Cheap eats food festival Taste of Times Square is coming to everyone's favorite intersection/plaza/destination on Monday, June 5 from 5 to 9pm. More than 50 restaurants (though, sadly, not the Nuts 4 Nuts guy, though we imagine he won't be far) will take over 46th Street between Broadway and Tenth Avenue, offering $1 to $6 bites. In addition to beloved spots such as Mighty Quinn’s and Wafels & Dinges, you can grab food from your favorite Times Square staples, including Applebee's, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Guy's American Kitchen & Bar, Planet Hollywood and more. Music includes blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin, George Gee Swing Orchestra and Baby Soda Jazz Band. For more details visit the event's website. Here's the full restaurant lineup for the Tastes of Times Square: B.B. King Blues Club & Grill Barbetta Restaurant Bareburger Becco, Blue Fin Bourbon Street Bar and Grille Brooklyn Ball Factory Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Buca Di Beppo, Buffalo Wild Wings Burger and Lobster Carmine's Chevys Crossroads American Kitchen & Bar Dim Sum Palace Dos Caminos E&E Grill House Fashion Bar & Restaurant Foundry Kitchen and Bar Frankie & Johnnie's Steakhouse Gabriela’s Taqueria Guy's American Kitchen & Bar Hard Rock Cafe Havana Central Heartland Brewery and Chophouse Hourglass Tavern & Bettibar The House of Brews Ice & Vice Joe Allen Restaurant John's of Times Square Junior’s La Pulperia Le Rivage Lillie’s Victorian Establishment Meson Sevilla Mighty Quinn’s
Judging by the not-so-sunny weather forecast predicted for Memorial Day Weekend, you might not want to go swimming. But thanks to a few hotels in the city with open-to-the-public pools, at least it’s an option. RECOMMENDED: Memorial Day in NYC guide Earlier this month, the Beach at Dream Downtown and the William Vale announced that folks can cop day-passes to their pristine pools during Memorial Day weekend. A few others—including the McCarren Hotel—are also ready for you to make a splash. Here's the pricing breakdown for each one. Good luck working on your tan! Beach at Dream DowntownDay passes start at $65. William Vale - PASSES SOLD OUT Weekend Terrace Lounge Chair $45 Accommodates 1 personWeekend Terrace Daybed $100 Accommodates up to 2 peopleWeekend Pergola $200 Accommodates up to 3 peopleWeekend Day Bed $375 Accommodates up to 4 peopleWeekend Cabana $550 Accommodates up to 6 people McCarren HotelDay Pass: $65Single Day Bed: $175Day Bed for two (with a $50 F&B credit): $375 The James New York Opens to the public at 3pm on Saturday. Best of all, there's no cover. Le Parker Meridien Day-passes are $150.
The air in New York City is pretty damn polluted, to say the least. Despite legislation aimed at curbing airborne pollutants and greenhouse gases, the health of residents in cities across the country is regularly put at risk by ground-level ozone (read: smog), and New York is no exception. A report published earlier this month from Environment America Research & Policy Center and the Frontier Group detailed just how bad air pollution is in the city. It shows that the tristate area had 92 days of "elevated smog pollution" in 2015, which is just seven days shy of the Washington metropolitan area for the most in the northeast. Granted, the smog in New York is a drop in the bucket compared to that of southern California—Los Angeles saw 213 days of heavy smog during 2015. According to the report, ground-level ozone brings about a whole host of health risks, ranging from coughing to an inflammation that is like "a sunburn on the inside of the lungs." So, if you'd like to try and prevent a good old-fashioned lung sunburn, maybe consider taking a walk instead of calling an Uber.
It’s not a meth lab, but it’s the next best thing. This July, a Breaking Bad–themed pop-up cocktail bar will arrive in NYC. Literally rolling into town, ABQ bar is housed in an RV that will be parked somewhere in the city. Upon entering the RV, up to 30 guests are met with hazmat suit–clad bartenders for the first drink. But you have to delve into molecular chemistry to get to your next beverages: You’ll get a manual breaking down the chemical formula, er, recipes for two DIY drinks. RECOMMENDED: Find more cocktails in NYC First up is Saul’s C2H6O, which is not ethanol but a semi-frozen cocktail made with rum, pink peppercorn, rose hip and dry ice. You’ll use the nitrogen cavitation process to dissolve the cells of the ingredients before serving it in a beaker. It’s actually more complicated than it sounds, but it’ll be delicious. There’s also the Blue Flynn cocktail, which changes color as you alter its acidity. There are suspended glass bowls and tubing through which you pump rum and strawberry flavors to create the tastiest pH level possible. The RV, which has already had successful tours in London and Paris, will be parked in our city for a few months, and it sounds even better than the Breaking Bad coffee shop and Breaking Bad restaurant. The Walter White experience will cost from $45 to $49, and there are already more than 3,000 people on the waiting list (tickets have not yet been released). Sign up now, and don’t forget to take a selfie with the pink teddy bear w
Happy Memorial Day weekend! The long-awaited, unofficial start to summer in New York is finally here, and we want to make sure you don't blow it. If you haven't made plans for the three-day weekend ahead, don't panic! RECOMMENDED: Memorial Day in NYC guide Forgo the scramble and follow our lead with our list of awesome last-minute things to do for Memorial Day weekend. From a zipling adventures corse to parties on the beach, here's how to start the warm-weather season on a good note. Don't forget to dedicate some time to honor our fallen troops during the parade, too. Party on a new rooftop The reliable club space Good Room kicks off its biweekly rooftop residency at Dobbin St with a dope day of dancing and drinking. Chill out to beats by Holy Ghost!, JDH and Dave P while enjoying the view and pizzas from Roberta’s. Get tickets here before they sell out! Attend a massive BBQ Enter the mother of all summer barbecues, hosted by NYC Hot Sauce Expo producers Food Karma. Join chefs like George Motz and Michael Yapi as they flare up hot dogs, porchetta, portobello burgers and more. Witness the gooey spectacle of the grilled-cheese-sandwich competition, and burn away your senses at the hot sauce pavilion. Grab craft beers and ciders and even some ice cream to balance out the hot stuff. ...or an awesome free-entry pig roast This Memorial Day, House of Yes is heading to the park for its new day-long summer party series. (The green space is only three blocks away from the Bu
While you’re enjoying the long Memorial Day weekend by tanning in Central Park or downing some sort of summer-y cocktail, make sure to hit up one of the many locations of Bareburger for a free patty on Sunday. From 3pm to 6pm, the prolific chain will be giving away its Standard beef burger (Colby cheese, caramelized onions, dill pickles, special sauce) or Farmstead veggie burger (sweet-potato-wild-rice patty, green hummus, tomatoes, baby kale, avocado basil dressing, collard green wrap) completely gratis for National Burger Day. Sure the timing is little linner-y, but you’ll need something to soak up all those frosés.
Not everything is doom and gloom in rapidly decaying Penn Station these days. Sure, commuters may have to deal with unexpected “water features” and constant, massive delays, but at least they have a new bar to escape the upcoming “summer of agony.” Spiritual home of spinach in a cup and chia yogurt, Pret A Manger, officially opens its largest location in the country today inside the subterranean transit hub. Not only will the new location offer the standard fare of sandwiches, salads and coffee, but the 5,968 square-foot space will also contain the country’s first-ever Pret Bar. Hope you like to drunk eat tuna half-sandwiches! “We are always looking for new ways to better serve our customers. Our baristas make thousands of coffees every day for our customers, so we thought, why not offer beer and wine too? This space in Penn Station was the perfect opportunity to do so – it is our largest US shop, and third in Penn Station. Our Penn Station customers have shown us that they love our food on the go, and we’re confident a beer pairs pretty well with a mac & cheese or a Buffalo Chicken Hot Wrap too” says Jo Brett, Pret US President. The new Pret Bar has seating for 12 and will serve a variety of wine, beer and kombucha on tap. The wine list will offer a selection of wines from California, New Zealand and Italy and will change seasonally. Beers will be bottled and draft, domestics and imports. Photograph: Courtesy Pret A Manger
Memorial Day weekend has arrived, and already the city has started to empty out as New Yorkers flee for getaways, weddings and everything in between. On Thursday night, a thunderstorm brought flight delays and cancellations to all three of the area's major airports, foiling the plots of many locals who were attempting to make a late night escape from the city. The holiday weekend comes with a whole slew of service changes across New York's subway system and commuter train lines—including a brief stretch of expanded service. If you're reading this and are planning on getting out of town for the weekend, leave now! It's our goal to keep you out of transit purgatory while you're hitting up barbecues and exploring the city's hidden treasures over the next three days. With that in mind, we compiled the changes in MTA service that you need to pay attention to this weekend. Metro-North and LIRR will have afternoon "getaway" service on Friday afternoon On Friday afternoon, the Long Island Rail Road is adding 10 extra trains out of Penn Station, and Metro-North is adding 17 out of Grand Central Terminal. You can find a full breakdown of the additional service for LIRR here, and for Metro-North here. If you're taking the former, get to Penn between between 1:45pm and 3:30pm; for the latter, get to Grand Central between 12:50pm and 3:45pm. Both rail services will operate on a regular weekend schedule on Saturday and Sunday, and a holiday schedule on Monday. The holiday weekend
Fri 26 Fleet Week Times Square Flash Mob; 7pm; free It’s Fleet Week in NYC, so celebrate the big Naval arrival with panache at this one-hour dance party. Join the always-wild Svetlana and the Delancey Five as they play big, brassy swing jams for your jiving, jitterbugging and lindy-hopping pleasure, right in the middle of Times Square. Serve your best Jean-Paul Gaultier sailor look to slay the night. Wasabassco’s SUPER! Heros vs. Villains Littlefield; 8pm; $15–$25The studs and sirens of Wasabassco strap on spandex and face off against each other in battles of good vs. evil that will leave you breathless—and them nearly naked. Witness the spectacle of Nasty Canasta, Doc Wasabassco, Jenny C’est Quoi, Lux La Croix, Medianoche, Michael Momentum, Nina La Voix, Tiger Bay, The Wonder Twins, Amuse Bouche & Qualms Galore in flight, and serve your own sexy avenger look to win the costume contest. “Gypsies: Dance Traditions from India to Spain” Nuyorican Poets Café; 7:30pm; $15, at the door $20 Choreographer Tatyana Popova stages this show that traces Gypsy elements through Flamenco, Bharatanatyam and Kathak dances. Dance Yourself Clean Music Hall of Williamsburg; 10pm; $12 Acolytes of Purity Ring, CHVRCHES, Robyn, Empire of the Sun, and, of course, LCD Soundsystem come together for a night of rapturous dancing to hard synth beats at this summertime bash. Tour of Javits Center Roof Javits Center; 6pm; $40 Meet the 11 species of birds that call the convention center’s roof home—
Amazon is making its first foray into brick-and-mortar bookstores in the NYC market with the opening of an IRL bookstore on the third floor of The Shops at Columbus Circle. The 4,000 square-foot space is Amazon’s seventh bookstore in the country, and it draws extensively on the company’s data-driven online model to organize and sell its products. And the books really do feel like products in the space. Instead of shelving them with the binding out, like you’d find at a normal bookstore, every one is placed with its cover facing forward so that you can, literally, judge a book by its cover. Small placards below each tome provide the book’s online star rating as well as a helpful review from some random person on the internet. (Thanks for the tip, Helen!) You can scan a barcode with your phone to be taken to the book’s page on Amazon.com where you can see the Prime price and more. Other than the Apple Store-like display, which sometimes makes you feel like you’re shopping for a new phone cover instead of a novel, the most striking thing about Amazon’s NYC outpost is the various sections in which the books are organized. The first thing that greets you upon entering is a table promoting books that have all received star ratings of 4.8 or above, which pretty much sets the tone for the overall experience. There are sections for books that have received over 10,000 reviews on Amazon, “quick read” books that Kindle users have finished in less than three days and a whole wall recre