Selected NYC Events (08/14) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

Today’s Elite8 NYC Events > SUNDAY / AUGUST 14, 2016

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Today’s post is dedicated to our good friends from St. Louis, Illinois, Minnesota, and Colorado. Hope you have a wonderful weekend in Metropolis.

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

Dr. John & the Nite Trippers
City Winery, 155 Varick St./ 8PM, $85-$95
“Six-time Grammy winner and Rock Hall inductee Dr. John is on a roll with his band The Nite Trippers, headlining a string of US and international dates which are earning rave reviews from critics including David Fricke of Rolling Stone. Career accolades are also pouring in: Dr. John just won Best Blues Artist from Jazz FM and he helped to induct What a Wonderful World at the 2015 Songwriters’ Hall of Fame gala. This summer’s tour includes both Nite Tripper gigs featuring classic Dr. John hits reaching all the way back to his legendary album Babylon, to special Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch shows performing his critically acclaimed Louis Armstrong tribute album.”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Rolando Morales-Matos Jazz’ Y Mambo Band
Birdland, 315W44th St./ 9PM, +11PM, $30
“an unforgettable evening of explosive and exciting music by one-of-a-kind multi-percussionist/composer Rolando Morales-Matos. His original compositions, along with his interpretations of works by other composers, combine the polyrhythmic traditions of Afro-Caribbean, South American, and Jazz reflects Rolando’s broad pallet as a performer/composer and bandleader.

Rolando will share the stage with an all-star lineup that includes fellow Latin-jazz heavyweights Ivan Renta (tenor sax), John Benitez (bass), Victor Pablo (percussion), Joel Mateo (drums) and Allan Farnham (piano). The night will include selections from Rolando’s albums Forward and From The Earth, featuring his virtuoso talents on vibraphone, percussion, hang drum and more.”

Mulgrew Miller Tribute (LAST DAY)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, btw 105th/106th Sts./
With Mulgrew Miller’s untimely death, in 2013, the world lost one of the most proficient and adaptable jazz pianists. Miller may have been even better known for his work with a wide swath of other bandleaders than for the fine recordings under his own name. Four former associates—Steve Nelson, Peter Washington, Terell Stafford, and Lewis Nash—come together with the pianist Danny Grissett to pay tribute to this once ubiquitous figure.” (NewYorker)
This is one of my favorite jazz clubs, a great place to listen to good music.

Mbongwana Star
SummerStage, Central Park Rumsey Playfield/ 6-10PM, FREE
“Mbongwana Star hails from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo—a network of shantytowns and night shelters where founding members Coco Ngambali and Theo Nzonza (of Staff Benda Bilili fame) pulled together members of a new generation of Kinshasa musicians embodying the concept of “mbongwana,” or “change.”

Along with maverick Parisian producer Doctor L (Tony Allen, Stomy Bugsy), the band has created a sound that embodies the “smashed-together” nature of the surroundings from which it was born—a sound that fuses traditional Congolese rhythms with European post-punk bass and busted electronics from recycled and reconstructed instruments miked and distorted in unexpected ways.”

Batida – SummerStage Official Afterparty
Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort St./ 10PM, $10
“Batida is Pedro Coquenão and Pedro Coquenão is Batida. There are moments where it’s just him in front of a big crowd, and there are others where Batida is a mutant body, with more musicians, images and people masked that sings and dance on stage. Present however is always a sound that is connected to Pedro’s Angolan roots. A sound that investigates the electric past of a country, transformed in an electronic present, molded to the scale of global dance floors.”
This is a wonderful, intimate space in the Meatpacking district for music and this after party may be better than the concert itself, certainly cooler.

Battery Dance Festival (Aug 14-20)
Robert F. Wagner, Jr., Park, Battery Park City / 6:30PM – 8:30PM, FREE
This free weeklong festival boasts the most gobsmacking backdrop in New York: the rippling waves of New York Harbor. Participants include the contemporary ballet choreographer Joshua Beamish and his troupe, Move: The Company; Lori Belilove’s ensemble of Isadora Duncan-esque dancers; and the hosts, the socially conscious modern-dance practitioners Battery Dance Company. Not to be missed is the evening devoted to Indian dance, on Aug. 15, co-sponsored by the Erasing Borders Festival.” (NewYorker)

The Bad Plus (LAST DAY)
Blue Note, 131 West Third St./ 8PM +10:30PM, $20-$35
“This hyperintelligent and crashingly heroic trio — Ethan Iverson on piano, Reid Anderson on bass, David King on drums — revives some proven old strategies on “It’s Hard,” out later this month. The album, which will be previewed in part during this weeklong run, deftly reimagines familiar songs by popular figures ranging from Prince to Johnny Cash to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs” (Chinen-NYT)

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

11th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party
Governor’s Island, Colonel’s Row / 11AM-5PM, $
“The Jazz Age Lawn Party 2016 is a spectacular summer tradition on gorgeous Governors Island. Step onto the ferry, and back in time, with thousands of others dressed to the 1920s nines and enjoy music from Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, learn the Charleston and sip on cocktails in the sunshine.” (TONY)
Let’s hope the weather holds out.

finish up by Celebrating the Olympics – 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: 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 – 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 at these top NYC events, even if just on day of performance.
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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.

Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/
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.
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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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