March NYC events + Best NYC restaurants (03/04)

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-19 has required some changes. First of all, some very important information:

“There are multiple websites, disappearing slots and even attempts to game the system. Here’s our guide to what you have to do to get a dose in your arm.”

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For March we are going to try a different format – “Top 10 Corona Culture” – updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times OR NYC related visual info (Instagram and YouTube) OR all the NYC news you need to start your day.

 

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.

Today it’s Best NYCity Restaurants. My Baker’s Dozen – NEW STUFF!

Covid 19 has greatly affected the NY City dining scene. Be sure to contact your restaurant before heading out.

19 Standout Vegan Dishes to Try in NYC Right Now – ny.eater.com

One Of NYC’s Great Vietnamese Restaurants Just Opened On The UWS – Gothamist

Best cheap eats NYC has to offer, from dumplings to sandwiches – TONY

The NYC Hit List: The Best New Restaurants In NYC – New York – The Infatuation

40 Inexpensive Dining Destinations in NYC – ny.eater.com

One Of The City’s Great Jewish Delis Comes To The Upper West Side – Gothamist

Adam Platt: The Best Meals I Ate in 2020 – grubstreet.com

Best Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants in NYC – Thrillist

Top 10 Best Affordable Restaurants in New York, NY – Last Updated Nov 2020 – Yelp

100 best restaurants in NYC, serving Italian, Mexican and sushi – TONY

16 Exciting New Restaurants Open in Manhattan Right Now – ny.eater.com

The Best Vietnamese Restaurants In NYC – New York – The Infatuation

Critic Robert Sietsema’s Top 12 Neighborhood Pizza Slices – ny.eater.com

LOCAL TAKE: 21 Delicious Places to Eat in NYC in 2020 – nomadicmatt.com

The 38 Essential Restaurants in New York City,  – ny.eater.com

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

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Now, how about some other useful NYC information for your winter season. 

The best things to do in NYC this week TONY

“If you’re looking for the best things to do in NYC this week or even today, there are tons of fun options (so long as you can social distance and wear a mask). Start by checking out the incredible photography at “Love Letters for Harlem” or finding the giant art inside Chelsea Market. Then, sit in for a night of Britney Spears-themed drag bingo or an intimate burlesque show at Club Cumming. ” Here are just a few:

g. So Ready for Laughter: Bob Hope and World War II
Museums New-York Historical Society | Manhattan, NY, Upper West Side Mar 5 2021-Sep 5 2021

The New-York Historical Society has a new exhibit that coincides with the 80th anniversary of the United Service Organizations (USO) that shows off artifacts (a World War II-era aircraft fragment, mess kit, and other relics engraved to Hope), films, and rare photographs to illustrate how Bob Hope helped lift spirits with his USO and radio shows during a dark time in American history.

There’s also a companion exhibition, “The Gift of Laughter,” that delves into Hope’s varied career after World War II as a USO entertainer, television star, and Academy Award host demonstrating the many hats worn by comedians. His legacy will be brought to life with many items, including costumes from the Emmy Award-winning series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, as well as objects related to other comedians—real and imagined—influenced by Hope.

h. “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America”
News Art

“Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” a new exhibition that has taken over almost the entirety of the New Museum and is set to stay put until June 6, explores the history of racist violence all throughout the United States. Back in 2018, curator Okwui Enwezor began working on the project, hoping to mount it by last year’s Presidential election. Unfortunately, the curator’s passing in 2019 and the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic forced a shift in plans that delayed the show’s opening to last week. In total, the work of 37 Black artists currently fills the museum’s lobby, its three main viewing floors, the building’s exterior and the South Gallery found in the building next door. Expect to browse through the amazing works of artists the likes of Kara Walker, who is the brain behind an entire wall filled with sketches and drawings; LaToya Ruby Frazier, who contributes over a dozen photographs from her “The Notion of Family” series; and Jean-Michael Basquiat, whose “Procession” can be glanced at as soon as the elevator doors open on the third floor. The show is a powerful one, with images ranging in style, theme and scope, but one that is necessary to delve into today more than ever. Given COVID-19-related guidelines, visitors have to purchase timed tickets ahead of their trip. Feel free to do so right here.

i. A seven-foot-tall portrait of RBG inside Chelsea Market
News Art

New Yorkers can get their art fix at Chelsea Market, where a new exhibit honors some of “the most pivotal individuals in our nation’s history and pop culture.” The works are on display throughout the market’s main concourse and, best part of all, the exhibition is completely free to all visitors. Brooklyn artist Voodo’ Fe has curated the show, which includes “his very familiar and notable pop culture character renditions, all brought to life through the various textures of mixed media that he employs to tell his story,” according to the show’s official press release. In an effort to celebrate both Black History Month and Women’s History Month, the artist presents mixed media renditions of the likes of the late Kobe Bryant, the Notorious B.I.G. and Frida Kahlo. Specifically, expect to stumble on a Harriet Tubman piece mostly made of bottle caps and paint, alongside a pretty giant painting of the one-and-only late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Speaking of size: most of the pieces stand 7 feet tall, so you really can’t miss them upon entering the market.

j. Love Letters For Harlem
Art Claire Oliver Gallery, Harlem Until Apr 3 2021

“Love Letters for Harlem” is an exhibition of photographs by Harlem residents John Pinderhughes, Ruben Natal SanMiguel, Jeffrey Henson Scales and Shawn Walker that celebrate the lives and culture of Harlem. “As longtime residents of Harlem, we are inspired by the rich cultural lineage of our neighborhood,” states gallerist Claire Oliver. “In the midst of this challenging year when we have all been so isolated, we wanted to showcase the resiliency and celebrate the individuals, geography and culture of Harlem through the intimacy of photography while also supporting a vital organization that provides urgently needed aid to our community in this time of need.” A portion of the proceeds will benefit Harlem Community Relief Fund, an initiative of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (GHCC), who in concert with Harlem Week, ReThink Food NY, NY State Assemblywoman Inez Dickens, CCNY, NAACP are working together to combat food insecurity in Harlem.

k. Act & Sip NYC
Things to do Russell Acting Studio, Midtown West Mar 4 2021-Mar 6 2021

If you’re not a paint and sip kind of person, try Act & Sip, a beer-fueled acting workshop in an Off-Broadway Theater with expert instructors. They pair students off with partners and hand over the pages to a scene from a well-known iconic NYC sitcom or movie, offering tips along the way to help performers conquer stage fright and discover their inner actor. This event is perfect for bachelorette parties, after-work outings, or just a fun night with friends to get on stage with a little help from liquid courage. You don’t need any experience, but you must be 21 or older and BYOB.

Many more things to do this week in NYC right HERE at Time Out New York

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50 Awesome Things To Do In NYC This March – Secretnyc

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming free productions every night

Metropolitan Opera | Week 51

11 Stunning NYC Rooftop Bars Open For The Perfect Spring Evenings – Secretnyc

How Covid-Safe Is Dining in a Restaurant’s Outdoor Tent? – WSJ

NYBG Replaces Annual Orchid Show With New ‘Spotlight On Orchids’ – Secretnyc

Bubbles, Cabins And Yurts: 25 Of The Most Creative Outdoor Dining Setups In NYC – Secretnyc

16 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch On Stage From Home | Playbill

The Best Online Workout Classes, According to Strategist Writers and Editors

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STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – MASK UP, STAY SMART AND STAY SAFE.

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