Selected Events (07/27) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s Sweet 6 > WEDNESDAY / JULY 27, 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.
For future events be sure to check the tab above: “Annual Events / July”

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

Craft Beer Jam 2016
The Greene Space, 44 Charlton St./ 7PM, $25
“Our annual beer-focused series returns for another season of conversation, consumption and celebration over three Wednesdays in July (tonight is the finale). Enjoy beer tastings and snacks as host Jimmy Carbone of the internet radio show “Beer Sessions Radio” talks with local experts and brewers as part of the 8th annual NYC July Good Beer Month.”

TONIGHT: New York’s Farm-to-Tap Brews
“Come taste the magic of farm-to-tap brews. Flavor makers from the state of New York have set up shop to create ales with a local-only ethos. From the honey and fruit to the yeast to the heirloom grains and barley, these young, forward-thinking brewers are reversing years of advancement in brewing technology to make primitive, highly visceral beer. And they are supporting local farmers by sourcing almost exclusively using New York state-grown ingredients. Expect expert brewers in lively conversation and plenty of opportunities to sample unique brews for this one night tasting event.”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

L.A. Dance Project (through July 30)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave./ 7:30PM, $71-$91
“Only four years old, this Southern California company has proved a safe bet for adventurous programming and polished dancing. Case in point: For its Joyce debut, the troupe will present an American premiere by one of its founders, Benjamin Millepied, a work by the popular and ubiquitous Justin Peck, another by the singular Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and three duets by Martha Graham. And they’ll make all of them look good.” (Schaefer-NYT)

William Parker
Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St./Broadway/ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $
“Mr. Parker, an avant-garde bassist whose sound and purpose both ring of bedrock, presents all new music in this two-night booking at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, a more formal setting than usual for him. On Wednesday he’ll present his In Order to Survive Extended Breathe Ensemble, featuring the same three saxophonists as Tuesday night, along with the pianist Dave Burrell, the trombonist Steve Swell, and the multi-instrumentalists Lee Rozie (known as Mixashawn) and Daniel Carter.” (Chinen-NYT)

Nicholas Payton’s Afro-Caribbean Mixtape (through July 30)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $
“Mr. Payton, a trumpeter, keyboardist and (in some capacity) vocalist with a taste for soulful postbop and moody funk, recently unveiled this band in New Orleans, his hometown. This will be its New York premiere, with Mr. Payton alongside the keyboardist Anthony Wonsey, the bassist Vicente Archer, the drummer Joe Dyson and the percussionist Daniel Sadownick.” (Chinen-NYT)

Elsewhere, but this sure looks worth the detour:
Dianne Reeves
Queensbridge Park, Vernon Boulevard/41st Ave., Long Island City, Queens / 7PM, FREE
“An authoritative and extravagantly gifted jazz singer, Ms. Reeves makes a virtue of her open-mindedness, mingling standards with bossa nova staples and original pop-gospel exhortations. She performs this free outdoor concert under the auspices of SummerStage, with an opening D.J. set by Greg Caz, whose specialties are Brazilian samba and baile funk.” (Chinen-NYT)

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

The Great Divide: The Conflict between Washington and Jefferson That Defined America, Then and Now
Bryant Park Reading Room, Btw 40th & 42nd Sts. and Fifth and Sixth Aves./ 7PM, FREE
“In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free lectures on popular topics including biography, the Supreme Court, Civil War history, and more.

After achieving independence in 1783, the Founding Fathers clashed bitterly on how the newly-formed nation should be governed. Historian Thomas Fleming discusses how the diverging visions and temperaments of George Washington, an advocate for a strong, centralized government, and Thomas Jefferson, a staunch anti-Federalist, profoundly shaped the young republic and endured as resonant issues to the present day.”

PLUS: Eat & Drink

NYCity Restaurant Week Summer 2016 (July 25 – Aug 19, 2016)
Enjoy gourmet, 3-course $29 lunch and $42 dinner at 380 participating NYC Restaurant Week restaurants. (Saturdays excluded; Sundays optional. Beverages, gratuities and taxes are not included).

Where to get the best Restaurant Week deals?
See Georgia Kral’s recommendations in AMNY.
OR Zagat’s 8 NYC Restaurant Week Reservations to Make Right Now
OR Thrillist’s advice on the best deals.
OR TimeOutNewYork’s picks of the top Restaurant Week restaurants.
OR CBS Local’s Best Deals in Manhattan.
Reservations are definitely recommended. Mangia!

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,, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @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 / 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).
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.

“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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