Plus an old-school speakeasy, Staten Island’s newest professional sports team, and more.
Lunar and Bonnie’s collaboration, both participants in Sunset Celebration at Chelsea Market. | Photo courtesy of Lunar
After a long work week, we’re all deserving of a slice from one of NYC’s 30 best pizza joints. Also on tap for this weekend? A real, live breakfast club; the city’s biggest singalong; and a new immersive show that puts you inside the human brain. In addition, to help continue advocating for bodily autonomy and safer abortion access, join this Saturday’s march towards the effort led by Bans Off NYC and Planned Parenthood.
For everything else fun you can eat, drink, and do this weekend in NYC, we’ve got you covered below. And for even more activities, make sure to check out all of the city’s exciting new restaurant openings, the first-ever AAPI Cultural and Heritage Parade in NYC, and our neighborhood guide to DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14
While we’re not quite in the second coming of The Roaring ‘20s just yet, there are plenty of local speakeasies to check out—and this weekend, swing by a new one near Times Square at the nightlife venue Paradise Club. At the swanky boite inside The Times Square EDITION, guests will be treated to singers crooning the classics like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, while sipping on equally classic cocktails. This weekend, catch Dez Duron (The Voice), and keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming performers.
Cost: Tickets from $59
Lower East Side
Like many restaurants, Saigon Social has struggled to stay afloat during COVID. And while a recent New York Times article brought many new customers through the doors these last few months, a fire ripped through the restaurant this Monday, forcing it to close temporarily while assessing the damage. Considering this is one of the best new Vietnamese spots in the city (chef Helen Nguyen is a vet of places like DANIEL), we think donating to their GoFundMe is essential.
Cost: Give what you can to the fundraiser
For a brief time, Staten Island was the only borough without a professional sports team. But happily, that changed a few weeks ago, when the Staten Island FerryHawks baseball team started their inaugural season. So, if you’ve ever wanted baseball fan super-status, here it is: you can become a diehard supporter during their very first month. There are games every night this weekend, but we recommend starting with Friday night since they’re giving away free t-shirts.
Cost: Tickets from $14
Saturday, May 14
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a brain cell? Find out in Artechouse’s latest immersive show, which opens this Saturday. Life of a Neuron uses years of research on brain science to create an exhibit that leads viewers through the birth, life, and death of a neuron, as well as installations that explore vision, addiction, and stress from the perspective of a cell. Make sure to try one of the XR cocktails while you’re there: they’ve been crafted to trigger areas of the brain like spatial memory and neuroplasticity.
Cost: Tickets from $25
Fotografiska has made a name for itself with its provocative, compelling, and beautiful photography shows. But its latest survey, Black Venus, may be one of the most important shows the museum has mounted thus far. Featuring 17 artists, including heavy hitters like Carrie Mae Weems, Kara Walker, and Deana Lawson, the show tracks the evolving image of Black women in culture—from colonial caricatures to contemporary, celebratory images of womanhood.
Cost: Tickets from $13
Saturday, May 14, 2:30 pm
Whether you moved to NYC for your chance to make it on The Great White Way or you’re just a really good singer in the shower, join other professional and not-quite professional singers at Lincoln Center this Saturday for a chance to take part in a giant chorus. Sing New York will feature both a performance from The Young People’s Chorus of New York City, as well as one of the city’s largest singalongs. If you want to prep beforehand, song choices will include “This Little Light of Mine,” “Your Song,” and “Love Train.”
Saturday, May 14
This Saturday, help amplify the voices of AAPI artists, chefs, and small business owners by checking out Chelsea Market, Pearl River Mart, and Lunar Hard Seltzer’s Sunset Celebration. The evening event will feature food from buzzy spots like Bonnie’s, Win Son, and Kitsby, along with Soft Solidarity, an art exhibition made in collaboration with the Asian American Arts Alliance. Pearl River Mart itself will also be open for any retail therapy needs.
Cost: $40 per person
Sunday, May 15, 11 am
The only thing better than The Breakfast Club? An actual breakfast club. This Sunday, head to Bolero for District One’s Asian Breakfast Club, where you can chow down on congee or a Vietnamese egg sandwich while learning about and tasting Asian-owned brands like non-alcoholic wine label Studio Null, oatmeal from Yishi Foods, and Vietnamese coffee roaster Nam Coffee. Each ticket also includes your choice of a Bloody Mary made with Sông Cái Distillery gin or a Vietnamese egg coffee (do take advantage of the optional shot of whiskey).
Cost: $30 per person
Sunday, May 15, 5 pm
Since most of us don’t have our own grill, let alone our own backyard, take advantage of Colonia Verde’s gorgeous outdoor space this Sunday, where guest chef Carolina Santos-Neves (of American Bar) will be firing up dishes like oysters, ribs, and tostadas. There will also be wine flowing courtesy of Ariana Rolich and Veronica Stoler of Campió Collective and mezcal selections poured by David Dong from PM Spirits.
Cost: Tickets from $70
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