This Lower East Side flea, now in it's eighth season, hosts one of the best collections of vendors in Manhattan, with more upstarts joining the fray each week. Standouts from recent years and who have gotten their start at the fair include include Macaron Parlour, Petee’s Pie Company, Melt Bakery, La New Yorkina, Arancini Bros and Cheeky Sandwich.
Everything you need to know about visiting Smorgasburg (90 Kent Ave; East Dr at Lincoln Rd). At this massive grub hub, there’s only one rule: Come hungry. The Brooklyn Flea spin-off draws more than 20,000 to 30,000 visitors per week, with a slew of 75 to 100 incredible food vendors doling out everything from Dutch waffles to pasta doughnuts. Where is it?Depends on when you go. For the summer 2017 season, the fest is in Williamsburg’s East River State Park (90 Kent Ave) on Saturdays and Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill (East Dr at Lincoln Rd) on Sundays. Additionally, starting mid-July 2017, Manhattanites won’t have to cross the river to taste the treats. A Smorgasburg Soho is coming to 76 Varick St, and will be open seven days a week, with a half-dozen vendors on the weekdays, swelling to as many as twenty on the weekends. When can I go?Smorgasburg is open year-round. The summer months might be the most popular, running from April through October at 11am to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays, but in the winter months (November to March), the market joins forces with Brooklyn Flea and moves indoors. This past winter, the indoor Smorg was located at Skylight One Hanson (1 Hanson Place) on weekends from 10am to 6pm. Is there anywhere to sit?There are some picnic tables set up by the Smorgasburg team, but don’t plan on snatching one unless you have patience of steel. The organizers encourage you to bring picnic blankets with which to sit on the lawns of East River State Park or Prospect Pa
Get ready to chow at this 18th annual riverside bash with barbecue from local grillmasters like Dinosaur Barb-B-Que and Mighty Quinn's, while tuned to live blues and roots performances by The Campbell Brothers, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Terrie Odabi, Dumpstaphunk and more.
Tracey Stewart—wife of The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart—owns this toddler-friendly Tribeca café. The main room is filled with vintage furnishings, terrariumlamps and National Geographic–decoupage–topped tables. An attached space offers an interactive "funky" forest for children and a craft room for biweekly art classes. While the little ones are learning, parents can linger over Counter Culture coffee, quiches, bagels, and sweet treats like Colson Patisserie croissants and Danny Macaroons.
Closed. BKLYN Yard is indeed a yard, one that sits beside the pungent Gowanus Canal. It's rather ramshackle, in a postindustrial-meets-bucolic sort of way. Which, in our book, makes it one of the most fun places to check out the wide range of bands and DJs—both top locals and big-name out-of-towners—that regularly play here on weekend afternoons and evenings.
The focus here is squarely on the music (ranging from techno and electro to deep house and hip hop) and building a scene. It’s hardly a revolutionary concept, but in today’s nightlife world of going for the quick buck, Love stands out from the crowd. The main room is a sparsely furnished box, but the DJ lineup is pretty impressive—the likes of the seminal Chicago house DJ Derrick Carter and Body & Soul’s Joe Claussell have graced the decks. The sound system is stunning.
Back in the ’70s, Kenny's Castaways was a kind of alternative to CBGB or the Bottom Line, hosting its share of high-profile young acts. Those days are long gone for the scruffy Village bar, though it has received a second wind courtesy of bookings from the annual Winter Jazzfest.
When it opened in 2009, this was the first LGBT bar in the borough in a decade. As Staten Island's sole gay watering hole, it has a little something for everyone, from comedy nights and go-go-boy-fueled dance parties to live music and drag performances. Bar food is available, too.
This cozy basement space hosts some of the quirkier up-and-coming comics not yet ready for the mainstage upstairs. But what's not to enjoy? Their shows are creative and cheap, the bathroom is close, and the lower bar doesn't generally require a drink minimum.
The fireplace, cozy sofas and club chairs at this rooftop bar suggest the decadent penthouse apartment you’ll probably never afford. The enclosed greenhouse and the outdoor terrace (in less frigid weather) are both ideal perches for sipping luxurious cocktails—such as the $12 Hemingway made with rum, mint and champagne—and enjoying the multimillion-dollar view of midtown’s soaring skyscrapers.
In its popular series of summertime Concert Cruises, local promoter Rocks Off proposes a literally movable feast of musical offerings. Most bookings hew to the fair-weather variety, including jam bands galore; still, you'll surely be surprised by some of the diverse options with which you can set sail.
This temporary plaza, formerly a parking lot and soon to be a 30-story high-rise, will spend the summer of 2011 as the High Line's party central. For a few months Tom Colicchio will curate a rotating schedule of food trucks and a beer-and-wine bar, the Lot on Tap. Art installations, outdoor films and other public programs will undoubtedly attract crowds.
This Lower East Side flea hosts one of the best collections of food vendors in Manhattan, with more upstarts joining the fray each week. Standouts include Mighty Balls, which tops its fluffy, two-bite meatballs with fresh cheeses and globally inspired condiments, like spicy-sweet jalapeño jelly and purple cranberry-horseradish chutney. Adirondack Creamery, an upstate outfit that makes ice cream using local dairy, sells pints and small cups in flavors such as Strawberry Moon, a creamy blend of vanilla ice cream and fresh diced strawberries. And the Wonder City Coffee & Donut Bar stand—a spin-off of the Brindle Room’s morning java service—seduces caffeine-seeking grazers with bright pour-overs made with beans from Plowshare Coffee Roasters and topped with generous dollops of whipped milk. The orange-zest–infused doughnut holes use mashed potatoes in the batter to produce a sturdy crust and springy interior; they’re served with powdered sugar and gooey house-made caramel sauce.