NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/14) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper West Side)

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For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  “July 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:

at the Blue Note / 8 and 10:30 p.m.; $30-$45
“A bassist who needs no introduction, Carter served as the slippery anchor in Miles Davis’s game-changing quintet of the mid-1960s and, over his career, performed on more than 2,000 recordings. Now 82, he largely sticks to leading his own ensembles and tacks to a relatively straight-ahead approach. This week he appears with Renee Rosnes on piano, Jimmy Greene on saxophone and Payton Crossley on drums.” (NYT)


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Jeremy Bosch Plays the Music of Cheo Feliciano
>> Billy Childs

>> FIAF’s Bastille Day Celebration
>> 47th Annual Dance on Camera Festival
>> Dig in at the Smorgasburg outdoor food market

You may want to look at previous days posts for events that continue through today.


Music, Dance, Performing Art

Jeremy Bosch Plays the Music of Cheo Feliciano
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“In his Dizzy’s Club headlining premiere, vocalist and flutist Jeremy Bosch will perform the music of salsa and bolero pioneer Cheo Feliciano. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Bosch attended Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship at age 17, and he has since performed all over the world as a bandleader and in groups like the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Sergio George and the Salsa Giants. It’s hard not to love live salsa music, and tonight you can enjoy the legacy of the legendary Cheo Feliciano, who has influenced current greats like Rubén Blades, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Jerry Rivas.”

at the Joyce Theater / 7:30 p.m. $70+
“Established in 1748, this company is one of the oldest in the world. In the 1830s, it was headed by the choreographer August Bournonville, and in many ways, it has remained under his thrall ever since. On this return visit to the Joyce, the troupe presents “The Bournonville Legacy,” a compilation of excerpts from his repertoire of charming story ballets, including “Napoli,” “A Folk Tale” and “La Sylphide,” the whimsical work often credited with lifting ballet into its Romantic period. On display will be the Bournonville trademarks: skittering footwork, regal arms, precise head placement and a cheerful buoyancy.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Surely not Manhattan’s WestSide, but this looks well worth the detour:

at Forest Hills Stadium / 6 p.m.; $30+
“Talk of retirement seems to have given way to talk of a new album, and the sense that this free bird might just keep on flapping. Skynyrd has gone from concerts in the early 1970s speckled with Confederate flags to, well, strikingly similar-feeling concerts speckled with the Stars and Stripes today. In addition to the songs you know, like “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Simple Man,” the band’s repertoire now includes tunes like “Red, White and Blue (Love It or Leave It)” and “Gimme Back My Bullets” — both of which were featured on their 2018 album, “Live in Atlantic City.” Currently fronted by Johnny Van Zant, a younger brother of the original singer Ronnie Van Zant, Skynyrd appear here with Hank Williams Jr., another legacy figure in Southern rock.” (NYT)

Billy Childs (July 11-14)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“On the inspired recording “Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro,” from 2014, the Grammy-winning pianist and arranger Billy Childs paid tribute to the legendary singer-songwriter, touching on both her sophisticated pop creations (“Stoned Soul Picnic”) and her inward-looking reveries (“New York Tendaberry”). Here, two fine singers, Alicia Olatuja and Kate McGarry, join Childs in tackling the int


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

FIAF’s Bastille Day Celebration
Celebrate Bastille Day at New York’s liveliest summer fête presented by FIAF and Côte d’Azur France!
12–5pm / 60th Street, from Fifth Avenue to Lexington Avenue,
“Abounding with French cuisine, musique, dance, and myriad attractions for the whole family, this three-block fête populaire invites New Yorkers to revel in the flavors, sounds, and joie de vivre of France.

For over 20 years, FIAF has hosted New York’s largest public celebration of France’s national holiday, Bastille Day. The day commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 and the birth of the modern French nation. Don’t miss this festive afternoon of French food, wine, culture, and entertainment.”

47th Annual Dance on Camera Festival (July12-15)
Walter Reade Theater, 165 W65th St./ M
“Featuring 11 programs over four days, including films from 17 countries, the Dance on Camera Festival celebrates its 47th edition with a selection of films that explore dance from a variety of perspectives. From a film in which a woman dances off a rocky cliff in Greenland, to a tribute to the great Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, to stories of women overcoming extraordinary odds while taking control of their destinies through dance, this festival bears witness to the power of dance to ignite humanity. Highlights this year include a special Charles Atlas tribute to the artistry of legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham with rare footage of their collaborations. For a full festival lineup and location details, visit Lincoln Center’s event page.” (

Elsewhere, but this is one tasty day, and worth the detour:

Dig in at the Smorgasburg outdoor food market
Billed as the largest weekly open-air market in the country, the Smorgasburg outdoor food market takes place each weekend through Sept. 7, switching between Williamsburg (Saturdays) and Prospect Park (Sundays) and featuring more than 100 area vendors selling all kinds of food and drink.
WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays at East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, Prospect Park: Breeze Hill at East Drive and Lincoln Road, Brooklyn
INFO Free;

Continuing Events

“Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival will run from July 10 through August 10, 2019. Harnessing Mozart’s innovative spirit as its inspiration, this edition will feature groundbreaking, multidisciplinary, international productions and acclaimed artists from a variety of genres, introducing the audience to emerging creative voices, commissions and premieres.  The program will include performances from Mark Morris Dance Company, a panel discussion on Mozart’s Magic Flute, a screening of the film The Great Buster: A Celebration, and much more. For a full festival lineup, visit the Mostly Mozart Festival event page.” (



7/14 Railroad Earth, Summerstage Central Park
7/15 Bettye LaVette, City Winery
7/17 Okkervil River, City Winery
7/17 Aimee Mann, Music Hall of Williamsburg

♦ 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.

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.

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.
“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. 


Bonus Live Music  – NYC 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:
(4 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)
The Stone at The New School – 55 w13 St. (btw 6/5 ave) – (8:30PM)

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)
Jazz Standard – 116 E27 St. (btw Park/Lex) – – (1st set 7:30)

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

In Memoriam:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 212-691-7538 (1st 7pm)
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprised with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It was 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.
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319
And more recently we have lost Cornelia Street Cafe. After 41 years, it too became another victim of an unreasonable rent increase.


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