NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/01) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

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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.


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

at the Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $35+
Tonight: La Bayadère (May 29-Jun 02)
“This weekend sees more performances of the sumptuous full-length ballet “La Bayadère,” choreographed by Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa, with a debut of note: Cassandra Trenary performs as Gamzatti in the June 2 matinee. And beginning Monday, Alexei Ratmansky’s new production of “Harlequinade,” a comic ballet in two acts set to music by Riccardo Drigo, takes the stage with what looks to be a stellar opening-night cast: Isabella Boylston as Columbine, James Whiteside as Harlequin, Gillian Murphy as Pierrette and Thomas Forster as Pierrot.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Billy Hart Quartet
>> Tony Danza: Standards & Stories
>> The Bad Plus 
>> The 10th annual World Science Festival
Continuing Events
>> Othello

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Billy Hart Quartet (May 29-June 3)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“Although the saxophonist Chris Potter is substituting for the official band member Mark Turner, the quick-on-its-feet interplay that has made this unit a benchmark of twenty-first-century jazz will undoubtedly remain intact. The collective features the same rhythmic acuity and tonal sensitivity that the veteran drummer Hart honed with, among many others, Herbie Hancock and Stan Getz. The quartet also includes the pianist Ethan Iverson (of Bad Plus fame) and the bassist Ben Street.” (NewYorker)

NEW YORK CITY BALLET (through June 3)
Tonight: Coppelia
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“Most of our enduring three-act ballets are tragedies in which men do bad things and women die. The comic Coppélia, by contrast, is practically a feminist enterprise. A young man steps out on his girlfriend, only to find himself entrapped in a toymaker’s workshop where the plucky title character substitutes her living body for the mechanical doll that has distracted her guy. Originally choreographed in 1870 by Arthur Saint-Léon to a score by Léo Delibes and revived years later for the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg by Marius Petipa, it’s been overhauled by the great George Balanchine and Alexandra Danilova for the New York City Ballet, where it runs for the last week of the company’s spring season.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice)

at Randalls Island Park.
“This festival, like many that have become a mainstay for promoters nationwide, has something for everyone. If you’re looking for artists currently dominating radio, you can check out Travis Scott, Post Malone, Khalid and Halsey. But you can also find plenty of acts who, comparatively speaking, qualify as legacies: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Eminem, N.E.R.D. and even Third Eye Blind are among the more than 60 performers on the bill. Jack White, in the midst of his first tour since 2015, is headlining on Friday night. Saturday and Sunday single-day passes are sold out, but tickets for Friday as well as the three-day passes are still available.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

The Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7 and 9:30PM, $45+
“Since the 1960s, Mr. Daniels has subtly pushed past the accepted boundaries of what’s expected from a jazz clarinetist. Partly that’s due to the straightforward virtuosity of his playing, and partly to his compulsion to transcend and blend styles. His most recent album, “Heart of Brazil: A Tribute to Egberto Gismonti,” honors a composer whose music is as multivariate as Brazil’s culture. At these concerts, Mr. Daniels is joined by Mr. Nash, a saxophonist and member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, who arranged some tunes on “Heart of Brazil.” Backed by a jazz combo and Harlem Quartet, a chamber group, they will also play selections from Mr. Nash’s impressive songbook.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Tony Danza: Standards & Stories
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $95
“The erstwhile sitcom and talk-show star croons standards, belts out comedy numbers, cracks jokes and generally does everything he can to please the audience. His Louis Prima–esque enthusiasm has an undeniable charm.” (TONY)

The Bad Plus (May 29-June 3)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St. / 8PM, 10:30PM, $20-$35
“Change—often difficult, even when necessary—shook the Bad Plus when the pianist Ethan Iverson (playing this week with Billy Hart’s quartet) left the popular trio, in 2017. But the group quickly rebounded with the pianist Orrin Evans and the aptly titled album “Never Stop II,” a vibrant recording that shies away from the cheeky reinventions of rock standards that originally garnered attention. The band has pulled off a graceful transition.” (NewYorker)


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

The 10th annual World Science Festival (May30-Jun04)
Various locations, times and places – all the details HERE
“Join us for an exploration of groundbreaking discoveries, encounters with the trailblazing scientists and thinkers who are changing the world, and youth & family events that will inspire the next generation of leaders.

Perennial favorites return, including our main stage Big Ideas programs, the Flame Challenge, Cool Jobs, and free outdoor events that transport science from the lab to NYC’s parks and waterways. This year, we’ll also celebrate the achievements of Women in Science, and explore the impact of the award-winning teachers on the future of scientific discovery.”

Plus, a Special Event
Scooper Bowl
Bryant Park / Fri/Sat 12PM-9PM; Sun 12PM-7PM, $25
All-you-can-eat ice cream returns to Bryant Park and I have been waiting for this one all year.

“Sometimes it’s a struggle to pick just two ice cream flavors for your cone.
You won’t have to this weekend, when an all-you-can-eat ice cream festival returns to Bryant Park for its second year, with scoops in more than 60 flavors from 13 commercial and artisanal creameries.

Flavors run the gamut from classics like vanilla to innovative variations like honey comb and Syrian date and walnut, to vegan selections like chocolate chip cookie dough and salted caramel. (Find the full list, released this week, below.) Making their New York premiere are four Haazgen-Dazs flavors, including three with crispy layers of chocolate.”


Continuing Event

Othello (May28-Jun24)
Shakespeare Delacorte Theater, Central Park / 8PM, FREE*
“Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Jitney) directs the first offering of the Public Theater’s 2018 season of Shakespeare in the Park: an account of the Bard’s fast-paced tragedy of jealousy and misplaced trust, in which a villain preys on the insecurities of a Moorish war hero married to a white woman. The cast is headed by Chukwudi Iwuji as Othello, Corey Stoll as Iago and Heather Lind as Desdemona.”
*tickets are free (two per person) and may be picked up after noon on the day of performance (be prepared for long lines.) Some tickets are also distributed via online lottery.
See TONY’s complete guide to Shakespeare in the Park tickets for details.

♦ 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.

Bonus NYC events– Jazz Clubs:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. My favorite Jazz Clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide, feature top talent every night of the week.
Hit the Hot Link and 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. So.,, 212-255-4037 (1st 8:30)
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592 (1st set 8pm)
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883 (1st 7pm)
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346 (1st 8)
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346 (1st set 7:30pm)
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319 (6pm)

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595 (1st set 7:30pm)
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080 (1st 8:30pm)
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — 212-864-6662 (7pm)

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 212-691-7538 (1st 7pm)
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for a casual evening of listening discovery and enjoyment.


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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