Selected NYC Events (10/23) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

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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:

AMERICAN BALLET THEATER (through Oct. 30)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center/ at various times, $
“Ballet Theater’s fall season continues with the premiere of “Her Notes,” by the choreographer Jessica Lang, to the music of Fanny Mendelssohn, Felix’s talented but stifled sister. The coming week offers more performances of Alexei Ratmansky’s handsome portrait of male camaraderie, “Serenade After Plato’s Symposium”; Frederick Ashton’s intimate midcentury study in pure classicism, “Symphonic Variations,” and his delicate “Monotones I and II”; Twyla Tharp’s large-scale “The Brahms-Haydn Variations”; Benjamin Millepied’s Greek-inspired “Daphnis and Chloe”; and George Balanchine’s “Prodigal Son.” (Brian Schaefer-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Polly Ferman’s GlamourTango
(Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St./ 7PM, $25
“Uruguayan pianist Polly Ferman presents her sumptuous GlamourTango, a multi-media music and dance show with an all-female cast; a tribute to the women of early Tango. The stylish production features dancers, musicians, and vocalist – most of the cast is from Argentina and Uruguay – in a stylish presentation of tangos by Piazzolla, Salgan, and many more, from South America’s Rio de la Plata region.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

TOM HARRELL (LAST DAY)
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)

America at the Polls: Election Countdown
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 5PM, $32
“For more than 15 years, 92Y audiences have relished the clarity and thoughtfulness Professor Ralph Buultjens brings to discussions of foreign affairs.

Drawing on his vast knowledge and understanding of how conflicts in one part of the world affect peace in another, Buultjens offers insight you can’t find anywhere else. In this timely discussion, Buultjens explores several pressing questions about the upcoming presidential election: Is the old order of American politics collapsing? Is this reform by another name? If this is the first President in a new political era, what does it tell us about America today? How will the outcome of the election affect America’s position in the world?” (ThoughtGallery.org)

NYC Food Film Festival (LAST DAY)
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: South Street Seaport Museum / 3PM
Typography and Job Printing in the 19th century Seaport
“Most printers in early 19th century New York were located where the action was: near the city’s main port of entry at South Street. Walk with us to discover where passenger and shipping services printed their tickets, timetables, and posters, and learn about the typography of the remaining signage on these historic buildings. Registration required.”

PLUS for your SWEET TOOTH:
Artisanal Sweet Treats Bazaar
Grand Bazaar NYC, 100 W77th St./ 10AM, FREE admission
“With Halloween just around the corner, it’s pretty hard not to think about all the delicious candy (walking into Duane Reade has never been more dangerous). So consider Grand Bazaar’s artisanal treats market the grown-up version of trick or treat—no costumes required. Devour sweets from 25 vendors including mouthwatering macarons, cupcakes and pies from spots such as HunnyBon, Lagusta’s Luscious, Harlem Chocolate Factory and more. Hell, we’re getting a toothache just thinking about it.” (TONY)

HOT TKT – OCT.27
PULITZER CENTENNIAL POETRY CELEBRATION
The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 E7th St./ 7PM, $15
They say it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event.
“In recognition of the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes, thirteen recipients of the poetry award will gather to share original works as well as selections from other winners. The poets presenting are Rae Armantrout, Peter Balakian, Carl Dennis, Stephen Dunn, Jorie Graham, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, Gregory Pardlo, Philip Schultz, Vijay Seshadri, Natasha Trethewey, and Charles Wright; music by the composer David Lang will be performed by the violinist Johnny Gandelsman and the pianist Pedja Muzijevic.”

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

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.
See Below.

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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 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 Winter 2016).
◊ Order before Nov. 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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