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Today it’s NYC Weekend Corona Culture (Sun). NEW STUFF!
“January may not be New Yorkers’ favorite month (sorry, Capricorns), but she’s going out with a bang this weekend. The weather may call for sub-freezing temperatures and a chance of snow, but if there is anything 2020 taught us, it’s that weather is really just a state of mind. Or, you know, appropriate layers.
With that said, throw on your parka and conquer the urban outdoors this weekend: we’ve got open-air art walks, tropical-themed cocktail bars, and Vietnamese street food calling your name. Read on for nine of the best things to see, eat, drink, and do this weekend in NYC (and be sure to check out our new Weekend Guide podcast streaming below!).”
The city’s biannual event for meal deals, NYC Restaurant Week To Go, certainly looks different this year, but there’s never been a more vital time to help support the restaurant industry. Plus, it’s easier than ever to participate: the promotion has shifted to takeout and delivery options only, with an affordable price tag of $20.21 for an entree and side. There are also more choices: a whopping 570 restaurants are taking part across the five boroughs. Some of our favorite dishes to look out for: Adda’s butter chicken, Kimika’s menchi-katsu burger, and Pastis’s coq au vin.
Cost: $20.21 per meal
Buzzy LES restaurant Golden Diner is hosting a pop-up winter grilling event during January and February, with Helen Nguyen of Saigon Social as the first guest chef. Her four-course menu will include Vietnamese-Korean fried chicken and kimchi banh canh (a thick Vietnamese noodle) and is available through outdoor dining or takeaway via Resy.
Cost: $60 per ticket
Blank Street began life as a zero-waste coffee cart and quickly became a favorite of caffeine aficionados everywhere. This week, they opened up a brick-and-mortar shop right on bustling Bedford Avenue, serving espressos, cortados, and flat whites, but also an array of pastries like everything bagel scones, and apple cider and olive oil Bundt cakes. Even sweeter: every customer who downloads the Blank Street app receives a free cup of coffee the first time they use it.
Cost: Coffee from $2.50
This weekend’s forecast calls for freezing, blustery weather which means one thing: you need some damn good soup. Hit up Nneji in Queens, a cheery spot run by Beatrice Ajaero that features hearty recipes like a slow-cooked stew with beef, dried Norwegian cod, and bacalao; or a kicky ginger-spiked goat version. Stock up on hard-to-find pantry staples while you’re there as well: Ajaero sources a wide variety of international groceries for her shop, as well as delectable pastries from Sicilian bakery Rose & Joe’s. Schlep it all home in a colorful tote bag made out of Nigerian textile fabric that was designed by Ajaero’s mother.
Cost: From $8 a portion
The end of January is often when the winter doldrums really hit, but luckily, a tropical-themed pop-up cocktail spot is here to help. Now open until the end of March, ¡Winter in the Tropics! is a limited-time concept from Den Hospitality (who also mounted Feliz Coctelería earlier this year) featuring frozen cocktails, bright Mexican fare, and—crucially—52 heated seats and five private cabanas. Standouts from the menu include the Cobby-Toma-Tita made with dark rum, popcorn, and a sumac-curry salt rim; or the Boozy Hot Jacuzzi, served hot with aguardiente, yellow Chartreuse, and spices like clove and star anise. Reservations available via Sevenrooms.
Cost: Drinks from $13
Upper West Side
One of the many magical qualities of New York’s art scene is that you don’t have to go to a museum or gallery to find it. Case in point: Art on the Ave NYC, an initiative conceived this summer as a way to use art in public spaces to provoke dialogue. The current exhibit, The Art of Healing, curated by Lisa DuBois of X Gallery in Harlem, explores how artists used this time in lockdown to both create new works and process the wild events of 2020. Those interested in exploring can simply wander up or down Columbus Avenue or download the brochure to learn more about the works and their creators.
Long Island City
Chef Dan Kluger has had rabid fans since his days at ABC Kitchen, but his newest venture finally allows his Queens acolytes to taste his seasonal fare without crossing a bridge. The recently opened Penny Bridge has a menu inspired by classic American diner food, but with Kluger’s signature market-driven technique. The restaurant, which is currently open for takeout and delivery, boasts comfort food favorites like mozzarella sticks served with a smoked tomato dipping sauce, a burger topped with thousand island dressing and pimento cheese, and for dessert, a build-your-own sundae complete with hot fudge, salted caramel, and walnut toffee.
Cost: Entrees from $31
Mario Schifano was a legendary figure in Italian postwar and contemporary art, but until now, has never had a US institutional exhibition. The new show, Facing America at The Center for Italian Modern Art allows viewers a look into one of his most formative periods, 1960-65. The pieces shown are a mix of both Pop Art techniques and monochromatic work, and display his mastery of both. Also on view are works by other artists that Schifano admired, including heavy hitters like Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.
Cost: $15 for an appointment-only tour
Bryant Park and Columbus Circle
There’s never really a wrong time to drink hot chocolate, but you might as well celebrate the “holiday” this weekend. Our picks? Two European imports that have recently opened new outposts right here in the city. Parisian favorite Angelina is known for its impossibly thick version, which is even better with a side of their signature pastry, the chestnut-flavored Mont-Blanc. And Venchi Fine Italian Chocolates, a beloved chain from Italy, just opened its second standalone store in Columbus Circle. To celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day, they’ll be offering a “buy one, get one free” promotion on their classic hot chocolate.
Cost: From $8.90 a cup at Angelina, and $5.50 at Venchi
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“Check out our suggestions for the best art exhibitions you don’t want to miss, including recently opened shows and more
With New York’s art scene being so prominent yet ever-changing, you’ll want to be sure to catch significant exhibitions. Time Out New York rounds up the best art shows and exhibits in NYC, from offerings at the best photography and art galleries in NYC to shows at renowned institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim.”
“Nicolas Cage hosts the history of swearing. Lorde writes a book and Julie Mehretu takes over the Whitney. This new year has to be better, right?”
“Sanford Biggers, Félix Fénéon and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s history of itself are some of the exhibitions that remain open to the public.”
WFUV-FM 90.7is my fave local radio station. Noncommercial, member-supported with a format of adult album alternative music, WFUV is doing it’s best to keep us connected to our music with a comprehensive, updated list of live music online.
WFUV Live Online (January 28 – February 3)
1/28-29 Music Feeds At-Home Festival, with Sam Smith, Fontaines D.C., Joseph Arthur and more.
1/29 Vagabon livestream
1/29-30 Ann Arbor Folk Festival, feat. Raul Malo, The War and Treaty, and more
1/29 Lyle Lovett and Jason Isbell, virtual live concert and conversation
1/29 Arlo Parks with Romy, Glass Animals
1/30 Brandi Carlile, performs The Story in full
1/30 Cage the Elephant from Nashville’s Blackbird Studio
1/31 Laura Marling from Union Chapel rebroadcast
1/31 Chris Thile masterclass on making records
“For some visitors, the stop was merely intended to gaze at the enormous hall complete with an enormous skylight roof and Art Deco clock. Many were spotted craning their necks to take in the open skylight, pivoting their hips taking scenic, panoramic photos. Others searched for fresco portraits created by Kehinde Wiley, which are prominently displayed at the 33rd Street entrance, or the spacious and modern Amtrak lounge on the upper floor.”
Stay home for a bit longer. Mask up, stay smart and stay safe.