Check out these 43 wonderful things opening in New York City in May

The month is chock-full of cool art shows, major store openings, long-anticipated restaurant launches and plenty more

Shio ramen at Ivan Ramen

Shio ramen at Ivan Ramen Photograph: Daniel Krieger

Tell April showers to GTFO. Summer is so close we can almost taste it—and there are plenty of fun happenings to tide you over until beach season begins (that's officially May 26, by the way). Chow down on ramen at Ivan Orkin's long-awaited LES eatery, catch Gareth Edwards's Godzilla remake, take a trip to Randalls Island for Frieze, and score some deals at T.J. Maxx and Nordstrom Rack, both opening at Fulton Mall in Downtown Brooklyn. Without further ado, here are the best openings in New York in May.


May 8–Aug 10 "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" at the Met Costume Institute
May 11–Aug 3
The spring show at Socrates Sculpture Park
May 17–Sept 7 "Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and the Women Who Designed Them" at the New York Botanical Garden
May 25–Aug 31 "The Designing Eye: Exposition Posters from 1893–2000" at the Queens Museum
May 26
Beaches open for summer


May 9 Chef
May 16 Godzilla (remake)
May 30 We Are the Best!


May 2–Sept 21 "Mel Bochner: Strong Language" at the Jewish Museum
May 7–June 29
Ragnar Kjartansson, "Me, My Mother, My Father, and I" at the New Museum of Contemporary Art
May 9–May 12 
Frieze New York 2014 on Randalls Island
May 10–July 6 Kara Walker, "A Subtlety or The Marvelous Sugar Baby" at the Domino Sugar Factory
May 10–Aug 24
"Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988" at MoMA


May 5 Meat Hook Sandwich (Williamsburg)
May 6 Hudson Eats (Brookfield Place complex, Battery Park City)
May 9
Ivan Ramen (LES)
May 9–13 The Manhattan Cocktail Classic at various venues
Mid-May Arepa Lady (Jackson Heights)
Mid-May Bacchanal (Little Italy)
Late May
Bâtard (Tribeca)
Note: Restaurant and food-event openings are subject to change and can be delayed; call ahead before setting out.


May 1–18 DANSE: A French-American Festival of Performance and Ideas at the Chocolate Factory
May 3–5
Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud at the Kitchen
May 7–9 Lyon Opera Ballet at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
May 12–July 5 American Ballet Theatre Spring 2014 at the Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center)
May 28–May 31 John Jasperse at New York Live Arts


May 1–June 21 Here Lies Love at the Public Theater
May 4–24 An Octoroon at Soho Rep
May 8–Juen 8 The Few at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
May 20–June 8 Too Much Sun at the Vineyard Theatre


May 13–18 Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure at the Beacon Theatre


May 1–31 Red Bull Music Academy at various venues
May 8–11
Ende Tymes Festival of Noise and Experimental Liberation at Silent Barn and Outpost Artists Resources
May 9, 10
Cher at various venues
May 10, 11 Haim at Terminal 5


May 1–4 Urban Bear Weekend at various venues
May 2–4 Max Steele: Mapplethorpe at Brooklyn Arts Exchange
May 5, 16 Micah McCain: Broadway Credits at the Duplex


May 1 T.J. Maxx (Fulton Mall, Downtown Brooklyn)
May 1 Nordstrom Rack (Fulton Mall, Downtown Brooklyn)
May 1 La Garçonne (Tribeca)
May 10
Jill Lindsey"mini department store" (Fort Greene)
May 16 Nars (Upper East Side)
Late May
Bleulili Home (Upper East Side)

Not enough? Here are even more things to do in New York in May. With this spectacular lineup at your fingertips, you'd better get ready for one amazing month. Ready, set, go!

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Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)

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