Selected NYC Events (10/29) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

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

Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
Red Hot Chicago: King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, and Beyond
Dizzy’s Club, Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St.&Broadway / 7:30PM, $
Presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the New York Hot Jazz Festival
“It’s hot jazz weekend at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola! For the second night of performances co-presented with the New York Hot Jazz Festival, we welcome a true modern staple of the genre: Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks. In addition to their constant schedule of live performances, The Nighthawks recently won a Grammy Award for bringing the 1920s to life in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. The first set tonight explores formative jazz icons like King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton, giving audiences an intimate look at some of the most important and eternally enjoyable early jazz music.

This set is part of Hot Jazz Age: From the First Jazz Recording to the Dawn of Swing (1917-1934), presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the New York Hot Jazz Festival, October 28-30.”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

THE B-52S
Webster Hall, 125 E11th St./ 8PM, $50-$65
“Love Shack” and “Rock Lobster” are about to get the spook treatment as the ’80s rockers perform their hits in some creepy attire for this special “Halloween Scream” show. The concert also marks the first time The B-52s have played at Webster Hall since 1983, when the venue was called The Ritz.” (Newsday)

Kelli O’Hara
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave./ 8PM, $18.50-$96
“Broadway’s golden-voiced O’Hara has made a graceful transition from dramatic ingenue (The Light in the Piazza) to top-tier leading lady (The King & I), earning six Tony nomination and one win along the way. Now, the exquisitely poised performer makes her solo Carnegie Hall debut, backed by Dan Lipton at the piano.” (TONY)

AMERICAN BALLET THEATER (through Sunday)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center/ at various times, $
“Ballet Theater’s fall season concludes with three more performances of Jessica Lang’s newly commissioned work “Her Notes” to the music of Fanny Mendelssohn, Felix’s talented but stifled sister, paired with Frederick Ashton’s delicate “Monotones I and II” and George Balanchine’s “Prodigal Son” (Friday and Saturday afternoon). On Saturday evening, Balanchine is swapped for Benjamin Millepied’s Greek-inspired “Daphnis and Chloe” which is then subsequently joined on Sunday by Ashton’s intimate midcentury study in pure classicism, “Symphonic Variations.” (Brian Schaefer-NYT)

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

New York Television Festival (LAST DAY)
Times, locations and prices vary.
“Each fall, all of the Festival’s individual development initiatives culminate at the annual New York Television Festival in Manhattan. The week-long celebration features screenings of the best independently-produced content, panels and talkbacks with industry leaders and creative luminaries, and red-carpet premieres with the stars and creatives behind the seasons’ most anticipated new network and cable shows.”

ARCHTOBER (through Oct. 31)
TODAY’S events include:
South Street Seaport Museum / 3PM
Hidden History of the South Street Seaport’s Architecture
“Several buildings in the Seaport District are considered to be some the oldest standing structures in Manhattan. From rat pits to a warehouse built by one of the most famous American architects of the 19th century, the buildings of the Seaport have a big story to tell. This is the story of the rise of New York. Take a walk with us and discover the origins of New York’s greatness. Registration required.”

“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 final options is the Battery’s redesign by Quennell Rothschild & Partners (Sunday at noon). Other highlights include “Pumpkitecture!,” an architecture-minded pumpkin-carving competition that welcomes puns like “Marcel Booeuer” (6 p.m. on Friday, at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village). More information at archtober.org.“ (NYT-AroundTown)

. More information at archtober.org.” (NYT-AroundTown)

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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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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