NYC Events,”Only the Best” (04/13) + 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:  “APRIL NYC Events”
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.
OR to make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”


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

Food Truck Fest
Eat your way around NYC
“You won’t have to look far for some takeout grub at this annual affair. Fifteen food trucks will be parked and serving their specialties on Saturday. The entry fee is slated to benefit four local public schools, while the trucks and 30 vendors present are pledging a share of their earnings to the cause.” (Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13; Grand Bazaar NYC, 100 W. 77th St., Manhattan
INFO $3 in advance to enter ($5 at the door, kids 10 and younger free); food and vendor prices vary; 212-239-3025,


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant
>> Slurp noodles at the NY Ramen Contest
>> Greenwich Village Historic District 50th Anniversary Celebration and Open House Weekend
>> Record Store Day.
>> NYC Hot Sauce Expo
>> EarthFest at the Natural History Museum

Continuing Events


Music, Dance, Performing Art

at City Center / 8p.m.; $35+
“The ballet company celebrates its 50th anniversary season with an opening night honoring Arthur Mitchell, who along with Karel Shook formed the group in 1969. Now led by Virginia Johnson, its artistic director, and Anna Glass, its executive director, Dance Theater will present four works, either in their entirety or in excerpts, that Mitchell created or contributed to: “The Greatest,” “Creole Giselle,” “Bach Passacaglia” (performed by students of Dance Theater’s school) and “Tones II,” a piece from 1971 reimagined for 14 dancers. The season also includes Robert Garland’s “Return” and “Nyman String Quartet No. 2,” and Geoffrey Holder’s “Dougla.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant (April12-13)
Minetta Lane Theatre / 8PM, $73+
“The bright-eyed, bouncy-kneed Scottish stage-and-screen actor plays fast and louche with the cabaret format, sprinkling naughty words into long comic stories and putting a completely fresh interpretive spin on familiar songs. He became an American citizen in 2008, a decade after taking New York by storm in Cabaret, and his latest set explores his immigrant experience.” (TONY)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Slurp noodles at the NY Ramen Contest
“Proving that the ramen noodle goes way, way beyond the cheap stuff you buy in the store, the NY Ramen Contest brings together eight ramen shops from Japan (and one homegrown entry, Manhattan’s Shinka Ramen restaurant) at two street-tasting scrums — first day, Manhattan and second day, Queens. One will be chosen the Ultimate Street Ramen Champion. Other competitors hail from Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Miyagi Prefecture.” (Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 13 in Manhattan at Broadway and 8th to 9th streets. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 14 in Astoria, Steinway and Broadway-34th Avenue.
INFO Free;

Greenwich Village Historic District 50th Anniversary Celebration and Open House Weekend (10AM-7:30PM)
“A celebration of a neighborhood famous for its bohemian culture and significance in LGBTQ history, with free events including walking tours; a special tour of Edward Hopper’s studio; a chance to explore Chumley’s with the restaurant’s archivist; tap performances; a visit to the Cherry Lane Theatre; tours of the Jefferson Market Garden, and much more, including an opening celebration in Washington Square Park with speakers, music, family events, and open houses to wander through. Check the website for the schedule as well as for a list of discounts available at places like Wilfie & Nell and Li-Lac Chocolates.” (grubstreet)

Record Store Day.
“If you’re the type to collect records, it may not be your world the way it used to, but you’ll always have Record Store Day. This Saturday stop by your favorite independent record store for exclusive releases from the B-52s, Dr. Dre, the Foo Fighters, U2, and the White Stripes, as well as a 2105 remastered version of David Bowie’s Pin Ups, and much more. Plus free performances, like Mike Peters from the Alarm at Generation Records, and a full lineup at Rough Trade including Steve Gunn, TEEN, Cochemea from the Dap-Kings, and signings with Wayne Coyne and T Bone Burnett.” (grubstreet)

Elsewhere, but this one looks too hot to miss:

NYC Hot Sauce Expo (Apr.13-14)
Get lost in the sauce
Brooklyn Expo Center / 10AM (Saturday look sold out, better jump on Sunday now)
“Put that **** on everything. Sample hot sauce from 50-plus purveyors from around the world at the 7th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo. You’ll also see cocktail demos, and heat tolerance challenges on the “stage of DOOM” both days. The Carolina Reaper pepper (named the world’s hottest by Guinness World Records) eating contest is Sunday only.
Cost: $10 general admission; $50 for four craft beer tokens and a BBQ platter.” (thrillist)

EarthFest at the Natural History Museum
“In honor of Earth Day, the American Museum of Natural History is hosting EarthFest, a program that includes not only the usual exhibits at the institution, but also interactive activities and live performances from such music legends as Patti Smith, and Michael Stipe of R.E.M.” (Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13; Central Park West and 79th St., Manhattan
INFO EarthFest events included with general admission: $23; ages 2 to 12: $13; Earthfest events subject to limited capacity;


Continuing Events

at the Shed  (through April 14).
“For its opening, this flashy new interdisciplinary arts space — a cultural counterweight to the surrounding commercial development in Hudson Yards — will host five nights of concerts honoring the influence of African-American musicians. Developed by the filmmaker Steve McQueen, the series aims to explore the story of black music in America from early spirituals to today’s diverse forms. To that end, the performances in the coming week feature artists such as the jazz pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste, the rappers Smino and Rapsody, the avant-pop cellist Kelsey Lu and the R&B singer Emily King.” (NYT-OLIVIA HORN)


STREB (weekends through May 12)
Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, 51 N. 1st St., Bklyn. / Sat.5PM, Sun.3PM; $25
“The shows that STREB Extreme Action puts on at its Williamsburg headquarters  have a carnival atmosphere, and not just because eating and drinking are encouraged. Will the Action Heroes, as the intrepid dancer-acrobats are styled, collide as they hurl themselves off a trampoline? Will they get whacked by swinging cinder blocks or huge metal contraptions? Probably not, but they want you to cringe. Their newest machine is the Molinette, a giant bar that revolves like the blade of a windmill.” (Brian Seibert, NewYorker)

The Streb performers are absolutely amazing and so worth the detour.
I try to see them every year, can’t get enough.

♦ 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 65 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: 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.

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

Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 W 42nd St.

Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove 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.

For a comprehensive list of the best places to hear All Types of Live Music in Manhattan see the tab above “LiveMusic.


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 55th 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 $9.75, 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: 1 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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