NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/29) + 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, check the tab above: NYC Events-October”
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:

Louis Hayes
Dizzy’s Club/ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $45
“In 1956, Hayes, not yet in his twenties, joined the band of the pianist Horace Silver; his nimble drumming helped that hard-bop hero enter a peak period. No wonder the experience resides in him still. Hayes’s 2017 recording, “Serenade for Horace,” touches on some of the late master’s indelible compositions, which he brings to life here, with the support of the pianist David Bryant and the saxophonist Vincent Herring.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

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8 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> FUTUREFEST
>> The 16th Annual New York Burlesque Festival.
>> John Lloyd Young’s Broadway
>> CHICK COREA TRIO
>> CHRIS POTTER TRIO
>> Chile Pepper Festival 2018
>> National Coffee Day 2018:
>>The Affordable Art Fair
Continuing Events
>> Oktoberfest NYC
>> Lukes Lobster
>> Candytopia
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

FUTUREFEST
at the Jazz Gallery / 7, 8:30, 10PM, $25
“Year-round, the Jazz Gallery provides a platform for artistic development: It’s where the established heavyweights of New York’s improvised-music scene debut new material, and where some of the city’s most auspicious young talents perform on a major stage for the first time. Futurefest presents a full bill of rising stars, with three acts on each of its two nights. The lineup is particularly promising on Saturday, when the evening will open with a duet between the trumpeter Adam O’Farrill and the guitarist Gabe Schnider, and close with the vibraphonist Sasha Berliner’s quartet.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

The 16th Annual New York Burlesque Festival (Sept.27-30)
various locations & covers & times
“Burlesque superstars from around the globe gather in NYC for four days of shows and parties. This annual festival celebrating the art of the striptease marks its 16th year with a packed lineup of local stars like World Famous BOB, Gigi Bon Bon and Calamity Chang along with international guest performers. There will some big shows in Brooklyn and Manhattan, celebratory parties, a panel discussion and burlesque bazaar in Chelsea, and an awards event at the Highline Ballroom on Sunday night at which the Golden Pastie Awards will be handed out.” (NYCGO.COM)

John Lloyd Young’s Broadway (Sept.25-29)
Feinstein’s 54 Below / 7PM, $75+
“The Tony-winning star of Jersey Boys, both the Broadway musical and the Clint Eastwood film, brings his musical highs and puppyish eyes back to Feinstein’s/54 Below in a new set that focuses on songs from the Great White Way, including selections from Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wiz, Hair and Hamilton.” (TONY)

CHICK COREA TRIO (Sept. 25-29)
at Blue Note / 8 and 10:30 p.m., $55+
“Mr. Corea, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, is equally well known as a pianist, composer and pioneer of jazz-rock fusion. His wakeful touch and crystal-clear harmonic style make him one of the music’s most recognizable and distinguished improvisers. His landmark, multidisc album “The Musician,” released last year, was captured at the Blue Note during a long string of shows in 2011, when he played with different ensembles over the course of a month. He appears this time in a simple trio, playing with two frequent collaborators: Carlitos del Puerto on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

CHRIS POTTER TRIO (through Sept. 30)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., $35
“One of jazz’s standard-bearing tenor saxophonists since the 1990s, Mr. Potter revels in an unflinching command at almost every part of his instrument. He’s equally measured and insistent, and never grows too garrulous, even when he’s moving quickly across a leaping range. As if to unsettle his own strength — or to emphasize it — Mr. Potter often experiments with new groups and configurations. Through Sunday he is at the Vanguard with a stunning trio that he convened recently: James Francies on keyboards and Eric Harland on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

Elsewhere, but this looks too hot, and worth the detour:

Chile Pepper Festival 2018
Brooklyn Botanic Garden / 11AM-6PM, $
“The Chile Pepper Festival 2018 at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Save the date for New York’s hottest fall tradition! Brooklyn’s end-of-summer blowout sets the Garden ablaze with scorching bands from around the world, dozens of fiery food artisans, and hours of chile-chocolate debauchery.” (cityguideny)

National Coffee Day 2018:
Free coffee & more deals in NYC
“Have you had a cup of coffee today? Chances are good, according to the National Coffee Association: About 79% of Americans reported having had a cup of coffee the previous day in a 2018 survey. Help raise that number on National Coffee Day 2018, taking place Saturday, Sept. 29 when cafes (and increasingly, cafe-bars) across the city offer free coffee and discounts on all things caffeinated.” (Metro)

The Affordable Art Fair (Sept.27-30)
Upgrade your space with art
Metropolitan Pavilion / mm, $10-$80
“You probably can’t paint your apartment, but that’s no excuse to leave your walls bare. The Affordable Art Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion brings more than 70 local, national an international galleries showcasing over 300 artists, with pieces that start at just $100 for everything from sculptures to photographs, large and small, classic to contemporary. There are also workshops and tours.” (Metro)

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Continuing Events

Oktoberfest NYC: Where to grab a beer and celebrate (Sept.22-Oct.15)
“Oktoberfest may seem far off, but it’s less than a month away. The Bavarian festival is kicking off Sept. 22 in Munich and the city’s festivities will begin in earnest.
So, if you’re looking for some lederhosen-laden action closer to home, here are beer-and-sausage-fueled affairs in New York City.” (amNY)
Check here for a full description of each of 11 events.

Time Out NY has a very comprehensive Oktoberfest guide:
Oktoberfest NYC 2018 Guide

Lukes Lobster
“Remember when lobster rolls cost less than your paycheck? Luke’s Lobster does, and to celebrate its ninth anniversary, the chain will lower the price of their signature lobster rolls to their 2009 price of $14, through October 1. And because they own their own supply chain and can pass the savings on to you, they’re permanently lowering the price to $16 after that, $1 less than the current cost.” (grubstreet)

Candytopia (thru Nov.15)
Candytopia @ Penn Plaza, 145 W. 32nd St./ 10AM-8:30PM, $34
“This interactive candy exhibit, which has drawn the likes of Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, James Corden and Wiz Khalifa from California, has more than a dozen rooms and art installations including a swimming pool filled with about half a million giant marshmallows; unicorn-pig hybrids that fart confetti; a candy-covered Sphinx sculpture; and candy recreations of such artworks as the “Mona Lisa,” Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” and Rodin’s “The Thinker.” (amNY) &  (amNY)
DIVE INTO A HUGE MARSHMALLOW PIT AT CANDYTOPIA
“First it was in Los Angeles, and now it’s made its way to the east coast. Candytopia is officially open in NYC! Just like many other pop-ups, this one has uniquely designed rooms — except this one is all about candy. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll want to snag a ticket and enjoy the marshmallow pit and candy-filled rooms.” (bestproducts.com)

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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 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., villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037 (1st 8:30)
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592 (1st set 8pm)
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883 (1st 7pm)
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346 (1st 8)
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346 (1st set 7:30pm)
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319 (6pm)

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

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 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 an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

Alas, Caffe V is no more, another victim of a rapacious NYC landlord. Owner Ishrat fought the good fight and Caffe V will be sorely missed.

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NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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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).
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Website: cornerbistrony.com
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.
Update:
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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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