Selected NYC Events (08/10) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events >WEDNESDAY / AUGUST 10, 2016

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

SARASOTA BALLET (Monday through Aug. 13)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave./ 7:30PM, $
“Frederick Ashton was a pillar of 20th-century dance known for his lyricism, lightning footwork and regal torso carriage. It’s considered the epitome of English style, but since 2007 this Florida company has been a proud and celebrated steward of his work. The company arrives in New York with “A Knight of the British Ballet,” featuring five Ashton works that exemplify his charm, humor and astute dramatic sensibilities. Several are recently revived; the delightful “Facade” dates to 1931.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Monday through Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Aug. 12 at 8 p.m., Aug. 13 at 2 and 8 p.m.,

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Norbert Leo Butz (Thru Aug.12, no Aug. 9)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $65
“Back by popular demand! Two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz returns with his hit show “Girls, Girls, Girls” focusing on the female – both the mythic & the contemporary. Expect tunes from the likes of Elvis Costello, Loretta Lynn, Frank Sinatra, and even a little Johnny Cash! After celebrating his dazzling cabaret debut (which went on to be the critically lauded CD), we’re delighted to re-welcome the star of Big Fish, Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Wicked, and The Last 5 Years.” (broadwayworld.com)

Steve Kuhn Trio with Steve Swallow and Joey Baron (Thru Aug.13)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM +11PM, $40
“After making his mark as a sideman with John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Art Farmer and others, pianist Steve Kuhn moved beyond the powerful influence of Bill Evans to become a unique stylist with incredible technique, sense of dynamics and lyricism.

Over the last fifteen years Steve has released critically acclaimed CDs marking a well-deserved career renaissance. The trio’s recent ECM CD, “Wisteria,” takes a fresh look at several pieces heard on Kuhn’s orchestral, “Promises Kept,” alongside the driving hard bop of “A Likely Story,” Swallow’s “Dark Glasses,” Carla Bley’s gospel-tinged “Permanent Wave” and the Brazilian flavored “Romance,” by Dori Caymmi.” (broadwayworld.com)

John Zorn: Bagatelles at the Vanguard (through Aug. 14)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 10:30PM, $
“Fifteen ensembles are on hand to present selections from the composer John Zorn’s bagatelles, a series of three hundred compact pieces open to adaptation by any instrumentation. Among the swarm of musicians will be the guitarists Mary Halvorson, Marc Ribot, and Julian Lage; the pianists Kris Davis, Uri Caine, and Craig Taborn; and the drummers Dave King, Tyshawn Sorey, and Jim Black.” (NewYorker)

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

Teju Cole
McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St./ 7PM, FREE
“Teju Cole wears many hats. A novelist, art historian and photographer, Mr. Cole has published essays on art, politics, photography and literature. That work is finally coming together in his first essay collection, “Strange and Known Things,” dividing his writing into sections on “Reading Things,” “Seeing Things” and “Being Here.” Mr. Cole will discuss the new release with the WNYC culture reporter Siddhartha Mitter, and the talk will be streamed live at mcnallyjackson.com.” (NYT-AroundTown)

Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery
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.

Abraham Lincoln always hated slavery, but when he took office in 1861 he did not challenge its legitimacy in areas of the country where it was deemed legal. In a desperate effort to hold the nation together, he even considered a constitutional amendment that would bar Congress from interfering with slavery in the slave states. Historian Daniel W. Crofts examines Lincoln’s statecraft during that tense period and how the war to save the Union would ultimately transform the 16th president into the “Great Emancipator.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Celebrate the Olympics with 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.”
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.

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 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 for these top NYC events 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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