required
“The American Museum of Natural History’s exhibition “The Secret World Inside You,” open through Aug. 14, explores recent discoveries scientists have made in researching the microbiome — trillions of bacteria that live inside humans and play a part in mental and physical health. In this talk, “How ‘Paleo’ is Your Diet?,” with the molecular anthropologist Christina Warinner, the museum provides an opportunity to for a related field of research: reconstructing the ancestral human microbiome. A cash bar will be available.” (NYT-SpareTimes)
Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
A Taste of Fifth
Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue, at 16th St./ 6:30PM
“The destination restaurants and bars of Park Slope, Brooklyn, gather for this evening of food and dance. Tickets, which cost $55 online and $60 at the door, cover all samples (even alcohol) for the night. The list of participants is at parkslopefifthavenuebid.com/events/taste-of-fifth.” (NYT-SpareTimes)
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 (all six are within walking distance of each other):
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 – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
in case you need more options in the Village, these are also fine spots:
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319
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
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.
♦ 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 2016. Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
A PremierPub + 3 Good Eating places
Jimmy’s Corner / 140 W 44th St (btw B’way & 7th ave)
Jimmy’s Corner is right in the heart of Times Square, but you won’t find it on the corner, it’s mid-block. Enter this long narrow bar and you are struck by the walls covered with mostly black-and-white boxing photographs, and memorabilia. Soon enough you learn that “Corner” refers to proprietor Jimmy Glenn’s long career as a corner man for some of boxing greats – Liston, Tyson, even “the greatest”, Ali.
Jimmy’s is a sort of time machine, taking you back to a time and place that no longer exists. All around you Times Square has cleaned up, grown up, assumed a new identity. Jimmy’s probably hasn’t changed a bit since it first opened in 1971. Certainly the bar itself looks original and the prices haven’t changed much either. When I brought a friend, who owns her own bar, she was surprised when she got the small tab for a round of drinks. Figured there must be a mistake, that maybe they forgot to charge for all the drinks.
Times Square today is filled with neon glitz and wandering tourists from Dubuque, but not Jimmy’s. You’ll likely find some old timer’s at the bar nursing their drinks, some younger locals at tables in the back, and maybe a few adventuresome tourists clutching their trusty guidebooks. There’s no food served here because this is just a bar, and sometimes that’s all you need.
On nights when no local team is playing, it’s a fine place to sip some drafts and listen to a great old time jukebox (40s, 50s, R&B, and soul). On sports nights this very narrow bar can get a bit claustrophobic, filled with excited fans watching their team on the TVs. Either way, Jimmy’s is the place to be if you are looking for an old time bar in the new Times Square.
Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
Phone #: 212-221-9510
Hours: 11am – 4 am, except Sunday they open 12 noon
Happy Hour: not necessary, low prices all day, every day
Subway: #1,2,3 to TimesSquare 42nd st
walk 2 blks N on 7th ave to 44th st; ½ blk E to Jimmy’s
“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.
3 Good Eating Places
It’s not difficult finding a place to eat in Manhattan.
Finding a good, inexpensive place to eat is a bit harder.
Here are a few of my faves in this neighborhood:
Patzeria Perfect Pizza – 231 W46 St. (Btw 7th/8th ave)
Perfect name for a pizza joint. On a street filled with Broadway theaters, this is a real hole in the wall, but don’t let the dive look scare you away. You can never go wrong with a slice of NYCity pizza, and this one is a classic thin crust. Only a few seats here, but pizza was made to eat standing up.
Shake Shack – 691 8th Ave. (Btw 43rd/44th st)
Danny Meyer has revolutionized the high quality burger in this town. Now he has a branch on the West Side that was desperately needed, with a bit less of the insane lines that you find at the Madison Sq. Park location. Worth the wait.
Xi’an Famous Foods – 24 W45th St. (Btw 5th/6th ave)
Try to avoid long lunch lines. Order lamb hand ripped noodles and warm your insides at one of the tables in the back. You’ll return, just remember that even mild is pretty spicy.
“3 Good Eating Places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
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