November NYC Events (11/22/21)

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, November 22, 2021 Mon, Nov 22
12:00 pm

free; no reservation required Discussion | Deciphering Dickens: A Christmas Carol (online)
Charles Dickens left behind a remarkably complete record of his literary output, including handwritt … more Mon, Nov 22
4:00 pm

free; registration required Lecture | Archives of Solidarity: Yugoslav Newsreels and the Non-Aligned World (online)
A lecture by the award-winning director and film scholar Mila Turajlic, born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia … more Mon, Nov 22
6:00 pm

free; no reservation required Discussion | European Literature Night 2021
Austrian author Stefan Kutzenberger joins fellow writers, translators and performers from Romania, C … more Mon, Nov 22
8:30 pm

free Classical Music | Cello Works By J.S.Bach, Schubert and Von Paradis (in-person and online)
Elena Ariza, cello.ProgramJohann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) … more

More Free Events for Mon, Nov 22, 2021
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 Tue, Nov 23
7:00 pm

free; registration required Discussion | National Geographic’s The Hot Zone: Anthrax: Cast Interview with Actors Daniel Dae Kim and Harry Hamlin (online)
An event with the creator and stars of Nat Geo’s new scientific thriller, The Hot Zone: Anthrax … more Tue, Nov 23
7:00 pm

free; no reservation required Discussion | A Conversation with a Leader in Public Art (online)
Jonathan Neville promotes murals and public art–serving as an art curator, leader of artist teams, … more Tue, Nov 23
7:30 pm

free, reservation required Concert | Saxophonist Hailed By The New York Times
Daniel Bennett, Saxophon; Mark Cocheo, guitar.The Daniel Bennett Group has been featured … more

More Free Events for Tue, Nov 23, 2021
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 Wed, Nov 24
10:00 am

free; reservation required Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations … more Wed, Nov 24
3:30 pm

free, tip-supported, booking required Tour | Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf Mountain (livestream)
One of the highlights of Rio de Janeiro is Sugarloaf Mountain and the breathtaking views from there. … more

More Free Events for Wed, Nov 24, 2021
Thursday, November 25, 2021 Thu, Nov 25
12:00 am

free Film | The Neverending Story (1984): American Classic (streaming for 24 hrs)
A lonely young boy with a love of books becomes drawn into a timeless world of fabulous creatures–a … more Thu, Nov 25
5:00 pm

free; registration required Workshop | Thanksgiving Afternoon Meditation and Sharing Circle (online)
A 30-minute meditation and gratitude sharing circle on Thanksgiving afternoon. Whether you have a bu … more

More Free Events for Thu, Nov 25, 2021
Friday, November 26, 2021 Fri, Nov 26
10:00 am

free; no registration required Hike | Northern Manhattan Parks Super Hike
On Black Friday, work off your Thanksgiving feast while enjoying the great outdoors on this Urban Pa … more Fri, Nov 26
6:00 pm

Pay-as-you-wish, reservation required Museums | New York City and American History
Founded in 1804, this American history museum holds an extensive collection of historical artifacts, … more Fri, Nov 26
7:30 pm

Pay-what-you-can; $6 minimum Play | In the Southern Breeze: An Autobiographical Fever Dream (in-person and online)
Deep in an existential crisis, Man locks himself in his apartment. A portal reveals itself and when … more

More Free Events for Fri, Nov 26, 2021
Saturday, November 27, 2021 Sat, Nov 27
10:00 am

Pay-what-you-wish for NY State residents, reservation required Museums | Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer
Dutch paintings of the 17th century: the Golden Age of Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer. Through sixty-s … more Sat, Nov 27
11:30 am

free; registration required Tour | Tour the Historic 1908 Lightship Ambrose
On this guided tour, visitors can tour the multiple decks of this National Historic Landmark to see … more Sat, Nov 27
2:30 pm

free; tips encouraged; registration required City Walk | Historic Greenwich Village Tour: Beats, Bohemians, and Icons of the ’60s
Enjoy a relaxed, informative walking tour of New York City’s Historic Greenwich Village! … more

More Free Events for Sat, Nov 27, 2021
Sunday, November 28, 2021 Sun, Nov 28
10:00 am

free Fair | Holiday Market: Gifts, Art, Jewelry, Antiques and More
Shop for vintage clothing, furniture, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, art, handicrafts, and more. A … more Sun, Nov 28
11:00 am

free; no registration required Hike | Great Trees of Inwood Hill Park Hike
Trees have a special place in our environment. This hike searches for different species. Learn some … more Sun, Nov 28
3:00 pm

free; RSVP required Festival | Chanukah Celebration
Family-friendly fun and festivities for the first day of Chanukah, including the Grand Menorah Light … more Sun, Nov 28
8:30 pm

free, registration required Concert | A Sequence of Music and Readings for Advent by Candlelight
Buck McDaniel, organ; Michael Conwill, bass.A Sequence of Music and Readings for Advent … more

More Free Events for Sun, Nov 28, 2021

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So many great 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:

The Best Egg Creams In NYC – New York – The Infatuation

An 11,000-Square-Foot, Space Age Nightclub Is Opening In Midtown Next Week – Secret NYC

NYC’s best hot cocktails to keep warm indoor outdoor dining – TONY

Top 10 Secrets of the Financial District in NYC – Untapped New York

Best Steak Cuts in NYC from St. Anselm’s Tomahawk to Cote’s A5 Wagyu – Robb Report

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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, 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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