101 things to do in New York City in the winter 2010
Wed Nov 24 2010
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91. Have fondue at [node:121561 link=Artisanal;]
Grab a skewer and start dipping: At this midtown fromagerie, you can choose from Artisanal Blend, Gouda or the fondue du jour. Turophiles should inquire about the latter; if you're lucky, that day's special might contain 100 different types of cheese. $24 gets you a petit order (1--3 people), or you can go for the grande (4--6 people $40). 2 Park Ave at 32nd St (212-725-8585, artisanalbistro.com) For more fondue options, click here.
92. Order a hot bowl of congee at [node:123121 link=Congee Village;]
There is comfort (and folk-medicinal healing properties) in congee, the Cantonese rice porridge that is the focus of this multilevel, always-packed LES standby. Choose among 30 versions—like the sliced pork with preserved egg, or chicken with black mushrooms, cooked over a low fire until bubbling. The rest of the expansive menu yields such finds as tender razor clams in black-bean sauce and impeccably fresh crabs. 100 Allen St between Broome and Delancey Sts (212-941-1818, congeevillagerestaurants.com)
[node:609909 noterms imagecache=field_image:timeout_156x95:image:0; cck=field_caption; cck=field_credits;]93. Drink at the NYC Wine Expo
Finally, a chance to fulfill your dream of tasting 600 different glasses of wine in one night. [node:119622 link=Jacob K. Javits Convention Center;], 655 W 34th St at Eleventh Ave (212-216-2000, wine-expos.com). Feb 25--27; $75 and up.
94. Dominate the baseline at an indoor tennis court
[node:126342 link=Roosevelt Island Racquet Club;] (281 Main St; 212-935-0250, rirctennis.com; daily 7am--11pm, court reservation recommended at least 48 hours in advance) has ten full-size indoor doubles courts, one singles court and one ball-machine court. Keeping your tennis whites dry will cost you though—fees for nonmembers run from $65 to $126 per court per hour. For a cheaper option, hike out to Queens College (65-30 Kissena Blvd between Melbourne Ave and 65th Ave, Flushing, Queens; 718-997-2771, athletics.qc.cuny.edu; Mon--Fri 7am--10pm; Sat, Sun 7am--9pm), a no-frills facility with 12 courts that can be rented for $22--$52 per hour.
95. Taste Italian holiday eats
Tired of the same Christmas time meal of turkey and cranberries? Discover new culinary ideas at the 92nd Street Y's Italian Holiday Traditions, where you can learn how they feast in Rome this time of year while sampling savoiardi, torrone, panettone, pandoro, amaretti and other dishes. [node:120177 link=92nd Street Y;], 1395 Lexington Ave at 92nd St (212-415-5470, 92y.org). Dec 15 7--8:30pm; $40.
96. Rally for serve at the New York Table Tennis Federation
Descend into this unassuming basement and discover Chinatown's Ping-Pong mecca. For $10 a person you can use a table for an hour (paddles are included); private lessons are available, should you want to make a gold-medal run. Those who train here—yes, train—are insanely good, but the vibe is casual and the tables are open to all comers. 384 Broadway between Walker and White Sts (646-772-2922, nyttf.com). Mon--Thu 1--10:30pm, Fri 2:30--11pm, Sat 11am--11pm, Sun 11am--6:30pm.
97. Get dressed up and go dancing at Swing 46
Tired of looking like the Michelin Man, bundled up in a dozen winter layers? Throw caution to the wind: Dress up in finery and Lindy Hop your way to Swing 46 for dinner and dancing, safe in the knowledge that free dance lessons are offered on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and your choice of attire won't make you feel like a square. If you had a ball at the dance, here are more good excuses to dress up. 349 W 46th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-262-9554, swing46.com) Mon--Thu, Sun $12; Fri, Sat $15.
98. Make glogg
Impress your friends by cooking a batch of this hot seasonal drink (check online for recipes and variations). Just make sure all eyes are on you during the show-stopping part that involves setting a brandy-fi`lled pan aflame. And if you're worried about singeing your eyebrows, let Scandinavian restaurant [node:122688 link=Aquavit;] do the work for you. Starting December 1, you can order its take on the drink ($5)—a mix of red wine, cloves, cinnamon sticks, aquavit (naturally), brown sugar and other ingredients—while nibbling on a complimentary plate of toasted almonds. 65 E 55th St between Madison and Park Aves (212-307-7311, aquavit.org)
99. Stake out a Super Bowl snack spot
Everyone watches the Super Bowl for a reason: some for the halftime show, some for the commercials. (We've also heard rumors of interest in the actual game.) Our Food & Drink editors are in it for the food, and needless to say, their Super Bowl chow standards are higher than most. Skip the soggy nachos and let these New York bars do right by you.
[node:609887 noterms imagecache=field_image:timeout_156x95:image:0; cck=field_caption; cck=field_credits;]100. Hear choirboys singing
[node:120560 link=St. Thomas Church;] has rites for the not so religious, too: The Boys of Saint Thomas Choir perform "A Ceremony of Carols" December 16 at 5:30pm ($40). Or sing along at the Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols December 18 at 4pm. 1 W 53rd St at Fifth Ave (212-757-7013, saintthomaschurch.org)
101. Go the whole hog at 'ino
Pig out at an enoteca with the finale of three five-course dinners designed around handpicked porkers from Raven & Boar Farm in upstate New York. For this edition, chef Eric Kleinman channels the cooking of the Italian region of Alto Adige. [node:122835 link='inoteca e Liquori;], 323 Third Ave at 24th St (212-683-3035, inotecanyc.com). Dec 13 at 8pm; $160, includes wine pairings, tax and gratuity.