July NYC Events (07/26/21)

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, July 26, 2021

Mon, Jul 26 – 8:00 pm / free; tickets required; available only through a digital lottery
Play | Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaption in the Park
Set in South Harlem, amidst a vibrant and eclectic community of West African immigrants, This adapta … more

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Tue, Jul 27 – 1:00 pm / free; RSVP required
Discussion | Andy Warhol: A Conversation (virtual)
Join a lively conversation with Warhol biographer Blake Gopnik and art museum curators Kenneth Brumm … more

Tue, Jul 27 – 7:00 pm / free; no reservation required
Jazz | The George Gee Big Band: Swing and Jazz
The Queens-based George Gee Big Band will mix swing and jazz. Audience members will surely want to d … more

Tue, Jul 27 – 7:30 pm / free; RSVP required
Dancing | Outdoor Dance Party with Grammy-Winning Saxophonist Michael Thomas
This program is making people twist and shout. Queens Theatre is currently facilitating outdoor danc … more

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Wed, Jul 28 – 3:00 pm / free; RSVP required
Open Studios | 2021 Summer Open House: A Day of Live Rehearsals and Studio Presentations
Take part in conversations about international contemporary art with arts professionals from around … more

Wed, Jul 28 – 6:00 pm / free
Concert | From Swing to R&B to 80’s Pop Hits
Join a rotating cast of musicians curated by ArBuzz and Sharla, as they play everything from swing t … more

Wed, Jul 28 – 7:00 pm / free; no reservation required
Jazz | Jazz at the Pier: Steve Blum and the Molecular Organ Trio
This seasonal favorite combines smooth tunes with beautiful evenings on the Park’s green piers for a … more

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Thu, Jul 29 = 12:30 pm / free
Jazz | Grammy Winner Arturo O’Farrill and his Latin Jazz Group
Grammy-award winner Arturo O’Farrill and his ensemble of fiery musicians continue to innovate, … more

Thu, Jul 29 – 5:00 pm / free; no reservation required
Concert | Fabulous Five: Popular Favorites from the Beatles, Broadway, Coldplay, Sting, Lady Gaga and More
Performers:Victoria Paterson, violinHiroko Taguchi, violinPhilip … more

Thu, Jul 29 – 6:00 pm / free
Concert | Japanese Contemporary and Traditional Music: Bamboo Flutes, Taiko Drums and More
Various styles of Japanese contemporary and traditional music, with a focus on the shinobue bamboo f … more

Friday, July 30, 2021

Fri, Jul 30 – 5:00 pm / free; no reservation required
Classical Music | The Met’s Balcony Bar from Home Featuring ETHEL and Friends in Concert (virtual)
Fix yourself a drink and experience The Met’s Balcony Bar from home with ETHEL, one of the most accl … more

Fri, Jul 30 – 6:00 pm / free, registration required
Play | Twelfth Night: One of Shakespeare’s Most Celebrated Comedies
Shipwrecked in the alluring country of Illyria, twins Viola and Sebastian each believe the other dea … more

Fri, Jul 30 – 7:00 pm / free
Concert | Adrienne Warren and Friends: Tony-Award Winning Singer
Adrienne Warren made her Broadway debut in the 2012 musical Bring It On, and in 2016 receiv … more


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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