“Plus, a ridiculous 4/20-inspired sandwich, a new piano bar, and where to celebrate Greek Easter.”
“With Earth Day this weekend and the news that NYC’s air quality improved (just a teensy bit) over the last few years, it seems like an ideal time to be outside or find ways to volunteer for the cause. Or, if you’re just in need of a new cool place to hang out al fresco, we’ve got all the details on a brand-new rooftop park and major street closed to car traffic all weekend. Plus, there are limited-time dumplings to try, a 10th anniversary edition of a legendary warehouse rave, and a very delicious block party with some of NYC’s hardest-to-snag tables.
Read on for everything fun you can eat, drink, and do in NYC this weekend. And for even more activities, make sure to check out all of the city’s exciting new restaurant openings and our spring list of Actually Cool events.”
Dim sum lovers know that some of the most innovative creations in the city can be found at Mimi Cheng’s. And starting this month, they’ve collaborated with other restaurants to create limited-time dishes that help raise funds to fight AAPI hate crimes. For April, the partnership is with James Beard-nominated chef Calvin Eng of Bonnie’s, who has created his interpretation of Sui Gok shrimp dumplings. Each deep-fried morsel is made up of fresh shrimp, shiitake mushrooms, salted radishes, garlic, and scallions wrapped in a sticky rice coating. And as icing on the cake, 10 percent of net proceeds will be donated to the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families.
Cost: Dumplings from $14.50
Hudson Yards and Rockefeller Center
While everyone’s favorite holiday for munchies was earlier this week, one of our favorite food specials is still running through the weekend. Head to fried chicken spot Fuku in Hudson Yards or Rockefeller Center to try the Dough Sando, a special collab with cult-fave doughnut shop, Dough. The slightly ridiculous creation includes a crispy habanero-brined chicken breast, bacon, spicy cheese sauce, ranch, and pickles, all served on a Plain Glazed or Cinnamon Sugar Dough doughnut.
Cost: Sandwiches from $14.20
For those of us who have been wondering what’s going on near 15th Street and the West Side Highway, we finally have an answer: Pier 57 has just unveiled NYC’s largest public rooftop park with nearly two acres of open lawn space. While the grass alone is a pretty big draw, look out for a food hall and restaurants to open in the coming months.
Upper East Side
It seems live piano music is having a bit of a renaissance in NYC. First, The Nines recently opened with a piano smack in the middle of the dining room, and now we can welcome Melody’s Piano Bar to the dance floor (er…music floor?). The new space is the brainchild of Anthony and Tom Martignetti, who are also the impresarios behind Southside and Brinkley’s (if you remember them, you weren’t really ever there). Their new venture features light bites like caviar and potato chips, a smartly curated list of cocktails with names like Blueberry Nights (vodka, St. Germain, blueberry purée), and live jazz music on Fridays and Saturdays until the epic hour of 4 am.
Cost: Cocktails from $18; $20 cover after 8 pm
Show the planet some love
Friday, April 22
While we hope you’re living a sustainable life all the time, this Friday is Earth Day, so you better be on your best behavior. Apart from turning off your lights and recycling, we also found a few more fun ways to celebrate. Start the holiday early this year with a 6:30 am Earth Day Sunrise Sound Meditation, a partnership between Hudson Yards skydeck Edge and Equinox. Then, swing by the Awoke Vintage and UNDONE by Kate pop-up at Arlo SoHo Hotel for some new-to-you duds that can be personalized with custom patches and embroidery. For the afternoon, swing by Arcadia Earth, the first immersive, augmented reality exhibit that’s all about our lovely home. And finally, end your night at Gaia NoMaya, a new social wellness sanctuary. They’ll be hosting United Gaia Earth Day, with events like yoga classes during the day and live music performances until 4:15 am.
Saturday, April 23, 9 pm-4 am
A decade ago, MATTE Black started as an underground warehouse party, which celebrated musicians, artists, and digital creators. For their ten-year anniversary this weekend, partygoers will be able to see just how far the collective has come (spoiler: a lot). The Saturday night fete at Knockdown Center in Queens will include a headlining set from DJ and record producer Peggy Gou, along with performances from designer and DJ Heron Preston, DJ Marcel Dettman, and DJ duo AceMoMa. Plus, don’t miss the immersive art exhibition curated by Alex Czetwertynski, with works by 404.zero, Ivan Navarro, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Benjamin Gordon. A portion of proceeds will also be donated to the IRC’s efforts towards Ukraine.
Cost: Tickets from $99
Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24
Since it’s (almost) warm enough to be spending the whole day outdoors, head to Park Slope this weekend for the inaugural weekend of the third annual OPEN STREETS. New Yorkers can expect to be spoiled with 15 blocks along 5th Avenue that will be closed to car traffic and wide open for pedestrians. While there, look out for events like art strolls, magic shows, and The Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair.
Sunday, April 24, 12 pm
Lower East Side
It’s no secret that snagging restaurant reservations in NYC is not for the faint-hearted. But this weekend, some of the city’s harder-to-secure spots will all be popping up on the same block for a great cause. Head to Stanton St. on Sunday starting at noon, where buzzy Italian spot Forsythia is hosting its second bi-annual block party. Restaurants like Mama’s TOO!, Dame, Caffe Panna, Evil Katsu, Smashed, and Yellow Rose will be serving a variety of dishes, from limited-time specials to beloved classics. Even better, 100 percent of ticket proceeds will be donated to UNICEF USA: Protect the children of Ukraine.
Cost: $3 per ticket
Celebrate Greek Easter with these special menus
Sunday, April 24
While last week’s Catholic Easter may get top billing as the more famed holiday, as all Greek Americans know, this weekend is the real show. Orthodox Easter, which– fun fact!– is always celebrated on the first Sunday after Passover, is often commemorated by eating lamb. Amali, on the Upper East Side, will offer a special menu with leg of lamb with roasted potatoes and an airy chocolate mousse, while Marathi in Tribeca is serving a traditional family feast of a whole, spit-roasted lamb, plus Magiritsa (a soup made with lamb innards) and Kontosouvli (pork souvlaki paired with fries and a yogurt tzatziki sauce).
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