NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/13) + 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.”

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

Elsewhere, but this sure looks worth the detour:

MIHO HAZAMA AND M_UNIT
at National Sawdust / 7 p.m.; $25
“Infectious, whorled melodies sit at the center of Hazama’s lush orchestrations for m_unit, a 13-piece jazz-meets-classical ensemble featuring strings, horns, vibraphone and a standard rhythm section. The winner of the 2015 Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize, Hazama this year released “Dancer in Nowhere,” her third album with m_unit, and one of the most impressive albums to come out of New York’s blossoming big-band scene of late. At this concert, the group will perform music from that disc.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> CHARLY BLISS
>> DAN WEISS TRIO
>> Inside Chamber Music
>> Richard III
>> Roy Haynes
>> Madama Butterfly
>> Food Artisans of Japan

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

CHARLY BLISS
at Webster Hall / 7:30 p.m.; $25
“Like many bands before them, this Brooklyn four-piece has successfully transitioned from scrappy upstarts to polished pop purveyors. Captained by the sibling duo of the singer-guitarist Eva Hendricks and her drummer brother, Sam, the group took care to mask their sweetest, hookiest instincts with fuzzy, grungy guitar on their first album, 2017’s “Guppy.” That guise has eroded on their follow-up, “Young Enough,” a May release packed with buoyant synths and euphoric choruses, whose stated influences include both Lorde and the British group Superorganism. The sharpness of Hendricks’s lyrics, which she delivers in a feathery coo, remains constant.” (NYT-OLIVIA HORN)

DAN WEISS TRIO
at Jazz Standard / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; $30
“Weiss, a drummer, garnered a flush of attention last year for “Starebaby,” his album of slowly seething original music featuring a new band (electric guitar, two keyboards, bass and drums) mashing up doom metal, jazz and minimalist compositional techniques. On “Utica Box,” a recording due out on Friday, he returns to his longtime trio — featuring Jacob Sacks on piano and Thomas Morgan on bass — but this time adds a second bassist, Eivind Opsvik. Thanks to the extra dose of deep resonance and the roiling darkness of Weiss’s compositions, it’s not hard to sense the connection between Starebaby’s electric squall and the trio’s quietly intense new music. At Jazz Standard, Weiss, Sacks and Morgan will play music from the new album, though Opsvik won’t be performing with them.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Inside Chamber Music
Rose Studio @ Lincoln Center / 6:30; $25
“This season, Inside Chamber Music expands to explore twelve milestone chamber music works. Join distinguished composer and radio personality Bruce Adolphe for investigations and insights into masterworks that changed the trajectory of the genre. Inside Chamber Music lectures are beloved by regulars and a revelation to first-timers for their depth, accessibility, and brilliance. Each lecture is supported by excerpts from the featured piece, performed live by CMS artists.”

Richard III (Nov.7–23)
Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College / 7PM, $40+
“Conscience is but a word that cowards use, devised at first to keep the strong in awe.” Shakespeare’s Richard III is a chilling story of power and ambition. His ruthless monarch resonates through the ages in DruidShakespeare: Richard III, a darkly comic production from Ireland’s Druid theater company and Tony Award–winning director Garry Hynes.”

Roy Haynes (Nov. 11-13)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM; $30-$45
“Sitting down to reminisce with the magisterial drummer Roy Haynes would be a singular experience: he’s the only musician alive who can tell you what it was like to play with Lester Young in the forties; Charlie Parker in the fifties; Stan Getz and John Coltrane in the sixties; and Chick Corea and Pat Metheny in the nineties. Here, this brilliantly idiosyncratic stylist brings his matchless spirit to one of his staple venues.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

The Metropolitan Opera
Madama Butterfly (next Nov.16, 8PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $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.”

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Food Artisans of Japan
92nd Street Y / 7PM; $29
“Nancy Singleton Hachisu shares an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Japanese locales, the foods and the artisans who work there. Learn more about chefs and artisans who go beyond courting media exposure or Michelin stars, but who represent the country’s soul. Learn more about the artisans’ genuine connection to local ingredients, unwavering desire to give back to the community, and common dedication to craft, and understand how to translate their recipes into a blueprint for approaching seasonal dishes at home.” (cityguide)


Continuing Events

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

11/13 Charly Bliss, Webster Hall

Fall Concerts (nycgo.com)

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 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.

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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 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.

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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.

CAFFE VIVALDI HAS CLOSED, VERY SAD.
I HAVE LEFT THIS REVIEW ON MY SITE AS A KIND OF MEMORIAL and A WARNING. WE HAVE TO WORK HARDER TO SAVE THESE SPECIAL PLACES.

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.”
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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.

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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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.

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“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
No reservations needed.
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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.

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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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