May Events and Best NYC Restaurants (05/27)

Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being. Stay Safe.

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For the month of May we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Corona Culture” – info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.
Today it’s Best NYCity Restaurants.

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Best NYCity Restaurants

With restaurants closed or only open for takeout, this info is more useful for that glorious time when we have beaten the virus and life has returned to some form of normal.

It’s not difficult to find a place to eat in Manhattan. Seems like there is at least one restaurant on every block. The New York City health department inspected over 10,000 eating establishments in Manhattan alone last year. And the selection of restaurants includes cuisines from all over the world.

Finding a good place to eat is a bit harder. We could start with New York City’s 72 Michelin-Starred Restaurants, but they are more suitable for those on expense accounts or celebrating a special event. No worries. There are many guides to good eating available, if you know where to look.

Here are a few of my favorite guides to the best restaurants in various neighborhoods:

Best Places to Eat in Times Square  (tripsavvy.com)

Best Restaurants in 55 NYC Neighborhoods  (zagat.com)

Where To Eat Uptown in NYC  (fodors.com)

The Definitive Midtown Dining Guide  (thrilist.com)

Where to Eat and Drink Near the High Line (thrilist.com)

The Grub Street Guide to Affordable Sushi in New York  (grubstreet,com)

The Absolute Best Restaurants in the Meatpacking District (grubstreet,com)

11 Tastes of Chinatown  (nycgo.com)

Restaurant Row Guide (nycgo.com)

The 15 Best Places with a Happy Hour in the Upper West Side  (foursquare)

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We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here June 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info.

Now how about some other useful information during these trying times.

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GD: In the age of Covid-19 this info from City Guide is one of the best sources of info on What’s Happening, even if it’s only available in your home, and not in your favorite venue. Stay Safe.

Things to Do This Week in NYC (5/25-5/31)

(5/25-5/31) The city may be on pause, but there is still plenty of New York City to enjoy. Read on for some virtual culture and touring, in addition to some great restaurants still serving food for pick up and delivery.

VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR FRIDAY NIGHT & ROSÉ FOR DELIVERY

Rosé Mansion hosts Friday evening virtual happy hours every week! Download Rosé Mansion’s Zoom Backgrounds so you can join from your favorite mansion room. Invite friends! Kicks off 5:30pm.

If you’re in New York City or Westchester, you can get some rosé IRL to enjoy from home. You can get 6-packs and 12-packs of wine, along with some of Rosé Mansion’s infamous swag (heart-shaped shades, anyone?), delivered right to your doorstep. Order the packs of wine you want online. You can choose from sweet rosé, dry rosé, sparkling wines, or a magical mystery box—all among the most popular at Rosé Mansion. You can find the delivery schedule and all the details on the Rosé Mansion website. 100% of the money from this sale goes towards supporting team members and reopening Rosé Mansion. Most of the wines are produced by small businesses, so you’ll be supporting them too.

NYC RESOURCES

cosi fan tutti met opera

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas FREE nightly.

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, NYC Health + Hospitals and AFM Local 802 have launched Music for the Soul of NYC’s Health + Hospitals Heroes, a new series in support of the 43,000 staff at NYC’s 11 public hospitals and their patients. Music for the Soul is designed to inspire our heroic medical community, connect isolated patients to the outside world, and provide paid work for musicians, who may be struggling financially. The series will feature a variety of professional NYC musicians performing songs requested by health workers and patients at NYC public hospitals, as well as some of the musicians’ personal favorites. The musicians, who’ll be playing from home, will also be performing songs that local hospitals have used to celebrate patients successfully coming off ventilators. Upcoming performers include Tony Bennett, Rosanne Cash, Questlove, and AJR. Running through July 3, Music for the Soul will be livestreamed on NYC Health + Hospital’s Facebook page every day from noon-1pm.

Thought Gallery has hundred of livestream talks, lectures, performances and more. This is one of my faves.

The New York Public Library provides access to more than 300,000 FREE e-books and e-audio books.

NYC Health information page for COVID-19.

NYC restaurant world information.

Stream hundreds of Broadway shows (by subscription).

15 Broadway shows you can watch from home.

Broadway performances live—from stars’ living rooms.

The New York City Ballet presents a spring digital season.

Virtual programming will keep you connected to the York Theatre Company.

One World Observatory has made One World Explorer, the attraction’s Digital Skyline Guide, available for remote watching. Virtual helicopter tours of the city’s most iconic sites are available now.

51 New York TV shows and movies.

5 eras of New York to enjoy in books and movies.

2,500 museums and galleries you can visit virtually.

The New York Botanical Garden in bloom from home.

Exploring Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square.

The Top of the Rock launches a brief virtual tour on YouTube.

Livestreamed fitness classes.

Fun at-home activities for kids.

6 podcast series to help you understand New York.

Discover the best of New York, from hidden gems to iconic landmarks, through The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s “Tourist in your own Town” Video Series.

VIRTUAL MUSEUMS

Explore the world of design with Cooper Hewitt.

Experience the Intrepid Museum anywhere.

New-York Historical Society from home.

The Brooklyn Museum remotely.

Guggenheim Museum from home.

The Morgan’s exhibitions.

Virtually visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum.

The Merchant’s House Museum from home.

rubin shrine room virtual tour

You can take a virtual tour of the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room at the Rubin Museum of Art. (You can find two hours of meditative chanting as well, if you’re searching out some respite.)

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WFUV Live Online (May 21-27)

Live Online
Frequently:
The Tweedy Show, nightly at 10:30pm
The Mavericks’ Raul Malo, regularly
Rufus Wainwright, daily
David Wax Museum, weekdays at 1p with guests
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Weekly:
Norah Jones, Thursdays at 4pm
Ben Gibbard (Deathcab), Thursdays at 7pm
Colin Meloy (Decemberists), Fridays at 3pm
Todd Snider, Sundays at noon
The Kennedys, Sundays at 2pm
Shawn Colvin, Mondays at 12 noon
Grace Potter, Mondays at 9pm
Josh Ritter, Tuesdays at 7pm
Neil Finn, Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6pm
Citizen Cope, Tuesdays
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This Week:
5/20 – Bob Weir with The National
5/20 – Joseph Arthur Guitar Mash
5/23 – Andrew Combs via Outpost in the Burbs
5/23 – Bill Frisell Guitar Mash
5/24 – A Musical Memorial and Tribute with Yo-Yo Ma

Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at wfuv.org

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Billboard also has some good info:

All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus 

Looking for a Refund? How to Get Your Money Back for Concert & Festival Tickets

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STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – STAY SAFE.

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