Selected Events (05/12) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s Elite 8 > THURSDAY / MAY 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.
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Have time for only one event today? Do This:

Highlights in Jazz: Audience Favorites
TriBeCa Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St., near Greenwich St./ 8PM, $50
“For this installment of the long-running concert series Highlights in Jazz, which puts a premium on swinging traditionalism, the artist roster will reflect the predilections of the fan base. Among the featured performers are the trumpeter and singer Bria Skonberg; the guitarist Frank Vignola; the trombonist and vocalist Wycliffe Gordon; and the singer Alexis Cole.” (Chinen-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Jenny Scheinmans Mischief and Mayhem
(Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St./ 7PM, $18
“A look at the audacious collaborators that the violinist and singer Scheinman surrounds herself with in her Mischief & Mayhem outfit—the guitarist Nels Cline, the drummer Jim Black, and the bassist Todd Sickafoose—speaks volumes about her multifarious musical inclinations and the genre-morphing tangents (new jazz, rock, Americana) that she’s all too willing to follow.” (NewYorker)

BossaBrasil: Leny Andrade with Roni Ben-Hur Trio (through May 14)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St/./ 8:30PM +11PM, $40
“Ms. Andrade, from Rio de Janeiro, specializes in the assertive buoyancy of samba jazz, singing in a deep cry over crisp accompaniment. Headlining this year’s BossaBrasil festival, she works with a trio led by the guitarist Roni Ben-Hur, drawing partly from their recent album together, “Alegria De Viver.” (Chinen-NYT)

New York City Ballet (through May 29)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 8PM, $30+
“This week, City Ballet introduces two programs honoring its founding fathers: “All Balanchine” comprises “Ballo della Regina,” “Kammermusik No. 2” and “Vienna Waltzes” (Friday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday); “All Robbins” features “Dances at a Gathering” and “West Side Story Suite” (Wednesday). The weekend brings encores of recent premieres, including Justin Peck’s “The Most Incredible Thing” (Saturday matinee) and “Belles-Lettres,” which joins “American Rhapsody” by Christopher Wheeldon and “Mothership,” Nicholas Blanc’s choreographic debut for the company, on Saturday evening.” (NYT-Schaefer and Burke)
Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.

Michael Feinstein: A Right to Sing the Blues
Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St./ 7PM, $125
“No, he won’t address the repertoire of Muddy Waters or Charley Patton, but, in a program declaring his “Right to Sing the Blues,” Feinstein and his vocalizing guests will take on blues-inflected songs that have become popular standards, including Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer’s “Blues in the Night” and “Good Morning Heartache,” made famous by Billie Holiday.“ (NewYorker)

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

“The Only Rule Is It Has To Work” with Ben Lindbergh
Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, 67 E11th St./ 7PM, FREE
“Hear the story of two stat-crunching analysts given the chance to live out a fantasy baseball dream: to set a roster, lineup, and strategies for a real-live team.”

Elsewhere, but these look worth the detours:
Film and Food: In Search of Israeli Cuisine
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway,/ 6:15PM, $68
“Michael Solomonov and Saul Bolton are teaming up for a modern Israeli tasting menu at the Brooklyn Museum. The menu — based on Solomonov’s Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking — includes dishes like grilled eggplant, tabbouleh, and chicken pastilla. Israeli wine, beer, and limonata are also included. After the meal, guests are invited to a screening of the documentary In Search of Israeli Cuisine. The tasting starts at 6:15 p.m. and the film screens at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $68 and include a copy of the book.” (VillageVoice)

Irish Whiskey v. Scotch Tasting and Book Signing with Jeff Cioletti
Jimmy’s No.43, 43 E7th St. / 7PM, $15
“Join The Year of Drinking Adventurously author Jeff Cioletti for a comparison of Irish and Scotch Whisk(e)ys as he talks about his new book! You’ll sample several different styles and learn all about this great spirit from an expert.”

BONUS: Let’s not forget one for this hometown boy:
“I Love the Bronx”  Bronx Week (May 6-15)
various locations and times; various prices
“Celebrate the Boogie Down with 11 days of fun activities. Take a trolley tour, paddle on the Bronx River, hear some stand-up and much more at this annual festival.” (TONY)

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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
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

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 2016.  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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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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