December NYC Events (12/16/21)

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.
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NYC events in December 2021

“Plan your month with our NYC events in December 2021 guide including holiday markets and festive foodWritten by Shaye WeaverTONY

Get ready for the most wonderful time of the year with the best NYC events in December 2021. This season’s highlights include, well, you already know what they are. You can really get into the spirit when you visit one of New York’s many holiday markets boasting great gifts for your friends and family as well as tasty provisions. Looking for something less festive? Check out terrific art shows and pop-up holiday bars.”

Here are 6 of my faves:

The beloved New York holiday train tradition at the New York Botanical Garden is back for its 30th year!

The garden will become a mini-train depot with its collection of 25 G-scale model trains that’ll chug along a nearly half-mile track (which is also overhead) by 175 miniature NYC landmarks like the Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall, the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Rockefeller Center—all made of natural materials such as leaves, cinnamon sticks, twigs, bark and berries. 

Tickets are on sale now for the show, which begins November 20.

The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

The Winter Village at Bryant Park is back this year in all it’s holiday glory. On the grounds you can peruse about 170 shopping and food kiosks—all at one of the best NYC parks. Work up an appetite at the free, 17,000-square-foot ice-skating rink and then fill up at the rinkside pop-up restaurant called The Lodge Deck for festive cocktails and hearty food.

Holiday windows in New York City

Half the fun of holiday shopping in New York is ogling the tricked-out window displays along Fifth Avenue that pop up to coincide with the merriest, spendiest time of the year. In between picking out sweaters and great presents from our holiday gift guide, stop outside Macy’s, Barneys and other classic department stores to take in holiday windows that feature famous cartoonists, iconic New York attractions and more.

Dyker Heights Holiday Lights

Dyker Heights residents take the holidays very seriously: The houses in this nabe are decked out with thousands of lights, life-size toy soldiers, inflatable Santas and more. Take in all the best displays on this 3.5-hour bus tour.

Luminaries

The colorful lanterns created by the LAB at Rockewell Group are officially back at Brookfield Place for the season. Open daily now through January 2, 2022 between 10am and 8pm, visitors will be able to send a motion-activated wish into the glowing lanterns up above. There’s something simply magical about sending our wishes into a light-filled display of beauty.  The destination will also be hosting a special new interactive experience titled Maestro this year. From 10am through 8pm on December 4-7, 11-12 and 16-19, visitors will actually get to conduct their own symphony. Holiday music will play in the background while patrons use gesture-controlled instruments to create unique light shows.

Igloos and ice-less curling in Bryant Park

The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, open now through March 6, is poised to once again be one of the most exciting attractions this season. In fact, in addition to the over 170 holiday shops, kiosks and eateries that make up the destination, the village will play host to two exciting activities for New Yorkers to revel in. First up: a series of cozy igloos that are heated and overlook the park’s iconic skating rink. Inside the clear and intimate structures, each one decorated with holiday cheer in mind, patrons can order delicious food and drinks to enjoy among friends or family (each igloo can accommodate up to eight guests). If it’s something a bit more active that you’re looking to do, consider visiting the on-site Curling Café, which will offer the first-ever iceless curling experience. Expect dedicated curling lanes where two teams of up to four people each can play some “street” (also known as iceless) curling for an hour-and-a-half. According to an official press release, the lanes are accompanied by “a private, heated dome where teams can warm up and share seasonal drinks and bites between games.”

TONY lists 29 December Events, for all the rest go HERE

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10 Best NYC Christmas Trees That Aren’t In Rockefeller Center

Claire LeadenSecret NYC

“Sure, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree gets all the glory—but there are so many other stunningly decorated trees all over the city!

From the Park to the Palace (hotel, that is), these stops are perfect to add to your route as you explore all the holiday fun in NYC.”

Here are 10 spectacular NYC Christmas trees, and once again Secret NYC does a wonderful job bringing the very best of NYC to our attention.

Check them out regularly, I do.

1. New York Public Library, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library

New York Public Library

This year, NYPL’s enormous tree with fake snow dusting and woodsy pinecones — one of the most festive in the city — is said to be featured at the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library on Fifth Ave. Usually it’s at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building across the street. You can still see the festive wreaths on the famous lion statues out front there, and a lot of other holiday decor throughout the building as well!

Address: 455 5th Ave.

2. The Plaza Hotel

The Plaza

The dazzling tree in The Plaza Hotel lobby even has wrapped presents underneath! A stunning crystal chandelier also adds to the photo op, and don’t miss holiday-themed cocktails at Palm Court & an Eloise Pop Up Shop!

Address: 768 5th Ave.

3. Washington Square Park

Facebook / Washington Square Association

This gorgeous tree makes the iconic Washington Square Arch even more picturesque. The official lighting for this year will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. TheRob Susman Brass Quartet will lead the group in holiday songs, with songbooks provided, and event Santa will appear (with candy canes!) to lead the lighting countdown. The multi-colored lights on the 45-foot tree will then remain lit from 4 p.m. until 1 a.m. every day of the season.

Address: 5 Ave, Waverly Pl., W. 4 St. and Macdougal St.

4. Brookfield Place

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This tree is only one of the fabulous holiday features in the downtown Brookfield Place shopping center this season. Don’t miss ice skating and a dazzling canopy of winter lanterns.

Address: 230 Vesey St.

5. Zucotti Park

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Zuccotti Park is lined with dazzling trees everywhere that create a glowing display right in FiDi! Truly magical.

Address: At Liberty St. between Broadway & Church St.

6. The Peninsula Hotel

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The Peninsula Hotel looks just as festive on the outside as it does on the inside! There are multiple Christmas trees decked out with gold ribbon and giant ornaments.Advertisement

Address: 700 5th Ave.

7. Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center

This tree in Dante’s Park right near the glamorous Lincoln Center brings a bright light to the West Side! Usually it’s lit at the annual Winter’s Eve event, but this year Lincoln Center is hosting smaller neighborhood pop-up events and installations instead. Stay up to date on their website here.

Address: 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, on 62nd Street

8. The Seaport District

Jane Kratochvil

The Seaport District’s gigantic tree will go up Thursday, Dec. 2, with a special lighting ceremony and festive night with pop-up markets, hot cocoa and cookies! In general throughout the holiday season it’s the perfect place to see decor, go shopping, and get mulled wine or spiked cider at the Garden Bar.

Address: 19 Fulton St.

9. Winter Village at Bryant Park

Winter Village at Bryant Park

Three trees stand tall near the ice rink and they are the perfect addition to the Winter Village already overflowing with Christmas spirit — the official lighting takes place on Monday, Dec. 6! Don’t forget to also catch the holiday market and delicious bites at The Lodge.

Address: Between 5th and 6th Ave., W 40 St. and W 42 St.

10. New York Botanical Garden

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The New York Botanical Garden has multiple, beautifully lit Christmas trees. Plan a whole day and see GLOW or check out the train show too!

Address: 2900 Southern Blvd, The Bronx

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

How to find them? Here are 6 more of my fave NYC suggestions:

5 Exciting Things To Do & Eat In NYC Between December 15th-21st – New York – The Infatuation

Magical Christmas Window Displays In NYC To See This Holiday – TONY

21 Best Italian Restaurants in New York | Condé Nast Traveler

Top 10 Secrets of Harlem, Manhattan – Untapped New York

New Year’s Eve Events In NYC to ring in 2022 – TONY

At Bar Milano, Eataly NYC Transports Diners to Northern Italy – Robb Report

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December NYC Events (12/14/21)

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 week

The best things to do in NYC this week include holiday markets and Christmas lights and the opening of Sharks at AMNH / Shaye WeaverTONY

“If you’re looking for the best things to do in NYC this week, or even for today, there are tons of fun options. Go ice skating, shop at the best holiday markets and enjoy holiday events like the Holiday Train Show at NYBG or check out AMNH’s new Sharks exhibit opening this week. For more ideas, scroll down to see this week’s best things to do in NYC.”

1. The Roaring 20’s: From Harlem and Beyond

  • Harlem Until Dec 26, 2022

Every Monday evening, you can enjoy Prohibition-era cocktails and live jazz channeling the spirit and energy of the Harlem Renaissance at Sugar Monk. You’ll have your pick of Prohibition and Pre-Prohibition cocktails (Sidecar, Clover Club, Bijou, French 75, The Boothby, The Bee’s Knees, Hanky Panky and others) to sip on while Max Bessesen and his trio play on from 8 to 10pm. There’s no cover, just make a reservation on Resy.

Dazzling light installations in the Meatpacking Distric

Now through mid-January 2022, you’ll have ten additional reasons to visit the Meatpacking District as a series of new interesting light installations have taken over the neighborhood. From enormous, lit-up snowmen to colorful, abstract neon lights and planters filled with glowing dandelions, the “Lights on the Cobbles” installations are found all along Ninth Avenue between 14th Street and Gansevoort Street. Visitors will notice that the outdoor exhibits culminate at Gansevoort Plaza, where a colonnade is draped in freeform neon lights that bounce shapes off the reflective plexi tunnel surrounding a semicircle seating area. It’s basically the ideal Instagram setup both in terms of location and lighting.

4. Sharks at AMNH

  • Upper West Side Dec 15, 2021- Apr 1, 2022

An immersive new exhibit takes visitors “underwater” to meet some of the ocean’s diverse shark species, including the biggest predatory fish of all time—the megalodon. “Sharks” at AMNH, which opens December 15, introduces the “toothy, fearsome predators” that have captured the public’s imagination through films like Jaws and Deep Blue Sea and dives deep into the incredible diversity of this ancient group of fishes through dozens of life-size models (some as long as 33 feet) in an ocean-like gallery with wave-like lighting that moves across the floor. Once visitors enter the gallery, a 27-foot-long megalodon, dubbed the “Tyrannosaurus rex of the seas,” model greets them with its mouth wide open as if it is about to feed on them. Here, its giant teeth and overall size set the tone for the super cool and interactive exhibit.

106! Would you believe it?

Time Out New York lists 106 best things to do in NYC this week. For all the rest go Here.

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Here are some things to do in Manhattan from Dec. 16-24

By Haeven Gibbons

Thursday, Dec. 16

Fresh Towels- A Comedy Show- (Ugly Sweater Edition)- Put on your favorite Ugly Sweater and get ready to laugh. Host Mark “Jiggy” Jigarjian is bringing the talent and Montauk Brewing Co is bringing the beer (2 free drinks per person). 7:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Ticket are $25. Moxy NYC East Village 112 East 11th Street New York, NY 10003. 

 Wreath Decorating With Starbright Floral Design- Enjoy Starbright Floral Design’s holiday- themed class to decorate a wreath everyone will admire. 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. $75. Moxy NYC East Village 112 East 11th Street New York, NY 10003.

Friday, Dec. 17

Dine at Mari in Hell’s Kitchen- Sungchul Shim, chef and owner of the Michelin star restaurant Kochi, just opened his second restaurant Mari in Hell’s Kitchen. The bright, intimate space features engaging counter-style seating around an open kitchen as well as a cozy outdoor dining area that will be heated for the colder months. 679 9th Avenue, between 46th and 47th streets. 

Johnnie Walker Whisky Workshop Pop-up– Held at The Shops at Columbus Circle from Friday, December 17 through Sunday, December 19, the Johnnie Walker Whisky Workshop takes the stress out of shopping and shipping delays with personalized gift boxes containing limited-edition, custom-engraved whisky collectibles in collaboration with Emmy Award-winning artist Mike Perry. The in-person shopping affair will also feature complimentary sampling of the Johnnie Walker portfolio and specialty cocktails on Saturday and Sunday. 12-8 p.m. daily.

Johnnie Walker Whisky Workshop pop-up. Photo courtesy of Johnnie Walker Whisky Workshop.

Saturday, Dec. 18

Brunch at The Mary Lane– The Mary Lane is now serving brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu includes smashed avocado toast on whole grain bread with lime, radish, and aleppo pepper, spicy shakshuka, savory plates including duck confit with creamy grits, poached eggs, Tuscan kale, roasted radish, spiced duck jus, and cracklings and more. 99 Bank St. New York, NY 10014.

Holiday Caroler Performance- Carolers are spreading holiday cheer in Flatiron this season! From 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership will host cappella style caroling performances as a part of the 10th annual “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer.” Performers from the American Caroling Company will sing holiday songs on the Flatiron North Public Plaza.

Sunday, Dec. 19

Holiday Themed Flatiron History Tours – Professional guides will lead a 90-minute journey with a holiday twist. The walking tour will highlight the neighborhood’s holiday history, including the Star of Hope, the first public Christmas tree, the international toy and gift center and Dr. Clement Clarke Moore’s country home where he wrote his famous 1822 Christmas poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas.” 11:00 a.m. Meet at the tip of the Flatiron Building, on 23rd Street just east of Fifth Avenue. 

The Sparkle Monster Variety Show- Join live-singing sensation Sparkle Monster and some of her favorite guest artists as they bring you a variety show designed to delight! Singing! Dancing! Comedy! and More! 8 p.m.  Moxy Times Square, Bar Moxy Studios.

Monday, Dec. 20

Holiday Drag Bingo With Sparkle Monster- Don’t miss this bingo experience chock full of music, mayhem and marvelous prizes including a free night at Moxy Chelsea. 8 p.m. Event is Free. Moxy Chelsea 105 W 28th St New York, NY 10001.

Enjoy Wythe Hotel’s New Bathhouse Spa Package-  This winter, Wythe Hotel is teaming up with neighborhood oasis Bathhouse to bring guests a spa experience. When guests book the package, they’ll receive two day passes to the Bathhouse which allow access to their three thermal pools, two saunas, their starlight steam room with a replica of the night sky in the overhead lighting design and heated marble hammams. Guests will also receive a 10% discount on any additional spa treatments, including massages, scrubs and facials. Prices vary. 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249. Visit https://www.wythehotel.com/ for more information. 

Tuesday, Dec. 21

Winter Solstice Celebration with MoMath – Join the Flatiron Partnership and the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) to experience the reflection of a life-sized kaleidoscope. Snap your own unique holiday selfie next to the Flatiron Building and Interwoven. 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Visit Equinox Après Equinox–  Après Equinox is a limited winter-only offering where club members and hotel guests can enjoy the outdoor pool, heated to 85-90°F, two unique barrel saunas, heated to a max of 120°F with a 360-view of New York City and regeneration offerings with Equinox’s HeadStrong meditation on the Equinox+ app. Prices vary. 35 Hudson Yards, 32 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001.

Photo courtesy of Après Equinox.

Wednesday, Dec. 22

A Family Musical PETUNIA’S PLAYHOUSE LIVE at the New Ohio Theatre- Enjoy this interactive musical about self-care for family audiences. This musical puppetry experience is based on the award-winning web series Petunia’s Playhouse, conceived during the COVID lockdown as a tool to help children cope with the mental health challenges of our new reality. 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The show runs through January 1, 2022. Tickets ($25; $18 for groups of four or more). 154 Christopher St #1E, New York, NY 10014. 

Photo courtesy of Party Claw Productions.

Holiday Cocktail Creation With Good Time Mixology-  Learn how to create a perfect holiday cocktail with Good Time Mixology’s expert mixologists. Spots in the class are limited. 8 p.m. $40. Moxy Times Square, Legasea.

Thursday, Dec. 23

Dine at Cucina 8 1/2 in the iconic The Solow Building-  The new menu will celebrate old New York charm with an elevated Italian-American menu with thoughtful yet simplistic preparations to enhance the natural  flavors in each dish. The menu will feature housemade pastas with a rotating Italian regional menu, as well as Italian-American classics with many tableside presentations. Hours vary. 9 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019. 

Photo courtesy of Cucina 8 1/2.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral Audio Tour– Narrated by Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan, visitors will be guided around the 160-year-old Cathedral while hearing personal stories from the archbishop about what makes St. Patrick’s America’s favorite cathedral while enjoying the harmonious sounds of live carolers inside the cathedral every half hour. Tickets start at $25. Times Vary. Audio tours run through January 6, 2022. 

Friday, Dec. 24

New York City Ballet do George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker–  Enjoy an afternoon at the ballet with George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. The classic ballet, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, provides an unforgettable spark to everyone’s holiday season. Show begins at 2 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Live at David H. Koch Theater in New York. 

New York City Ballet “The Nutcracker”, Friday, November 23, 2018 at 8pm, David H. Koch Theater. (Photo by Erin Baiano)

Holiday’s at Kimika Christmas Eve- Enjoy Christmas Eve with a dine-in-meal from Kimika, a Japanese-Italian restaurant in Nolita. The menu includes: Small plates like smoked baccala mantecato, pickled mackerel with shaved red onion, giardiniera, and perilla pesto; and kakiage fritto misto; Pasta & rice dishes like saffron malloredus, sticky rice risotto with unagi, matsutake and uni salsa; Large plates like grilled hamachi collar, grilled prawns and chawan mushi with crab, lobster, octopus and ponzu-shiso ankake; Yuzu meringue tart for dessert. Holiday kits and Christmas pick-up offerings are also available. 40 kenmare street New York, NY 10012.

amNY has good coverage of What’s Happening in NYC and it’s FREE, so always pick up a copy when you see it.

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

How to find them? Here are 12 more of my fave NYC suggestions:

Try Dominique Ansel’s new Baileys hot chocolate for free this month – TONY

RiseNY is the city’s first-ever flight simulation ride located in Times Square | amNewYork

The Sweet-and-Savory Hunt for All Things Everything Bagel Seasoning in NYC – Eater NY

NYC’s best Christmas trees, holiday lights and windows are on this map-TONY

New York City’s status as a melting pot is most on display within its Caribbean neighborhoods | amNewYork

Experience The Wonders Of NYC While Suspended 30 Feet In The Air Inside A Room In Times Square – Gothamist

Where to Go Ice Skating in NYC – Thrillist

The 22 Best Diners in NYC Right Now-TONY

New York travel guide: What to do and where to stay on a city break to the Big Apple-inews.co.uk

The Definitive Guide to Dining Near Lincoln Center-ny.eater.com

Washington Heights Eatery Named Among Best Caribbean Spots In NYC | Washington Heights, NY Patch

10 Best Karaoke Bars NYC Has to Offer-TONY

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December NYC Events (12/10/21)

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 – NYT

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

Art & Museums

Jazz

Film Series

Comedy

KIDS

Find a full discussion of 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.

What to See in N.Y.C. Galleries Right Now – NYT

Want to see new art this weekend? Start in Chelsea with the great ceramic sculptor Ken Price’s imposing vases. Then head downtown to see Jacqueline de Jong’s jagged paintings of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. And don’t miss Joel Shapiro’s irresistible sculptures and Helène Aylon’s poignant paintings.

Through Dec. 23. Matthew Marks, 526 West 22nd Street, Manhattan; 212-243-0047, matthewmarks.com.

Through Jan. 8. Ortuzar Projects, 9 White Street, Manhattan; 212-257-0033, ortuzarprojects.com.

Through Dec. 23. Paula Cooper Gallery, 524 West 26th Street, Manhattan. 212-255-1105; paulacoopergallery.com.

Through Dec. 22. Kerry Schuss Gallery, 73 Leonard Street, Manhattan; 212-219-9918; kerryschussgallery.com.

Through Dec. 18. Bortolami, 39 Walker Street, Manhattan. 212-727-2050; bortolamigallery.com.

Find a full discussion of What to See NYC Galeries HERE.

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

How to find them? Here are 6 more of my fave NYC suggestions:

The 100 best things to do in NYC for locals and tourists – TONY

In Pictures: Artist Kenzo Digital’s New, Multilevel Installation Atop a New York City Skyscraper Has to Be Seen to Be Believed | Artnet News

Michelin-Starred Onjium Korean Restaurant Opens in NYC’s Genesis House – Robb Report

Magical Christmas Window Displays In NYC To See This Holiday – TONY

A Famed Florentine Shop Brings Square, Stuffed Sandwiches to NYC – Eater NY

Experience Korean Cuisine And Extraordinary KBBQ At NYC’s Antoya, AKA Samwon Garden – Secret NYC

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December NYC Events (12/08/21)

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.

80 Magical Things To Do In New York City This December

Justine Golatasecret nyc

“It’s officially December and that means holiday mania!

There’s simply no better place than NYC to get in the spirit of the season and as 2021 comes to a close, New York City is bustling with activities.

From bar transformations, dazzling light displays, and all the icy fun and shopping in between—here are 80 magically festive things to do in NYC this month.”

Here are 5 of my faves:

1. Visit SUMMIT One Vanderbilt to experience AIR at Night during the holidays

The world’s most immersive observatory, SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, is the place to be in NYC this holiday season. From the gasp-worthy light and sound show “AIR at Night” (pictured above), to experiencing what it’s like to be in your own snow globe over 1,000 feet above NYC when it flurries, to cozying up with a cup of cocoa in the Après bar and café, you must add SUMMIT One Vanderbilt to your NYC holiday bucket list! Due to demand, hours have been extended for the holiday season. Click here to get your tickets before they sell out.  Sponsored

2. Go on an aerial adventure with RiseNY

Rediscover your favorite city from new heights at NYC’s one-of-a-kind attraction opening on December 15th. This uplifting experience pairs a soaring theme park style ride with seven distinctly themed galleries that explore the most iconic aspects of NYC. See everything from a re-creation of NYC’s first subway station at City Hall circa 1904, Madonna’s custom Keith Haring jacket, to Central Park from a birds-eye view! Buy your tickets now to experience this exciting new attraction.

4-7. Watch one of the city’s stunning tree lighting ceremonies

Winter Village at Bryant Park

Is there anything more quintessential Christmas than the giant trees all around NYC? Here are festive tree lightings you can check out!

  • Holiday on the Hudson: Saturday, December 4, 2021, 4:30 p.m.–6 p.m.
  • Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park: Monday, December 6, 2021 at 6 p.m.
  • Washington Square Park: Wednesday, December 8 at 6 p.m.
  • Madison Square Park: Thursday, December 9 from 4-5:30 p.m

9-11. Enjoy a beautiful candlelit concert with a spectacular holiday twist

Enjoy everything from enchanting performances of holiday classics inside a breathtaking NYC church, Nutcracker-inspired tunes, to a romantic dinner experience, all bathed in candlelight. Each concert makes for a stunning evening where you can simply sit back and savor the stunning holiday pieces you’ll hear. Get tickets here.

12-16. Relax at the best winter rooftops in NYC with fire pits, blankets and glass houses

Mr. Purple

Just because temperatures have dropped does not mean that rooftop season has to come to an end! From winter chalets to tropical-themed installations, here are some of our favorite winter spots:

For all the rest of these 80 things to do in NYC go HERE to Secret NYC.

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

How to find them? Here are 6 more of my fave NYC suggestions:

Enjoy NYC’s Stunning Tribute To Taylor Swift Created By The Gentle Glow Of Candlelight – Secret NYC

Michelin Announces Six Restaurants It Will Add to 2022 New York Guide – Eater NY

How to Experience New York City like a True Local | The New Yorker

French Cooking lessons in Greenwich Village – Corsi di cucina a New York, United States of America – eatwith.com

NYC’s Fifth Avenue has turned into an arctic scene with penguins and polar bears – TONY

5 Must-Try Hispanic & Latino-Owned Eateries In New York – GUEST OF A GUEST

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amNY Weekender | 6 things to do in NYC, Dec. 10-12

By Emily Davenport

Friday, Dec. 10

Year Gone Hazy Beer Release Party: Bronx Brewery is hosting a special bash to celebrate the release of their latest beer, Year Gone Hazy! Kiss 2021 goodbye and enjoy the latest brew while enjoying live performances curated by The Bronx Native and BX Writers. 856 E.136th Street, Bronx. 5 to 10 p.m.

Joy of Christmas performance: The Cathedral Choirs and Orchestra at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine are coming together for a special holiday show. The show will celebrate the holidays with Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Antonio Vivaldi’s incandescent Gloria, and favorite carols sung by the whole audience. 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $50.

Saturday, Dec. 11

Screening of “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”: If you love “Dracula,” you’ll want to head to this screening. Directed by Francis Coppola, the adaptation of the original Victorian-era Gothic vampire novel pulls out all the stops and brings the story to life. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, Queens. 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11).

“RowsAttacks!” by elrow: Are you ready to party? How about a 13-hour party? That’s what you can get with elrow this weekend. This sci-fi-themed winter bash is aiming to be the biggest party in the city. Avant Gardner, 140 Stewart Ave, Brooklyn. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $74.79.

Sunday, Dec. 12

Paint in Central Park: Whether you’re looking to sharpen your art skills or are just wanting a nice fun time, painting in Central Park is a great option. All participants get a pre-sketched canvas, unlimited painting materials (brushes, acrylic paints etc.) and a take-home bag. Central Park. 1:30 p.m. $39.95.

Santa Claus is Coming to Estuary: Jolly ol’ Saint Nick is swinging by Brooklyn this weekend for a special event. Hosted by Estuary, come by to take a photo with Santa and contribute to their annual Toy Drive for Friends of Karen. A photobooth will be onsite for families to use, plus complimentary hot chocolate from Ebb & Flow Bakery. 159 Bridge Park Drive, Brooklyn. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations encouraged.

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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:

Take in Park Views With Your Kelewele

Teranga / 1280 Fifth Ave.

The trapezoidal windows at Teranga have long afforded patrons panoramic vistas of Central Park North, but the city’s embrace of outdoor dining has made Pierre Thiam’s West African–leaning venue even more appealing than before. Now you can snack on kelewele (spicy roast plantains) right at the edge of the park, overlooking the verdant trees while enjoying a warm summer breeze. On a recent Friday, I sat near a pair of diners, one of them relaxing in a jujitsu T-shirt, as I made quick work of a yassa bowl: tender chicken thighs slathered in saucy golden onions. If indoor dining is still quiet here, you’ll never feel alone in the alfresco area. Folks zoom by on hoverboards and messenger bikes, shaved-ice vendors pour polychromatic syrups into snowy cups, and people flood in and out of the park.—R.P.S.

Eat to the Beat in Hell’s Kitchen

Guantanamera / 939 Eighth Ave.

The conga drums are back. Their steady beats spill out onto Eighth Avenue, where outdoor patrons sip minty mojitos on white tablecloths. Although this Hell’s Kitchen Cuban canteen served porky lechon asado and garlicky cassava throughout the pandemic, what was missing for months was the music — the prickly guitars and folksy Caribbean tunes that have made the restaurant an accessible spot for everyday salsa dancing. Ceiling fans spin overhead near the open-air frontage as waiters ferry crisp Cubano sandwiches and some of the city’s finest vaca frita: shredded skirt steak that’s seared until it achieves the texture of soft jerky. —R.P.S.

Taste the Middle East on the Upper West

Dagon / 2454 Broadway

Airy and sun-drenched, the dining room pulsates with Israeli pop and a steady conversational hum. If you didn’t know better, you would think you’d wandered into some beachside hot spot in Tel Aviv, not a post-pandemic restaurant in the sleepy West 90s. Chef Ari Bokovza’s Levantine-leaning menu looks similar to others across the city. But the familiar mezze and salads take a fun turn with delectable things like shishbarak (Lebanese mushroom-filled dumplings) and kubaneh, the fluffy Yemenite Jewish bread that you pull apart like Parker House rolls. —B.O.

Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
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December NYC Events (12/06/21)

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, December 6, 2021 Mon, Dec 6
1:00 pm

free Film | Murder on the Orient Express (2017): A Crime Mystery With Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz And Johnny Depp
When a murder occurs on the train on which he’s travelling, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is r … more Mon, Dec 6
6:00 pm

free; registration required Festival | Tree Lighting in the Park
Kick off the holiday season during this annual tree lighting.– Host Ty Jones– Ho … more Mon, Dec 6
7:30 pm

free, registration required Classical Music | Works By Beethoven With Pianist Hailed By The New York Times
Jennifer Koh, violin; Thomas Sauer, piano.ProgramBeethoven (1170- … more

More Free Events for Mon, Dec 6, 2021
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 Tue, Dec 7
10:30 am

free, tip-supported, booking required Tour | Christmas in Milan (online, livestream)
During the festive holiday season Milan glitters even more brightly than usual. Join Patrizia to get … more Tue, Dec 7
5:00 pm

free; registration required Discussion | Towards Comprehensive Planning: Preserving Historic and Cultural Resources (online)
This event will look to examples in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York City to discuss how comp … more Tue, Dec 7
6:30 pm

free; registration required Author Reading | The New York Subway Map Debate: The Untold Story of a Legendary Moment in Design History (online)
This is a roundtable conversation about the new book from Gary Hustwit which documents a pivotal eve … more Tue, Dec 7
7:00 pm

free; registration required Book Discussion | Star Trek Actor George Takei Discusses His Book They Called Us Enemy (online)
A conversation with Susan H. Kamei and actor George Takei about their books, When Can We Go Back … more Tue, Dec 7
10:00 pm

free; registration required Workshop | Softening into Ease and Rest: A Peaceful Meditation (online)
Tony Pham will guide a meditation with a restorative intention. This is am offering to soften into e … more

More Free Events for Tue, Dec 7, 2021
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 Wed, Dec 8
11:00 am

free Fair | Holiday Fair: Art, Jewelry, Home Goods and Delicious Eats
Loseyourself in glittering aisles of art, jewelry, home goods and delicious eats from local artisans … more Wed, Dec 8
1:00 pm

free Classical Music | Orchestra Performs Works By Strauss, Prokofiev, Webern (Online)
Lab Orchestra; Anna Handler, Conductor; Euan Shields, Conductor; Jherrard Hardeman, Conductor; Shira … more Wed, Dec 8
6:00 pm

free; no reservation required Festival | Christmas Tree Lighting
Enjoy the Rob Susman Brass Quartet as children and grown-ups alike sing holiday songs. The sparkling … more Wed, Dec 8
6:00 pm

free; registration required Author Reading | The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel (online)
As German Chancellor Angela Merkel steps down as head of state, a new biography details the unlikely … more Wed, Dec 8
7:00 pm

free; no reservation required Jazz | Swing in the Holidays Concert (online)
Supporting the next generation of jazz stars is one of the most exciting and important aspects of Ja … more Wed, Dec 8
7:30 pm

free; registration required Book Discussion | On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (online)
Historian Timothy Snyder and illustrator Nora Krug discuss the newly released graphic edition of … more

More Free Events for Wed, Dec 8, 2021
Thursday, December 9, 2021 Thu, Dec 9
12:30 pm

free; registration required Discussion | The Idea and Ideology of Empire in the Middle Ages (online)
A panel discussion to accompany the exhibition Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Hol … more Thu, Dec 9
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, Dec 9
6:30 pm

free; RSVP required Symposium | Looting, Loss, and Recovery: A Virtual Symposium (online)
A virtual symposium exploring a range of topics related to the exhibition Afterlives: Recovering … more

More Free Events for Thu, Dec 9, 2021
Friday, December 10, 2021 Fri, Dec 10
10:00 am

free; registration required Book Discussion | Invisible Enlighteners: The Jewish Merchants of Modena, from the Renaissance to the Emancipation (online)
Federica Francesconi of SUNY Albany discusses her new book with Francesca Bregoli of CUNY. … more Fri, Dec 10
2:00 pm

free Film | Godzilla vs. Kong (2021): Kong Clashes With Godzilla
The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture … more Fri, Dec 10
5:00 pm

free; no reservation required Performance | Frostbite Follies: Holiday Extravaganza Featuring World-Class Circus Acts
The rolling holiday show you won’t want to miss. The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus’s all-new holiday ext … more Fri, Dec 10
5:00 pm

free; no reservation required Classical Music | The Met’s Balcony Bar from Home Featuring ETHEL and Friends in Concert (online)
Fix yourself a drink and experience The Met’s Balcony Bar from home with ETHEL, one of the most accl … more Fri, Dec 10
8:00 pm

free; registration required Book Discussion | Legendary Photographer Annie Leibovitz Discusses Her Book Wonderland (online)
Leibovitz, one of the most influential photographers of our time, marks the publication of her book. … more Fri, Dec 10
8:00 pm

free; registration required Lecture | Frank Sinatra: Music History (online)
It’s Frank Sinatra’s birthday, born December 12, 1915, so let’s celebrate the musical legacy of Ol’ … more

More Free Events for Fri, Dec 10, 2021
Saturday, December 11, 2021 Sat, Dec 11
2:00 pm

free, tip-supported, booking required Tour | Festive Philadelphia Holiday Markets (online)
Philadelphia is definitely a city that takes its holiday spirit very seriously. See the city turn in … more Sat, Dec 11
2:30 pm

free; tips encouraged; registration required City Walk | Historic Greenwich Village Tour: Beats, Bohemians, and Icons of the ’60s
Enjoy a relaxed, informative walking tour of New York City’s Historic Greenwich Village! … more Sat, Dec 11
4:00 pm

free; no reservation required Performance | Ice Theatre of New York Winter Skating Celebration — Plus Tree Lighting
A performance of dancing on ice by the ITNY Ensemble and with the participation of The Skyliners and … more Sat, Dec 11
8:00 pm

free, registration required Dance Performance | Lang Dance Fall Production Night Two
Lang Dance invites you to their Fall 2021 production. Featuring works created by guest choreographer … more

More Free Events for Sat, Dec 11, 2021
Sunday, December 12, 2021 Sun, Dec 12
10:00 am

free Fair | Holiday Market: Gifts, Art, Jewelry, Antiques and More
Shop for vintage clothing, furniture, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, art, handicrafts, and more. A … more Sun, Dec 12
1:00 pm

free; donation requested; RSVP required Tour | Gangs of New York: Five Points, Little Italy, Chinatown, and Old NY Crime
This walking tour will take you through the streets of Lower Manhattan, weaving together the complex … more Sun, Dec 12
2:00 pm

free; no reservation required Concert | Holiday Impromptune: A Mix of Blues, Jazz, Latin, and Bluegrass
Enjoy the magic of the season and experience free holiday music performances by guitarist Jason Gree … more Sun, Dec 12
2:00 pm

free; registration required Classical Music | Orchestral Works by Debussy and Others (online)
Program:Claude Debussy La MerEinojuhani Rautavaara Cantus Arcticus … more Sun, Dec 12
2:30 pm

$5; reservation required Dance Performance | Tap Jam: An Afternoon of Tap Improvisation
The American Tap Dance Foundation kicks off a new season with this dynamic and rhythmic event. Tappe … more Sun, Dec 12
5:00 pm

free Classical Music | Bach Vespers: Magnificat
Johann Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat, BWV 243, is a musical setting of the biblical canticle … more

More Free Events for Sun, Dec 12, 2021

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

How to find them? Here are 6 more of my fave NYC suggestions:

Best Places to Go Ice-Skating in NYC Including Indoor Rinks – TONY

10 Broadway Musicals to See in NYC This Holiday Season – yahoo

Casa Magazines Is New York City’s Best Kept Secret. The Secret Is Out. – The New York Times

Soar Over NYC On An Aerial Adventure Coming To Midtown This December – Secret NYC

New York City’s holiday windows are back for 2021: What to see – lohud.com

The Best Wine Bars In NYC – New York – The Infatuation

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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
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December NYC Events (12/04/21)

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 NYC This Weekend

A new French and Mexican themed bar, Detroit-style pizza, and the much anticipated return of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

By Juliet IzonThrillist

“The week after Thanksgiving always feels unbearably long (remind us why we have five-day workweeks, again?), but we’ve finally made it to the other side. To celebrate this first weekend in December, we have plenty of cold weather-friendly activities for you. Instead of one fondue night, why not have two, or three? And if cheese isn’t your thing, what about a new restaurant and bar serving French and Mexican food? Finally, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater also makes its much anticipated return since the pandemic.

Read about all of these, plus other actually fun stuff to eat, drink, and do this weekend in NYC”

Cozy up for dinner at this new American bistro

Weekend-long
West Village
In case you didn’t realize, it’s rib-sticking-dinner weather. And we can think of no better place to celebrate than the newly opened Marian’s on Greenwich Ave. Helmed by chef Christian Rowan (Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernardin), the menu features comforting dishes like mushroom cavatelli, roasted squash with brown butter crumble, and hanger steak topped with red wine jus. And for dessert, don’t miss the seasonal, housemade pop-tart; it’s currently a spiced quince and brown sugar-cream cheese filling.
Cost: Entrees from $24

Take a trip to Spain by way of Greenpoint

Weekend-long
Greenpoint
Outdoor lunches by the water will need to wait until next year, but if you close your eyes while at El Pingüino, you can almost smell the salty Mediterranean breeze. This new innovative Spanish spot from chef Nick Padilla (Alameda, Momofuku Ssäm Bar), bar director Mike Zorman and John Ortiz brings both Mediterranean and Latin American seafood dishes to Brooklyn, with plates like anchovy skewers with olives and peppers, or conservas (Spanish tinned seafood). Wash it all down with a variety of Spanish wines, or a glass of sherry, port, or amaro.
Cost: Tapas from $2.50

Grab a French and Mexican-influenced cocktail at this new bar

Weekend-long
East Village
Endless Hospitality is the team behind popular watering holes like Goodnight Sonny and The Wayland, so it’s little surprise that their newest spot, Bar Lula, is already garnering serious attention. What sets this spot on First Ave. and St. Mark’s apart from others is its innovative menu: the cocktails and food here are inspired both by French techniques and Mexican ingredients. We recommend grabbing share plates like warm winter carrots topped with habanero pepper and crispy garlic, or agave-roasted squash with chorizo. As for tipples: expect unique takes on classic drinks, like the Mexican Mai Tai made with mezcal, Martinique rum, avocado orgeat, coconut, and orange juice.
Cost: Cocktails fromm $16; share plates from $9

Grab Detroit-style pizza at this Rockefeller Center pop-up

Weekend-long
Rockefeller Center
This is controversial, but we’ll say it anyway: Detroit-style pizza is… also good? If you’re willing to branch out from our beloved New York slice this weekend, we have the ideal spot to expand your horizons. Ace’s Perfect Pizza is a new pop-up from chef and owner Matt Etchemendy serving both Detroit-style square pies and Long Island-inspired grandma slices. Toppings range from the usual suspects—cheese, pepperoni—to more unique options like white sesame and in-season vegetables. Look out for the restaurant’s brick-and-mortar shop to open early next year.
Cost: Pizzas from $7 for a half-square

Treat yourself to a performance from one of America’s foremost dance troupes

Weekend-long
Midtown West
After a far-too-long pandemic pause, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is finally back on stage at New York City Center. The three-week long engagement starts this week and features a repertory of premieres as well as Ailey classics. This Friday, catch the world premiere of For Four, a piece for four dancers accompanied by the music of Wynton Marsalis, along with Ailey’s Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts’ Holding Space, a piece that was created during the pandemic.
Cost: Tickets from $29

Impress your family with gifts from this French holiday market

Friday, December 3; 6 pm-9 pm
Nolita
Even if Paris isn’t on your agenda this winter, you can still go shopping like a true Frenchperson at the French Wink Holiday Market at Coucou. For one night only, Coucou French Classes and French-themed boutique French Wink will partner to offer a variety of goods sourced from the country, ranging from Bio Milk probiotic French skincare to Pompon de Brest chocolates to Tissage Moutet dish towels. And of course, you can expect plenty of French hors-d’oeuvres and sips.
Cost: Free with registration

Check out this circus on wheels

Saturday, December 4
Brownsville and Astoria
The circus is coming to town this weekend, but Bindlestiff Family Cirkus definitely doesn’t resemble the big tops of your childhood. Their Frostbite Follies Holiday Tour is not only performed on top of flatbed trucks, parade-style; the shows are also entirely free. The company’s aim is to bring the fun of the circus to the areas of NYC that were hit hardest during the pandemic or places that have minimal arts programming. Catch them this weekend in Brownsville and Astoria, but they’ll also be performing for the next few weekends in December. Expect all your favorite circus acts, from clowns to aeralists to foot jugglers.
Cost: Free

Eat a pot of melted cheese for dinner because you can

Weekend-long
Various locations
There’s never really a wrong time for fondue, but post-Thanksgiving generally seems to be high season for the cheesy variety. This weekend, why not try your own fondue crawl through some of NYC’s best versions? First up: Austrian restaurant Schilling, which just launched a new fondue recipe made of local cheeses, apple brandy, and white wine and is served with seasonal meats, fruit, and veggies. Also reopened for the season is Hütte, the quasi-secret restaurant hidden behind Schaller’s Stube. They’ll have both cheese and chocolate fondue for guests looking to double-dip. If a more immersive experience is what you’re after, book a cozy yurt at the Winter Garden at The Standard, East Village; menu options include fondue, warm apple pie, and plenty of spiked winter drinks. And of course, no fondue lover should skip Cafe Select, one of NYC’s most famed places for that classic Swiss dish. Here, you can choose from six varieties, including a wild mushroom or dark beer.
Cost: Varies

Support locally owned businesses at this fair

Weekend-long; 11 am-7 pm
Downtown Brooklyn
Looking for a present for someone who is just impossible to shop for? We got you: head to The Holiday Makers Show at City Point this weekend. The fair will feature over 40 different businesses (75% of which are women-owned and 25% black-owned), including cards from Black Lamb Handmade, Natchie Art’s pajamas for children and adults, and sustainable jewelry made from recycled metal by Mottive inc. And if that’s not enough to lure you in, there will even be a “hip” Santa worthy of the show’s Brooklyn location.
Cost: Free to enter

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

How to find them? Here are 6 more of my fave NYC suggestions:

Here Are The 5 NYC Restaurants On The NY Times’s Best Places To Dine In America For 2021 – Secret NYC

How To Celebrate Christmas In NYC: A Guide for Tourists – Gotham Mag

RiseNY Brings New York City a Flying Theater Ride – ThemeParkInsider

The 16 best beer bars in NYC right now – TONYT

Top 10 Secrets of NYC’s Upper West Side – Untapped New York

The Best Taiwanese Restaurants In Flushing – Flushing – New York – The Infatuation

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Best new restaurants in NYC

If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street.

Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants

“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.” Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, Photographs by Dina Litovsky

Here are 3 more of my faves:

Eat All Your Chinese Vegetables

Fat Choy / 250 Broome St.

It’s one thing to offer a $335 meat-free menu for the one percent (see Eleven Madison Park 2.0). It’s another to charge $10 and under for veggie-centric Chinese food for everyone: the curious carnivores, the certified vegans, and the dedicated superfans like Deborah from the Upper West Side, who loves the food and the vibe so much she literally hiked down the West Side Highway from 88th Street to Broome and Orchard one recent Saturday afternoon just to tuck in to paper-boatloads of chewy rice rolls topped with gai lan and juicy bok choy showered with crispy fried garlic. We know she did this because Fat Choy is the kind of place where diners who have navigated the scrum of Lower East Side streeteries — bars, vegan-cupcake shops, more bars — start conversations with strangers to recommend dishes, offer bites, and generally share communal moments of vibrantly flavored, inventively conceived culinary bliss. —Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

Sip a Sazerac in a Secret Garden

Villanelle / 15 E. 12th St.

This elegant Greenwich Village establishment has flown so far under the radar that many regulars (ourselves included) were afraid it would close forever when disaster struck. Miraculously, unlike with the still-shuttered Gotham Bar & Grill across the street, the opposite has happened. Owner Catherine Manning fitted the space out back with tables and little enclosed “garden rooms” that have become a hit during the outdoor-dining craze. The Sazeracs we enjoyed on a recent summery evening were exceptional, and you can also addle yourself with $9 cocktails during the new happy hour. The talented young chef Tyler Heckman (Ferris, Le Turtle) took over the kitchen last fall, and he’s slowly added the kind of variety and style to the aggressively seasonal menu (braised spring lamb on our visit, white-asparagus velouté, gnocchi with escargot) that threatens to turn this sleepy local favorite into a proper big-city dining destination. —Adam Platt

Sample the Latest Fusion Cuisine on New York’s Original Open Street

The Migrant Kitchen / 45 Stone St.

Long before 2020 brought alfresco eating to every corner of our city, Stone Street was a pedestrian paradise, and it still is, a cobblestoned car-free wonderland for outdoor pints, pizza, and mozzarella sticks. The Migrant Kitchen, which opened last fall, brings Middle Eastern–Latin fusion to this Fidi pub-grub zone. Owner Nasser Jaber, who operates out of the Dubliner bar’s kitchen, sends out sumac-butter-slicked fried-chicken-and-falafel waffles, mariquitas (fried plantain chips) nachos, and pastelon mahshi, a Dominican-style maduros-and-beef riff on the traditional Palestinian stuffed gourd. And since many office workers are still Zooming in from home, Stone Street feels distinctly chiller and less suits-y these days. —Ryan P. Sutton

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

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December NYC Events (12/02/21)

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 events in December 2021

“Plan your month with our NYC events in December 2021 guide including holiday markets and festive foodWritten by Shaye WeaverTONY

Get ready for the most wonderful time of the year with the best NYC events in December 2021. This season’s highlights include, well, you already know what they are. You can really get into the spirit when you visit one of New York’s many holiday markets boasting great gifts for your friends and family as well as tasty provisions. Looking for something less festive? Check out terrific art shows and pop-up holiday bars.”

Here are 6 of my faves:

  • The BronxUntil Jan 23, 2022

The beloved New York holiday train tradition at the New York Botanical Garden is back for its 30th year!

The garden will become a mini-train depot with its collection of 25 G-scale model trains that’ll chug along a nearly half-mile track (which is also overhead) by 175 miniature NYC landmarks like the Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall, the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Rockefeller Center—all made of natural materials such as leaves, cinnamon sticks, twigs, bark and berries. 

Tickets are on sale now for the show, which begins November 20.

The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

The Winter Village at Bryant Park is back this year in all it’s holiday glory. On the grounds you can peruse about 170 shopping and food kiosks—all at one of the best NYC parks. Work up an appetite at the free, 17,000-square-foot ice-skating rink and then fill up at the rinkside pop-up restaurant called The Lodge Deck for festive cocktails and hearty food.

Holiday windows in New York City

Half the fun of holiday shopping in New York is ogling the tricked-out window displays along Fifth Avenue that pop up to coincide with the merriest, spendiest time of the year. In between picking out sweaters and great presents from our holiday gift guide, stop outside Macy’s, Barneys and other classic department stores to take in holiday windows that feature famous cartoonists, iconic New York attractions and more.

Dyker Heights Holiday Lights

Dyker Heights residents take the holidays very seriously: The houses in this nabe are decked out with thousands of lights, life-size toy soldiers, inflatable Santas and more. Take in all the best displays on this 3.5-hour bus tour.

Luminaries

The colorful lanterns created by the LAB at Rockewell Group are officially back at Brookfield Place for the season. Open daily now through January 2, 2022 between 10am and 8pm, visitors will be able to send a motion-activated wish into the glowing lanterns up above. There’s something simply magical about sending our wishes into a light-filled display of beauty.  The destination will also be hosting a special new interactive experience titled Maestro this year. From 10am through 8pm on December 4-7, 11-12 and 16-19, visitors will actually get to conduct their own symphony. Holiday music will play in the background while patrons use gesture-controlled instruments to create unique light shows.

Igloos and ice-less curling in Bryant Park

The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, open now through March 6, is poised to once again be one of the most exciting attractions this season. In fact, in addition to the over 170 holiday shops, kiosks and eateries that make up the destination, the village will play host to two exciting activities for New Yorkers to revel in. First up: a series of cozy igloos that are heated and overlook the park’s iconic skating rink. Inside the clear and intimate structures, each one decorated with holiday cheer in mind, patrons can order delicious food and drinks to enjoy among friends or family (each igloo can accommodate up to eight guests). If it’s something a bit more active that you’re looking to do, consider visiting the on-site Curling Café, which will offer the first-ever iceless curling experience. Expect dedicated curling lanes where two teams of up to four people each can play some “street” (also known as iceless) curling for an hour-and-a-half. According to an official press release, the lanes are accompanied by “a private, heated dome where teams can warm up and share seasonal drinks and bites between games.”

TONY lists 29 November Events, for all the rest go HERE

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amNY Weekender | 8 things to do in NYC this weekend, Dec. 3-5

By Emily Davenport

Friday, Dec. 3

Actionplay at BKCM: Dive into a truly incredible music experience during the Actionplay Holiday Concert Extravaganza. Hosted by The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Actionplay is a theatre organization for autistic, neurodivergent, and disabled teens and adults and their holiday show will get you right into the spirit. 58 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn. 7 p.m. Free.

Metro-North Blood Drive: Give the gift of life this weekend with Metro-North and the New York Blood Center. Come down to donate blood at Vanderbilt Hall to give back this holiday season. Grand Central Terminal-Vanderbilt Hall, 87 East 42 Street, Manhattan. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Lightscape: Hosted by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Lightscape is one of the largest light shows in New York City. Bundle up and take a stroll through the outdoor holiday illuminated trail with over a million lights that run almost the full length of the garden. 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn. Multiple times. $34 for adults, $18 for kids.

Winter Wonder at the Garden: As the holiday season ramps up, the Queens Botanical Garden is bringing back holiday fun for the whole family. Come by on Saturday to shop, drink, craft and even meet Santa himself! 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, Queens. 12 to 5 p.m. Free.

New York City’s Status as a Melting Pot is Most on Display within its Caribbean Neighborhoods

The Oddities Flea Market: Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? There’s no better place to find it than at the Oddities Flea Market one-day holiday pop-up market. Come by and shop the eclectic options. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, Manhattan. 1 to 7 p.m. Tickets start at $15.

Sunday, Dec. 5

Pet Portrait Painting: If you or a loved one have a pet that you love so much, get a portrait done on Sunday! Matt Timms, creator of All The Bad Cats, will be at Grand Army Bar painting 6 inch x 6 inch portraits of your pets. Just bring a digital image of the pet for him to work off of and enjoy the bar while you wait. 336 State Street, Brooklyn. 5 to 11 p.m. $80.

TALEA Holiday Market Bazaar: Shop around for friends and family at this pop-up shop at TALEA Beer Co. The shop will feature a number of local vendors to browse through while sipping on TALEA beer. 87 Richardson Street, Brooklyn. 12 to 5 p.m. Free to attend.

Hanukkah Hunt Gallery Program: Families are welcome to come before the last night of Hanukkah to explore menorahs from around the world. Head into the hunt and make your own discoveries in your sketchbook. The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue, Manhattan. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with museum admission, free for kids 18 and under.

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

How to find them? Here are 6 more of my fave NYC suggestions:

Here are some things to do in Manhattan from Dec. 2-10 | amNewYork

This Map Shows Every Open Bathroom In New York City – Secret NYC

Best Christmas Things to Do NYC for a Magical Time in 2021 – TONY

Saks Fifth Avenue unveils holiday windows at flagship Midtown store – ABC7 New York

The Best Midtown Bars – Midtown – New York – The Infatuation

The most terrifying new things to do in NYC: City Climb, Summit – nypost

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November NYC Events (11/30/21)

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 30 best things to do this fall in NYC – TimeOutNY

“We have the ultimate list of things to do in the fall—NYC’s Halloween events and autumn activities that can’t be beat – Will Gleason & Shaye Weaver

“Just being in NYC in the fall is an experience in itself—for a few brief months, we all channel Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail and breathe in the crisp air filled with the smell of leaves and pretend we’re in the middle of a love story for the ages (maybe we are). It’s true that NYC is one of the most sought out places to experience the best that fall offers, from delightfully spooky Halloween events and festivals to gorgeous leaf-peeping opportunities and some of the best festivals.”

Autumn in NYC is tough to match!”

  1. Be a shutterbug at Photoville
  2. Gawk at the Dior exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum
  3. Get lit at the Illumination Light Art Festival
  4. See incredible art at the Armory Show
  5. Attend the Feast of San Gennaro
  6. Return to Refinery29’s 29Rooms
  7. Laugh it up at the New York Comedy Festival
  8. Go to Brooklyn Made’s opening
  9. Celebrate Halloween
  10. Ascend Summit One Vanderbilt
  11. Marvel at this realistic Sistine Chapel exhibit
  12. Get a glow up at Lightscape
  13. Geek out at New York Comic Con
  14. Head to these great spots for leaf-peeping
  15. Watch the Tony Awards
  16. Bump and grind with the New York Burlesque Festival
  17. Dig into apple cider donuts from NYC’s farmers market
  18. Roam the grounds at the New York Botanical Garden
  19. Go apple picking just outside the city
  20. Get lit at Flame, a pyrotechnic pop-up restaurant
  21. Go kayaking (for free) until October
  22. Check out these brand-new restaurants
  23. See this year’s Costume Institute show
  24. Watch a film at 2021’s New York Film Festival
  25. Take in an immersive Bill Cunningham exhibit
  26. Go see Sun & Sea at BAM
  27. Get rustic at the Queens County Farm Museum
  28. Hit up a museum for free on Museum Day
  29. See a Disney-themed art exhibition
  30. See the NYC Marathon in person once again!

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The best holiday markets open in NYC this year – TONY

“At a holiday market, NYC offers the best decorations, food and winter activities to get you in the merriest of moods. Shaye Weaver / TONY

The best holiday markets are right here in NYC—full of both the holiday spirit and the most unique gifts out there. While fancy Christmas window displays may entice you, NYC’s holiday markets often include ice skating, tree and menorah lightings, great food vendors, and fun holiday activities. Shopping for the perfect gift doesn’t have to be stressful, make it fun at these holiday markets.”

This is the BEST

The Bank of America Winter Village

The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park and all its holiday spirit is back with free ice-skating but also its Urbanspace holiday market bringing over 170 shops, including a bunch of new kiosks and eateries for your shopping and eating pleasure through January 2, 2022. It’ll also bring back its Small Business Spotlight that gives four New York City-based minority-owned small businesses, with annual revenues of $1 million or less, an opportunity to showcase their products in a free booth at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. You’ll also be able to cozy up at The Lodge by Prime Video, a covered, outdoor après-themed area where visitors can grab a festive cocktail, enjoy delicious food, watch the ice skaters or admire the tree.

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

How to find them? Here are 6 more of my fave NYC suggestions:

5 cool things every visitor to NYC should do now – TONY

Pier 17’s Cozy Winter Cabins Are Back For The Season With Unbelievable Rooftop Views – Secret NYC

The Best Sichuan Restaurants In NYC – New York – The Infatuation

Holiday Windows Are Back. And So Are New York Shoppers. – The New York Times

Rockefeller Center Is Attracting NYC’s Top Dining Talent – Eater NY

The 15 best NYC holiday markets of 2021 | 6sqft

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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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November NYC Events (11/28/21)

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.

NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: November 26 – December 2

“Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s “Lightscape,” Xavier Veilhan’s “Autofocus,” Treasures from the Hispanic Library Society, 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.”

Soft Water Hard Stone

Soft Water Hard Stone

New Museum

Manhattan / Thu, Oct 28, 2021 – Sat, Jan 23, 2021

The 2021 New Museum Triennial, “Soft Water Hard Stone,” brings together works across mediums by forty artists and collectives living and working in twenty-three countries. On view from October 28, 2021 to January 23, 2022, and now in its fifth installment, the exhibition is co-curated by Margot Norton, Allen and Lola Goldring Curator at the New Museum, and Jamillah James, Senior Curator, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), and presents new and recent work …

Lightscape

Lightscape

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn / Fri, Nov 19, 2021 – Sat, Jan 09, 2021

This winter, explore Brooklyn Botanic Garden like never before at the after-dark, illuminated spectacular Lightscape. Join with family and friends to celebrate the beauty of nature in winter on this enchanting trail animated by dazzling light, color, and sound. Across a one-mile trail winding through BBG’s 52-acre landscape, visitors will be dazzled and delighted by international showstoppers like the Winter Cathedral tunnel, Fire Garden, and Field of Light, as well as new site-specific light works created …

Treasures from the Hispanic Society Library

Treasures from the Hispanic Society Library

Grolier Club

Manhattan / Wed, Sep 29, 2021 – Sat, Dec 18, 2021

The Grolier Club is proud to shine a spotlight on the impressive holdings of New York’s Hispanic Society & Library in the exhibition “Treasures from the Hispanic Society Library.” On view from September 29 – December 18, 2021, the presentation is open to visitors in person as well as virtually. Drawing on the unparalleled collections in the Hispanic Society, this exhibition of more than one hundred manuscripts and books will present an exceptional vision of the …

Mythologies

Mythologies

Paul Taylor Dance Company Studios

Manhattan / Sat, Nov 27, 2021 – Sun, Nov 28, 2021

After 21 months without live performance, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance (CLD) will return to New York City November 27 and 28 with the premiere of “Mythologies” (2021), a new dance work inspired by the stories of Ancient Greece. Performances will take place at the Paul Taylor Dance Company Sam Scripps Studio Theater, 551 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002, at 7pm and 6pm respectively. Conceived in 2019, “Mythologies” is a five-part dance work, consisting of twelve dancers, one violinist, one vocalist,

Xavier Veilhan: Autofocus

Xavier Veilhan: Autofocus

Perrotin

Manhattan / Wed, Nov 03, 2021 – Thu, Dec 23, 2021

Perrotin New York is pleased to present “Autofocus,” a solo exhibition by French artist Xavier Veilhan, opening on November 3 and on view through December 23, 2021. For “Autofocus,” Veilhan continues his experiments into movement and memory by conceiving a new scenario on Perrotin’s third floor, composed of a field of new figurative and architectural sculptures. Entering the exhibition, visitors encounter a scene frozen in time. Largescale mobiles hang from the gallery’s skylight, consuming the surrounding sculptures. …

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The best museum exhibitions in NYC right now

“Searching for listings and reviews for the best New York museum exhibitions and shows? We have you covered. Shaye Weaver – TONY

Don’t waste your time—head to NYC’s best museum exhibits now!

New York City has tons of things going for it, from incredible buildings to breathtaking parks. But surely, the top of the list includes NYC’s vast array of museums, covering every field of culture and knowledge: There are quirky museums and interactive museums, free museums and world-beating art institutions like the Metropolitan Museum. Between them, they offer so many exhibitions, of every variety and taste, that it’s hard to keep track of them. But if you’ve starting to suffer a sudden attack of FOMA, fear not! We’ve got you covered with our select list of the best museum exhibitions in NYC.”

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

How to find them? Here are 6 more of my fave NYC suggestions:

10 Perfect Little Pleasures Only A New Yorker Would Appreciate – guestofaguest

NYC is getting a soaring ride that will make you feel like you’re flying high above the city – TONY

9 Great Places To Drink Sake In NYC – New York – The Infatuation

Climb New York City’s 30 Hudson Yards skyscraper, hang off side | kare11.com

Fifth Avenue Has Turned Into A Winter Wonderland With Playful Penguins, Seals, & More – Secret NYC

Where to go for a relaxing ‘wellness walk’ in NYC – NYPOST

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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:

Find Singapore in Sandwich Form

Native Noodles / 2129 Amsterdam Ave.

Amy Pryke, who opened Native Noodles in February, has gifted a rare Singaporean restaurant to the city — great news for workers at nearby New York–Presbyterian Hospital and the Washington Heights neighborhood in general. On a recent weekday, two silver-haired folks slurped thick rice noodles in a shrimpy yellow curry as the scent of coconut-jam waffles perfumed the air. Others went for the roti john, a squishy sandwich stuffed with ground beef, soft omelet, and sweet-spicy chile ketchup. If the small dining room is full, take your lunch over to nearby Highbridge Park. —R.P.S.

Conduct an Impromptu Pasta Tasting

Forsythia / 9 Stanton St.

Mark Coleman (Rezdôra) and Jacob Siwak (Olmsted) are the captains of this snug little establishment, which began life as a pop-up many months ago and is crowded now with a rabble of Italophiles, off-duty cooks, and carbonara loons, all clamoring for a taste of the city’s latest haute-pasta menu. The small, blond-toned dining room is nice, but if you want to feel like you’re dining on a side street in Bologna or Rome, ask for a table in the sidewalk cabana, which is strung with lights up in the rafters, lined with baby pine trees, and filled, on temperate evenings, with the bouncy sounds of Italian pop tunes. Pay special attention to Coleman’s elegant interpretations of the old Roman classics, like eggy tangles of tonnarelli pasta tossed alla gricia with pecorino, little chunks of guanciale, and plenty of black pepper.—A.P.

Work Your Way Through the Brand-New Menu at Brooklyn’s Best Thai Restaurant

Ugly Baby / 407 Smith St., Carroll Gardens

At Ugly Baby, New Yorkers exchange glances and ask their neighbors for recommendations — yes, even during a pandemic. The great unifier? The incendiary cooking of southern Thailand. After a winter restricted to delivery, the neighborhood rejoiced when chef-owner Sirichai Sreparplarn reopened for indoor dining in April. Even more exciting: His new menu was nearly three times as long as the original, comprising mostly new dishes like peek gai (ground-pork-stuffed chicken wings over green beans) and kang leung (sour sea-bass curry). While on a recent visit, the restaurant’s laab ped, labeled “stay away duck salad” on the menu, lacked some of the promised heat, Ugly Baby remains a place where napkins are reserved for wiping noses, not hands. —L.F.

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

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November NYC Events (11/26/21)

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 NYC – NYT

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

Art & Museums

KIDS

Film Series

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.

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Georg Baselitz, Hilma af Klint: What to See in N.Y.C. Galleries Right Now

Want to see some art over the Thanksgiving weekend? Start in TriBeCa with the outstanding prints of the German Neo-Expressionist painter Georg Baselitz. Then head uptown for the sublime water colors of the Swedish mystic painter Hilma af Klint. Plus much more to see, including works by Nolan Simon and Sarah Charlesworth.

Through Dec. 22. Luhring Augustine TriBeCa, 17 White Street, Manhattan; 646-960-7540, luhringaugustine.com.

Through Feb. 5, David Zwirner, 34 East 69th Street; 212-201-0420, davidzwirner.com.

Through Dec. 18. 47 Canal, 291 Grand Street, Manhattan; 646-415-7712, 47canal.us.

Read a fuller discussion of these gallery shows HERE

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amNY Weekender | 6 things to do in NYC this weekend

By Emily Davenport

An aquatic lantern display as part of the Bronx Zoo’s Holiday Lights.

Friday, Nov. 26

GIMME FIVE MINUTES: Daniel Root’s Production Stills (1984–2005) Opening Reception: Dive into the photography of Daniel Root in this new exhibition. Curated by Jason Trucco, the show features over 300 prints of Root’s photographs featuring an impressive cast of pop culture icons. La MaMa Galleria, 47 Great Jones Street. 6 to 8 p.m. Free.

New York Botanical Garden GLOW: Let it GLOW at New York Botanical Garden this weekend! This annual show lights up the garden with breathtaking colors that are begging to be explored. 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. 5 to 10 p.m. $35 for adults, $20 for children.

Saturday, Nov. 27

An Evening of New Punk Psychotronic Cinema: Ready for a double feature? Head out to Brooklyn for premiere screenings of Dylan Greenberg’s “The Bathtub,” a journey through an imagined paper city; and Josafat Concepcion’s “Holy Wound,” a witchcraft-positive wilderness travelogue. This is a 21+ event so please bring your ID with you to the show. Our Wicked Lady, 135 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn. 7 p.m. Free.

Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights: What better way to bring in the holiday season than exploring huge animal lanterns at the zoo? The annual Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights are back and better than ever with tons of animals lighting up the night sky. 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx. Multiple times. $39.95 for adults, $24.95 for kids, $34.95 for seniors.

Sunday, Nov. 28

Macy’s Santaland: Opening Weekend: Santa’s coming to town! Starting on Sunday, you can bring your kids to see Santa and explore Macy’s iconic Santaland either in-store and online. Reservations are open five days in advance of each visit date, so be sure to save your spot! Macy’s Herald Square, 151 W 34th Street, 8th Floor. Multiple times. Free.

Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden: Love trains? The New York Botanical Garden’s annual Holiday Train Show is back for its 30th year. This year’s display features a new replica of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building. 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $32 for adults, $30 for seniors and students, $18 for kids, free for kids under 2.

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

How to find them? Here are 6 more of my fave NYC suggestions:

9 Must-Visit Ice Rinks In NYC That’ll Put You In The Holiday Spirit – Secret NYC

Summit One Vanderbilt, New York City’s New Observatory, Is Now Open – housebeautiful.com

Best Christmas Things to Do NYC for a Magical Time in 2021 – TONY

An Insider’s Guide To Concert Tourism In New York City – thetravel.com

The Best Italian Restaurants In The West Village – West Village – New York – The Infatuation

NYC travel guide for tourists coming back after many changes – nypost

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