NYC Events,”Only the Best” (05/06) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper West Side)

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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.

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

Vincent Herring vs. Eric Alexander (LAST DAY)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway / 7, 9, 10:30PM, $40
“The connection between pugilism and jazz isn’t commented on much these days, but the golden era of the music was filled with mano-a-mano battles that left egos and reputations blood-spattered. Harking back to those brutal and undeniably thrilling days, the alto saxophonist Vincent Herring and the tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, two modern masters of hard bop, enter the ring for a night of competitive rigor.” (NewYorker)

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5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> TRIBUTE TO ROBBINS
>> CHUCHO VALDÉS
>> Kenny Barron
>> Frieze Art Fair
>>Sacred Sites Open House Weekend
Continuing Events
>> Hudson Yards Shed
>> Red Bull Music Festival
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

TRIBUTE TO ROBBINS
New York City Ballet (May 5 – 13)
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 3PM, $35+
“A fitting gift to Jerome Robbins, the Company will debut two world premieres animated by the master choreographer’s legacy, including a Peck piece with Leonard Bernstein music. Accompanying the festivities are two lighthearted ballets: Circus Polka features a sprightly carousel of young students as they prance at the beck and call of a dapper ringmaster, and The Four Seasons translates Verdi’s vibrant melodies into frosty flirtation, springtime awakening, sultry revelry, and autumnal bacchanal.”

CHUCHO VALDÉS (LAST DAY)
at the Blue Note / 8 and 10:30PM, $55-$75
“Earlier this week, Mr. Valdés, a Latin jazz patriarch, began an extended run at the Blue Note that will find him flexing his powers in a variety of contexts. Through Sunday, he performs with a midsize ensemble, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the founding of Irakere, his watershed Cuban fusion band. On Tuesday and Wednesday, he’s joined by the trumpeter Roy Hargrove and the vocalist Roberta Gambarini; on Thursday, he performs alone; and from May 4 to 6, he’ll be accompanied by Ron Carter. (The drummer Lenny White joins Mr. Valdés and Mr. Carter for the last two dates, with the violinist Regina Carter coming aboard for the final evening.)” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Kenny Barron (LAST DAY )
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“As if his artistry were a benchmark meant to spur on his acolytes, the nearly seventy-five-year-old dean of mainstream jazz piano never rests on his laurels. The leader of an acclaimed trio, Barron convenes a beefed-up unit for this engagement—a captivating quintet heard on the recently released “Concentric Circles,” which includes the saxophonist Dayna Stephens and the trumpeter Mike Rodriguez.” (NewYorker)

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

Frieze Art Fair (5/3-5/6)
“Head over to Randall’s Island Park this spring to experience the contemporary art world in an alfresco environment. Interact with public installations, sit in on “Frieze Talks,” enjoy the Frieze Art Fair’s Reading Room, and of course, lay your eyes on some of the most talked about artwork in the city. friezenewyork.com” (cityguideny.com)

Fill up on Art (NY Magazine’s Weekend Agenda)
This weekend is the behemoth Frieze art fair on Randall’s Island, and we’ve been busy culling the best of more than 190 galleries from over 30 countries. If you’re on the island, check out these five can’t-miss artists. But the fun happens all over town, and we’ve got you covered there, too. And if you’re anti-Frieze, there’s also Cultural Traffic, Art New York, Fridge Art Fair, Moniker Art Fair, Other Art Fair, Superfine!, and TEFAF. Have fun!

Sacred Sites Open House Weekend ( Sat 5, Sun 6)
at various locations and times;
“Even if you’re not a godly guy or gal, New York Landmarks Conservancy offers a great chance to take a peek at the art and architecture of houses of worship across all five boroughs with its annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. This year’s activities are organized around the theme “Sacred Sounds and Settings.” Check out guided tours, concerts, organ demonstrations and more, all for free. Righteous.” (TONY)

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Continuing Events

Hudson Yards Shed (May 01-13)

“Hudson Yards continues to transform before our eyes with an ever-growing list of new sites, such as Vessel, the beehive-like public landmark that’s New York’s answer to the Eiffel Tower. But the largest and most exciting cultural contribution to the far West Side is the Shed, a multi-arts performance venue opening in spring 2019. To provide a sneak peak of what’s to come, the entertainment center presents a free art series, just a block away from its home base. Dubbed A Prelude to the Shed, the two-week event is being held at a structure that has been designed to change fluidly as dancers and guests move about.

Aside from exhibiting “A Stroll Through the Fun Palace,” which showcases the archives of Cedric Price (an inspiration to the architects of the Shed), the main event boasts a killer lineup of entertainers for the evening performances. On select nights, check out R&B singer Abra, electronic-music producer and performer Arca, and the New York rapper-singer Azealia Banks.

Beyond the lit musical performances, there’s plenty of art and dance to catch, too. Artist Tino Sehgal’s This variation seamlessly intertwines throughout the day with ​William Forsythe’s new work, ​titled​ Pas de Deux Cent Douze​. There’s also ​D.R.E.A.M. Ring dance battles organized by dancer Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray​. Chances are, you’ll feel encouraged to bust a move and shake your tail feather along with them—especially if you hit the grab-and-go café for beer and wine beforehand.” (TONY)

“The innovative Red Bull Music Festival (May 03-25) returns for the sixth year with a lineup as diverse as the city itself. This Friday, catch a performance by cult musician John Maus at Deno’s Wonder Wheel, Saturday, see a conversation with Harry Belafonte, and on Sunday, see Brooklyn-based experimental R&B and gospel artist Serpentwithfeet in the Refectory at the High Line Hotel. Beginning Friday, you can also catch an exhibition by hip-hop pioneer and cult artist RAMMΣLLZΣΣ.” (NYMagazine)

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.6 million, had a record 63 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2018 – awesome! BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.

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Bonus: Nifty 9 – Best Cabarets / Piano Bars NYCity
These are my favorite places for an after dinner night on the town – music and drinks.
Hit the Hot Link and check out what’s happening 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.

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NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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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.

Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/
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.
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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 (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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