Art shows, epic new nightlife spaces, and more.
“It’s official: this week, New Yorkers elected Eric Adams as NYC’s next mayor. This Saturday night also marks the end of daylight saving time where we gain back an hour, so celebrate your extra long weekend by planting some flower bulbs in Long Island City, checking out epic new nightlife spaces, or dining at an elegant new uptown spot for dinner.
Read on for eight actually fun things to do in NYC this weekend.”
Upper East Side
Good evening Upper East Siders, do you know where you’re having dinner tonight? If you’re looking for that perfect combination of uptown sophistication, food that’s actually good, and maybe a celebrity spotting or two, head to the newly opened Dowling’s at The Carlyle. The menu is a mix of American and European dishes, like salt-baked branzino, or tuna tartare served with whipped crème fraiche and sauce gribiche. Save room for their signature dessert, too: a sundae for two prepared table-side that includes caramel-pretzel ice cream, chantilly, chocolate sauce, and strawberries flambé.
Cost: Entrees from $33
While we take issue with people asking if NYC is “back” (it never went anywhere, baby), the opening of a new, giant nightclub is still a great sign for the city. And Nebula is one of the most innovative spaces to open in Manhattan in years: it’s 11,00 square-feet with multiple levels and a 5,500 square-foot dance floor with moveable video screens on the ceiling. There are also three private clubs for those looking to throw smaller events like a dinner party or karaoke night. The grand opening party is this Friday; expect surprise musical guests and a lot of happy clubgoers.
Cost: Ticket price varies
Authentic Hospitality is a new business from the minds behind iconic spaces like The Jane Hotel Ballroom, The Westway, and The Smile. So, it should be no surprise that its latest ventures inside the Freehand New York are already causing quite the buzz. Sister bar spaces Georgia Room and Bar Calico are both influenced by famed painter Georgia O’Keeffe—think a breezy, Southwest vibe—and will also host events like comedy shows, line dancing, and live music. As for the cocktails? They’re innovative takes on classics. We recommend the Calico Manhattan, made with Great Jones bourbon, Amaro Averna, and chocolate.
Cost: Drinks from $16
Saturday, November 6, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Long Island City
Spring may seem interminably far away now that we’re in November, but this late fall period is an ideal time to plan for all those 2022 blooms. Head to Long Island City this Saturday, when Hunters Point Parks Conservancy hosts the 7th Annual LIC Bulbfest. Volunteers will sign up in shifts and plant a whopping 16,000 bulbs before the day is over. And then, make a note in the calendar to swing by Gantry Plaza State Park and Hunters Point South Park when your flowers burst into bloom this spring.
Cost: Free with sign up
The Public Theater has long been an incubator for some of the country’s most talented playwrights. And their newest production, Cullud Wattah, is certainly on track to be one of the fall’s most lauded and discussed performances. Written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza, the play centers around the lives of three generations of Black women dealing with the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Cullud Wattah is genre-bending, deeply thought-provoking, and, simply put, an important piece of theater.
Cost: Tickets from $60
When you think of NYC art fairs, it’s legitimate if your understanding is that they’re affairs only for people dropping serious coin. But luckily, our city also has a fair share of more democratic art world events, like this weekend’s The Other Art Fair. Held at the Brooklyn Expo Center and presented by Saatchi Art in partnership with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, the fair brings together over 130 independent and emerging artists, with prices starting as low as $150. And, if you’re looking to support local talent, there are plenty of New York-based artists to check out.
Cost: Tickets from $18
Sunday, November 7, 4 pm-7 pm
We are lucky to have many excellent comedy venues in our city and even more talented comedians. This Sunday, you can see some of NYC’s best indigenous talent at Women to the Front’s event, At Your Cervix. The performance, being held at Union Pool, will not only showcase these rising star comedians, but also will raise money for Indigenous Women Rising, a reproductive justice organization that centers Native and Indigenous folks.
Cost: Tickets from $23
A sure sign the holidays are approaching: the opening of Bank of America’s Winter Village at Bryant Park, this year in its 20th season. The complex not only houses NYC’s only free-admission ice skating rink, but also cold-weather treats and drinks, and one of the best holiday markets in the city, curated by Urbanspace. If you’re really feeling the winter spirit, you can also rent an igloo; the experience comes with a carafe of mulled wine or bucket of beer; a charcuterie board or cheese; and french fries with dipping sauce.
Cost: Free to enter
Thrillist, a site with tons of food, drink, travel & entertainment info, introduces folks to the coolest things to do in NYC (and other places when you are traveling). I like to check them out regularly. You should, too.
So many things to see and do, places to eat and drink in NYC.
How to find them? Here are 6 more of my fave NYC suggestions:
Best new restaurants in NYC
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,
Here are 3 more of my faves:
Experience Arthur Avenue Alfresco
Zero Otto Nove / 2357 Arthur Ave., Belmont
Zero Otto Nove has been a mainstay of the Bronx’s Little Italy since it opened in 2008. But Open Streets’ weekend transformation of Arthur Avenue into the car-free Piazza di Belmont has brought a fresh and breezy feel to this first-rate southern Italian trattoria. Previously, restaurants along the strip rarely set up for outdoor dining, confining the festivities to the often-curtained dining rooms. Now and hopefully forever, the celebratory and communal open-air atmosphere brings the action (and all the neighborhood characters) outdoors, where diners partake in lively people-watching while enjoying dishes like citrusy seafood salad, butternut-squash pizza, and mafalde cooked in tinfoil.—Terri Ciccone
Rediscover the Joy of Big Round Tables
Hwa Yuan / 42 East Broadway
There are many good reasons to revisit Manhattan’s Chinatown these days. But if you’re in the mood for a quick Peking-duck banquet or a taste of Shorty Tang’s famous dry-sautéed crispy beef in a crowded, near-celebratory post-pandemic atmosphere, this East Broadway destination is the place to be. When we dropped in on a Friday evening not long ago, the streets outside were still eerily empty, and so were the dining booths set up on the sidewalk. But inside the brightly lit two-floor restaurant, parties of revelers from uptown, across the river, and around the neighborhood filled the round tables. For those acclimated to dining in the great indoors, we guarantee a bite of Peking duck (or crispy beef) never tasted so good.—A.P.41
Nosh Bagels and Lox Off Madison Square
Mark’s Off Madison / 41 Madison Ave.
At Mark’s, which opened in November, the Queens-born chef Mark Strausman (Freds at Barneys, Coco Pazzo, Campagna) delves into the Jewish and Italian dishes that have come to define his 30-year career: lush eggplant parm, rich pappardelle with brisket ragù, and a killer chicken soup named after his grandmother Estelle. In nice weather, the outdoor terrace, with its view of Madison Square Park, gets fairly packed with a tony mix of locals and Strausman groupies from his Freds days. On weekends, starting at 9 a.m., the place doubles as a Jewish bakery whose bagels and bialys and black-and-white cookies put most of the competition to shame. —R.C.S.
Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
all 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.