NYC Events,”Only the Best” (02/13) + 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 better check the tab above: “NYC Events-February”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web, it’s a simply superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all over town, all through the month.


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

“Funky Fat Tuesday” Celebration with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill / 8PM, $50
“George Clinton—the one and only Uncle Jam and author of (deep breath) Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?—lands the mothership for a night of ass-liberating funk. Here the funk innovator hosts what’s become an annual Mardi Gras celebration for a sixth straight year.” (TONY)

BTW, Time Out NewYork has a fine guide to what’s happening in NYCity on Fat Tuesday.


5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera
>>A Gotham Kings Mardi Gras Celebration
>> George Saunders | Lincoln in the Bardo

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

‘PARSIFAL’ (next performance, Feb.17 @ 11:30AM)
at the Metropolitan Opera House / 6PM, $
“François Girard’s take — part mysterious, part mystifying — on Wagner’s last opera is one of the Met’s most interesting productions of the last decade or so, and returns for the first time since its premiere in 2013. There is no Jonas Kaufmann this time, but Klaus Florian Vogt is a veteran replacement in the title role, and Evelyn Herlitzius may well make for a fine Kundry. Three standouts from the earlier run return: René Pape as Gurnemanz, Peter Mattei as Amfortas and Evgeny Nikitin as Klingsor. Yannick Nézet-Séguin, future music director of the house, conducts.” (NYT)

at the Blue Note / 8 and 10:30PM, $15-$25
“A New Orleans pianist and a Havana-born percussionist, Mr. Crawford and Mr. Martinez are two former prodigies who hail from opposite sides of the Gulf of Mexico. Both have high, enchanting singing voices, and each of them upholds a traditional style while drawing broad connections. Mr. Crawford inherited the robust piano acrobatics of Professor Longhair and Henry Butler, pulling it into contact with the broader American R&B tradition. Mr. Martinez built his musical backbone in Santeria ceremonies and Havana watering holes, and his svelte playing on the congas and the sacred batá drum has made him a sought-after side musician, as well as a bandleader of growing renown.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 9:30PM, $30
“This spoofy rock opera takes a hard swipe at the sordid 1994 showdown between ice princess Nancy Kerrigan (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’s Lauren Worsham) and who’d-have-figured skater Tonya Harding (Ashley Spencer). Librettist Elizabeth Searle and composer Michael Teoli have been fiddling with the show since its 2007 debut at the American Repertory Theater.” (TONY)

A Gotham Kings Mardi Gras Celebration
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $ looks like limited availability
“With trumpeters Alphonso Horne and Riley Mulherkar, trombonist Corey Wilcox, clarinetist/alto saxophonist Evan Arntzen, pianist Chris Pattishall, bassist Philip Norris, Chief C. Anthony Bryant, dancers Erin Moore and Alicia Lundgren, and tap dancer Michela Lerman

The Gotham Kings Mardi Gras Celebration returns to Dizzy’s for another night of festivities. Led by rising star trumpeter Alphonso Horne, this fun-loving group of musicians and dancers will treat audiences to the infectious traditions of Creole jazz. The concert showcases the virtuosity of a young Louis Armstrong and the innovative genius of King Oliver, weaving the sounds of New Orleans into a rich musical fabric that uplifts and warms the soul. With special Mardi Gras drinks on the menu, the club will be in good spirits for the occasion.”

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

Thalia Book Club: George Saunders | Lincoln in the Bardo
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway / 7:30PM, $40
Genre-bending author George Saunders is joined by Vanity Fair‘s editor-in-chief, Radhika Jones, for the paperback release of his Man Booker Prize-winning novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, with readings by Jane Kaczmarek and more.

Following his revered short story collections with this eagerly anticipated debut novel, Saunders continues to shake readers to the core. An original and transcendent work, Lincoln in the Bardo unfolds over the course of a single night in a graveyard, narrated by a chorus of dazzling voices.

All tickets, prices subject to change, include a copy of Lincoln in the Bardo”


Let there be light!
Erwin Redl’s Whiteout, a newly commissioned public art project, will light up in Madison Square Park. It consists of hundreds of transparent white spheres, each embedded with a white LED light, and suspended from a square grid of steel poles. The swaying sequence of light will be on display until April 2018.

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:
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South,, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @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 – UG, 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 is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  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):


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.
(Alas, no more. After 10 years, “Jersey Boys” closed Jan.15)

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).
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 younger, trimmer piano man. “Tiny” we miss you.
Update#2: Rumor that “Tiny” is back playing only on Friday nights – need to check it out.

“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.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s