NYC Events,”Only the Best” (02/17) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

“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:

Lorna Luft
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $70+
“Liza Minnelli gets the lion’s share of public attention, but Judy Garland’s other singing daughter is a seasoned performer, too, with a voice that sometimes eerily recalls that of her legendary mom. In her return to Feinstein’s/54 Below, she shares favorites from the Great American Songbook.” (TONY)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Catherine Alcorn: The Divine Miss Bette
>> Noche Flamenca
>>Steve Davis
>> Javon Jackson
>>Marilyn Maye

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

ROMEO + JULIET (Feb.13 – 23)
New York City Ballet
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 2PM, +8PM, $30+
“In defiance of its tragic ending, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet remains the greatest romance of all time, demonstrating the power of love in its many forms. Peter Martins’ staging of this eternal classic, set to Prokofiev’s glorious accompaniment, embraces naïve excitement, betrayal, despair, and steadfast resolution, emphasizing the innocence and youthful optimism of its two heroes while proving that even in death true love cannot be overcome.”

Catherine Alcorn: The Divine Miss Bette
Don’t Tell Mama / 11PM, $20
“You may have missed your chance to see Bette Midler on Broadway in Hello, Dolly!, this might be your next best Bette: Young Australian cabaret singer Alcorn is in town for a weekend with a tribute act inspired by the Divine Miss M’s early concert years. Expect such Bette standards as “Friends,” “Hello in There” and “Stay with Me.” (TONY)

Noche Flamenca
Joyce Theater / 7:30PM, $
“One of the pleasures of living in New York City is knowing that Madrid-born Soledad Barrio, flamenco artist extraordinaire, lives here too; one Sunday I found myself sitting next to her on the subway! Even better to sit in front of her at the Joyce during this two-week season, called Intimo, as she performs the series of duets that make up La Ronde, a variation on the carousel plot of intimate human interactions based on Schnitzler, Bergman, Chekhov, and the 1950 Max Ophüls film, and here choreographed by her husband, Martin Santangelo. Also see solos by her frequent partner, Juan Ogalla, and by Barrio herself, accompanied by a clutch of passionate musicians and singers. (She’s sitting out Saturday matinees, so be careful as you book.) (Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice)

Steve Davis (Feb.16-18)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, btw105th/106th Sts./ 7, 9, 10:30PM, $40
“All modern jazz trombonists owe much to J. J. Johnson, the man who brought bebop to the instrument. Davis is an obvious acolyte of the master, his technical wizardry firmly wed to expressive mirth. Here, Davis pays tribute to Johnson, with an all-star sextet featuring Eddie Henderson on trumpet and Harold Mabern on piano.” (NewYorker)

Javon Jackson (Feb.15-17)
Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st St/ 8PM, $30+
“A champion of the rugged tenor-saxophone tradition of such masters as Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and Joe Henderson, Jackson came up through the jazz boot camps of Art Blakey and Elvin Jones, and he wears his rigorous training proudly. These days he’s not averse to dipping into R. & B. and funk, the better to reveal his soulful inclinations.” (NewYorker)

Marilyn Maye (Feb.15-18)
With vocalist Marilyn Maye, and pianist Tedd Firth
Dizzy’s Cub, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, 9:30PM, $
“Singer, actress, and living legend Marilyn Maye is the “Queen of Cabaret,” an iconic entertainer whom Ella Fitzgerald famously praised as one of her favorite singers. She’s shared the stage with artists like Count Basie and Charlie Parker, and she appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson an unprecedented 76 times. Maye has been a recent audience favorite at Dizzy’s Club and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s annual galas, and in October 2017 she headlined four sets in The Appel Room. She now returns to our most intimate venue for a run that’s likely to sell out in advance. Join us at Dizzy’s and enjoy a true entertainer, one of the remaining geniuses from the “golden age of show business” who remains as sharp and effective as ever.”

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

More smart stuff tomorrow.


♦ 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 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.

Bonus: Nifty 9 – Best Cabarets / Piano Bars NYCity
These are my favorite places for an after dinner night on the town – music and drinks.
Check out who is playing tonight:

Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W 54th St.

The Green Room 42 – 570 Tenth Ave.

Don’t Tell Mama – 343 W 46th St.

Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove St.

The Rum House, in the Hotel Edison – 228 W. 47th St.

Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 W 42nd St.

The Duplex – 61 Christopher St.

Sid Gold’s Request Room – 165 W 26th St.

Cafe Carlyle, in the Carlyle Hotel – 35 E. 76th St.
This is the only one not located on Manhattan’s WestSide, and it ain’t cheap, but it has some of the finest singers.


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.


NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):


A PremierPub / West Village

Corner Bistro 331 W. 4th St.

Sometimes you just need a beer and a burger. If so, Corner Bistro is the place you want. Located just outside the hip Meatpacking district, this corner bar and grill is decidedly unhip, but it’s not uncrowded, especially at night. Seems that everyone knows this place has one of the better burgers in town.

kac_120405_phude_corner_bistro_bar_1000-600x450In the maze of streets known as the West Village, where West 4th intersects with West 12th (and West 11th, and West 10th, go figure), you will eventually find Corner Bistro on the corner of West 4th and Jane Street. An unassuming neighborhood tavern, it looks just like dozens of other taverns around town.

The bartender tells me that the Corner Bistro celebrated it’s 50th anniversary last year. The well worn interior tells me that the place itself is much older.

Corner Bistro has outlasted many of those other taverns around town because they know how to keep it simple — just good burgers and beer, fairly priced. The classic bistro Burger is only $6.75, and should be ordered medium rare, which will be plenty rare for most folks. Actually, it will be a juicy, messy delight – make sure you have extra napkins. I like to pull up a stool and sit by the large front window in the afternoon, where I can rest my burger and beer on the shelf, and watch the Villagers walk by.

Corner Bistro seems to attract very different groups of patrons depending on time of day. While it’s crowded with locals in the evening, in the afternoon you hear different foreign languages, and watch groups of euro tourists wander in, led by their guidebooks and smartphones.

For the classic Bistro experience, order your burger with a McSorley’s draft, the dark preferably. This is the same beer that you can get over at the original McSorley’s in the East Village, the pub that claims to be the oldest continually operating bar in NYCity. The only difference is that this McSorley’s ale is served with a smile by the bartenders here. Or you can get a Sierra Nevada, Stella, or Hoegaarden on tap if you want to go upscale a bit. Either way this is a simple, but quality burger and beer experience that is just too rare these days (sorry for the pun).
Phone #: 212-242-9502
Hours: 11:30am-4am Mon-Sat; 12pm-4am Sun
Happy Hour: NO
Music: Juke Box
Subway: #1/2/3 to 14th St. (S end of platform)
Walk 2 blk W. on 13th St. to 8th Ave.; 1 blk S. on 8th Ave. to Jane St.
“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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