50 things to do in New York City on a Saturday 2012
Make the most of your Saturday with these urban adventures.
Fri Apr 27 2012
Piggybacking on the runaway success of the Brooklyn Flea (still held in Fort Greene on Saturdays and in Williamsburg on Sundays), founders Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler unveiled this food-only Saturday market—a glutton’s paradise packed with more than 100 vendors. Along with Greenmarket stalls and flea stalwarts like Porchetta, the gastro-bazaar features a flurry of side projects from restaurant-world vets. King’s Crumb, brought to you by a trio with ties to Momofuku Noodle Bar and Prime Meats, doles out lard-and-buttermilk biscuits cloaked in homemade clotted cream and seasonal jams, plus sweet tea dashed with Angostura bitters. And Pies ’n’ Thighs baker Cecile Dyer channels the county fair with Nana's frozen bananas, which are coated in a thick chocolate armor and sprinkled with sea salt and other fancy toppings. But don’t overlook the vendors without boldfaced-name connections: Upstarts like Mimi and Coco NY—serving Japanese teriyaki balls—and City 'Lasses—with its fortifying Switzels (old-timey West Indian drinks made with blackstrap molasses, ginger, lemon and honey)—more than hold their own.
- 27 North 6th St between Kent Ave and East River, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Bored of the treadmill? Get a full-body workout and adrenaline rush at Brooklyn's first indoor trapeze school, where students learn how to perform high-flying maneuvers. Several classes are offered, including the open-level adult fly class.
- 51 North 1st St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
- Price band: 3/4
- Critics choice
From 5:45-7:45pm, the Gug's regular admission price is reduced from $18 to whatever the hell you want. The museum is as famous for its landmark building—designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and restored for its 50th birthday in 2009—as for its impressive collection and daring temporary shows. In addition to works by Manet, Picasso, Chagall and Bourgeois, it holds the largest collection of Kandinskys in the U.S.
- 1071 Fifth Ave at 89th St
- Price band: 1/4
- Critics choice
Before becoming a weeklong gold mine, Jacques Torres attracted a cult of pastry lovers who woke up at the crack of dawn for his goodies, once sold only on Saturday mornings at his Water Street chocolate shop. These days, the sweet stuff is easier to snag at his full bakery across the street, but there's still an allure to the first batch of the day. In addition to Gallic goodies like croissants, brioches and tarts, Almondine serves American-inspired sweets like cheesecake, strawberry shortcake and chocolate blackout cake with peanut butter.
- 85 Water St between Dock and Main Sts, 11201
- Price band: 1/4
An indie musician and an Ecuadoran chef are the unlikely masterminds behind this Austin-inspired Williamsburg café, which sells only coffee and two varieties of breakfast tacos. We preferred the #1: a mound of fluffy scrambled eggs laced with Oaxacan cheese and (for a buck more) piquant nibs of chorizo. They come wrapped in a crisp and tender griddled corn tortilla, then topped with a tangy, slow-simmered tomato-and-bell-pepper salsa. A topping of crumbled jalapeño-flavored potato chips provide texture and a gentle burn. For more great egg breakfasts, click here.
- 254 South 2nd St between Havemeyer and Roebling Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn