The Weekend Daily Shortlist Feb 22-24
Friday Feb 22
More for the NYC musician and the avid jazz fan, get ready to be schooled by three of music’s groove greats. Catch legendary drummer Bernard Purdie, Reuben Wilson on the organ, and Grant Green, Jr. on the guitar perform together and prepare to take notes. Low priced anything near Columbia is getting harder to find, but at Symposium, you’ll get Greek food that won’t force you to take a mortgage out. The Pastitsio (baked macaroni with ground meat $9.95) is out of this world. Not the kind of dive bar you’re thinking, though Broadway Dive has a single malt scotch and bourbon menu big enough that you won’t even know where you are after a few. A coffee bar that also serves liquor, tapas, and baked goods all in one place? Sip sounds good to me.
Friday Feb 22
Based on Kurt Vonnegut’s book, the film Slaughterhouse-Five follows Billy Pilgram (Michael Sacks) as he becomes “unstuck in time” revisiting his life in random order. The film will be introduced by philosopher David Velleman. Cafeteria ain’t your school cafeteria by any means, though the theme of comfort food continues here. The Buttermilk Fried Chicken with warm waffle and Vermont maple syrup ($15) is excellent while the revolving blue plate specials will have you coming back for more. For trailer park fare check out the Trailer Park Lounge & Grill. Offering chilli, burgers, and mac & cheese, grab a PBR and marvel at the tacky crap on the walls! A good place to buy new and used DVDs for a slightly cheaper price than Virgin, Entertainment Outlet is the go-to store to find plenty of movies under $10.
Saturday Feb 23
Psychedelic rock band Black Mountain play the Glasslands in support of their second album In The Future, with ten blistering tracks. Bon Iver, a folky and soulful singer opens and is not to be missed, so get there early! With great ambiance, the food also has great personality at Vinas. The menu offers Latin cuisine including faves like ceviche and empanadas, while upping the ante with the likes of Truffled Honey Glazed Pork Belly. Williamsburg’s first beer hall, Radegast has a number of German and Austrian beers on tap, and an even greater selection of bottled beers. There’s even a menu of German food to soak up all the booze! Get your tea fix at Roebling Tea Room, where the menu offers a vast array of teas and inexpensive food.
Saturday Feb 23
Looks like Triple Crown is the next club to close due to issues with the community. Going out with a bang, some amazing hip hop artists perform like Rob Swift, 9th Wonder, DJ Premier and Pete Rock, along with local DJs spinning here one last time. Gorgeously designed, My Moon offers Turkish cuisine. While the menu can be hit-or-miss, they smartly serve tapas like the delicious Tuna Stack, a tuna tartar with vanilla vinaigrette, topped with toasted beets and almonds ($12), while entrees include some standard Turkish fare and others that are out of this world. Mug’s Ale House looks like a divey sports bar from the outside, but the beer menu is surprisingly long, covering beer from all over the world, and having nearly 30 beers on tap. For coffee, the recently opened Ella Café also offers an organic heavy menu in a beautifully designed wood eco-friendly environment.
Sunday Feb 24
Location: Midtown West, NYC
Bands: The Magnetic Fields + The Interstellar Radio Company
Venue: The Town Hall
Food: Havana Central
Drink: The Campbell Apartment
Miscellaneous: Beatific Soul: Jack Kerouac on the road
Touring in support of their eighth studio album “Distortion,” The Magnetic Fields play The Town Hall with The Interstellar Radio Company, made up of four NY based producers of experiments in narrative sound. While Times Square is obviously an expensive mess of restaurants, Havana Central offers affordable Cuban food like Camarones con Coco – coconut dusted jumbo shrimp fried and breaded with pineapple ($12). The former office of 1920s mogul John W. Campbell, this utterly spectacular bar is in Grand Central Terminal. Who knew? If you have the chance, stop by the New York Public Library and see the Kerouac exhibit. Get close to one of the twelve scrolls he used to write On the Road and a ton of other photos and hand writings from this mad genius before the exhibit closes on March 16.