Selected Events (06/15) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

Today’s Super 7 > WEDNESDAY / JUNE 15, 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:

Savor an Alfresco Symphony
New York Philharmonic in Central Park
“As a child, Alan Gilbert, whose parents were violinists with the New York Philharmonic, loved attending the orchestra’s popular, free outdoor concerts in the city’s parks. As he enters his final season as music director, Mr. Gilbert leads the Philharmonic in two programs in Central Park to start this summer’s tour. Wednesday’s features the superb clarinetist Anthony McGill in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, and on Thursday, it’s Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony.” (NYT-ANTHONY TOMMASINI)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Blue Note Jazz Festival (through June 30)
“This monthlong fete rolls on with a mix of marquee names and crossover fare. A special highlight in the coming week is Sangam, an intuitive, shape-shifting trio comprising the multi-reedist Charles Lloyd, the tabla player Zakir Hussain and the drummer Eric Harland, on Saturday at Town Hall. Among the other strong offerings are a quartet led by the bassist Christian McBride, at the Blue Note Jazz Club from Tuesday through June 19; and the organist Cory Henry with his band, the Funk Apostles, at the Highline on Thursday. A full schedule is at” (Chinen-NYT)

Ethan Iverson Quintet (thru June 19)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“As a member of the Bad Plus, the pianist and composer Iverson keeps his eye trained to the future; as an obsessive jazz fan, he reveres his elders, seizing any chance to play with honored musicians. Here he tangles with the great tenor saxophonist Houston Person, a soulful stylist who, in old-school form, can grease a blues song or offer a warm-bath ballad.” (NewYorker)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (through June 19)
NYS/DHK Theater, LincolnCenter, $
“One of America’s most popular dance companies presents five distinct programs for its spring season. “Twenty-First Century Voices” comprises works by Rennie Harris, Ronald K. Brown, Robert Battle and Kyle Abraham, who presents “Untitled America: Second Movement,” the next installment of his three-part look into incarceration in America (Saturday evening). “All Ailey” stars the stirring solo “Cry” and the Ailey staple “Revelations” (Sunday matinee and Thursday); “Dance Trailblazers” features a premiere by Mauro Bigonzetti and Paul Taylor’s ode to Argentine tango, “Piazzolla Caldera” (Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening).” (Brian Schaefer-NYT)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Vijay Iyer Trio (through June 19)
Jazz Standard, 116 E27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“Mr. Iyer, a pianist-composer of penetrating insight and flexible attack, recently created a monthlong residency at the Met Breuer, performing in a succession of interdisciplinary settings. But his primary outlet is still this superbly slippery trio, with Stephan Crump on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums — a band conversant in multiple traditions, with a prevailing ethos of sturdy cohesion.” (Chinen-NYT)

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

Elsewhere, but these look worth the detours:
Tenement Kitchens: Adaption in America
The Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard St./ 6:30PM; $25
“Take a tour through the many doors of the Tenement Museum, and view the cramped kitchen spaces where Greek and Lithuanian immigrants preserved their culture through food a century ago. After the tour, join historian Sarah Lohman for a baklava cooking class and learn a legendary recipe from an LES family.” (TONY)

Journey to the East: Video Time Capsules From Asia
Asia Society and Museum
PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held at WeWork Dumbo Heights at 81 Prospect Street in Brooklyn / 6PM, FREE with RSVP
“Asia Society and Jungles in Paris invite you to a fun and edifying evening that will take you to some of the most far-flung and fascinating locations in Asia. Short video and photo presentations will focus on griffon vultures and the Tibetan sky burial, marriage rituals of Southeast Asia’s semi-nomadic “Sea Gypsies,” a profile of a 150-year-old sake brewery in Japan, and more. Some of the filmmakers and photographers will be on hand to discuss their work. Mingling is encouraged — snacks and adult beverages will be served.”

Bonus – Jazz Clubs:
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,, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 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 / Upper West Side

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que / 700 W125th St. @ 12th ave.

Walk only five minutes from the 125th St. station on the #1 line to find this authentic honky-tonk barbecue joint. Some folks think Dinosaur is just a place to eat ribs. Au contraire. With 24 carefully selected taps, this is a place to drink beer, and eat ribs.

HarlHostStandNo food goes better with American craft ales than American barbecue. Dinosaur may be the best combo of good beer drinking and hearty eating in town, which makes the trip uptown to West Harlem totally worthwhile.

This second incarnation of Dinosaur in Harlem is in a two story, old brick warehouse near the Hudson River. Don’t let that run down exterior fool you. Inside it’s a large space with huge, rough wooden columns and unfinished wooden floors and brick walls – just right for a bbq joint. As soon as you open the front door you are hit with that tantalizing aroma of barbecue coming from the large open kitchen. Reminds me of those great rib joints I frequented when stationed in North Carolina all those years ago. If your stomach wasn’t grumbling before, it is now.

Head to the bar, sit down and try to decide on a beer. It’s not an easy decision – a good problem to have. This is a pretty damn good beer list to choose from, one that most beer bars should be jealous of. I love that they feature NY craft beers. You may want to try the four beer sampler, which is always fun, and in this place may be necessary.

The blues music playing in the background will get you in the mood for their North Carolina style barbecue, and even when it’s a full house your order shouldn’t take too long (assuming you snagged a table). The food is all slow smoked, so it’s already mostly done and ready to go. I always start with an order of their giant, spice rubbed wings, so good they may make you give up Buffalo wings.

Unfortunately, a place this good does not fly under the radar. There can be some long waits for a table at dinnertime. So you need a strategy – avoid prime time, and try not to arrive with your entire posse, which will limit your seating options.

A seat at the bar, a small table in the bar area, or in the summer, an outside table underneath what’s left of the elevated West Side Highway, all may open before a table inside the main dining room. Otherwise, try Dinosaur for lunch, or come very late for dinner, maybe after a show at the nearby Cotton Club nightclub.

Phone #: 212-694-1777
Hours: Mo-Th 11:30am-11:00pm; Fr-Sa 11:30am-12:00am;
Su 12:00pm-10:00pm
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day; $1 off all drinks
Music: Fri / Sat 10:30pm
Subway: #1 to 125th St.
Walk 2 blk W on 125th St. to Dinosaur Bar-B-Q,
just past the elevated highway.
“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. 

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.
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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