NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: July 23 – 29
“Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Melvin Edwards’ “Brighter Days,” Will Power’s adaptation of “Richard III,” works by Robert Bauer, Lucian Freud 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.”
That Eighties Show
Manhattan / Thu, Jul 15, 2021 – Sat, Sep 18, 2021
Forum Gallery presents “That Eighties Show” (July 15 – September 18, 2021), a summer exhibition of thirty-five works created between 1980 and 1989, a decade of meteoric growth and accelerated modernization in economy and culture. The dedicated artists in the show responded in diverse ways to these heady, turbo-charged times that saw a dramatic return to figurative and representational means of expression. Following on from “That Seventies Show,” presented at Forum Gallery in the summer …
What’s It All About
Jenkins Johnson Gallery
Brooklyn / Sat, Jul 17, 2021 – Fri, Aug 27, 2021
Jenkins Johnson Projects presents “What’s It All About,” an exhibition bringing together a multi-generational group of abstract artists. The exhibition features renowned professors Dewey Crumpler, San Francisco Art Institute, and Lisa Corinne Davis, Hunter College. Participating artists include Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, Patrick Alston, Carmen Neely, Esteban Ramón Pérez, Emma Soucek and Jason Stopa. Exhibition essay by Amarie Gipson, Writer and Critic. Dewey Crumpler is a multi-disciplinary artist who examines issues of globalization and cultural commodification through …
City Hall Park
Manhattan / Tue, May 04, 2021 – Sun, Nov 28, 2021
From May 4th to November 28th, Public Art Fund will be presenting “Brighter Days” at City Hall Park, a thematic survey of seminal artist Melvin Edwards’ work featuring five sculptures created between 1970 and 1996, as well as a new work commissioned in 2020 for this historic exhibition. For more than 60 years, Edwards has created works that bring abstract forms together with recognizable motifs—often related to his own personal history—to engage with themes of …
Two Noble Kinsmen
Manhattan / Thu, Jul 15, 2021 – Sat, Jul 31, 2021
The Drilling Company will return with Shakespeare in the Parking Lot July 15 to 30, offering a portable three-week run of “Two Noble Kinsmen,” a rarely-produced curiosity of the Shakespearean canon. Performances will begin July 15, 16, 17 in the parking Lot of The Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street; move July 19, 20, 21 to Bryant Park, and return July 28 29, 30 to The Clemente. Director Hamilton Clancy is re-envisioning the story of Thebes and Athens into a modern spy caper …
Seize The King
Marcus Garvey Park
Manhattan / Tue, Jul 06, 2021 – Thu, Jul 29, 2021
The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents “Seize The King.” With his country’s throne empty, Richard knocks down threats to his ascension, fueling his insatiable ambition and paranoia. Even if he can be stopped — who can ensure a tyrant won’t rise in his place? Award-winning playwright Will Power delivers a propulsive and timely modern reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s “Richard III” that the “San Diego City Beat” described as “a sharp, lyrical script that blurs the line …
So many things to see and do, to eat and drink in NYC.
Here are 10 of my NYC faves:
NYC Restaurant Week’s best summer 2021 spots are now serving menus -TONY
Saving New York City’s Last Wildernesses – Scientific American
The best things to do in the fall in NYC – TONY
The Best Thai Restaurants In NYC – New York – The Infatuation
Eyes On New York, The Ride’s World Premiere on Staten Island, Takes Flight July 1 – Times Square Chronicles
The Best NYC Bars & Restaurants With Live Music – New York – The Infatuation
Best Ice Cream Shops in NYC: Classic and Unique Ice Cream Spots to Try – Thrillist
A 35,000-Square-Foot Indoor Amusement Park Will Open An Hour From NYC Next Year – Secretnyc
Best Seafood Restaurants in NYC: Top Places to Go To in New York – Thrillist
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel is the star of this immersive exhibit coming this fall to NYC – TONY
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.