August NYC Events (08/29/21)

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.

NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: August 27 – September 2

“Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include “The Obama Portraits,” Ballet Hispánico’s performance at Bryant Park, The Met Opera’s “Summer HD Festival,” and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYC_ARTS on Instagram or @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.”

Beach Sessions Dance Series Returns to Rockaway Beach

Beach Sessions Dance Series Returns to Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Beach

Queens / Sun, Aug 29, 2021, 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

“Beach Sessions Dance Series” is proud to return to Rockaway Beach, Queens for its seventh season of free beach-front outdoor performances with a new live site-specific work by New York choreographer Moriah Evans entitled “REPOSE.” This season’s programming continues to support Beach Sessions’ commitment to presenting free public performances in the Rockaways as well as offering beachgoers and Rockaway locals a unique cultural experience at the City’s popular summertime retreat. On Sunday, August 29th from 1pm-7pm, …

The Obama Portraits

The Obama Portraits

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn / Fri, Aug 27, 2021 – Sun, Oct 24, 2021

The groundbreaking portraits of President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama—painted by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, are currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum. Transforming traditions of American presidential portraiture, the paintings document two unprecedented occasions: the election of the first Black president of the United States, and the selection of the first Black artists to receive the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s commission for portraits of a president or first lady.  In …

Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo

Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Manhattan / Mon, Aug 16, 2021 – Sun, Nov 28, 2021

The exhibition “Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo” explores the intercultural exchange between American artist Jules Tavernier (1844–1889), born and trained in France, and the Indigenous Pomo community of Elem at Clear Lake in northern California. Investigating Tavernier’s life and career, the exhibition is centered on his rediscovered masterwork, “Dance in a Subterranean Roundhouse at Clear Lake, California (1878),” which depicts the “mfom Xe,” or “people dance,” of the Elem Pomo in an underground roundhouse. The exhibition …

Ballet Hispanico: Bryant Park Picnic Performances

Ballet Hispanico: Bryant Park Picnic Performances

Bryant Park

Manhattan / Fri, Aug 27, 2021, 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

On August 27 at 7pm, Ballet Hispánico will perform alongside Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet as part of Bryant Park’s free, outdoor Picnic Performances. The performance will culminate Bryant Park’s showcase of New York City-based dance companies and will celebrate Latinx culture and social justice. The Picnic Performance is accessible on a first-come, first-served basis; no ticket is necessary. For anyone unable to attend in person, a free livestream broadcast of the performance will be available nationwide via Bryant …

The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer HD Festival

The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer HD Festival

Restart Stages at Lincoln Center

Manhattan / Fri, Aug 27, 2021 – Sun, Sep 05, 2021

The Met’s popular “Summer HD Festival” returns on Friday, August 27, featuring a lineup of eleven free encore presentations from the company’s popular “Live in HD” series, as well as a special pre-festival screening of Susan Froemke’s acclaimed documentary “The Opera House.” Running through September 6, the festival features unforgettable performances from many of opera’s greatest singers, including Diana Damrau and Juan Diego Flórez in Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Peter Mattei in Berg’s “Wozzeck,” both …

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So many things to see and do, places to eat and drink in NYC.

Here are 12 of my NYC faves:

The Family-Run Store That’s Sold New York’s Best Lox Since 1914 – The New York Times

The Secret Patios Of NYC – the Infatuation

8 Best Boat Parties in NYC Including Booze Cruises – TONY

10 Iconic New York Spots It’s Time To Revisit – guest of a guest

The Best Empanadas In NYC – New York – The Infatuation

The 9 Best Observation Decks in NYC – Untapped New York

The 50 best restaurants in NYC right now – TONY

Have You Hit Our Favorite Hidden Gems Of The Upper West Side? – guest of a guest

Chef Franklin Becker Opens NYC Food Hall Manhattanville Market on Columbia’s West Harlem Campus – Eater NY

Here are some ways to have summer fun in the New York City this year | amNewYork

Hera Is Hosting Seasonal, Sold-Out Tasting Menus in New Yorkers’ Apartments – Eater NY

20 small things that bring New Yorkers immense joy – TONY

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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,

Here are 3 more of my faves:

Feast on Escargot and the Scene

Pastis / 52 Gansevoort St.

We’re happy to report that whatever strange alchemy it was (the warming onion soup, the cheeseburger “à la Americaine,” the spacious sidewalk operation sturdy enough for any blizzard) that elevated this fashionable Stephen Starr–Keith McNally Meatpacking District brasserie into one of the go-to destinations during the dark pandemic months is still very much intact. Like everywhere else around town, the dining room is beginning to fill up again, but the best seat in the house is still outdoors, where the sidewalk between the tables along Gansevoort Street has turned into a kind of promenade for the vibrantly reopened city. There was a jazz trio spinning out New Orleans sounds when we dropped by the other day, and couples walking arm in arm on their way to the High Line or an evening picnic in the park. Any picnic here should include some oysters and the bubbly, shell-less escargot, but be sure to save a little room for the baba au rhum, the nougat glacé, and the rest of the underrated brasserie desserts.—A.P.

Snag a Seat for Vietnamese Vermicelli

Di An Di / 68 Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint

Cymande’s “bra” piped through the outdoor jukebox on a recent Friday at the Vietnamese restaurant Di An Di while patrons slurped up brothy vermicelli noodles underneath strings of white lights. Those who arrived after 8:45 p.m. were out of luck, as every table was filled with fashionable young folks in T-shirts and hosts had stopped taking names. Bowls of mi xao bo do bien, firm egg noodles studded with fat slices of squid and shrimp, scented the air with its garlicky perfume. The Before Times menu still hasn’t returned, which means no more rice-paper pizzas for now, but there are newish bánh mì lunch sandwiches stuffed with fried chicken, tofu, or pork belly. And the aromatic shaking beef (bo luc lac), with its wok-seared cubes of medium-rare sirloin and crisp tomato-watercress salad, remains.—R.P.S.

Sip Vermut Like a Basque Boulevardier

Ernesto’s / 259 E. Broadway

The pandemic was a disaster for everyone, but few felt the old “defeat snatched from the jaws of victory” moment more keenly than chef-owner Ryan Bartlow, who had to close this elegant little Basque-themed bar operation just as the buzz for its special brand of convivial tapas-style cooking was building. The bare-bones staff managed to survive on PPP checks and a pickup menu until early summer, before throwing open the floor-to-ceiling windows and filling the sidewalk with rows of tables, which, on a warm night, as the evening light filters through the leafy trees across the street, can feel a little like an outdoor café in San Sebastián. These days, the long, dinner-friendly bar is humming again, and with the first-rate drinks program (try the vermut and tonic), a roster of expertly rendered Spanish classics (the croquettes, the morcilla, the tortilla española), and a peaceful, unhurried vibe, there are, for our money, few more-enjoyable indoor-outdoor-dining options in town.—A.P.

Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
these 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.

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August NYC Events (08/28/21)

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.

9 Actually Fun Things to Do in New York This Weekend

Ride a giant Ferris wheel in the heart of Times Square.

By Juliet IzonThrillist

“Well kids, we’ve got a new Governor and it’s the end of August. And since we’re still spinning from the speed of both of those events, there’s only one thing to do: party like it’s the weekend because… it is.

And there is a lot to cram into these last few days of August, whether it’s a rooftop bar on Roosevelt Island (you heard that right), a giant Ferris wheel in the middle of Times Square, or a brand-new bistro airlifted seemingly straight from Paris. Read on for nine actually fun things to do, eat, and see this weekend in NYC.”

Grab Vietnamese food from a beloved pop-up

Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28
Prospect Heights
Rejoice: Ha’s Đặc Biệt, a popular Vietnamese food concept, has a brand-new location. Beginning on August 26 for a month-long stint, the pop-up shop will be operating out of KIT in Prospect Heights. Expect aromatic dishes like steamers served with lemongrass and shallot butter, plus booze from Black Cat Wines. Note: the dinners are first come, first served, but takeout is also available.
Cost: Prices vary

Escape to Paris at this new bistro

Weekend-long
NoMad
Jonathan Benno may be one of NYC’s most accomplished chefs, but until now, he’s never tried his hand at French bistro food. That all changes with the opening of Bar Benno this Friday at The Evelyn hotel. The menu will offer many French classics, including escargot with a garlic custard and parsley butter, and prime rib topped with Bordelaise sauce. Wash it all down with drinks made by Anibal Calcagno (Hancock St.); we like the Death by Ramos made with gin, absinthe, citrus, cream, egg white, and Champagne.
Cost: Entrees from $32

Sip rooftop cocktails with sweeping city views

Weekend-long
Roosevelt Island
Earlier this year, the opening of Graduate Roosevelt Island brought a serious dose of cool to the otherwise sleepy enclave. Now, there’s even a bigger reason to cross the Roosevelt Island Bridge: the hotel has opened Panorama Room, an 18th floor bar and lounge with sweeping city views. The very ‘gram-friendly space features 168 seats, a red marble bar, and retro velvet seating, plus sparkling and fortified wines, and innovative takes on martinis, like the draft espresso.
Cost: Cocktails from $16

Ride a giant Ferris wheel in the heart of Times Square

Weekend-long
Times Square
If you’re not going to make it to the county fair this year, we have the next best thing: a giant, 110-foot carnival ride in Times Square. The Times Square Wheel offers thrill seekers a chance to experience one of the most famous intersections in the world from a brand-new vantage point, namely, an extremely high one. Don’t forget to bring along friends to the Ferris wheel, either: each gondola can accommodate up to six people. We’re not saying you should have a mini-wedding wedding on one, but we’re not not saying that either?
Cost: Tickets from $20

Stock up on Jewish New Year sweets a little early

Weekend-long
Union Square
We know, we know, Rosh Hashanah isn’t technically until September 6th, but we’d like to make sampling your desserts ahead of time a new tradition. And, as any New Yorker worth their babka knows, there is nowhere better to snag Jewish holiday goodies than Breads Bakery. Their New Year treats are available starting this week; we love The Crown Medjool (get it?), a wreath-shaped laminated pastry with date and cardamom filling, and the stunning apple challah, stuffed with fruit and almond cream. While you can pick up in-store, we recommend preordering to avoid the crushing disappointment of watching someone else scoop up the last honey cake.
Cost: Pastries from $13.65https://38f7833e771d23048265ea780369e4ff.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Get your fix of lumpia during Filipino Restaurant Week

Weekend-long
Citywide
Those who love Filipino food know its sweet-sour-salty flavors cannot be found anywhere else. So, whether you’re well-versed in pansit or have never tried chicken adobo, Filipino Restaurant Week offers all diners a chance to explore this unique cuisine. Participating restaurants, including Purple Yam, Bilao, and Flip Sigi, will serve three-course meals which all feature this year’s key ingredient: calamansi, a refreshing Filipino lime. And for more Filipino eateries in town, check out our list of the best in NYC.
Cost: Prices vary

Check out a pop-up festival that celebrates the benefits of sound on mental health

Weekend-long
Williamsburg
We all know music can influence our moods, but how much do you know about how sound affects your body and mind? Find out at Sounds Nice, a five-week event that explores all the ways sound can affect your mental wellbeing. Events this weekend include seminars on the science behind sound bowls, a Shabbat dinner with a live musical performance, and even a combo HIIT workout and sound meditation.
Cost: Tickets from $30 per person

Raise funds for NYC’s LGBTQ community during this monthlong event

Sunday, August 29
Citywide
Starting this Sunday, the 275 Challenge encourages participants to push themselves physically or creatively for 27.5 days, while also raising funds for The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. There are four types of challenges available (cycling, running, walking, or creating) and those who join can set their own goal, whether it be a mileage number or baking a cake every day. And, if you need extra motivation, the closing celebration on Saturday, September 25 includes a lively party on Pier 84.
Cost: Free to join, and there is no fundraising minimum

Be one of the first to try this shared kitchen’s dine-in program

Weekend-long
Lower East Side
Those in the food industry are familiar with Nimbus as a shared commissary space, but starting this weekend, regular folk will get a (literal) taste of what happens behind the scenes. Customers will be able to order from any of the businesses who operate out of the space and sit down to dine in a front-of-house space. And this ain’t your grandma’s food hall: some of NYC’s most famous restaurants are here, including Di Fara Pizza, Morgan’s Brooklyn BBQ, and Caracas Arepas Bar.
Cost: Prices vary

Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.Juliet Izon is a contributor for Thrillist. 

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.

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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,

Here are 3 more of my faves:

Meet in Midtown for Hunanese

Blue Willow / 40 W. 56th St.

When this terrific Hunan restaurant opened last year just down the street from Trump Tower, the owners had trouble attracting customers because security arrangements limited access to the block. But true fans of Hunan cuisine — which can be just as spicy as Sichuan, with a broader array of sharp flavors — have a way of sniffing out talent and overcoming obstacles in their path, and Blue Willow gradually became a word-of-mouth hit, especially among Chinese Americans. Now, with the barriers gone, the restaurant draws diners looking for dishes like house-smoked Hunan bacon (thick swatches of pork belly stir-fried with cloves of garlic) and “snow red greens” (minced mustard greens riddled with pickled red chiles). —R.C.S.

Share Thai Disco Fries at a New-Wave Diner

Thai Diner / 186 Mott St.

It’s clear while sitting at Thai Diner’s packed outdoor setup on Mott and Kenmare that Nolita, a reliably bustling corner of the city that felt eerily quiet throughout the past year, is very much alive these days. At this, Ann Redding and Matt Danzer’s latest spot, they’re serving Uncle Boons (RIP) favorites, such as khao soi and crab fried rice, alongside cheeseburgers, fried-chicken sandwiches, and Thai disco fries smothered in curry sauce, which we recommend pairing with a notably strong martini while ogling the ecstatic-to-finally-be-out-and-about passersby. —R.P.S.

Gorge on Russian Spa Food

Matryoshka at Wall Street Bath & Spa 88 / 88 Fulton St.

The Russian bathhouse isn’t just about cleansing; it’s about restoring and nourishing, which is why the indoor-dining ban hit the banya so hard. You were permitted to sweat it out on Fulton Street, but you couldn’t seek rejuvenation through hot borscht and cold beer. Now, after a few rounds in a sauna set to a screaming 220 degrees, you can once again bring your body back to life in a cafeteria with other dripping-wet patrons wearing very few clothes. Consider filling up on slippery Siberian pelmeni drenched in butter, fried potatoes slicked with enough garlic to qualify as a medicinal supplement, and Georgian lamb soup that will scorch your tongue for days, which means it’s precisely the right temperature.—R.P.S.

Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
these 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.

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August NYC Events (08/24/21)

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.

35 ways to have the best summer in NYCTime Out New York

“Soak up the sun as well as our list of recommendations for the best things to do during summer in New York.”
By Shaye Weaver and Krista Diamond

“This summer in NYC promises to be an unforgettable one now that our city is back up. The city has a boundless energy once the heat cranks up, and doubly so this year, so it’s time to start checking off our sensational list of things to do in summer in NYC. Some of the most popular New York attractions provide an endless list of things to do outside from rooftop movies and free dance parties to can’t-miss music festivals and more. Here’s how to make the absolute most of these steamy summer nights.

Tip: You may want to request off for a few staycation days too so you can spend some time relaxing at a few rooftop pools during the week when they’re less crowded.”

35 ways to have the best summer in NYC

Do dinner and drinks at Time Out Market New York

Broadway at the Drive-In

Be a disco diva at Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco

Catch “In the Heights” at the Tribeca Film Festival

See live music at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival

Try the city’s best bites at Smorgasburg

Take in a show at Irving Plaza, finally

Get down at Hot Honey Sundays

Get free entry to the 1885 Tall Ship Wavertree

Skate around at TWA Hotel’s Roll-A-Rama

Celebrate Pride!

Visit NYC’s gorgeous floating park

Do margs on NYC’s only floating Mexican restaurant

Go glamping in the Rockaways

Go glamping on Governors Island, instead

Fill up at Queens Night Market

See the hot Immersive Van Gogh exhibit

See movies atop Pier 17’s rooftop

See a free SummerStage show

Devour an ice cream cone at Ample Hills Creamery

Eat, drink and shop in the streets

Cool off in the city’s pools

Lindy Hop at the Jazz Age Lawn Party

Take a trip to Governors Island

Catch a flick at Rooftop Cinema Club

Have drinks with a view at these rooftop bars

Drink on the water at boat bar!

Scream your guts out at Luna Park

Go stargazing on the High Line

Nosh on as many lobster rolls as you can

Dance the night away at Midsummer Night Swing

Tackle the water slide at Summer Streets

Go kayaking (for free!)

Attend a tennis match during the U.S. Open

Have a picnic in the park

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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:

Hang Out in New York’s Best-Smelling Vestibule

Frenchette Bakery / 220 Church St.

Last fall, the abandoned Arcade Bakery space came back to life as Frenchette Bakery, ready to fulfill the carb-craving needs of Tribeca moms, the doctors in the medical practices upstairs, and passersby lured in by the sweet, yeasty promise of croissants and baguettes. Happily, the new owners have retained a big part of what made Arcade so special. Its unique design, using drop-down table ledges and inset benches, transforms a generic hallway into a gathering place for impromptu meetings, shared pizza lunches, and the kind of coffee breaks office workers never knew they’d miss. The bakers line the display case with their own enticements, too: exceptional loaves of sourdough and rye; savory breakfast pastries like the mortadella, egg, and Comté; and rich and flaky pain au chocolat. —Adam Moussa

Follow Your Nose to Great Bronx BBQ

Hudson Smokehouse / 37 Bruckner Blvd., Mott Haven

This recently opened barbecue joint is located at the southern tip of the Bronx on a street once populated by antiques shops, and you can smell the ’cue as you walk by. The corral seating in front catches the sun during the daytime, and inside there’s a high-ceilinged room where social distancing isn’t a problem. The meats include great fatty brisket, pork ribs worth gnawing, and pork-belly burnt ends that make deliriously good bacon. Even the beer list, with many mugs originating in the Bronx, draws you in.—R.C.S.

Start With Salteñas in Sunnyside

Bolivian Llama Party / 44-14 48th Ave., Sunnyside

The Oropeza brothers have pulled off a rare pandemic feat: They closed their tiny takeout outpost in midtown, which focused on soupy salteñas (Bolivia’s take on the empanada), and rebooted in Sunnyside with a sit-down location serving creative South American fare. On any given Saturday, a young crowd may show up to eat (and ’gram) craggy fried-chicken chicharrón sandwiches with spicy Llajua-spiked mayo, stark white bowls of sopa de maní (peanut soup), vegan “chola” sandwiches crammed full of charred jackfruit instead of the usual pork, and cherimoya birthday-cake ice cream. The best time to swing by is just before dusk, when you can grab a seat on the streetside terrace and take in the Empire State Building framed against a pink sky while Andean music plays from the storefront.—R.P.S.

Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
all 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.

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August NYC Events (08/23/21)

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, August 23, 2021

Mon, Aug 23 – 12:00 am / free
Classical Music | Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 by One of The World’s Leading Conductors (virtual, streaming until Aug 27)
Like other artists of the Stalin era, Shostakovich wrote many of his most impressive works under a t … more

Mon, Aug 23 – 8:00 pm / free; tickets required; available only through a digital lottery
Play | Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park
Set in South Harlem, amidst a vibrant and eclectic community of West African immigrants, This adapta … more

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Tue, Aug 24 – 5:30 pm / free; RSVP required
Dancing | Salsa Social
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm : Free Salsa Dance Class (All levels welcomed)6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Free Salsa … more

Tue, Aug 24 – 7:00 pm / free; standby line
Concert | Israeli Singer Channels Iranian Pop
An Israeli singer, already a well-known actress in her homeland, writes her songs in Farsi, the lang … more

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Wed, Aug 25 – 7:00 pm / free; no reservation required
Jazz | 7-Time Grammy Award Nominee
Here is your chance to enjoy a performance by a noted drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, co … more

Wed, Aug 25 – 7:00 pm / free; no reservation required
Jazz | Rejuvenating Riverfront Jazz
Listen to Kora, xalam, percussion, keyboards supported by a sax, a guitar and a violin. … more

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Thu, Aug 26 – 4:00 pm / Pay-what-you-wish, advanced reservation required
Museums | European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More
This museum of fine art was open to the public in 1935. Its permanent collection features masterpiec … more

Thu, Aug 26 – 5:30 pm / free
Concert | Accordion Music: Argentine Tango, Balkan, Jewish and More
Enjoy different music styles for this little-known instrument. … more

Friday, August 27, 2021

Fri, Aug 27 – 6:00 pm / free; park entry reservation required
Concert | Banjo Virtuoso Plays Appalachian Music
With ease and extraordinary depth, this 16-year-old banjo virtuoso performs Appalachian music focusi … more

Fri, Aug 27 – 7:00 pm / free; RSVP required
Concert | Korean-American Music Sensation
This night belongs to a Korean-American Brooklynite who rocketed to fame with her full-length 2020 d … more

Fri, Aug 27 – 7:00 pm / free; standby line
Concert | The Pan-Latin Tradition of Cumbia Music
The three brothers who drive this marimba-driven cumbia combo polished their chops as street musicia … more

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Sat, Aug 28 – 6:00 pm / free; park entry reservation required
Concert | Grammy-Nominated Singer and Violinist
Latin Grammy winner and Grammy nominee vocalist, violinist and composer embodies all her musical inf … more

Sat, Aug 28 – 7:30 pm / free
Opera | Screening of Verdi’s La Traviata: Opera Masterpiece In a Park
The opera is based on La Dame aux camelias (1852), a play adapted from the novel by Alexand … more

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Sun, Aug 29 – 11:00 am / free; no reservation required
Tour | Historic Flatiron District Walking Tour
Join a professional guide on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of … more

Sun, Aug 29 – 7:30 pm / free; standby line
Opera | Screening of Verdi’s Otello: Opera Masterpiece In a Park
Shakespeare-based opera Otello was first performed at La Scala, Milan, in 1887. It proved t … more

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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:

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.

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August NYC Events (08/22/21)

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.

NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: August 20 – 26

“Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Lizania Cruz’s “Gathering Evidence: Santo Domingo & New York City,” the return of “Bryant Park Movie Nights,” City Museum of New York’s playful exhibition of “Puppets of New York,” and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYC_ARTS on Instagram or @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.”

Gregg Bordowitz: I Wanna Be Well

Gregg Bordowitz: I Wanna Be Well

MoMA PS1

Queens / Wed, Aug 11, 2021 – Mon, Oct 11, 2021

“Gregg Bordowitz: I Wanna Be Well” is a personal and singular record of an artist who has been living with HIV for more than half of his adult life. Born in Brooklyn in 1964 and raised mostly in Queens, Bordowitz transformed his art practice in the mid-1980s in response to the AIDS public health crisis. Working with New York’s ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and several video collectives that he co-founded, he organized …

Lizania Cruz: Gathering Evidence: Santo Domingo & New York City

Lizania Cruz: Gathering Evidence: Santo Domingo & New York City

CUE Art Foundation

Manhattan / Thu, Jun 24, 2021 – Thu, Aug 26, 2021

CUE Art Foundation is pleased to present “Gathering Evidence: Santo Domingo & New York City,” a solo exhibition by Lizania Cruz, curated and mentored by Guadalupe Maravilla. The exhibition is the second chapter in Cruz’s ongoing project “Investigation of the Dominican Racial Imaginary,” a body of work in which the artist collects and examines public testimonies alongside individual and national archives in order to understand how Dominicans internalize state-sanctioned historical narratives that result in the …

Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film

Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film

Japan Society

Manhattan / Fri, Aug 20, 2021 – Thu, Sep 02, 2021

For its 15th edition, the celebrated festival of contemporary Japanese cinema will hold a combination of virtual and in-person screenings. Highlights include Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s period drama “Wife of a Spy” (2020), which is having its New York premiere; Kaizo Hayashi’s “To Sleep So as to Dream” (1986), an iconic postmodern tribute to Japanese silent cinema and film noir that has been newly restored in 2K; and Soushi Matsumoto’s “It’s a Summer Film!” (2020), a teen …

Bryant Park Movie Nights

Bryant Park Movie Nights

Bryant Park

Manhattan / Mon, Aug 23, 2021 – Tue, Sep 28, 2021

Bryant Park has announced the full movie lineup in its iconic “Bryant Park Movie Nights” series, which will be returning this summer after being paused due to the pandemic. Entering the 27th season, the series is a welcome return to outdoor events in New York City. Due to popular demand, “Bryant Park Movie Nights,” presented by Verizon, will run on Monday and, for the first time, Tuesday evenings, from August 23rd through September 28th on the …

Puppets of New York

Puppets of New York

Museum of the City of New York

Manhattan / Fri, Aug 13, 2021 – Thu, Sep 30, 2021

“Puppets of New York” examines the extraordinary, surprising, and diverse history of the puppetry traditions, practices, and languages that made, and continue to make, New York City home. With more than 100 puppets that span the city’s history—from Punch and Judy to Oscar the Grouch, Lamb Chop, and “The Lion King”—and featuring influential puppeteers who brought these traditions to life, such as Jim Henson, Julie Taymor, Basil Twist, and Pura Belpré, this exhibition is poised to bring joy and awe to people of all …

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So many things to see and do, places to eat and drink in NYC.

Here are 12 of my NYC faves:

Best walking tours NYC has to offer from art to history – TONY

The Best Bagels In NYC – New York – The Infatuation

20 amazing rooftop bars in New York City | 6sqft

Here’s where you need to show proof of vaccination – TONY

Sunny’s – New York – The Infatuation

10 amazing hidden streets in NYC to visit right now – TONY

The 10 Most Exciting Dinner Spots In NYC Right Now – New York – The Infatuation

A New York Drugstore Nearly as Storied as the City Itself – The New York Times

10 Must-See Artworks At NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art – the culture trip

How NYC’s 5 Boroughs Got Their Names – Untapped New York

34 Best Outdoor Dining Spots in NYC – TONY

5 Brooklyn Ice Cream Makers Named Among Best In The Nation | Prospect Heights, NY Patch

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Best New NYC Restaurants

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:

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
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August NYC Events (08/21/21)

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.

8 Actually Fun Things to Do in New York This Weekend

Eat at the Queens Night Market to help support Afghan refugees.

By Liz ProvencherThrillist

“With summer winding down, our calendars are packed with ways to end this season with a bang. There are awesome outdoor dining setups to squeeze in before the weather cools down and a slate of new standout restaurants that should be on all New Yorkers’ to-do lists (especially now that all indoor venues started requiring proof of vaccination this week).

If all of that isn’t enough to wrap your head around, we’ve also got eight actually fun things to eat, see, and do this weekend, including some ways to lend your support as urgent humanitarian crises unfold in Afghanistan, Haiti, and Lebanon.”

Support Afghanistan, Lebanon, and Haiti in overcoming crisis situations

Ongoing
Everywhere
Humanitarian crises are unfolding in several nations across the globe—and this is in addition to the ongoing COVID pandemic and its associated challenges. In Afghanistan, the extremist Taliban group has overthrown control of the country following two decades of U.S. military occupation, which is likely to displace thousands of Afghan people. There are numerous ways to support refugee rehoming efforts and those who are most impacted by these events.

Last Saturday, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, leaving almost 2,000 dead and more than 9,000 more injured. Over 600,000 people are in need of assistance and there is an urgent need for clean drinking water. To support these efforts, donate to organizations and mutual aid efforts like Fonkoze, Hope for Haiti, Partners in Health, and Ayiyi Community Trust.

In northern Lebanon, hospitals are struggling to treat patients after a fuel tank explosion killed 28 people and injured 80 more. The under-resourced region has long been forced to deal with an outdated power grid that’s now become a crisis due to diesel shortages throughout the country. Life-threatening power and telecom outages have been lasting up to 22 hours a day since the explosion. To support their efforts, donate to organizations such as Beit el Baraka, Lebanon Relief, Red Cross Lebanon, and Offrejoie.

Get a sneak peek before the official debut of Daily Provisions’ new West Village location

Weekend-long
West Village
Union Square Hospitality Group’s all-day cafe with two locations in Union Square and the Upper West Side is adding a spot in the West Village—and this weekend, you can get an exclusive neighborhood preview. Visit Daily Provisions’ newest shop at 29 Bedford Street from 8 am to noon for a sneak peek at the coffee, sweet and savory pastries, and other menu items before their official grand opening in a few weeks.
Cost: Varies

Celebrate our city during NYC Homecoming Week

Weekend-long
Citywide
This weekend, it’s all about NYC. The city is hosting events throughout all five boroughs as part of NYC Homecoming Week to encourage New Yorkers to support local businesses and organizations that define the city after a tough year amid the pandemic. Check out the It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC concert, which will take place at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, on Friday, before heading to the We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert with legends like Paul Simon, Jennifer Hudson, and Bruce Springsteen performing on the Great Lawn in Central Park on Saturday. The weeklong event also features free outdoor film screenings across the city in partnership with Rooftop Films and other cultural events, so check out the full schedule.
Cost: Free but tickets must be reserved in advance via website

Learn about orange wine at a free tasting

Friday, August 20, 5 pm
Lower East Side
If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the trendy orange pours that are popping up on more and more wine lists across the city, now is your chance. At Orange Glou, the city’s only store exclusively dedicated to orange and skin-contact wines, owner and wine expert Doreen Winkler hosts a free weekly wine tasting from 5-7 pm to inform New Yorkers about this popular winemaking style. No reservations are required, so just stop by the space and you’ll have the chance to taste three unique bottles and shop around afterwards.
Cost: Free

Eat at the Queens Night Market to help support Afghan refugees

Saturday, August 21
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
New Yorkers already know that visiting the Queens Night Market is a fun way to support local businesses, but this weekend it’s even more meaningful. Nansense, a popular vendor at the market known for standout Afghan cuisine, will be donating 100% of its proceeds on Saturday to Children Without Borders and Emergency Relief Afghanistan, two organizations that are working to support Afghan refugees. So get out there, order up some mantu (beef and onion dumplings with split chickpea korma and yogurt) and bolani (stuffed flatbread), and give back to these incredibly important causes.
Cost: Varies; entry to Queens Night Market is free
 

Check out the opening of Manhattan’s first whiskey distillery since prohibition

Saturday, August 21 – Sunday, August 22
NoHo
It’s been more than 100 years since Manhattan had a whiskey distillery in its borough, but that’s about to change with the opening of Great Jones Distillery on Saturday. Visit them this weekend for a tour of the space to see firsthand how their whiskey is made with 100% New York-sourced ingredients or just walk into the bar to taste two types of bourbon and rye either straight or in signature cocktails.
Cost: Tour tickets are $35 per person

Attend a block party at one of NYC’s top brunch spots

Saturday, August 21, 3 pm
Lower East Side
There are just a few weekends left to check out Sonnyboy’s summer block party, so now is the time to swing by. Every Saturday through Labor Day, this Australian-inspired all-day cafe and go-to brunch spot shuts down Rivington St. and fills the area with extra seating and a local band that plays live blues and jazz renditions of popular songs. As the band plays from 3-6 pm, guests can order from Sonnyboy’s full menu of brunch staples like toast with toppings like avocado and goat cheese or fig and burrata, sharable starters like shoestring fries or banana bread, and more than a dozen cocktail options. Even better, they offer happy hour every day from 4 to 6 pm, so block party attendees can score a $10 double cheeseburger, $9 cocktails, and $2 off all beer and cider.
Cost: Pay as you go

Dance the night away at an open-air party

Saturday, August 21, 3 pm
Maspeth
We’ve all missed showing off our moves on the dance floor, but luckily this weekend, there’s a super safe way to get back into the groove. House musicians like Detroit-based Moodymann, AMAYA Experience, Ash Lauryn, and Musclecars will be performing at Knockdown Center in Queens on Saturday for the third running of La Luna Festival, an annual outdoor dance party that celebrates all things sustainability. This year, from 3-11 pm, go dance your troubles away and enjoy bites from food vendors who only use compostable materials.
Cost: Tickets start at $40

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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:

Try Simone Tong’s New Menu

Silver Apricot / 20 Cornelia St.

Last summer, as restaurateurs hastily built makeshift patios, Silver Apricot partners Emmeline Zhao and Simone Tong created a space that truly translated the dining experience to the street without sacrificing a bit of elegance or refinement. (Being situated on one of the West Village’s quieter blocks didn’t hurt.) Purse hooks on the plastic dividers, lavender planted along the perimeter, and quality glass and plateware made for a setting worthy of Tong’s inventive Chinese American dishes like chile-crab rangoon dip and burnished scallion puffs. Now they are renovating the dining room in preparation for indoor service and plan to reopen June 17 with a new seasonal menu.—A.K.

Binge on Bánh MÌ

Bánh Vietnamese Shop House / 942 Amsterdam Ave.

Veteran chefs John Nguyen and Nhu Ton began peddling their Vietnamese sandwiches and crispy pork-belly salad rolls from an empty pop-up space on the upper reaches of Amsterdam Avenue last summer, and the operation was such a hit that by January they’d put down permanent roots in the neighborhood. There are five varieties of toasty bánh mìs to choose from (when in doubt, order the charcoal-grilled pork), numerous sturdy classics from Ton’s native central Vietnam (try the Frisbee-size rice-noodle delicacy called bánh dap), and a deeply flavorful beef pho. —A.P.

See How Cervo’s Spruced Itself Up

Cervo’s / 43 Canal St.

Last summer, the outdoor-dining setup at downtown Portuguese-Spanish restaurant Cervo’s was a destination almost in spite of itself. Simple wooden folding tables and chairs sprawled across an unadorned and fluorescent-lit expanse of Canal Street. Counter-service orders were called out brusquely over a loudspeaker mounted on the building’s exterior. Serviceware was disposable. You found and bussed your own table. But the Dimes Square denizens flocked nonetheless, pushing together tables laden with dark-pink Spritzes, fried-fish sandwiches, and glistening head-on prawns. It was casual, cool, and as COVID-safe as one could hope for. Now, after a winter hiatus operating as a shop, the scene returns to Cervo’s, but this time the restaurant has full-service outdoor dining on a newly built yellow-tiled patio with proper glassware, plateware, and a menu of old favorites like piri-piri chicken, mussels escabeche, and crispy shrimp heads.—A.K.

Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
all 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.

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August NYC events (08/20/21)

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.

5 Things to Do This Weekend in NYC

Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually and in person in New York City.

Art & Museums

Film Series

KIDS

Comedy

Jazz

Read a fuller discussion of these things to do HERE

The New York Times has an Arts section second to none. If you want know What’s Happening in the Arts around town this is the place to be.

3 NYC Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now

Dorothy Dehner gets her own spotlight; the art of self-presentation in “Mirror, Mirror”; and Markus Lüpertz’s nymphs.

Through Sept. 11. Rosenberg & Co., 19 East 66th Street, Manhattan, (212) 202-3270, rosenbergco.com.

Through Aug. 27. Nathalie Karg Gallery, 291 Grand Street, fourth floor, Manhattan; (212) 563-7821, nathaliekarg.com.

Through Sept. 11. Michael Werner, 4 East 77th Street, Manhattan, (212) 988-1623, michaelwerner.com.

Read a fuller discussion of these gallery shows HERE

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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:

Surrender to Carbs in Soho

Coco Pazzeria / 307 Spring St.

You see traces of far-west Spring Street’s past at the still-swinging Ear Inn and symbols of its future in the luxury apartment towers that have sprouted along Renwick and Greenwich Streets. Coco Pazzeria, with its raw bar and sparkling-wine list (liquor license pending), is the perfect pizzeria for this newly ritzy part of town, if the steady flow of neighbors stopping in for takeout orders is any indication. But thanks to the reputation of owner Pino Luongo and the presence of homegrown pizzaiolo Ciro Verdi, who can be seen slinging thin-crust pies and his trademark focaccia robiola at his oven in back, the restaurant also attracts couples on dates, travelers from other Zip Codes arriving on fancy folding bikes, and young families taking full advantage of the BYO policy (a must when your dining companions are an infant, a toddler, and a juvenile-delinquent tween). The menu extends to pastas and salads, but dough is the thing, fried into mini-calzones or formed into loaves for sandwiches, including a recent lobster-roll special. —R.P. & R.R.

Eat Greek Off the Beaten Path

Eléa / 217 W. 85th St.

This airy greek restaurant opened in 2018 on a rather unfavorable Upper West Side side street, facing a soon-to-be construction site, at a remove from the buzzier stretches of Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. But when COVID hit, Eléa was one of the first places in the neighborhood to build a beautiful, greenery-draped outdoor seating area, complete with inviting flowers, twinkly lights, and copious heat lamps. The kitchen didn’t miss a beat, turning out zesty shareable small plates like fried-zucchini “chips” and sesame-crusted feta. Now, Eléa has blossomed into a local go-to for date nights and other special occasions — the kinds of dining excursions that feel more celebratory than ever. —Ellie Krupnick

Slurp Some Pho in a Brooklyn Backyard

Bolero / 177 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg

This Vietnamese restaurant smack in the middle of prime Bedford Avenue opened just before the pandemic and managed to soldier on throughout thanks to its backyard — small and slightly suburban-feeling with its wooden fence and strings of tiny lights. Pots of herbs grown on the restaurant’s farm in Pennsylvania line that yard; sometimes a cook will wander out and clip a fragrant betel leaf or a sprig of rice-paddy herb. It’s the ideal setting to enjoy chef Matt Le-Khac’s neo-traditional Vietnamese dishes, such as an unusual pho topped with coarsely ground beef and a vegetarian bun bo Hue chay made with mushrooms as opposed to the customary pig’s blood. —R.C.S.

Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
these 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.

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August NYC Events (08/19/21)

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.

The best things to do in NYC this weekend

“The best things to do in NYC this weekend include Daybreaker, the NY Burlesque Festival, BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! and more

Edited by Shaye WeaverContributor Time Out New York contributors

Looking for the best things to do in NYC this weekend? Whether you’re the group planner searching for more things to do in NYC today, or you have no plans yet, here are some ideas to add to your list for this long summer weekend. Don’t miss the return of Daybreaker on the rooftop of Harbor, Shakespeare in the Park, or BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! festival or find an outdoor movie screening or take a hot tub boat tour. There’s much more to do this weekend—all you have to do is scroll down to plan yours!”

Things to do in NYC this weekend

Time Out New York has 85 best things to do this weekend.

These are just a few of my faves. Want more? Find your faves right here

1. Panorama Room

Roosevelt Island has its first-ever rooftop bar and lounge open to the public. Panorama Room just opened atop the newly opened Graduate Roosevelt Island hotel on the southern end of the island and the views are really unparalleled — perhaps even the best of any rooftop lounge. Located on the 18th floor of the hotel, the “jewel box” space by Med Abrous and Marc Rose, who are food and beverage partners of the hotel and co-founders of the hospitality group Call Mom, opens up to incredible views of the boroughs, the bridges and the East River, which shine like stars at night. Designed by James Beard Award-winning design firm Parts and Labor Design, Panorama Room is visually dramatic. Its palatial vibes are set by luxurious velvet vintage-inspired tubular lounge sofas, chrome and marble touches, mosaic tile columns and its giant, tubular acrylic chandeliers that hover above the massively long bar. It’s not only luxe but it’s somehow simultaneously futuristic and retro. 

7. Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art

  • Central Park Aug 20, 2021Jan 9, 2022

The Jewish Museum’s new exhibit explores the subject of art looting during World War II, focusing on the Nazi’s theft of artwork and the journey these some 1 million works (And 2.5 million books) took as they traveled through distribution centers, sites of recovery, and networks of collectors, before, during, and after the war. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, and Judaica that survived this traumatic period of violence and upheaval against tremendous odds. By tracing the fascinating timelines of individual objects as they passed through hands and sites, their myriad stories will be brought forward, often in dialogue with archival documents and photographs that connect them to history.

Afterlives will include works by major artists that were looted from Jewish collections during the war as well as treasured pieces of Judaica. Rare examples of Jewish ceremonial objects from destroyed synagogues; works by such renowned artists as Pierre Bonnard, Marc Chagall, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Paul Klee, Franz Marc, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Camille Pissarro, among others; and rarely seen archival photographs and documents will all be on view. 

8. New York Burlesque Festival

Chelsea Aug 21-Oct 3, 2021

This world-renowned festival, now in its 19th year, features burlesque artists from around the globe pulling out the stops (and tassels) to showcase the finest the art form has to offer. This year’s lineup of festivities includes a Summer Sizzler Showcase at City Winery that’ll be set to live music by The L Train Brass Band, and entertainment by the king of showbiz, Murray Hill, and a cavalcade of stars like Dirty Martini, The Evil Hate Monkey, Julie Atlas Muz, Angie Pontani, Mr. Gorgeous,  Qualms Galore, 2 to Fly, Fem Appeal, Miss Saturn, Tigger!, Gin Minsky, Dandy Wellington and DJ Momotaro. You can also shop sexy vendors at the Burlesque Homecoming Boutique here, too.

Don’t miss the festival’s other events, The Teaser Party at The Bell House (Sept. 30), The Premiere Party at Brooklyn Bowl (Oct. 1), The Saturday Spectacular at Sony Hall (Oct. 2) and The Golden Pastie Awards at Le Poisson Rouge (Oct. 3).

10. Browser Battle Trivia

Browser Battle is the trivia game where Googling the answers isn’t only allowed—it’s required. Bring your phone, connect to wifi, and compete to answer questions that will lead you to fascinating stories, surprising facts, and weird places in the depths of The Internet. And if you’re really good, it may lead you to a prize! If you’re the kind of person who gets sucked into late-night Wikipedia rabbit holes or thoroughly Googles your Hinge matches to the point where it’s maybe a little creepy, you’ll be great at Browser Battle Trivia. Hosted by Reed Kavner at Caveat (21 Clinton St.) on Sunday, starting at 4pm. Tickets are $12. Proof of vaccination is required.

13. Somewhere in Nolita

Somewhere in Nolita, a new rooftop bar from Rivers and Hills Hospitality Group, the team behind popular Lower East Side Thai restaurant (and Time Out Market New York vendorWayla and Japanese-Italian restaurant Kimika, just opened atop The Nolitan Hotel (30 Kenmare St.). Bright, refreshing craft cocktails were designed to emulate the unparalleled open view of Lower Manhattan, and a menu of playful snacks and summery New England seafood-inspired dishes will keep summer going after Labor Day. Plants and green banquets are designed to create a chill, relaxing atmosphere, which is currently table service only. Highlights off the cocktail menu include the Heat Map (tequila, mezcal, watermelon, basil and calabrian chili); Pineapple Over the Sea, which is a tropical take on a Manhattan with Scotch, plum whiskey, plantation pineapple, giffard pineapple, cardamaro and choya umeshu; and Oolong Time Comin, a negroni stirred with pisco, carpano bitter, yellow chartreuse, Pimms, dolin chambery blanc, fino sherry and oolong tea.

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amNY Weekender: Seven great things to do, Aug. 20-22

By Dean Jamieson

Friday, Aug. 20

Image First Date – but live. Watch as two New Yorkers are brought together on a first date in front of a live studio audience, and see the comedy that ensues, in this charming, high-octane adventure into the world of dating. $25. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., Rebel Café and Garden, 2 Knickerbocker Ave., Brooklyn. 

Battery Park Dance Festival: New York City’s longest-running dance festival, the Battery Park Dance Festival is giving live-streamed and in-person performances this weekend for their 40th anniversary. Come on Friday to see Ballet Nepantla, the Battery Dance Company, Flamenco Vivo II, and many others. 7-9 p.m., Robert F. Wagner Park, 20 Battery Place, Manhattan. For more information, visit batterydance.org.

Movies Under the Stars: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure: The 1985 children’s-comedy classic Pee Wee’s Big Adventure is coming to Murphy Brothers Playground this Friday as part of the Parks Department’s ‘Movies Under The Stars’ series. Spread a blanket, enjoy the end of the heatwave, and enjoy. Begins at 8 pm, but come early, as space fills up. 8-10:30 p.m., Murphy Brothers Playground, Avenue C near FDR Drive and East 17th Street, East Village.

Saturday, Aug. 21

Museum of the Moving Image: The Cube and Rarities from the Henson Vault:Fans of Jim Henson, the master puppeteer and animator, should come to the Museum of the Moving Image this Saturday for a special screening of the directors’ lesser known work. The Cube, a 1969 television special, and one of Henson’s few live-action films, will be shown alongside a number of rare shorts and television commercials. $15 per person, $11 seniors and students, $9 youths (ages 3-17). 1 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, Queens.

Summer on the Hudson: The Count of Monte Cristo: A classic of Western literature, and a favorite of adventure fans for centuries, The Count of Monte Cristo is being performed by the Hudson Classical Theatre Company this Saturday as part of the Parks Department’s Summer on the Hudson series. Enjoy the twists and turns of Alexander Dumas’ 1844 novel all-over again in the Theatre Company’s fun-for-the-whole-family adaptation. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, West 89th Street and Riverside Drive, Manhattan.

We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert: New York City’s massive celebration concert is happening this Saturday at Central Park. This historic, once-in-a-lifetime concert will include by performances by Bruce Springsteen, John Batiste, Earth Wind & Fire, and Patti Smith, to celebrate the City’s reopening and, hopefully, the soon-to-come end of Covid. Reserve tickets at nyc.gov/homecomingweek.

Sunday, Aug. 22

Outdoor Skills: Primitive Survival Skills: If you were dropped in the wilderness with nothing but the clothes on your back, what would you do? Come to Van Cortlandt Park this Sunday to learn tips and tricks from Urban Park Rangers well versed in outdoor lore. Free, and perfect for kids. 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center. For information, call 718-548-0912.

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Best New NYC Restaurants

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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August NYC Events (08/18/21)

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.

75 Amazing Things To Do In NYC This August

By Claire LeadenSecret NYC

“It’s finally August, which means we’re in the dog days of summer.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to cool off in NYC! There are also lots of new rooftops, outdoor concerts, park movie nights, and more to keep you busy.

From dreamy art installations to free kayaking to biking to beaching, here’s how to make the most of the last summer months!”

Here are the top 12. For all the rest go HERE

1. Reserve your free tickets for the radiant LUMA Festival coming to upstate NY

LUMA 3D Light Festival NY

The stunning LUMA festival is back this fall with a larger-than-life light show just three hours north of NYC. For their seventh annual projection arts fest, the buildings of downtown Binghamton will be taken over with breathtaking 3D projections on the weekend of September 10th and 11th. And it’s completely free to attend! Reserve your spot here. Sponsored

2. Catch Jai Wolf & Big Wild at Brooklyn Mirage

Multi-faceted electronic musician Jai Wolf and indie-pop sensation Big Wild are teaming up to bring Infinite Summer to Brooklyn on Sunday, August 29! Get ready for a night of music that will traverse the full spectrum of emotion. Manila Killa and Crooked Colours will set the mood for the evening and Jai Wolf will play an additional DJ set with some surprise friends. Get your tickets before it’s too late here! Sponsored

3. Explore NYC in a whole new way with these immersive outdoor games

With its endless layers and unique pockets to explore, New Yorkers sometimes get the feeling they’ll never get to experience all our amazing city has to offer. Questo, experts in creating open-air exploration games, has found a solution. By mixing real-life elements, local folklore and immersive quests, these exploratory games take you on eventful adventures across the city and offer one of the most unique ways of discovering our hometown. Check it out here! Sponsored

4. Celebrate NYC’s comeback at the first-ever Homecoming Concert

NYC Mayor’s Office

Mayor de Blasio announced “Homecoming Week,” a “city-wide celebration of New York City” to take place August 14-22. The main event of the week will be the massive concert in Central Park, and other events include four additional concerts produced by the Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens; free movie screenings by Rooftop Films; cultural activities and public art; and iconic events including NYC Restaurant Week and Summer Streets! Read more here.

5. Watch cult classics at Bryant Park’s free summer movie nights

Courtesy of Bryant Park

First Bryant Park’s free yoga classes were back, and now so are their summer movie nights! Always a warm-weather staple in NYC, the free sunset movies will return after a hiatus last year due to COVID-19 — their first break in tradition in 26 years. They will be back a little later this year, with opening date set for August 23. This year’s showing will feature 10 films over the course of the season, chosen in collaboration with NY Mag’s Vulture. Find out more here.

6. Get tickets to NYC’s macabre cocktail soirée ‘House Of Spirits’

House of Spirits

Who said it’s too early to plan for Halloween? Prepare yourself for a night full of mystery and magic, paired perfectly with cocktails. This fall, you’re invited to a haunted soirée at a stylishly eerie mansion! House of Spirits is a two-hour immersive cocktail experience that weaves a disquieting and interactive storyline certain to leave guests delightfully chilled — and tickets are now on sale!

7-12. Sail around the city

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Nothing sounds like a perfect summer evening in the city quite like enjoying a drink on the water, sailing around Manhattan and watching the sun set over the skyline. We can feel those fresh Hudson River breezes already! Here are some amazing options still taking place, with safety measures of course:

Or, though you won’t be out sailing on the water, you can enjoy anchored boat dining at the dreamy Grand Banks Oyster Bar at Pier 25!

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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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August NYC Events (08/17/21)

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.

35 ways to have the best summer in NYCTime Out New York

“Soak up the sun as well as our list of recommendations for the best things to do during summer in New York.”
By Shaye Weaver and Krista Diamond

“This summer in NYC promises to be an unforgettable one now that our city is back up. The city has a boundless energy once the heat cranks up, and doubly so this year, so it’s time to start checking off our sensational list of things to do in summer in NYC. Some of the most popular New York attractions provide an endless list of things to do outside from rooftop movies and free dance parties to can’t-miss music festivals and more. Here’s how to make the absolute most of these steamy summer nights.

Tip: You may want to request off for a few staycation days too so you can spend some time relaxing at a few rooftop pools during the week when they’re less crowded.”

35 ways to have the best summer in NYC

Do dinner and drinks at Time Out Market New York

Broadway at the Drive-In

Be a disco diva at Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco

Catch “In the Heights” at the Tribeca Film Festival

See live music at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival

Try the city’s best bites at Smorgasburg

Take in a show at Irving Plaza, finally

Get down at Hot Honey Sundays

Get free entry to the 1885 Tall Ship Wavertree

Skate around at TWA Hotel’s Roll-A-Rama

Celebrate Pride!

Visit NYC’s gorgeous floating park

Do margs on NYC’s only floating Mexican restaurant

Go glamping in the Rockaways

Go glamping on Governors Island, instead

Fill up at Queens Night Market

See the hot Immersive Van Gogh exhibit

See movies atop Pier 17’s rooftop

See a free SummerStage show

Devour an ice cream cone at Ample Hills Creamery

Eat, drink and shop in the streets

Cool off in the city’s pools

Lindy Hop at the Jazz Age Lawn Party

Take a trip to Governors Island

Catch a flick at Rooftop Cinema Club

Have drinks with a view at these rooftop bars

Drink on the water at boat bar!

Scream your guts out at Luna Park

Go stargazing on the High Line

Nosh on as many lobster rolls as you can

Dance the night away at Midsummer Night Swing

Tackle the water slide at Summer Streets

Go kayaking (for free!)

Attend a tennis match during the U.S. Open

Have a picnic in the park

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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,

Here are 3 more of my faves:

Feast on Escargot and the Scene

Pastis / 52 Gansevoort St.

We’re happy to report that whatever strange alchemy it was (the warming onion soup, the cheeseburger “à la Americaine,” the spacious sidewalk operation sturdy enough for any blizzard) that elevated this fashionable Stephen Starr–Keith McNally Meatpacking District brasserie into one of the go-to destinations during the dark pandemic months is still very much intact. Like everywhere else around town, the dining room is beginning to fill up again, but the best seat in the house is still outdoors, where the sidewalk between the tables along Gansevoort Street has turned into a kind of promenade for the vibrantly reopened city. There was a jazz trio spinning out New Orleans sounds when we dropped by the other day, and couples walking arm in arm on their way to the High Line or an evening picnic in the park. Any picnic here should include some oysters and the bubbly, shell-less escargot, but be sure to save a little room for the baba au rhum, the nougat glacé, and the rest of the underrated brasserie desserts.—A.P.

Snag a Seat for Vietnamese Vermicelli

Di An Di / 68 Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint

Cymande’s “bra” piped through the outdoor jukebox on a recent Friday at the Vietnamese restaurant Di An Di while patrons slurped up brothy vermicelli noodles underneath strings of white lights. Those who arrived after 8:45 p.m. were out of luck, as every table was filled with fashionable young folks in T-shirts and hosts had stopped taking names. Bowls of mi xao bo do bien, firm egg noodles studded with fat slices of squid and shrimp, scented the air with its garlicky perfume. The Before Times menu still hasn’t returned, which means no more rice-paper pizzas for now, but there are newish bánh mì lunch sandwiches stuffed with fried chicken, tofu, or pork belly. And the aromatic shaking beef (bo luc lac), with its wok-seared cubes of medium-rare sirloin and crisp tomato-watercress salad, remains.—R.P.S.

Sip Vermut Like a Basque Boulevardier

Ernesto’s / 259 E. Broadway

The pandemic was a disaster for everyone, but few felt the old “defeat snatched from the jaws of victory” moment more keenly than chef-owner Ryan Bartlow, who had to close this elegant little Basque-themed bar operation just as the buzz for its special brand of convivial tapas-style cooking was building. The bare-bones staff managed to survive on PPP checks and a pickup menu until early summer, before throwing open the floor-to-ceiling windows and filling the sidewalk with rows of tables, which, on a warm night, as the evening light filters through the leafy trees across the street, can feel a little like an outdoor café in San Sebastián. These days, the long, dinner-friendly bar is humming again, and with the first-rate drinks program (try the vermut and tonic), a roster of expertly rendered Spanish classics (the croquettes, the morcilla, the tortilla española), and a peaceful, unhurried vibe, there are, for our money, few more-enjoyable indoor-outdoor-dining options in town.—A.P.

Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
these 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.

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