NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/23) + 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:

New York Trad Fest 2019
Irish sounds to abound at New York Trad Fest
“The sounds of traditional music can range across genres such as bluegrass, Cajun and Americana. For this event, the sounds of Ireland take center stage as fiddler Tony DeMarco (pictured) brings together a variety of artists to play earthy, old-world and folksy music live in the core of the Big Apple.” (Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE 6 p.m. Nov. 23; Connolly’s, 121 W. 45th St.
INFO $25; 212-597-5126,


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Manhattan Wind Ensemble
>> Le Nozze di Figaro
>> Paula West
>> Ballet Hispánico “Tiburones”
>> Stanley Clarke Band
>> Holiday Food Science Festival
>> The Vibe of the Village Festival

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


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Manhattan Wind Ensemble
“The Manhattan Wind Ensemble combines the efforts of musicians — pros and amateurs — into a wondrous squad that has made a name for itself playing venues big and small throughout all five boroughs. Its fall concert, “Light and Shadow,” will cover five compositions by notable composers including Mark Camphouse, Viet Cuong and Brian Balmages, under the musical direction of Sarah Fernandez.” (Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Nov. 23, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, Manhattan
INFO $8-$15;

The Metropolitan Opera
Le Nozze di Figaro (next Nov.26, 7:30PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 8PM, $53+
“Two outstanding casts—including sopranos Nadine Sierra, Anita Hartig, Susanna Phillips, and Hanna-Elisabeth Müller; mezzo-sopranos Gaëlle Arquez and Marianne Crebassa; baritone Mariusz Kwiecien; and bass-baritones Luca Pisaroni and Adam Plachetka—come together for Mozart’s scintillating class comedy. Antonello Manacorda and Cornelius Meister conduct Sir Richard Eyre’s fast-paced production.”

Paula West (Nov.22-24)
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $45
“If a night of jazz entertainment were still held up to the standards set by Ella, Billie and Sarah, San Francisco singer West might be the only contemporary vocalist worth the price of admission. Her full-bodied contralto is a thing of beauty, and it’s connected to an emotive intellect that makes the American Songbook speak to the future rather than the past.” (TONY)

Ballet Hispánico “Tiburones” (Nov.22-23)
Explore Latinx identity at the ballet
Apollo / 8PM, $13.50+
“Ballet Hispánico is premiering Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Tiburones” at the Apollo Theater for two nights only. Ochoa’s commentary on the appropriation of Latinx artists is paired with a restaging of “Nací” by Andrea Miller, an exploration of the Sephardic culture of Spain, and “Con Brazos Abiertos” by Michelle Manzanales, which interprets the immigrant experience. Together, the three dance performances explore Latinx culture through folklore, contemporary Hispanic music, and an examination of stereotypes and identity.” (thrillist)

Stanley Clarke Band (Nov.19-23)
Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“What hasn’t Clarke played over the course of his four-decade career? He’s proficient in mainstream jazz, of course, but he has also taken on chamber-scaled projects of genuine delicacy and electric fusion of arena-rock proportions. He turns up here with a combo that includes young drumming prodigy Mike Mitchell, whose furious chops never fail to inspire awe.” (TONY)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Elsewhere, but this looks worth of the detour:

Holiday Food Science Festival (Nov.23-24)
Celebrate the science of food
NY Hall of Science / 12-4PM, $16; festival is free with museum admission
“To kick off the opening of GingerBread Lane — the Guinness World Records winner for the world’s largest gingerbread village — the New York Hall of Science is hosting a Holiday Food Science Festival. There will be festive classes on fermentation, cheese-making at home, and decorating holiday cookies. If you like your holiday celebrations a little less…traditional, Brooklyn Bugs will be on hand to demonstrate how Thanksgiving dishes can be made with sustainable, edible insects. Maybe a cricket casserole for the holidays this year?” (thrillist)

The Vibe of the Village Festival (Nov.22-24)
@ Museum of the City of New York /
“It’s been a year since the Village Voice died, so take the weekend to honor the legacy of both the paper and the neighborhood that built it at The Vibe of the Village Festival. There will be conversations, breakout sessions, live music, film, tours, cocktails, and more, including panels on the Voice’s photography and journalism with its former writers and photographers. On Sunday there will be additional family-focused activities, like art-making, poetry workshops, and a scavenger hunt.”(gothamist)

Continuing Events

Richard III (LAST DAY)
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.”



11/21-23 Angel Olsen, Brooklyn Steel
11/21-23, 25-26 Hozier, Hammerstein Ballroom
11/22-24 The “Vibe Of The Village” Festival, Museum of the City of New York
11/23-24, 26-27 Bob Dylan, Beacon Theatre
11/23 Live From Here with Chris Thile, Paul Simon, Anais Mitchell and more, Town Hall
11/24 Matt & Kim, Terminal 5
11/25 Matt & Kim, Brooklyn Steel
11/26 Son Little, Bowery Ballroom
11/26 Marcia Griffiths, Sony Hall
11/27 Vintage Trouble, Rough Trade NYC

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.

♦ 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 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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