Selected Events (05/28) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s Super 7 > SATURDAY / MAY 28, 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:

New York City Ballet (LAST PERFORMANCE Sunday)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center,
“City Ballet closes out its spring season with four more performances of Balanchine’s joyful “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” based on Shakespeare’s fanciful topsy-turvy romance and set to Felix Mendelssohn’s bewitching score. Though some characters are fairies and others mere mortals, everyone manages to look wonderfully otherworldly.”(Schaefer-NYT)
Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.,

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Eddie Henderson Quintet (through Sunday)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, at 106th St./ 7, 9 and 10:30PM, $
“The well-traveled trumpeter Eddie Henderson has a compelling recent album, “Collective Portrait,” that builds on his accomplishments in the frontier era of jazz-funk. He’ll celebrate the 90th birthday of Miles Davis at this performance, with partners including the saxophonist Eric Alexander and the drummer (and Davis alumnus) Jimmy Cobb.” (Chinen-NYT)

Javon Jackson
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM +10:30PM, $30
“On the recently released album “We’ll Be Together Again,” the tenor saxophonist Jackson—one third of a taut coöperative unit with Ron Carter and Billy Drummond—affirms the improvisational smarts that he’s honed since his trial by fire in Art Blakey’s hard-bop boot camp, back in the late eighties. Here he leads a quartet that includes Jeremy Manasia on piano.” (NewYorker)

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

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, (May 28–30, Jun 4-5)
Washington Square Park/ 12PM- 6PM, FREE
“This city tradition feels fresh every spring when artists following in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning set up shop in the park. Hundreds of exhibitors, from NYU students to artists who remember the Village as a creative enclave, display their paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and woodcraft.” (TONY)

Fleet Week (through Tuesday)
“This annual docking of military ships began Wednesday with its parade and the arrival of about 4,500 Marines, sailors and members of the Coast Guard. Among the events across all five boroughs of New York are band and drill team performances, search-and-rescue demonstrations and daily public tours of the docked ships. At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum presents a big-band battle and swing dance on the flight deck of the Intrepid (Pier 86, 46th Street and 12th Avenue in Manhattan; 21+). And at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, the museum hosts its annual commemoration, which includes a wreath-laying and the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag. Additional holiday and Fleet Week events are at fleetweeknewyork.com.” (NYT/AroundTown)

Walking Tour: From Coffeehouses to Banquet Halls
Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St./ 1PM, $15
“Restaurants have played a major role in Chinatown history since the early settlements. The original Chinese eateries in New York catered strictly to the needs of Chinatown’s turn-of-the-century “bachelor society.” Over time, however, Chinatown’s restaurant industry would reflect the neighborhood’s changing immigrant population and needs. This themed walking tour traces the evolution of eateries in Chinatown, highlighting the ways in which these spaces have both shaped and reflected the community.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Elsewhere, but this looks mouthwatering; worth the detour.
CookOut NYC Food Party on the Pier
Stuyvesant Cove Park (East River Park at at 23rd St.)
Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“Enjoy a huge selection of global bites and catch a battle of the burgers at this two-day affair, which offers unique ticket packages starting at $10. The lineup includes a raw bar, Danish hot dogs, and a fish fry.” (VillageVoice)
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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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