The New York International Fringe Festival
That grinding, slouching-to-Bethlehem noise you hear grumbling up from lower Manhattan is the sound of thousands of theatergoers’ bellies digesting their yearly Fringe binge. This festival of 200 frantically repping companies includes straight-up dramas, solo comedies and the requisite quota of musicals with unlikely subjects. Sort through the offerings at fringenyc.org.
This annual uptown celebration began in the ’70s as Harlem Day, but the name is misleading—Harlem Week includes more than a month of performances, films, fashion and sports events in July and August. The centerpiece is the two-day street fair on the third weekend of August, which brings live music, art, activities for kids and educational booths to Harlem's W 135th St. Visit harlemweek.com for the full schedule.
Located in a historic building in the West Village, this 75-seat restaurant decorated with white-oak banquettes, a copper-topped bar and a mural inspired by the mountains of Monterrey serves modern Mexican cuisine. Small plates like a tostada with aji amarillo, jalapeno and caviar ($14), pork shoulder tacos with pibil, onion and paprika ($12) and tuna with ginger, espellete pepper and wakame ($10) will get your meal started. There’s also a selection of appetizers, including ham hock and octopus empanadas ($15) and yellowtail, scallop and watermelon ceviche ($18). For the main course, choose between larger dishes like cod with mint, corn and sugar snap peas ($28), oxtail with poblano, scallion and potato ($26) and sirloin with quinoa, mojo sauce and parmesan ($29). Oenophiles will no doubt be pleased with the extensive wine list, while cocktail drinkers can choose from classics like a Blood and Sand or signature drinks like the Tavo’s Fashioned with rye, popcorn and demerara rum (each $15).
Venue says: “An exclusive evening at Tavo on June 27th, featuring a four-course dinner paired with Spanish wines. Select book online to purchase tickets.”