Selected NYC Events (02/10) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events>FRIDAY/FEB.10, 2017

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For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-Feb.”

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

Joe Farnsworth and Kenny Washington (thru Feb.12)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, btw 105th/106th Sts./ 7, 9, 10:30PM, $38
“There’s always been a gladiatorial aspect to jazz. For an extra emphasis on blood sport, head uptown for this mano-a-mano fight to the finish between two supremely accomplished drummers with a mutual taste for hard-bop intensity. Urging on the contestants will be such familiar cohorts as Eric Alexander, on tenor saxophone; Steve Davis, on trombone; and Peter Washington—Kenny’s unrelated bandmate in the Bill Charlap trio—on bass.” (NewYorker)

5  OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

Scott Siegel Presents… PROTEST SONGS – VOLUME 2
Brandon Uranowitz: The Songs of William Finn
Centre Choreographique National—Ballet de Lorraine
The EU at 60: Europe Since the Treaty of Rome

You saw these here recently and they continue today:
New York City Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty

NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open


Music, Dance, Performing Art

Scott Siegel Presents… PROTEST SONGS – VOLUME 2
Classic Protest Songs That Speak To Today!
Metropolitan Room, 34 W22nd St./ 7PM, $24+
“The sold-out audience for the Protest Song show on Inauguration Day clamored for another edition. So, here it is: entirely different,and completely compelling, classic protest songs from the past will be performed by yet another all-star cast of Broadway and nightclub performers. Songs by Jacques Brel, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Simon & Garfunkel, Flaherty & Arhens, Kander & Ebb and more!

This show promises to be as emotionally potent as the original show on January 20th that brought the audience to its feet in a thunderous standing ovation. The power of music to move, motivate, and inspire will once again be on display as the great protest songs of the past point the way toward a better tomorrow.” (

at City Winery / 8PM, $28-$35
“For Mr. Mould, it’s all about the buzz of an electric guitar. Since he formed the iconoclastic punk and hard-core band Hüsker Dü in the late 1970s, this songwriter has pioneered a deafening style of rock ’n’ roll that’s had a profound influence on countless bands that have come since. Mr. Mould, who released the excellent solo album “Patch the Sky” last year, will deliver a career-spanning set list with nothing more than his trusted six string. And following the death of the actress Mary Tyler Moore in January, expect Mr. Mould, who came of age in Minneapolis, to revisit Hüsker Dü’s celebrated cover of “Love Is All Around,” the theme song to “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

Brandon Uranowitz: The Songs of William Finn
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $35+
“A 2015 Tony nominee for An American in Paris, Uranowitz recently charmed audiences as the neurotic psychiatrist Mendel in the Broadway revival of William Finn’s Falsettos. In his solo Feinstein’s/54 Below debut, he shows how well he fits the Bill with more of Finn’s vibrant, stubborn, zig-zagging songs. Guest vocalists include Zachary Prince, Alysha Umphress and (on February 8 only) Stephanie J. Block.” (TONY)

Centre Choreographique National—Ballet de Lorraine
Joyce Theater / 8PM, $36+
“The contemporary dance company, a laboratory for new work based in Amiens, in northern France, makes its first visit to New York. Particularly interesting is “Sounddance” (on Program A), a furiously paced Merce Cunningham work from 1975 in which the dancers enter and exit the stage through a weird tentlike structure. Program B consists of a single evening-length dance cobbled together from the efforts of five choreographers whose identities are kept intentionally hidden, allowing the audience to experience the dance without preconceptions.” (NewYorker)
also Feb. 11 – 2 and 8 p.m.; Feb. 12 – 2 p.m.

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

The EU at 60: Europe Since the Treaty of Rome
Columbia University, 116th St. & Broadway/ 11AM, FREE
“2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community, later to become the European Union. This event will offer an opportunity of dialogue among scholars and practitioners to reflect upon the Treaty of Rome in a historical perspective and discuss the future of the European Union.”


NYC Restaurant Week reservations – LAST DAY
From Jan. 23 to Feb. 10, have your pick from 375 participating restaurants, with a three-course prix fixe lunch or dinner; lunches are $29, and dinners are $42, not including beverages, gratuities and taxes, a great deal for some of the city’s most popular spots…

This year there are 32 new restaurants participating, joining the array of restaurants that span 41 neighborhoods and four boroughs.
To see the full list, go to

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,, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 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.

♦ 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 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats in advance at these top NYC events, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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.

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.
“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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