NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/07) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

“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:  “November 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:

Tom Harrell (Nov. 7-10)
Dizzy’s Club, 33 W. 60th St. / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $
Tom Harrell may not be the lickety-split trumpet phenom he was when he first hit New York, back in the early seventies, but, at age seventy-three, he still knows the value of a buffed tone, a perfectly placed note, and a gracefully symmetrical musical line; he’s long displayed the wisdom of a jazz master. His “Infinity” quintet cohorts include a younger wonder—the saxophonist Mark Turner—and the guitarist Charles Altura.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> The Tune: Wandering Melodic Road
>> Orfeo ed Euridice
>> Storm Large
>> Ephrat Asherie Dance
>> The Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure.
>> Thirty Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: A Tale of Two Germanies
You may want to look at previous days posts for events that continue through today.


Music, Dance, Performing Art

The Tune: Wandering Melodic Road
ATRIUM @ Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE
“The all-female Korean band The Tune fills the David Rubenstein Atrium with its experimental spirit and songs of South Korean. Featuring piano, percussion, traditional Korean string instruments, and vocals, this groundbreaking group combines shamanistic music with a contemporary sound, breathing new life into old musical stories.”

The Metropolitan Opera
Orfeo ed Euridice (next Nov.10, 3PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 8PM, $53+
“Mark Morris’s spirited take on the ancient Orpheus myth stars mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton as Orfeo, the grieving lover on a quest through the underworld. Soprano Hei-Kyung Hong sings the plaintive Euridice. Mark Wigglesworth conducts Gluck’s elegant score, a pinnacle of the Baroque repertoire.”

Storm Large (Nov.6-8)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 9:30PM, $45
“Husky-voiced rock belter Large made her name on the TV show Rock Star: Supernova, and previously fronted the dubiously named Storm and the Balls. She is also known for her vagina-power novelty hit “8 Miles Wide” and her work with the cabaret supergroup Pink Martini. At Feinstein’s/54 Below she is backed by her band, Le Bonheur, in a new set of love songs with a twist.” (TONY)

Ephrat Asherie Dance (Nov. 5-7)
Joyce Theatre,175 Eighth Ave./ 7:30PM, $40+
“As a b-girl, Ephrat Asherie honed her craft in underground clubs, where she earned the sobriquet Bounce, and her works for the stage retain the loose, playful, accepting vibe of club-dance utopia. The most unorthodox aspect of her piece “Odeon” is the music, which is by the fin-de-siècle Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth (arranged by Asherie’s brother, the jazz pianist Ehud Asherie, and played live). Nazareth’s was a hybrid style, playing on the border between classical and popular, and Asherie meets it with her own hybrid style, mixing in breaking, house, vogue, and West African elements. The parallel makes sense, and the match of moves and music is incongruous enough to feel fresh.” (Brian Seibert, NewYorker)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

The Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure.
Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st St. / 6PM, $25
“Join Friends of the Upper east Side Historic Districts and art historian and New York City Municipal Archives conservator Cynthia Brenwall for an illustrated book talk on her latest release. Attendess will get to see previously-unpublished designs, notes, maps and materials from the NYC Municipal Archives featured in Ms. Brenwall’s new book, to get a more complete understanding of the development and early history of Central Park. In this illustrated lecture, Brenwall will give us a lush look at the park’s creation, and show off early examples of Olmsted and Vaux’s extraordinary vision.” (untappedcities)

at the 14th Street Y / 7:30 p.m.; $
“For 21 years, Tina Croll and Jamie Cunningham have celebrated important personalities and milestones of modern dance with this series, a unique fusion of performance, storytelling and history. This iteration focuses on the 75th anniversary of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, located at the New York Public Library’s Performing Arts branch in Lincoln Center, an invaluable archive that has been protected and expanded over the years by a fiercely dedicated staff. Dance luminaries — writers, historians, dancers and choreographers among them — have lined up for this production to honor the collection’s legacy. Supplementary programming includes a critic’s panel on Wednesday and a lecture-demonstration on Nov. 8.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Thirty Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: A Tale of Two Germanies
Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews / 6PM, FREE
“Deutsches Haus at NYU and NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies present a keynote address by DAAD Visiting Scholar at Deutsches Haus at NYU Christiane Lemke (Leibniz Universität Hannover) as part of the conference “Memories Are Made of This: 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall.” Christiane Lemke will analyze and reflect on the current state of German politics and how the historical narrative of what happened on November 9, 1989, and the perception of the aftermath of this event have transformed over the last 30 years.”

Continuing Events



11/7 The New Pornographers, Brooklyn Steel
11/9 Pete Yorn, Warsaw
11/9 Toro Y Moi, Brooklyn Steel
11/12 Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Sony Hall
11/12 WFUV’s On Your Radar with John Platt, Rockwood Music Hall
11/13 Charly Bliss, Webster Hall

Fall Concerts (

David Byrne’s American Utopia on Broadway
October 4­, 2019–January 19, 2020
Hudson Theatre
The Talking Heads frontman hits Broadway with a show based on his latest album—but you can expect some old favorites as well.

The New Pornographers
November 7
Brooklyn Steel
We love a good Canadian supergroup, of which the New Pornographers are one.

Slayer and Ministry
November 9
Madison Square Garden
It’s a metal show! Slayer is billing this as their last tour, so catch ’em while you’ve got the chance.

Ariana Grande
November 12
Barclays Center
Ariana Grande has a great voice; enjoy it at this show.

The Ergs
November 15
Brooklyn Bazaar
New Jersey pop punks the Ergs—fronted by a singing drummer—play their loud, fast, catchy songs live.

Taking Back Sunday
November 15–16
Terminal 5
These Long Island screamo practitioners are still at it.

♦ 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 2019 – the ninth consecutive year. 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 and 3 Good Eating Places – Greenwich Village

Caffe Vivaldi / 32 Jones Street (btw. Bleecker St./W4th St.)

Café Vivaldi is a classic, intimate club located in Greenwich Village on Jones Street, the street featured on the cover of Bob Dylan’s second album, “Freewheelin’. ”

maxresdefaultEach night Ishrat, the long time proprietor and impresario, carefully curates and schedules an eclectic series of musicians. You can often see him at his table in the corner, hard at work reviewing music videos and listening to cd demos on his laptop, scouting out future bookings. Musicians come from all over to play and sing in a club in Greenwich Village. Some are local New Yorkers, others are just passing through, in town for a few days.

There is a small bar, seating maybe 10. It’s close to the stage and I find it’s a perfect spot to sip a glass of red wine while listening to the music. The room itself has the performance area at one end and a cozy fireplace at the other. The performance area here is small, dominated by a large black Yamaha Grand piano. Tables are bunched together and most people at the tables are eating lite meals or sampling the wonderful desserts.

There is also a good selection of fairly priced wines,  but you are here because of the music. You can never be quite sure what you’re going to find, and that’s half the charm of this place. It’s not a home run every night, but many nights it’s pretty special.

I remember the night I saw the most talented bossa nova group, just in from San Paulo. As I listened, I wondered if there was any better music playing anywhere else in New York City that night. And at Caffé Vivaldi there is never a cover charge. Their recently redesigned web site does give you a better idea of the type of music playing each night.

At one time Greenwich Village was filled with clubs just like this, but times change. Real estate interests have impacted the village, and not for the better. Even Caffé Vivaldi had a rough time recently, when a new landlord raised the rent exorbitantly. Fortunately, Ishrat has built a loyal following over the years, and a fund raiser and slightly more reasonable rent has kept Café Vivaldi in business.

When Woody Allen and Al Pacino wanted to make movies featuring the timeless quality of Greenwich Village they came to Vivaldi. It’s important that we keep this special place alive, for if we lose Cafe Vivaldi, NYCity will have lost a piece of it’s soul.


As reported in the “Gothamist”:
“Caffe Vivaldi, one of the last bohemian bastions of the West Village, is set to close this weekend. During its 35 years on Jones Street, the casual cafe won the hearts of locals and celebs alike, including Oscar Isaac, Bette Midler, and Al Pacino.

Despite that friendly communal atmosphere, the owners ultimately struggled to survive under their notorious vulture landlord Steve Croman, who they say waged a harassment campaign against the restaurant, and eventually tripled their rent.”
“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.

If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.

3 Good Eating places

It’s not difficult to find a place to eat in Manhattan.
Finding a good, inexpensive place to eat is a bit harder.
Here are a few of my faves in this neighborhood:

Fish – 280 Bleecker St. (just a bit S. of 7th ave South)
This was an easy pick – the best raw bar special in town. $9 gets you 6 of the freshest oysters or clams + a glass of wine or beer. Don’t know how they can do it, but I tell everyone I know about this place. And it’s located right in the heart of some of the best no cover music in town.

Bleecker Street Pizza – 69 7th ave S. (corner of Bleecker St.)
The place is tiny and not much to look at, but this is one good slice. They like to brag that they have been voted “Best pizza in NY” 3 years in a row by the Food Network. I believe them. I would have voted for them.

Num Pang – 21 E 12th St. (btw. University Place/5th ave.)
This is a Cambodian banh mi sandwich shop that kept me well fed while I was in class nearby recently. It’s cramped, even for NYCity, but usually there is room up the spiral staircase to sit down and eat. In good weather carry your sandwich a few blocks to Union Square park. You may have to wait a few minutes, because everything is freshly made, but it’s worth it. Can you believe – an unheard of 26 food rating by Zagat.

“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
No reservations needed.
NYCity is the most diverse and interesting place to find a meal anywhere in the world. With more than 24,000 eating establishments you might welcome some advice.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide, order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($4.99, available WINTER 2020).
◊ Order before FEB. 28, 2020 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.


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 Triad – 158 W72nd Street (btw Amsterdam/Columbus Ave.)

Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 W 42nd St.

Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove St.

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

The Duplex – 61 Christopher 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.”


Must-see theater coming to New York City stages this fall (amNY)


10 must-see Off-Broadway shows (amNY)


NYT Theater Reviews – Our theater critics on the plays and musicals currently open in New York City.


NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s