Selected NYC Events (08/06) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events >SATURDAY / AUGUST 06, 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 NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Annual NYC Events / August”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Tierney Sutton’s “After Blue”. The Joni Mitchell Project (also Sun)
Jazz Standard, 116 E27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“Joni Mitchell loves jazz, and jazz musicians seem to love Joni. Here, Sutton revisits “After Blue,” her 2013 musical mash note to this modern-day genius of popular song, transforming ballads like “Woodstock,” “Little Green,” and the not-a-dry-eye-in-the-house anthem “Blue.” (NewYorker)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Carla Cooke (also Sun.)
Metropolitan Room, 34 W22nd St./ 7PM, $30 (Sun @4PM)
“The daughter of music legend Sam Cooke sings some of the King of Soul’s greatest hits, along with selections from her own CDs.” (TONY)

The Roy Hargrove Dream Team (through Aug.7, +Aug.9))
Blue Note, 131 West Third St./ 8PM +10:30PM, $
“Hargrove has been doing double duty for a while now, spending half his time as a funkster with his slick combo RH Factor and the other half as a soulful neobopper. Expect this run to synthesize these two equally impressive strains. He’s joined by here two giants: drummer Jimmy Cobb who is the sole surviving member of the starry Miles Davis group that waxed the indelible 1959 LP Kind of Blue, and pianist George Cables who was schooled on the bandstand by masters such as Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson and Freddie Hubbard.” (TONY)

Geri Allen Quintet (through Aug. 7)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“Geri Allen, long one of the finest postbop pianists of her generation, has become a force in jazz education and a conscientious steward of jazz history. Additionally, she remains a composer, arranger and bandleader of considerable resources. In this group, she will call on the tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, the bassist Kenny Davis and the drummer Victor Lewis — as well as her son, the trumpeter Wallace Roney Jr., a serious up-and-comer now studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.” (Chinen-NYT)

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

U.S. National Drone Racing Championships (thru Sunday)
Governor’s Island, / 10AM-5PM, FREE
“more than 100 drones will zip across the sky, some as fast as 60 miles per hour, at the second annual U.S. National Drone Racing Championships.

To fly them, nearly 150 pilots — selected from more than 1,000 who tried out at qualifiers around the country — wear goggles that allow them to see from the drone’s perspective. The pilots will fly their drones through gates, slalom past flags and show off acrobatic tricks, participating in several individual and team races.

Up for grabs: bragging rights, cash prizes and a chance to compete on Team U.S.A. at the first-ever world championships for drone racing this October in Hawaii.” (NYT-Today)

Rio on the Hudson (Aug 5-11)
Pier 26 – Hudson River Park / 5-11PM, FREE
“This summer, Citi brings the excitement of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to NYC with a free, week-long celebration. From August 5th – 11th at Pier 26 – Hudson River Park, you’ll find everything you need to support Team USA and experience the Olympic Spirit firsthand. Keep up with the latest action and enjoy authentic Brazilian culture and entertainment throughout the week, including opportunities to see U.S. Olympians and Paralympians.

If you want to get in the game, you can virtually “sprint” against track & field sensation Allyson Felix, honor golf’s return to the Olympics by testing your swing in the golf simulator, and learn all about the Paralympic movement by trying out Paralympic equipment. Plus, with family friendly activities like face painting, live art demonstrations, and samba dancers, there’s something for everyone.

Join us for a special kickoff on Friday, August 5th, at 7 PM, as we light the cauldron to mark the opening of the Games! Nos vemos lá! See you there!”
OR
Head over to Little Brazil — Rua de Brasileiros, on 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Like Little Italy, Little Brazil has shrunk and is more little than ever before, but there are still a few fine Brazilian restaurants on this block. Try Via Brasil, Emporium Brasil, and my fave, Ipanema.
OR
City Summerfest in association with Brasil Summerfest
Monobloco / Cabruêra / Boogarins / DJ Luiz Santos
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield / 5-10PM, FREE
for some Bossa and Samba, and the rest of  Brazil’s rich music scene.

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!

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Bonus NYC Events – 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, 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

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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 for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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A PremierPub and 3 Good Eating Places – Greenwich Village

Caffe Vivaldi / 32 Jones Street (btw. Bleecker St./W4th St.)

Café Vivaldi is a classic, intimate club located in Greenwich Village on Jones Street, the street featured on the cover of Bob Dylan’s second album, “Freewheelin’. ”

maxresdefaultEach night Ishrat, the long time proprietor and impresario, carefully curates and schedules an eclectic series of musicians. You can often see him at his table in the corner, hard at work reviewing music videos and listening to cd demos on his laptop, scouting out future bookings. Musicians come from all over to play and sing in a club in Greenwich Village. Some are local New Yorkers, others are just passing through, in town for a few days.

There is a small bar, seating maybe 10. It’s close to the stage and I find it’s a perfect spot to sip a glass of red wine while listening to the music. The room itself has the performance area at one end and a cozy fireplace at the other. The performance area here is small, dominated by a large black Yamaha Grand piano. Tables are bunched together and most people at the tables are eating lite meals or sampling the wonderful desserts.

There is also a good selection of fairly priced wines,  but you are here because of the music. You can never be quite sure what you’re going to find, and that’s half the charm of this place. It’s not a home run every night, but many nights it’s pretty special.

I remember the night I saw the most talented bossa nova group, just in from San Paulo. As I listened, I wondered if there was any better music playing anywhere else in New York City that night. And at Caffé Vivaldi there is never a cover charge. Their recently redesigned web site does give you a better idea of the type of music playing each night.

At one time Greenwich Village was filled with clubs just like this, but times change. Real estate interests have impacted the village, and not for the better. Even Caffé Vivaldi had a rough time recently, when a new landlord raised the rent exorbitantly. Fortunately, Ishrat has built a loyal following over the years, and a fund raiser and slightly more reasonable rent has kept Café Vivaldi in business.

When Woody Allen and Al Pacino wanted to make movies featuring the timeless quality of Greenwich Village they came to Vivaldi. It’s important that we keep this special place alive, for if we lose Cafe Vivaldi, NYCity will have lost a piece of it’s soul.

Website: http://caffevivaldi.com/
Phone #: (212) 691-7538
Hours: Music generally 7:30PM – 11PM, but varies
Lunch/Dinner 11AM-on
Subway: #1 to Christopher St.
Walk 1 blk S. on 7th ave S. to Bleecker St., 1 blk left on Bleecker to Jones St., 50 yards left on Jones St. to Caffe V.
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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.

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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3 Good Eating places

It’s not difficult to find 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:

Fish280 Bleecker St. (just a bit S. of 7th ave South)
This was an easy pick – the best raw bar special in town. $9 gets you 6 of the freshest oysters or clams + a glass of wine or beer. Don’t know how they can do it, but I tell everyone I know about this place. And it’s located right in the heart of some of the best no cover music in town.

Bleecker Street Pizza – 69 7th ave S. (corner of Bleecker St.)
The place is tiny and not much to look at, but this is one good slice. They like to brag that they have been voted “Best pizza in NY” 3 years in a row by the Food Network. I believe them. I would have voted for them.

Num Pang – 21 E 12th St. (btw. University Place/5th ave.)
This is a Cambodian banh mi sandwich shop that kept me well fed while I was in class nearby recently. It’s cramped, even for NYCity, but usually there is room up the spiral staircase to sit down and eat. In good weather carry your sandwich a few blocks to Union Square park. You may have to wait a few minutes, because everything is freshly made, but it’s worth it. Can you believe – an unheard of 26 food rating by Zagat.

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“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
No reservations needed.
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NYCity is the most diverse and interesting place to find a meal anywhere in the world. With more than 24 thousand eating establishments you might welcome some advice.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide, order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($4.99, available Fall 2016).
◊ Order before Sept. 30, 2016 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.
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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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