NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/09) + 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:  “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:

at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.; $35,
may be a tough ticket, try Sunday’s 2nd set.
“A pianist of famous elegance and restraint, Hersch is most often seen at the Vanguard with his longtime trio, featuring the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Eric McPherson. The group has amassed a trove of excellent recordings over the past 10 years, some of them recorded here. But throughout this weekend he appears nightly with a different, equally redoubtable group, featuring Gress, a lissome bassist, and Baron, a buoyant drummer.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Madama Butterfly
>> New York Comedy Festival
>> Tom Harrell
>> The Renegade Craft Fair
>> White Light Conversation: Let’s Talk About Religion

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


Music, Dance, Performing Art

The Metropolitan Opera
Madama Butterfly (next Nov.13, 7:30PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 1PM, $53+
“One of opera’s most devastating tragedies returns in Anthony Minghella’s classic production. Soprano Hui He reprises her celebrated portrayal of the title geisha, opposite tenors Piero Pretti and Andrea Carè in their Met debuts as Pinkerton. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts.”

New York Comedy Festival
Laugh your ass off all weekend
Citywide ; Ticket prices vary by event
“With over 100 shows and over 200 comedians, the New York Comedy Festival brings way more than a week’s worth of laughs to the city. See extremely famous funnymen like Bill Maher at Madison Square Garden and Nick Kroll at BAM, or check out up-and-comers like Jena Friedman (straight from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and the cathartic comedy of Rape Jokes by Survivors. Check out the schedule to find what tickles your funny bone.” (Thrillist)

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)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

at Baby’s All Right / 7 p.m.; $12
“Known as half of the atmospheric R&B duo Denitia and Sene, this singer retreated from the Brooklyn music collective Club Casa a couple of years ago and holed up in the Rockaways to experiment with solo work. The move seems to have been fruitful: Since 2016, Denitia has released three EPs’ worth of colorful electro-pop reveries, like “Waiting,” that center on themes of growth, personal limits and the search for home and community. Her performance at this Brooklyn hot spot comes one day after the release of her first solo full-length, titled “Touch of the Sky.” (OLIVIA HORN-NYT)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

The Renegade Craft Fair (Nov.9-10)
Get a jumpstart on holiday gifts
Metropolitan Pavilion / 11AM-5PM, FREE to enter
“The Renegade Craft Fair sells cute, kooky, and one-of-a-kind goods all over the country — and this weekend, it’s coming back to New York. Over 230 local makers and designers will gather at the Metropolitan Pavilion, ready to help you cross off your holiday shopping list. They’ll be joined by Instagram-ready art installations, arts-and-crafts workshops, live DJ sets, and seasonal cocktails. They’ve got to do something to pull you away from the fearsome grip of Amazon Prime!” (Thrillist)

White Light Conversation: Let’s Talk About Religion
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza / 3PM, FREE
“John Schaefer’s annual White Light Conversation looks at the contradictions of religion, fading from some recent societies and increasing in fervor elsewhere. A composer, author, theoretical physicist, and Episcopal priest come together to discuss “the evolutionary pathways of religious belief.” (ThoughtGallery)

Continuing Events



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.

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 / 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.


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.”


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