September NYC Events (09/08/21)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.
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65 Sensational Things To Do In NYC This September

By Claire LeadenSecretNYC

September in New York is arguably the best month of the year.

It’s still warm of course, but with the fall quickly approaching, the possibilities for outdoor activities are pretty much endless!

Here are my top 10. For all the rest go HERE

4. Step into the enigmatic world of Banksy: Genius or Vandal?

NYC’s highly anticipated exhibition on the iconic (and always anonymous) British street artist Banksy has finally opened! Guiding visitors through numerous sculptures, videos, photos, original works and limited edition screen prints, you’ll get to witness over 100 genuine and certified artworks by street art legend and learn more about his inspirations and statements. Get tickets here.

5. See how many zombies you can take out at this Army of the Dead VR experience 

Battle the dead, save the living…and get out! Now open right outside NYC in Paramus, NJ, this mind-blowing VR experience will drop you in zombie-infested Las Vegas to see how many evil shamblers you can destroy on your rescue mission. Don’t forget to treat yourself to tacos and margaritas afterwards. Get tickets here.

7. Finally catch a Broadway show

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After almost two years, Broadway is finally reopening!! Theater-lovers (and just regular New Yorkers), rejoice! Though previews have already begun, most shows are reopening beginning in the middle of the month — around September 14 — (though proof of vaccination and face masks are required). Find out when your favorite shows are reopening here.

8. Celebrate the Feast of San Gennaro

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NYC’s feasts of all feasts is back! The feast of San Gennaro takes over Little Italy each year for 11 days, this year will mark the 94th anniversary of this special festival. After a two-year hiatus due to COVD-19, the street fair will be back in all its Italian glory beginning September 16. Read more here.

9. Explore the world of James Bond at this 007 experience in NYC

There’s a 007 x Spyscape exhibit opening in NYC—two blocks from MOMA in midtown Manhattan—starting September 1. If you’re a James Bond die-hard and looking to experience the thrill of being in the iconic movies, this experience is for you! So get ready for a one-of-a-kind exhibition and buy your tickets here.

10. Take in a stunning concert by candlelight in NYC’s most spellbinding spaces

Treat yourself to a relaxing evening surrounded by shimmering candlelight and beautiful music at Fever’s incredible Candlelight concerts in NYC. From classical to jazz, to movie soundtracks on strings, and in spaces spanning from stunning historic cathedrals to pristine rooftops, there’s something for everyone. Get your tickets here.

11. Dive under the sea at this immersive Little Mermaid cocktail experience

Give us all the immersive experiences! The newest one coming to NYC in November is the Little Mermaid Cocktail Experience, pairing three craft, seafaring-themed cocktails with a theatrical reimagining of the Hans Christian Andersen classic. Get your fins on tickets here…

12. Take a ride on the Times Square Ferris Wheel

Artist rendering by Anthony George, Times Square Alliance

Times Square’s first-ever outdoor ferris just opened for a limited time, allowing New Yorkers and visitors alike to take in the famous billboards from 110 feet in the air! It’s only open through September 12, so catch it while you can. Read more here.

13. Visit Grand Central Oyster Bar

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If you’d prefer to eat your seafood, the oldest restaurant in Grand Central is finally reopening. The Grand Central Oyster Bar will welcome back guests starting September 7. Read more here.

14. See the Obama Portraits in person at the Brooklyn Museum

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Our own Brooklyn Museum is one of the stops on the Smithsonian’s national tour of the iconic Obama portraits. Kehinde Wiley painted the oil-on-canvas portrait of President Obama, while Amy Sherald painted the oil-on-linen portrait of the former First Lady. They were unveiled in February of 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery and have been met with immense acclaim ever since. The museum has even seen a record number of visitors the last two years the portraits have been on display. So now, they’re spreading the love! Visit them August 27, 2021-October 24, 2021.

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15 Perfect Itineraries For How To Spend 24 Hours In NYC, According To NYersSecret NYC

“Need some new weekend plans?

Of course NYC is the city that has everything, and there are unlimited restaurants, activities, arts, museums, theater, parks, etc. to enjoy. But if you need to liven up your weekend plans, or are visiting the city and want a not-too-touristy itinerary while still seeing the sights, OR have friends coming into town, these 15 itineraries provide the perfect ideas!

We asked our followers what they would tell someone who asked them the best way to spend 24 hours in NYC, and they delivered. Check them out below, and you can read the original post here for even more ideas.”

Here are just three Itineraries. For ALL the others go HERE

Itinerary 1

  • Walk along Broadway starting from Battery Park going uptown, but before you do that, take a round trip ride on the Staten Island Ferry to see the harbor and the skyline
  • Then along the way, you can divert from Broadway to see some major spots like the One World Trade Center and the Brooklyn Bridge
  • But after diverting, go back to Broadway and keep walking uptown. Don’t sit to take a break for too long, just to grab a bite.
  • Then finish at Central Park. Best in spring or fall!

Itinerary 2

  • Head to Queens and take the Long Island City Ferry station, enjoying the city views and the bridges
  • Get off in Brooklyn and walk the Brooklyn Bridge, heading towards the 9/11 memorial and the new development in the area
  • Catch lunch at Brookfield Place by the water and walk your way down to the Staten Island Ferry
  • Get on board and enjoy the view of the Statue of Liberty for free
  • Then get on a return ferry and back to downtown Manhattan and then back home to relax
  • If you don’t fall asleep (like we did), a night at a rooftop would be perfect

Itinerary 3

  • Early morning walk on the High Line
  • Jazz brunch at 1803
  • Check out some local flea markets (like Chelsea Flea)
  • Hit up a museum (like Fotografiska, The Morgan Library, or the Museum of Modern Art)
  • Pre-dinner drink at R Lounge
  • Dinner at one of our amazing restaurants
  • Night cap at Bo Peep
  • Fill your time WALKING the city and enjoying the parks

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Best new NYC restaurants

If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street.

Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants

“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.”
Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, Photographs by Dina Litovsky

Here are 3 more of my faves:

Take in Park Views With Your Kelewele

Teranga / 1280 Fifth Ave.

The trapezoidal windows at Teranga have long afforded patrons panoramic vistas of Central Park North, but the city’s embrace of outdoor dining has made Pierre Thiam’s West African–leaning venue even more appealing than before. Now you can snack on kelewele (spicy roast plantains) right at the edge of the park, overlooking the verdant trees while enjoying a warm summer breeze. On a recent Friday, I sat near a pair of diners, one of them relaxing in a jujitsu T-shirt, as I made quick work of a yassa bowl: tender chicken thighs slathered in saucy golden onions. If indoor dining is still quiet here, you’ll never feel alone in the alfresco area. Folks zoom by on hoverboards and messenger bikes, shaved-ice vendors pour polychromatic syrups into snowy cups, and people flood in and out of the park.—R.P.S.

Eat to the Beat in Hell’s Kitchen

Guantanamera / 939 Eighth Ave.

The conga drums are back. Their steady beats spill out onto Eighth Avenue, where outdoor patrons sip minty mojitos on white tablecloths. Although this Hell’s Kitchen Cuban canteen served porky lechon asado and garlicky cassava throughout the pandemic, what was missing for months was the music — the prickly guitars and folksy Caribbean tunes that have made the restaurant an accessible spot for everyday salsa dancing. Ceiling fans spin overhead near the open-air frontage as waiters ferry crisp Cubano sandwiches and some of the city’s finest vaca frita: shredded skirt steak that’s seared until it achieves the texture of soft jerky. —R.P.S.

Taste the Middle East on the Upper West

Dagon / 2454 Broadway

Airy and sun-drenched, the dining room pulsates with Israeli pop and a steady conversational hum. If you didn’t know better, you would think you’d wandered into some beachside hot spot in Tel Aviv, not a post-pandemic restaurant in the sleepy West 90s. Chef Ari Bokovza’s Levantine-leaning menu looks similar to others across the city. But the familiar mezze and salads take a fun turn with delectable things like shishbarak (Lebanese mushroom-filled dumplings) and kubaneh, the fluffy Yemenite Jewish bread that you pull apart like Parker House rolls. —B.O.

Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
these 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.

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September NYC Events (09/07/21)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.
Covid has required some changes.

35 ways to have the best summer in NYCTime Out New York

“Soak up the sun as well as our list of recommendations for the best things to do during summer in New York.”
By Shaye Weaver and Krista Diamond

“This summer in NYC promises to be an unforgettable one now that our city is back up. The city has a boundless energy once the heat cranks up, and doubly so this year, so it’s time to start checking off our sensational list of things to do in summer in NYC. Some of the most popular New York attractions provide an endless list of things to do outside from rooftop movies and free dance parties to can’t-miss music festivals and more. Here’s how to make the absolute most of these steamy summer nights.

Tip: You may want to request off for a few staycation days too so you can spend some time relaxing at a few rooftop pools during the week when they’re less crowded.”

35 ways to have the best summer in NYC

Do dinner and drinks at Time Out Market New York

Broadway at the Drive-In

Be a disco diva at Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco

Catch “In the Heights” at the Tribeca Film Festival

See live music at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival

Try the city’s best bites at Smorgasburg

Take in a show at Irving Plaza, finally

Get down at Hot Honey Sundays

Get free entry to the 1885 Tall Ship Wavertree

Skate around at TWA Hotel’s Roll-A-Rama

Celebrate Pride!

Visit NYC’s gorgeous floating park

Do margs on NYC’s only floating Mexican restaurant

Go glamping in the Rockaways

Go glamping on Governors Island, instead

Fill up at Queens Night Market

See the hot Immersive Van Gogh exhibit

See movies atop Pier 17’s rooftop

See a free SummerStage show

Devour an ice cream cone at Ample Hills Creamery

Eat, drink and shop in the streets

Cool off in the city’s pools

Lindy Hop at the Jazz Age Lawn Party

Take a trip to Governors Island

Catch a flick at Rooftop Cinema Club

Have drinks with a view at these rooftop bars

Drink on the water at boat bar!

Scream your guts out at Luna Park

Go stargazing on the High Line

Nosh on as many lobster rolls as you can

Dance the night away at Midsummer Night Swing

Tackle the water slide at Summer Streets

Go kayaking (for free!)

Attend a tennis match during the U.S. Open

Have a picnic in the park

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15 things you have to do in NYC before summer ends

Hot vax summer isn’t over yet! Written by Melissa Kravitz HoeffnerTONY

“Hot Vax Summer is wrapping up, but there’s still plenty of time to get in your last Summer 2021 memories before the leaves change. While Labor Day Weekend in NYC is around the corner, the first day of fall isn’t technically until September 22, so you have a few more weeks to fit in all the seasonal ice cream, beach days and fun-in-the-sun your heart desires. Here are 15 things to check off your summer bucket list before one of the most memorable summers in forever finally wraps.”

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September NYC Events (09/05/21)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.
Covid has required some changes.

NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: September 3 – 9

‘Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Bowery Gallery’s “Jeremy Long: Recent Work,” The Jewish Museum’s groundbreaking “Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art,” intimate performances with “Death of Classical,” and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYC_ARTS on Instagram or @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.”

Death of Classical

Death of Classical

Green-Wood Cemetery

Brooklyn / Tue, Sep 07, 2021 – Thu, Sep 09, 2021

“Death of Classical” recently added two individual performances to their fall season, both taking place this September, both featuring music by today’s leading composers and cellists. On September 7, as part of the third season of “The Angel’s Share,” Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw and Grammy Award-winning cellist Andrew Yee will give a one-night-only performance of “Music for Two People” in the Catacombs of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. The program will feature new compositions and adaptations of previous …

Frederick J. Brown: The Sound of Color

Frederick J. Brown: The Sound of Color

Berry Campbell Gallery

Manhattan / Thu, Sep 09, 2021 – Sat, Oct 09, 2021

Berry Campbell is pleased to present its first exhibition of Frederick J. Brown since announcing the representation of his estate in 2020.  This groundbreaking exhibition curated by Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims will focus solely on Frederick Brown’s earliest abstract works from 1969 – 1977.  This will be the first time many of these works have been on view in over 25 years, including the large-scale centerpiece to the exhibition entitled, “In the Beginning” (1971).  In …

Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art

Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art

The Jewish Museum

Manhattan / Fri, Aug 20, 2021 – Sat, Jan 09, 2021

The Jewish Museum will present “Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art,” an exhibition that will situate the subject of art looting during World War II within a unique thematic premise, focusing on the seizure and movement of works as they traveled through distribution centers, sites of recovery, and networks of collectors, before, during, and after the war. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, and Judaica that survived this traumatic period of violence and upheaval …

Meg Webster: Wave

Meg Webster: Wave

Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island

Manhattan / Sat, Jun 12, 2021 – Sun, Oct 31, 2021

Meg Webster’s work is grounded in an unwavering interest in natural cycles and how a nuanced combination of form, material and site can come together to create diversely charged ecological systems. Since the 1980s, Webster’s visual language of rational geometric forms, from spirals to cones and circles—conveyed through natural matter such as water, soil, moss, salt and twigs—has situated her in close conversation with both Minimalism and Land Art. While her visual language is rooted …

Jeremy Long: Recent Work

Jeremy Long: Recent Work

Bowery Gallery

Manhattan / Tue, Sep 07, 2021 – Sat, Oct 02, 2021

The gallery is pleased to present Jeremy Long’s second solo Bowery exhibition, featuring paintings of domestic life that range in scale from the epic to the intimate. The artist’s depictions of his own family fill the largest canvases with an intensity and eloquence reminiscent of 17th-century Dutch painting. In a second body of smaller, more abstracted works, his forms subtly overlay the narrative in rhythmically constructed spaces. The artist describes his work as “an attempt to …

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So many things to see and do, places to eat and drink in NYC.

Here are 12 of my NYC faves:

The New Yorker’s Go-To for Spices and So Much More – NYT

NYC’s thrill ride on the Hudson River is back – TONY

Check Out These 10 NYC Bars Once The City Fully Reopens | HYPEBEAST

The Best Restaurants In West Harlem/Hamilton Heights – West Harlem – New York – The Infatuation

See NYC’s Flower District transformed with public courtyards, outdoor markets, and more | 6sqft

The Butcher Shop Keeping Old World Delicacies Alive – The New York Times

Best NYC Bars & Restaurants With Live Music – the Infatuation

Islands in the Stream, That Is Where We Are – The New York Times

The Best NYC Dishes of 2021, So Far  – Eater NY

23 Best Restaurants In Greenpoint – the Infatuation

Chef Rick Bayless Expands His Mexican Restaurant Empire to NYC With Fast Casual Spot – Eater NY

Train fanatic reveals secrets of the NYC Subway system – NYPost

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Best new NYC restaurants

If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street.

Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants

“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.”
Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, Photographs by Dina Litovsky

Here are 3 more of my faves:

Hang Out in New York’s Best-Smelling Vestibule

Frenchette Bakery / 220 Church St.

Last fall, the abandoned Arcade Bakery space came back to life as Frenchette Bakery, ready to fulfill the carb-craving needs of Tribeca moms, the doctors in the medical practices upstairs, and passersby lured in by the sweet, yeasty promise of croissants and baguettes. Happily, the new owners have retained a big part of what made Arcade so special. Its unique design, using drop-down table ledges and inset benches, transforms a generic hallway into a gathering place for impromptu meetings, shared pizza lunches, and the kind of coffee breaks office workers never knew they’d miss. The bakers line the display case with their own enticements, too: exceptional loaves of sourdough and rye; savory breakfast pastries like the mortadella, egg, and Comté; and rich and flaky pain au chocolat. —Adam Moussa

Follow Your Nose to Great Bronx BBQ

Hudson Smokehouse / 37 Bruckner Blvd., Mott Haven

This recently opened barbecue joint is located at the southern tip of the Bronx on a street once populated by antiques shops, and you can smell the ’cue as you walk by. The corral seating in front catches the sun during the daytime, and inside there’s a high-ceilinged room where social distancing isn’t a problem. The meats include great fatty brisket, pork ribs worth gnawing, and pork-belly burnt ends that make deliriously good bacon. Even the beer list, with many mugs originating in the Bronx, draws you in.—R.C.S.

Start With Salteñas in Sunnyside

Bolivian Llama Party / 44-14 48th Ave., Sunnyside

The Oropeza brothers have pulled off a rare pandemic feat: They closed their tiny takeout outpost in midtown, which focused on soupy salteñas (Bolivia’s take on the empanada), and rebooted in Sunnyside with a sit-down location serving creative South American fare. On any given Saturday, a young crowd may show up to eat (and ’gram) craggy fried-chicken chicharrón sandwiches with spicy Llajua-spiked mayo, stark white bowls of sopa de maní (peanut soup), vegan “chola” sandwiches crammed full of charred jackfruit instead of the usual pork, and cherimoya birthday-cake ice cream. The best time to swing by is just before dusk, when you can grab a seat on the streetside terrace and take in the Empire State Building framed against a pink sky while Andean music plays from the storefront.—R.P.S.

Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
all 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.

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September NYC Events (09/04/21)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.
Covid has required some changes.

9 Actually Fun Things to Do in New York This Weekend

Celebrate the long weekend with everything from an outdoor fair to an indoor dance party.

By Juliet IzonThrillist

The last unofficial weekend of summer is certainly going out with a bang. Not only is the US Open in town, but we’re also celebrating Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah this Monday. So, if you find yourself lucky enough to have scored a three-day (or more!) weekend, we’ve got you covered. There are reopenings galore, from beloved fairs to wacky off-Broadway productions, plus new openings including a gastropub and a super-fast pizza shop. Read on for nine actually fun things to eat, see, and do this weekend in NYC.”

Find your inner “rebel” at this new gastropub

Weekend-long
East Village
As summer gives way to fall, our stomachs can’t help but think about all the rib-sticking fare cooler weather brings. And just in time for the changing seasons, Little Rebel opened this week in the East Village. Helmed by industry vets Dermont Lynch (Sel Rrose) and Jarek Krukow (Broadstone), the gastropub has entrees like mac and cheese with lobster, and fried chicken sandwiches made with candied bacon. Wash it all down with cocktails made by the legendary Brooke Smith of Dead Rabbit; our favorite is the Johnny Utah (whiskey, salted caramel syrup, and cream soda).
Cost: Entrees from $15; cocktails from $10

Grab a pie from a new Neapolitan pizza shop

Weekend-long
Greenwich Village
Simò Pizza, a concept from Rossopomodoro’s founder Simone Falco, is worth a visit for a few reasons. One, their pies are ready in a mere 90 seconds. Two, they are very affordable; most hover around the $10 mark. And, three, they are damn delicious. Check out their newly opened spot on University Place this weekend, which has flavors ranging from a traditional margherita to a decadent four cheese, as well as salads, meat and cheese plates, and nutella-flavored panna cotta.
Cost: Pizzas from $9.20

Go cuckoo for a kolaches-pizza collab

Weekend-long
Multiple locations
If you’re a Texas transplant, then you’re probably familiar with the kolache, a yeasted dough pastry stuffed with either sweet or savory filling. But we guarantee you’ve never had one like the new collaboration between Brooklyn Kolache and popular pizza spot, Emily. The Colony Kolache is inspired by Emily’s most famed pie of the same name and features pepperoni, pickled chili, honey, tomato sauce, and mozzarella, all wrapped up inside a pillowy dough. Make sure to try one this month; they’re only on the menu at Brooklyn Kolache until the end of September.
Cost: $5.50 per kolache

Dance your face off at this reopened venue in Bushwick

Weekend-long
Bushwick
How does one describe House of Yes? Is it a performance space? A club? A bar? Part of its charm is that it’s pretty undefinable, but everyone who has been would agree that it’s a good time. Celebrate the venue’s recent reopening this weekend with their Thank You for Everything event; expect circus acts, dancers, and a new, secret speakeasy sideshow. Please note that proof of vaccination is required for entry and patrons are encouraged to wear their boldest and brightest looks.
Cost: Tickets from $10https://9de636cfdd289f5e3e3970d457ee27d6.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Celebrate the return of one of NYC’s most beloved markets

Saturday, September 4 and Sunday, September 5; 11 am-6 pm
South Street Seaport
After losing their longtime location near the Seward Park Co-ops, fans of the Hester Street Fair mourned the loss of one of the city’s most dynamic and lively flea markets. Luckily, they’re returning this Labor Day Weekend in a new location at Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport. Vendors will be selling everything from vintage clothing to the famed red velvet cake from Sheralyn’s Bakery to sustainable jewelry.
Cost: Prices vary

Have some gags at a Japanese summer carnival

Sunday, September 5, 12 pm-10 pm
Upper East Side
Since there are plenty of festivals happening this time of the year, there’s always room to squeeze in one more (especially during a long holiday weekend). On Sunday, head to the Upper East Side for an all day family-friendly matsuri (Japanese festival) at NR, the sister bar to ROKC. The event is an homage to summer carnivals found throughout Japan, and attendees can expect water balloon fishing, a shooting gallery, performances, and plenty of over-the-top fun. Food offerings include takoyaki, cotton candy, karaage, spicy chicken buns, and more; along with a drink menu of shochu, sake, and highballs with Japanese whisky.
Cost: Entrance is free, food starts at $4, drinks are $10

Shop for the dinner party of your dreams at this new boutique

Weekend-long
Greenpoint
We are big believers that you never need a reason to celebrate: cat’s birthday? Your middle school’s 50th anniversary? Awesome! And now, curating the vibe for your party just got a whole lot easier. Big Night is a new boutique that stocks everything you need for dinner parties, birthday parties, or anything else your heart can imagine. Think specialty grocery items like artisanal cheeses and charcuterie, but also one-of-a-kind ceramics and French flatware. There’s even a chic backyard space that’s available for private events.
Cost: Prices vary

Welcome back one of New York’s most innovative theater groups

Weekend-long
NoHo
The Blue Man Group has been wowing and puzzling audiences since 1991 with a show that is equal parts music, comedy, and art—but without a single word uttered. With its 30th anniversary this year and having toured throughout the world since its original debut, this Friday marks the return of the group to their first home, the Astor Place Theater. And yes, the performers are bald and blue, but it’s better if the rest of the show is left a joyful surprise.
Cost: Tickets from $66

Ring in the New Year with lots of baked goods

Monday, September 6
Citywide
Aren’t double-holiday long weekends the best? In addition to Labor Day, the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is also celebrated this Monday. Traditionally, apples and honey are served during the meal to welcome in a sweet new year. While you can certainly scoop up some wonderful local varieties at our city’s farmers’ markets, many restaurants are also rolling out delicious specials. Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria will be selling a gift package with a loaf of challah, six Honey Crisp apples, and Westwind Orchard’s raw honey. For gluten-free friends, try By The Way Bakery’s Shana Tova cake, an apple-flavored cake that’s decorated like a giant fruit. For a full feast, order Tanabel’s Syrian Rosh Hashanah seder, which comes with everything from marinated eggplant with pomegranate seeds to braised beef short ribs. And, as any New Yorker worth their babka knows, there is nowhere better to snag Jewish holiday goodies than at Breads Bakery.
Cost: Prices vary

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Best new restaurants in NYC

If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street.

Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants

“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.” – Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld,

Here are 3 more of my faves:

Meet in Midtown for Hunanese

Blue Willow / 40 W. 56th St.

When this terrific Hunan restaurant opened last year just down the street from Trump Tower, the owners had trouble attracting customers because security arrangements limited access to the block. But true fans of Hunan cuisine — which can be just as spicy as Sichuan, with a broader array of sharp flavors — have a way of sniffing out talent and overcoming obstacles in their path, and Blue Willow gradually became a word-of-mouth hit, especially among Chinese Americans. Now, with the barriers gone, the restaurant draws diners looking for dishes like house-smoked Hunan bacon (thick swatches of pork belly stir-fried with cloves of garlic) and “snow red greens” (minced mustard greens riddled with pickled red chiles). —R.C.S.

Share Thai Disco Fries at a New-Wave Diner

Thai Diner / 186 Mott St.

It’s clear while sitting at Thai Diner’s packed outdoor setup on Mott and Kenmare that Nolita, a reliably bustling corner of the city that felt eerily quiet throughout the past year, is very much alive these days. At this, Ann Redding and Matt Danzer’s latest spot, they’re serving Uncle Boons (RIP) favorites, such as khao soi and crab fried rice, alongside cheeseburgers, fried-chicken sandwiches, and Thai disco fries smothered in curry sauce, which we recommend pairing with a notably strong martini while ogling the ecstatic-to-finally-be-out-and-about passersby. —R.P.S.

Gorge on Russian Spa Food

Matryoshka at Wall Street Bath & Spa 88 / 88 Fulton St.

The Russian bathhouse isn’t just about cleansing; it’s about restoring and nourishing, which is why the indoor-dining ban hit the banya so hard. You were permitted to sweat it out on Fulton Street, but you couldn’t seek rejuvenation through hot borscht and cold beer. Now, after a few rounds in a sauna set to a screaming 220 degrees, you can once again bring your body back to life in a cafeteria with other dripping-wet patrons wearing very few clothes. Consider filling up on slippery Siberian pelmeni drenched in butter, fried potatoes slicked with enough garlic to qualify as a medicinal supplement, and Georgian lamb soup that will scorch your tongue for days, which means it’s precisely the right temperature.—R.P.S.

Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
these 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.

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September NYC Events (09/03/21)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.
Covid has required some changes.

5 Things to Do This Weekend

“Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually and in person in New York City.”

Art & Museums

Film Series

Jazz

Comedy

KIDS

Read a fuller discussion of these things to do HERE

The New York Times has an Arts section second to none. If you want know What’s Happening in the Arts around town this is the place to be.

3 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now

Radical feminist futures at the Bronx Museum; February James’s excellent New York debut; and sculptures from Argentine Concrete artists.

Through Sept. 12. Bronx Museum, 1040 Grand Concourse, at 165th Street, Morrisania, 718-681-6000, bronxmuseum.org (718) 681-6000, bronxmuseum.org.

Through Sept. 11. Tilton Gallery, 8 East 76th Street, Manhattan, (212) 737-2221, jacktiltongallery.com.

Through Oct. 30. Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA), 50 East 78th Street, Manhattan, islaa.org.

Read a fuller discussion of these gallery shows HERE

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Best New Restaurants NYC

If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street.

Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants

“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.”
Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, Photographs by Dina Litovsky

Here are 3 more of my faves:

Experience Arthur Avenue Alfresco

Zero Otto Nove / 2357 Arthur Ave., Belmont

Zero Otto Nove has been a mainstay of the Bronx’s Little Italy since it opened in 2008. But Open Streets’ weekend transformation of Arthur Avenue into the car-free Piazza di Belmont has brought a fresh and breezy feel to this first-rate southern Italian trattoria. Previously, restaurants along the strip rarely set up for outdoor dining, confining the festivities to the often-curtained dining rooms. Now and hopefully forever, the celebratory and communal open-air atmosphere brings the action (and all the neighborhood characters) outdoors, where diners partake in lively people-watching while enjoying dishes like citrusy seafood salad, butternut-squash pizza, and mafalde cooked in tinfoil.—Terri Ciccone

Rediscover the Joy of Big Round Tables

Hwa Yuan / 42 East Broadway

There are many good reasons to revisit Manhattan’s Chinatown these days. But if you’re in the mood for a quick Peking-duck banquet or a taste of Shorty Tang’s famous dry-sautéed crispy beef in a crowded, near-celebratory post-pandemic atmosphere, this East Broadway destination is the place to be. When we dropped in on a Friday evening not long ago, the streets outside were still eerily empty, and so were the dining booths set up on the sidewalk. But inside the brightly lit two-floor restaurant, parties of revelers from uptown, across the river, and around the neighborhood filled the round tables. For those acclimated to dining in the great indoors, we guarantee a bite of Peking duck (or crispy beef) never tasted so good.—A.P.41

Nosh Bagels and Lox Off Madison Square

Mark’s Off Madison / 41 Madison Ave.

At Mark’s, which opened in November, the Queens-born chef Mark Strausman (Freds at Barneys, Coco Pazzo, Campagna) delves into the Jewish and Italian dishes that have come to define his 30-year career: lush eggplant parm, rich pappardelle with brisket ragù, and a killer chicken soup named after his grandmother Estelle. In nice weather, the outdoor terrace, with its view of Madison Square Park, gets fairly packed with a tony mix of locals and Strausman groupies from his Freds days. On weekends, starting at 9 a.m., the place doubles as a Jewish bakery whose bagels and bialys and black-and-white cookies put most of the competition to shame. —R.C.S.

Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
all 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.

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September NYC Events (09/01/21)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.
Covid has required some changes.

15 Perfect Itineraries For How To Spend 24 Hours In NYC, According To NYers

“Need some new weekend plans?

Of course NYC is the city that has everything, and there are unlimited restaurants, activities, arts, museums, theater, parks, etc. to enjoy. But if you need to liven up your weekend plans, or are visiting the city and want a not-too-touristy itinerary while still seeing the sights, OR have friends coming into town, these 15 itineraries provide the perfect ideas!

We asked our followers what they would tell someone who asked them the best way to spend 24 hours in NYC, and they delivered. Check them out below, and you can read the original post here for even more ideas.”

Here are just three Itineraries. For ALL the others go HERE

Itinerary 1

  • Walk along Broadway starting from Battery Park going uptown, but before you do that, take a round trip ride on the Staten Island Ferry to see the harbor and the skyline
  • Then along the way, you can divert from Broadway to see some major spots like the One World Trade Center and the Brooklyn Bridge
  • But after diverting, go back to Broadway and keep walking uptown. Don’t sit to take a break for too long, just to grab a bite.
  • Then finish at Central Park. Best in spring or fall!

Itinerary 2

  • Head to Queens and take the Long Island City Ferry station, enjoying the city views and the bridges
  • Get off in Brooklyn and walk the Brooklyn Bridge, heading towards the 9/11 memorial and the new development in the area
  • Catch lunch at Brookfield Place by the water and walk your way down to the Staten Island Ferry
  • Get on board and enjoy the view of the Statue of Liberty for free
  • Then get on a return ferry and back to downtown Manhattan and then back home to relax
  • If you don’t fall asleep (like we did), a night at a rooftop would be perfect

Itinerary 3

  • Early morning walk on the High Line
  • Jazz brunch at 1803
  • Check out some local flea markets (like Chelsea Flea)
  • Hit up a museum (like Fotografiska, The Morgan Library, or the Museum of Modern Art)
  • Pre-dinner drink at R Lounge
  • Dinner at one of our amazing restaurants
  • Night cap at Bo Peep
  • Fill your time WALKING the city and enjoying the parks

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Best New NYC Restaurants

If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street

Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants

“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.”
Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, Photographs by Dina Litovsky

Here are 3 more of my faves:

Surrender to Carbs in Soho

Coco Pazzeria / 307 Spring St.

You see traces of far-west Spring Street’s past at the still-swinging Ear Inn and symbols of its future in the luxury apartment towers that have sprouted along Renwick and Greenwich Streets. Coco Pazzeria, with its raw bar and sparkling-wine list (liquor license pending), is the perfect pizzeria for this newly ritzy part of town, if the steady flow of neighbors stopping in for takeout orders is any indication. But thanks to the reputation of owner Pino Luongo and the presence of homegrown pizzaiolo Ciro Verdi, who can be seen slinging thin-crust pies and his trademark focaccia robiola at his oven in back, the restaurant also attracts couples on dates, travelers from other Zip Codes arriving on fancy folding bikes, and young families taking full advantage of the BYO policy (a must when your dining companions are an infant, a toddler, and a juvenile-delinquent tween). The menu extends to pastas and salads, but dough is the thing, fried into mini-calzones or formed into loaves for sandwiches, including a recent lobster-roll special. —R.P. & R.R.

Eat Greek Off the Beaten Path

Eléa / 217 W. 85th St.

This airy greek restaurant opened in 2018 on a rather unfavorable Upper West Side side street, facing a soon-to-be construction site, at a remove from the buzzier stretches of Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. But when COVID hit, Eléa was one of the first places in the neighborhood to build a beautiful, greenery-draped outdoor seating area, complete with inviting flowers, twinkly lights, and copious heat lamps. The kitchen didn’t miss a beat, turning out zesty shareable small plates like fried-zucchini “chips” and sesame-crusted feta. Now, Eléa has blossomed into a local go-to for date nights and other special occasions — the kinds of dining excursions that feel more celebratory than ever. —Ellie Krupnick

Slurp Some Pho in a Brooklyn Backyard

Bolero / 177 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg

This Vietnamese restaurant smack in the middle of prime Bedford Avenue opened just before the pandemic and managed to soldier on throughout thanks to its backyard — small and slightly suburban-feeling with its wooden fence and strings of tiny lights. Pots of herbs grown on the restaurant’s farm in Pennsylvania line that yard; sometimes a cook will wander out and clip a fragrant betel leaf or a sprig of rice-paddy herb. It’s the ideal setting to enjoy chef Matt Le-Khac’s neo-traditional Vietnamese dishes, such as an unusual pho topped with coarsely ground beef and a vegetarian bun bo Hue chay made with mushrooms as opposed to the customary pig’s blood. —R.C.S.

Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
these 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.

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August NYC Events (08/31/21)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.
Covid has required some changes.

35 ways to have the best summer in NYCTime Out New York

“Soak up the sun as well as our list of recommendations for the best things to do during summer in New York.”
By Shaye Weaver and Krista Diamond

“This summer in NYC promises to be an unforgettable one now that our city is back up. The city has a boundless energy once the heat cranks up, and doubly so this year, so it’s time to start checking off our sensational list of things to do in summer in NYC. Some of the most popular New York attractions provide an endless list of things to do outside from rooftop movies and free dance parties to can’t-miss music festivals and more. Here’s how to make the absolute most of these steamy summer nights.

Tip: You may want to request off for a few staycation days too so you can spend some time relaxing at a few rooftop pools during the week when they’re less crowded.”

35 ways to have the best summer in NYC

Do dinner and drinks at Time Out Market New York

Broadway at the Drive-In

Be a disco diva at Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco

Catch “In the Heights” at the Tribeca Film Festival

See live music at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival

Try the city’s best bites at Smorgasburg

Take in a show at Irving Plaza, finally

Get down at Hot Honey Sundays

Get free entry to the 1885 Tall Ship Wavertree

Skate around at TWA Hotel’s Roll-A-Rama

Celebrate Pride!

Visit NYC’s gorgeous floating park

Do margs on NYC’s only floating Mexican restaurant

Go glamping in the Rockaways

Go glamping on Governors Island, instead

Fill up at Queens Night Market

See the hot Immersive Van Gogh exhibit

See movies atop Pier 17’s rooftop

See a free SummerStage show

Devour an ice cream cone at Ample Hills Creamery

Eat, drink and shop in the streets

Cool off in the city’s pools

Lindy Hop at the Jazz Age Lawn Party

Take a trip to Governors Island

Catch a flick at Rooftop Cinema Club

Have drinks with a view at these rooftop bars

Drink on the water at boat bar!

Scream your guts out at Luna Park

Go stargazing on the High Line

Nosh on as many lobster rolls as you can

Dance the night away at Midsummer Night Swing

Tackle the water slide at Summer Streets

Go kayaking (for free!)

Attend a tennis match during the U.S. Open

Have a picnic in the park

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15 things you have to do in NYC before summer ends

Hot vax summer isn’t over yet! Written by Melissa Kravitz HoeffnerTONY

“Hot Vax Summer is wrapping up, but there’s still plenty of time to get in your last Summer 2021 memories before the leaves change. While Labor Day Weekend in NYC is around the corner, the first day of fall isn’t technically until September 22, so you have a few more weeks to fit in all the seasonal ice cream, beach days and fun-in-the-sun your heart desires. Here are 15 things to check off your summer bucket list before one of the most memorable summers in forever finally wraps.”

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Best New NYC Restaurants

If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street.

Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants

“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.”
Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, Photographs by Dina Litovsky

Here are 3 more of my faves:

Eat All Your Chinese Vegetables

Fat Choy / 250 Broome St.

It’s one thing to offer a $335 meat-free menu for the one percent (see Eleven Madison Park 2.0). It’s another to charge $10 and under for veggie-centric Chinese food for everyone: the curious carnivores, the certified vegans, and the dedicated superfans like Deborah from the Upper West Side, who loves the food and the vibe so much she literally hiked down the West Side Highway from 88th Street to Broome and Orchard one recent Saturday afternoon just to tuck in to paper-boatloads of chewy rice rolls topped with gai lan and juicy bok choy showered with crispy fried garlic. We know she did this because Fat Choy is the kind of place where diners who have navigated the scrum of Lower East Side streeteries — bars, vegan-cupcake shops, more bars — start conversations with strangers to recommend dishes, offer bites, and generally share communal moments of vibrantly flavored, inventively conceived culinary bliss. —Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

Sip a Sazerac in a Secret Garden

Villanelle / 15 E. 12th St.

This elegant Greenwich Village establishment has flown so far under the radar that many regulars (ourselves included) were afraid it would close forever when disaster struck. Miraculously, unlike with the still-shuttered Gotham Bar & Grill across the street, the opposite has happened. Owner Catherine Manning fitted the space out back with tables and little enclosed “garden rooms” that have become a hit during the outdoor-dining craze. The Sazeracs we enjoyed on a recent summery evening were exceptional, and you can also addle yourself with $9 cocktails during the new happy hour. The talented young chef Tyler Heckman (Ferris, Le Turtle) took over the kitchen last fall, and he’s slowly added the kind of variety and style to the aggressively seasonal menu (braised spring lamb on our visit, white-asparagus velouté, gnocchi with escargot) that threatens to turn this sleepy local favorite into a proper big-city dining destination. —Adam Platt

Sample the Latest Fusion Cuisine on New York’s Original Open Street

The Migrant Kitchen / 45 Stone St.

Long before 2020 brought alfresco eating to every corner of our city, Stone Street was a pedestrian paradise, and it still is, a cobblestoned car-free wonderland for outdoor pints, pizza, and mozzarella sticks. The Migrant Kitchen, which opened last fall, brings Middle Eastern–Latin fusion to this Fidi pub-grub zone. Owner Nasser Jaber, who operates out of the Dubliner bar’s kitchen, sends out sumac-butter-slicked fried-chicken-and-falafel waffles, mariquitas (fried plantain chips) nachos, and pastelon mahshi, a Dominican-style maduros-and-beef riff on the traditional Palestinian stuffed gourd. And since many office workers are still Zooming in from home, Stone Street feels distinctly chiller and less suits-y these days. —Ryan P. Sutton



Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
these 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.

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August NYC Events (08/30/21)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.
Covid has required some changes.

Best Free Things To Do in NYC This Week

“The quality and quantity of free events, free things to do that take place in New York City every day of the year is truly amazing. So don’t miss the opportunities that only New York provides: stop wondering what to do; start taking advantage of free things to do, free events to go to in NYC today!”

Join Club Free Time – I did, and it’s one of the best things I ever did. Here is a sample of FREE events this week. Get more information by going to the Club Free Time website.

Best Free Things To Do in NYC This Week

Monday, August 30, 2021

Mon, Aug 30 – 7:00 pm / free
Opera | Screening of Philip Glass’s Satyagraha: Modern Opera in a Park
Satyagraha (“insistence on truth”) is a 1979 opera by the revolutionary American composer P … more

Mon, Aug 30 – 8:00 pm / free; tickets required; available only through a digital lottery
Play | Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park
Set in South Harlem, amidst a vibrant and eclectic community of West African immigrants, This adapta … more

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Tue, Aug 31 – 7:30 pm / free
Opera | Screening of Wagner’s Der Fliegende Hollander: Opera Masterpiece in a Park
Richard Wagner’s operas had a revolutionary influence on the course of Western music. By introducing … more

Tue, Aug 31 – 7:30 pm / free; RSVP required
Author Reading | Tolstoy Together: 85 Days of War and Peace (virtual)
When author Yiyun Li invited people to read War and Peace together at the start of the pand …

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Wed, Sep 1 – 12:00 am / free
Classical Music | Beethoven’s ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata (virtual, streaming until Sep 3)
Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9, Op. 47, is an 1803 sonata for piano and violin notable for its tech … more

Wed, Sep 1 – 5:00 pm / free
Movie in a Park | Short Films and Music Performance by Indie Rock Group: Original Fan-Favorites and Cover Songs
DATE. INTERRUPTEDNoa Osheroff | US, Israel | 5During the peak of the pandemic, a young w … more

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Thu, Sep 2 – 5:30 pm / free
Concert | Accordion Music: Klezmer, Brazilian, Scandinavian and More
Enjoy different music styles for this little-known instrument. … more

Thu, Sep 2 – 6:00 pm / free; standby line
Dance Performance | Award-Winning Choreographer’s Provocative Blend of Western and Indian Dance
Her experimental works address identity and cultural heritage. This is a socially conscious, site-sp … more

Friday, September 3, 2021

Fri, Sep 3 – 6:00 pm / free, registration required
Movie in a Park | Once Upon a Time in Queens (2021): Documentary on the 1986 Mets, One of Baseball’s Most Dominant Teams
They were one of the most dominating, infamous, magical teams of all time. A team that as much as an … more

Fri, Sep 3 – 7:00 pm / free; no reservation required
Opera | Verdi’s Rigoletto Under the Stars (in-person and livestream)
Enjoy a 90-minute version of Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto, conducted by Constantine Orbeli … more

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Sat, Sep 4 – 7:00 pm / free; RSVP required
Movie in a Park | The Lego Batman Movie (2017): Animated Superhero Adventure
A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, w … more

Sat, Sep 4 – 7:30 pm / free; RSVP required
Musical | The Drowsy Chaperone: A Loving Jazz Age Send-Up (livestream)
When a die-hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in this hilar … more

Sat, Sep 4 – 8:00 pm / free
Classical Music | Met Orchestra and Chorus: Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, ‘Resurrection’
Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, known as the Resurrection Symphony, is considered … more

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Sun, Sep 5 – 12:00 pm / free; no reservation required
Fair | Outdoor Art Exhibit
This popular event, canceled last year by the pandemic, is back. More than 50 artists will be show t … more

Sun, Sep 5 – 4:00 pm / free; no reservation required
Concert | Live Music Sunday
Lay out on the grass and enjoy live music. … more

Sun, Sep 5 – 8:00 pm / free
Classical Music | Met Orchestra and Chorus: Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, ‘Resurrection’
Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, known as the Resurrection Symphony, is considered … more

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If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street.

Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants

“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.”
Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, Photographs by Dina Litovsky

Here are 3 more of my faves:

Eat All Your Chinese Vegetables

Fat Choy / 250 Broome St.

It’s one thing to offer a $335 meat-free menu for the one percent (see Eleven Madison Park 2.0). It’s another to charge $10 and under for veggie-centric Chinese food for everyone: the curious carnivores, the certified vegans, and the dedicated superfans like Deborah from the Upper West Side, who loves the food and the vibe so much she literally hiked down the West Side Highway from 88th Street to Broome and Orchard one recent Saturday afternoon just to tuck in to paper-boatloads of chewy rice rolls topped with gai lan and juicy bok choy showered with crispy fried garlic. We know she did this because Fat Choy is the kind of place where diners who have navigated the scrum of Lower East Side streeteries — bars, vegan-cupcake shops, more bars — start conversations with strangers to recommend dishes, offer bites, and generally share communal moments of vibrantly flavored, inventively conceived culinary bliss. —Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

Sip a Sazerac in a Secret Garden

Villanelle / 15 E. 12th St.

This elegant Greenwich Village establishment has flown so far under the radar that many regulars (ourselves included) were afraid it would close forever when disaster struck. Miraculously, unlike with the still-shuttered Gotham Bar & Grill across the street, the opposite has happened. Owner Catherine Manning fitted the space out back with tables and little enclosed “garden rooms” that have become a hit during the outdoor-dining craze. The Sazeracs we enjoyed on a recent summery evening were exceptional, and you can also addle yourself with $9 cocktails during the new happy hour. The talented young chef Tyler Heckman (Ferris, Le Turtle) took over the kitchen last fall, and he’s slowly added the kind of variety and style to the aggressively seasonal menu (braised spring lamb on our visit, white-asparagus velouté, gnocchi with escargot) that threatens to turn this sleepy local favorite into a proper big-city dining destination. —Adam Platt

Sample the Latest Fusion Cuisine on New York’s Original Open Street

The Migrant Kitchen / 45 Stone St.

Long before 2020 brought alfresco eating to every corner of our city, Stone Street was a pedestrian paradise, and it still is, a cobblestoned car-free wonderland for outdoor pints, pizza, and mozzarella sticks. The Migrant Kitchen, which opened last fall, brings Middle Eastern–Latin fusion to this Fidi pub-grub zone. Owner Nasser Jaber, who operates out of the Dubliner bar’s kitchen, sends out sumac-butter-slicked fried-chicken-and-falafel waffles, mariquitas (fried plantain chips) nachos, and pastelon mahshi, a Dominican-style maduros-and-beef riff on the traditional Palestinian stuffed gourd. And since many office workers are still Zooming in from home, Stone Street feels distinctly chiller and less suits-y these days. —Ryan P. Sutton



Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
these 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.

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August NYC Events (08/29/21)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.
Covid has required some changes.

NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: August 27 – September 2

“Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include “The Obama Portraits,” Ballet Hispánico’s performance at Bryant Park, The Met Opera’s “Summer HD Festival,” and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYC_ARTS on Instagram or @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.”

Beach Sessions Dance Series Returns to Rockaway Beach

Beach Sessions Dance Series Returns to Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Beach

Queens / Sun, Aug 29, 2021, 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

“Beach Sessions Dance Series” is proud to return to Rockaway Beach, Queens for its seventh season of free beach-front outdoor performances with a new live site-specific work by New York choreographer Moriah Evans entitled “REPOSE.” This season’s programming continues to support Beach Sessions’ commitment to presenting free public performances in the Rockaways as well as offering beachgoers and Rockaway locals a unique cultural experience at the City’s popular summertime retreat. On Sunday, August 29th from 1pm-7pm, …

The Obama Portraits

The Obama Portraits

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn / Fri, Aug 27, 2021 – Sun, Oct 24, 2021

The groundbreaking portraits of President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama—painted by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, are currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum. Transforming traditions of American presidential portraiture, the paintings document two unprecedented occasions: the election of the first Black president of the United States, and the selection of the first Black artists to receive the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s commission for portraits of a president or first lady.  In …

Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo

Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Manhattan / Mon, Aug 16, 2021 – Sun, Nov 28, 2021

The exhibition “Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo” explores the intercultural exchange between American artist Jules Tavernier (1844–1889), born and trained in France, and the Indigenous Pomo community of Elem at Clear Lake in northern California. Investigating Tavernier’s life and career, the exhibition is centered on his rediscovered masterwork, “Dance in a Subterranean Roundhouse at Clear Lake, California (1878),” which depicts the “mfom Xe,” or “people dance,” of the Elem Pomo in an underground roundhouse. The exhibition …

Ballet Hispanico: Bryant Park Picnic Performances

Ballet Hispanico: Bryant Park Picnic Performances

Bryant Park

Manhattan / Fri, Aug 27, 2021, 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

On August 27 at 7pm, Ballet Hispánico will perform alongside Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet as part of Bryant Park’s free, outdoor Picnic Performances. The performance will culminate Bryant Park’s showcase of New York City-based dance companies and will celebrate Latinx culture and social justice. The Picnic Performance is accessible on a first-come, first-served basis; no ticket is necessary. For anyone unable to attend in person, a free livestream broadcast of the performance will be available nationwide via Bryant …

The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer HD Festival

The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer HD Festival

Restart Stages at Lincoln Center

Manhattan / Fri, Aug 27, 2021 – Sun, Sep 05, 2021

The Met’s popular “Summer HD Festival” returns on Friday, August 27, featuring a lineup of eleven free encore presentations from the company’s popular “Live in HD” series, as well as a special pre-festival screening of Susan Froemke’s acclaimed documentary “The Opera House.” Running through September 6, the festival features unforgettable performances from many of opera’s greatest singers, including Diana Damrau and Juan Diego Flórez in Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Peter Mattei in Berg’s “Wozzeck,” both …

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So many things to see and do, places to eat and drink in NYC.

Here are 12 of my NYC faves:

The Family-Run Store That’s Sold New York’s Best Lox Since 1914 – The New York Times

The Secret Patios Of NYC – the Infatuation

8 Best Boat Parties in NYC Including Booze Cruises – TONY

10 Iconic New York Spots It’s Time To Revisit – guest of a guest

The Best Empanadas In NYC – New York – The Infatuation

The 9 Best Observation Decks in NYC – Untapped New York

The 50 best restaurants in NYC right now – TONY

Have You Hit Our Favorite Hidden Gems Of The Upper West Side? – guest of a guest

Chef Franklin Becker Opens NYC Food Hall Manhattanville Market on Columbia’s West Harlem Campus – Eater NY

Here are some ways to have summer fun in the New York City this year | amNewYork

Hera Is Hosting Seasonal, Sold-Out Tasting Menus in New Yorkers’ Apartments – Eater NY

20 small things that bring New Yorkers immense joy – TONY

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Best New Restaurants in NYC

If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street.

Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants

“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.” Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld,

Here are 3 more of my faves:

Feast on Escargot and the Scene

Pastis / 52 Gansevoort St.

We’re happy to report that whatever strange alchemy it was (the warming onion soup, the cheeseburger “à la Americaine,” the spacious sidewalk operation sturdy enough for any blizzard) that elevated this fashionable Stephen Starr–Keith McNally Meatpacking District brasserie into one of the go-to destinations during the dark pandemic months is still very much intact. Like everywhere else around town, the dining room is beginning to fill up again, but the best seat in the house is still outdoors, where the sidewalk between the tables along Gansevoort Street has turned into a kind of promenade for the vibrantly reopened city. There was a jazz trio spinning out New Orleans sounds when we dropped by the other day, and couples walking arm in arm on their way to the High Line or an evening picnic in the park. Any picnic here should include some oysters and the bubbly, shell-less escargot, but be sure to save a little room for the baba au rhum, the nougat glacé, and the rest of the underrated brasserie desserts.—A.P.

Snag a Seat for Vietnamese Vermicelli

Di An Di / 68 Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint

Cymande’s “bra” piped through the outdoor jukebox on a recent Friday at the Vietnamese restaurant Di An Di while patrons slurped up brothy vermicelli noodles underneath strings of white lights. Those who arrived after 8:45 p.m. were out of luck, as every table was filled with fashionable young folks in T-shirts and hosts had stopped taking names. Bowls of mi xao bo do bien, firm egg noodles studded with fat slices of squid and shrimp, scented the air with its garlicky perfume. The Before Times menu still hasn’t returned, which means no more rice-paper pizzas for now, but there are newish bánh mì lunch sandwiches stuffed with fried chicken, tofu, or pork belly. And the aromatic shaking beef (bo luc lac), with its wok-seared cubes of medium-rare sirloin and crisp tomato-watercress salad, remains.—R.P.S.

Sip Vermut Like a Basque Boulevardier

Ernesto’s / 259 E. Broadway

The pandemic was a disaster for everyone, but few felt the old “defeat snatched from the jaws of victory” moment more keenly than chef-owner Ryan Bartlow, who had to close this elegant little Basque-themed bar operation just as the buzz for its special brand of convivial tapas-style cooking was building. The bare-bones staff managed to survive on PPP checks and a pickup menu until early summer, before throwing open the floor-to-ceiling windows and filling the sidewalk with rows of tables, which, on a warm night, as the evening light filters through the leafy trees across the street, can feel a little like an outdoor café in San Sebastián. These days, the long, dinner-friendly bar is humming again, and with the first-rate drinks program (try the vermut and tonic), a roster of expertly rendered Spanish classics (the croquettes, the morcilla, the tortilla española), and a peaceful, unhurried vibe, there are, for our money, few more-enjoyable indoor-outdoor-dining options in town.—A.P.

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August NYC Events (08/28/21)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.
Covid has required some changes.

9 Actually Fun Things to Do in New York This Weekend

Ride a giant Ferris wheel in the heart of Times Square.

By Juliet IzonThrillist

“Well kids, we’ve got a new Governor and it’s the end of August. And since we’re still spinning from the speed of both of those events, there’s only one thing to do: party like it’s the weekend because… it is.

And there is a lot to cram into these last few days of August, whether it’s a rooftop bar on Roosevelt Island (you heard that right), a giant Ferris wheel in the middle of Times Square, or a brand-new bistro airlifted seemingly straight from Paris. Read on for nine actually fun things to do, eat, and see this weekend in NYC.”

Grab Vietnamese food from a beloved pop-up

Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28
Prospect Heights
Rejoice: Ha’s Đặc Biệt, a popular Vietnamese food concept, has a brand-new location. Beginning on August 26 for a month-long stint, the pop-up shop will be operating out of KIT in Prospect Heights. Expect aromatic dishes like steamers served with lemongrass and shallot butter, plus booze from Black Cat Wines. Note: the dinners are first come, first served, but takeout is also available.
Cost: Prices vary

Escape to Paris at this new bistro

Weekend-long
NoMad
Jonathan Benno may be one of NYC’s most accomplished chefs, but until now, he’s never tried his hand at French bistro food. That all changes with the opening of Bar Benno this Friday at The Evelyn hotel. The menu will offer many French classics, including escargot with a garlic custard and parsley butter, and prime rib topped with Bordelaise sauce. Wash it all down with drinks made by Anibal Calcagno (Hancock St.); we like the Death by Ramos made with gin, absinthe, citrus, cream, egg white, and Champagne.
Cost: Entrees from $32

Sip rooftop cocktails with sweeping city views

Weekend-long
Roosevelt Island
Earlier this year, the opening of Graduate Roosevelt Island brought a serious dose of cool to the otherwise sleepy enclave. Now, there’s even a bigger reason to cross the Roosevelt Island Bridge: the hotel has opened Panorama Room, an 18th floor bar and lounge with sweeping city views. The very ‘gram-friendly space features 168 seats, a red marble bar, and retro velvet seating, plus sparkling and fortified wines, and innovative takes on martinis, like the draft espresso.
Cost: Cocktails from $16

Ride a giant Ferris wheel in the heart of Times Square

Weekend-long
Times Square
If you’re not going to make it to the county fair this year, we have the next best thing: a giant, 110-foot carnival ride in Times Square. The Times Square Wheel offers thrill seekers a chance to experience one of the most famous intersections in the world from a brand-new vantage point, namely, an extremely high one. Don’t forget to bring along friends to the Ferris wheel, either: each gondola can accommodate up to six people. We’re not saying you should have a mini-wedding wedding on one, but we’re not not saying that either?
Cost: Tickets from $20

Stock up on Jewish New Year sweets a little early

Weekend-long
Union Square
We know, we know, Rosh Hashanah isn’t technically until September 6th, but we’d like to make sampling your desserts ahead of time a new tradition. And, as any New Yorker worth their babka knows, there is nowhere better to snag Jewish holiday goodies than Breads Bakery. Their New Year treats are available starting this week; we love The Crown Medjool (get it?), a wreath-shaped laminated pastry with date and cardamom filling, and the stunning apple challah, stuffed with fruit and almond cream. While you can pick up in-store, we recommend preordering to avoid the crushing disappointment of watching someone else scoop up the last honey cake.
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Get your fix of lumpia during Filipino Restaurant Week

Weekend-long
Citywide
Those who love Filipino food know its sweet-sour-salty flavors cannot be found anywhere else. So, whether you’re well-versed in pansit or have never tried chicken adobo, Filipino Restaurant Week offers all diners a chance to explore this unique cuisine. Participating restaurants, including Purple Yam, Bilao, and Flip Sigi, will serve three-course meals which all feature this year’s key ingredient: calamansi, a refreshing Filipino lime. And for more Filipino eateries in town, check out our list of the best in NYC.
Cost: Prices vary

Check out a pop-up festival that celebrates the benefits of sound on mental health

Weekend-long
Williamsburg
We all know music can influence our moods, but how much do you know about how sound affects your body and mind? Find out at Sounds Nice, a five-week event that explores all the ways sound can affect your mental wellbeing. Events this weekend include seminars on the science behind sound bowls, a Shabbat dinner with a live musical performance, and even a combo HIIT workout and sound meditation.
Cost: Tickets from $30 per person

Raise funds for NYC’s LGBTQ community during this monthlong event

Sunday, August 29
Citywide
Starting this Sunday, the 275 Challenge encourages participants to push themselves physically or creatively for 27.5 days, while also raising funds for The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. There are four types of challenges available (cycling, running, walking, or creating) and those who join can set their own goal, whether it be a mileage number or baking a cake every day. And, if you need extra motivation, the closing celebration on Saturday, September 25 includes a lively party on Pier 84.
Cost: Free to join, and there is no fundraising minimum

Be one of the first to try this shared kitchen’s dine-in program

Weekend-long
Lower East Side
Those in the food industry are familiar with Nimbus as a shared commissary space, but starting this weekend, regular folk will get a (literal) taste of what happens behind the scenes. Customers will be able to order from any of the businesses who operate out of the space and sit down to dine in a front-of-house space. And this ain’t your grandma’s food hall: some of NYC’s most famous restaurants are here, including Di Fara Pizza, Morgan’s Brooklyn BBQ, and Caracas Arepas Bar.
Cost: Prices vary

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Best new restaurants in NYC

If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street.

Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants

“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.” – Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld,

Here are 3 more of my faves:

Meet in Midtown for Hunanese

Blue Willow / 40 W. 56th St.

When this terrific Hunan restaurant opened last year just down the street from Trump Tower, the owners had trouble attracting customers because security arrangements limited access to the block. But true fans of Hunan cuisine — which can be just as spicy as Sichuan, with a broader array of sharp flavors — have a way of sniffing out talent and overcoming obstacles in their path, and Blue Willow gradually became a word-of-mouth hit, especially among Chinese Americans. Now, with the barriers gone, the restaurant draws diners looking for dishes like house-smoked Hunan bacon (thick swatches of pork belly stir-fried with cloves of garlic) and “snow red greens” (minced mustard greens riddled with pickled red chiles). —R.C.S.

Share Thai Disco Fries at a New-Wave Diner

Thai Diner / 186 Mott St.

It’s clear while sitting at Thai Diner’s packed outdoor setup on Mott and Kenmare that Nolita, a reliably bustling corner of the city that felt eerily quiet throughout the past year, is very much alive these days. At this, Ann Redding and Matt Danzer’s latest spot, they’re serving Uncle Boons (RIP) favorites, such as khao soi and crab fried rice, alongside cheeseburgers, fried-chicken sandwiches, and Thai disco fries smothered in curry sauce, which we recommend pairing with a notably strong martini while ogling the ecstatic-to-finally-be-out-and-about passersby. —R.P.S.

Gorge on Russian Spa Food

Matryoshka at Wall Street Bath & Spa 88 / 88 Fulton St.

The Russian bathhouse isn’t just about cleansing; it’s about restoring and nourishing, which is why the indoor-dining ban hit the banya so hard. You were permitted to sweat it out on Fulton Street, but you couldn’t seek rejuvenation through hot borscht and cold beer. Now, after a few rounds in a sauna set to a screaming 220 degrees, you can once again bring your body back to life in a cafeteria with other dripping-wet patrons wearing very few clothes. Consider filling up on slippery Siberian pelmeni drenched in butter, fried potatoes slicked with enough garlic to qualify as a medicinal supplement, and Georgian lamb soup that will scorch your tongue for days, which means it’s precisely the right temperature.—R.P.S.

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