Are you frantically searching for the best things to do in NYC this week? We get it, in a city as large as New York, it can be extremely difficult to create the perfect itinerary. Too many cool things to do, too little time. We’re here to help! Our editors have recommendations for everything, including the best parties and free art exhibitions you can check out. We’ll make sure you know when there’s cool NYC street fairs happening, or if there’s a special one-off event in town. You’ll never have to worry about “FOMO” ever again.
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Talk about a tree grows in Brooklyn: A miniature redwood forest has sprouted at Brooklyn’s Metrotech Commons courtesy artist Spencer Finch. Partnering with the Save the Redwoods League, Finch has created a 1:100 scale version of a section of the Redwood National Park in California, complete with surrounding topography.
Scharf has painted his signature cartoon faces on a brick column overlooking the East River, creating a whimsical street-art totem in the bargain.
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At many restaurants, the wine list can feel like an afterthought. At chef Jesse Schenker’s The Gander, it sets the tone for the entire meal. Once you settle into the cozy yet impressively large dining room, you’re presented with the most extensive wine list you’ve ever seen. With more than 650 bottles ranging in price from $55 well into the thousands, the thick binder can seem overwhelming to the layman. Thankfully, the staff will be more than happy to help you make a decision. The dinner menu is much more trim, offering a selection of snacks, small plates and larger dishes that are meant to be shared. Some starters, like the brisket tots ($13), seemed like elevated bar food. The fried pucks of beef and potato needed the spicy mustard for moisture, but hit the spot nonetheless. Others, like the sea trout tartare ($16), seemed to be something more. The tender morsels tasted refreshing and light, especially when served on a strip of fried trout skin, crispy as a chicharron. On a recent visit, the large plates skewed toward intensely savory, meaty dishes—ideal comfort foods. The duck breast with port wine sauce arrived medium rare, with beautifully rendered, crispy skin ($30). A hot pot of short rib, oxtail and andouille sausage was similarly well executed: the tender beef melted in the mouth, while the slices of carrots and potatoes remained al dente even after being submerged in an ultra savory broth ($28). As if you needed more, The Gander has plenty of tempting desserts o
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