Selected NYC Events (10/21) + Today’s Featured Pub (Midtown West)

“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 / Oct.”

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

¡VAYA! 63: Homemaje a la Guarachera del Mundo
with The Palladium Mambo All-Stars under the direction of Jose Madera and Johnny Rodriguez, featuring Yoko la Japonesa Salsera, Nayibe La Gitana, and Anissa Gathers / Opening set by DJ Brian
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, FREE
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; better get there early
“Artists from Colombia, Cuba, and Japan join the high-octane vibrant New York salseros of The Palladium Mambo All-Stars to celebrate the life and the global legacy of Celia Cruz on what would have been the Queen of Salsa’s 91st birthday.
DJ Brian kicks of the night at 7:00 pm and plays between and after the band’s two sets.”

OR Do This:

The New York Cabaret Convention 2016 (thru Oct.21)
Rose Theater, Broadway @ 60th St./ 6PM, $25+
“The Mabel Mercer Foundation’s 27th annual cabaret fest brings together some of the genre’s top artists to celebrate the Great American Songbook over 4 nights.
Tonight: The convention wraps up with a tribute to Broadway greats Sheldon Harnick and Charles Strouse, hosted by Klea Blackhurst and featuring Eric Comstock, Scott Coulter, Liam Forde, Penny Fuller, Anita Gillette, Marieann Meringolo, Shawn Ryan and Amra-Faye Wright.” (TONY)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

JIMMY HEATH
Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St./ 7PM, +9:30PM, $65-$85
“Never a star, yet long an honored lodestar to his fellow-musicians, Heath has attained reverential stature in the jazz community as a saxophonist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and educator. This diminutive polymath will celebrate his ninetieth birthday in the company of a big band and prized collaborators including Jon Faddis, Stanley Cowell, and his brother, the drummer Albert (Tootie) Heath.” (NewYorker)

TOM HARRELL
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM +10:30PM, $30
“Drawing from the Miles Davis rule book, the trumpeter Harrell pairs himself with a saxophonist who will both inspire and challenge him: the inventive tenor stylist Mark Turner. A lean quartet bolstered by Ugonna Okegwo’s bass and Adam Cruz’s drums offers plenty of open terrain for creative jostling.” (NewYorker)

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

NYC Food Film Festival (Oct.20-23)
AMC Empire 25, 234 W42nd St../ 7PM, $75–$95
“Feast your eyes—and belly—at this tenth annual fest showcasing more than 20 gastro-minded flicks and serving up those same dishes seen on screen. Opening night revisits the best films from the fest’s ten years and offers treats from Amanda Cohen’s Dirt Candy, The Brooklyn Star, Max & Mina’s Ice Cream and more. Fri 21 explores the flavors of Louisiana with films like How the Taste of Louisiana was Born and eats including Louisiana black pot gumbo and boucherie; the Food Porn Party commences on Sat 22, featuring an after party with food-burlesque performances; Sun 23 touches down in Japan, welcoming Brooklyn’s own Ramen Master, Chef Keizo Shimamoto, and takoyaki authority Chef Karl Palma. One thing’s for sure, this will be the tastiest film fest you’ve ever attended.” (TONY)

ARCHTOBER (through Oct. 31)
“Tours, talks, exhibitions — it’s difficult to keep track of all the events going on during New York’s annual monthlong celebration of architecture and design. Each day features a building of the day, with a tour. Make reservations early; coveted tours sell out quickly. Among the options for the coming week is the Beaux-Arts landmark Gould Memorial Library, at Bronx Community College (Wednesday at noon). Other highlights include the panel discussion “Authenticity and Innovation: The Inherent Value of Older Buildings,” with the speakers Contantine Kontakosta, a professor at New York University; Charles Bendit, the co-chief executive of Taconic Investment Partners; and Claire Weisz, principal-in-charge at WXY architecture + urban design (Tuesday at 6 p.m., at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village). More information at archtober.org.” (NYT-AroundTown)

TODAY’S events include: AIANY/Classic Harbor Line – 10AM +1:45PM
Around Manhattan Architecture Boat Tour
“The “Around Manhattan” tour narration, provided by members of the American Institute of Architects’ NYC chapter, is general enough for visitors yet detailed enough for the locals. On this 2.75-hour cruise, you will circumnavigate the island of Manhattan (passing under all 18 bridges) while taking in monuments, architecture, parks and infrastructure.”

Leonard Zax on “Hamilton in Paterson: America’s First Tech Incubator”
Museum of American Finance, 48 Wall St./ 12:30PM, FREE
“Everyone now knows that Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton inspired a hit musical on Broadway, but not many know that it also inspired a new national park at the Paterson Great Falls. Hamilton chose the Great Falls — 15 miles west of Manhattan — as the place to begin implementing his ambitious manufacturing plan. He founded Paterson as the world’s first city planned from the start to stimulate manufacturing and innovation. In Paterson, people would invent and produce goods that forever changed our relationship with the world: the Colt revolver, locomotives, submarines, aircraft engines and silk. Ron Chernow called Paterson the “city of the future.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

PLUS FOR CIDER FANS

CIDER WEEK
“Spend a week flitting about Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Hudson Valley sipping on dozens of hard ciders from makers including Original Sin, Eve’s Cidery, Foggy Ridge Cider, Steampunk Cider and more. The cider celebration includes tastings, dinners and classes (like a cider and cheese pairing class), as well as centerpiece events like the Lower East Cider Fest on Sunday and the Cider Revival on Monday.

WHEN | WHERE Friday, Oct. 21, to Sunday, Oct. 30, at various venues including the Lower East Cider Fest on Orchard Street between Houston and Delancey streets INFO Free-$250; ciderweeknyc.com.” (Newsday)

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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.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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A PremierPub / Midtown West.

Russian Vodka Room / 265 W 52nd St (btw 7th/8th ave)

Sure, you could travel to Minsk or even Brighton Beach, for an authentic Russian experience, but why bother. On those days when you feel you must wash down your dish of kasha with a few glasses of icy, cold vodka, the Russian Vodka Room will definitely satisfy your urge.

From the outside this place looks a bit drab, and with no windows, a bit mysterious. Midtown tourists walk right by on their way to see “Jersey Boys,” just down the block.

lThose in the know enter a secret hideaway, a dimly lit front room with soft jazz playing – a perfect spot for an illicit late-night rendezvous, or maybe a meet-up with your Russian spy handler, but that’s later in the evening. Early in the evening the large U-shaped bar fills with the after work happy hour crowd, a group made very happy by the much reduced prices.

Their website says: “Welcome Comrades”. Of course, this welcome focuses on dozens of different vodkas, including their own special infusions, which marinate in giant, clear glass jugs visible around the room. The large vodka martinis ensure that you won’t confuse this place with your mother’s Russian Tea Room.

But man does not live by vodka alone. Eat some food, especially the tapa like appetizers. Be decadent and try the cheese blintzes with chocolate, or try a main dish like beef stroganoff with kasha.

Your best bet is to go on a night when the piano man is playing. This guy, who looks like he has eaten a lot of those cheese blintzes, plays five nights a week from 7 to 12 (no Mondays and Thursdays). When the piano man is playing American pop tunes, and you are at the crowded, dimly lit bar testing the horseradish infused vodka, that’s when the RVR shines.

It’s the kind of place where the noise gets louder and the crowd gets happier as the happy hour goes on. I’m generally a beer guy, but I like to come here with a group of friends. We find a table in the back room near the piano man; we eat, and we drink vodka ‘till it hurts (and it will hurt).
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Website: http://www.russianvodkaroom.com/
Phone #: 212-307-5835
Hours: 4pm-2am; Fri-Sun closes 4am (that could be trouble)
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day
$4 shots infused vodka (2oz), $5 cosmos; $4 czech draft beer
Music: FR-SU; TU-WE / 7pm-12am
Subway: #1 to 50th St.
Walk 2 blk N. on B’way to 52nd St.; 1 blk W. to RVR
Confusingly, the Russian Samovar is right across the street, on the S. side of 52nd St.
The RVR, your destination, is on the N. side of 52nd St.
Update: music now includes a sax player with a younger, trimmer piano man. “Tiny” we miss you.

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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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