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The best things to do in NYC this weekend

The best things to do in NYC this weekend

Looking for the best things to do in NYC this weekend? Whether you're the group planner searching for more things to do in NYC today, or you have no plans yet, here are some ideas to add to your list for this weekend. Check out all the Frieze New York art fairs, go to the beautiful arts open weekend at Wave Hill and celebrate Biggie Smalls at a block party. All you have to do is scroll down to plan your weekend! RECOMMENDED: Full list of the best things to do in NYC

NYC's best drag brunches

NYC's best drag brunches

Waking up on the last day of the weekend can be a drag, and that’s why we have drag brunch! The city-wide phenomenon of turning your mid-morning meal into an often-interactive show is probably the best way to cap off the weekend, and leave you smiling (or twerking) through the Sunday Scaries. New York is full of pop-up and special appearance drag brunches, but here are some weekly reservations that you can rely on for delicious food, boozy drinks and a really good show. Remember to bring plenty of cash ($1 suffice, but $5s and $20 are better) to tip your queens—they’re working hard! RECOMMENDED: The 40 best brunch spots in NYC right now

The 18 best Indian restaurants in NYC right now

The 18 best Indian restaurants in NYC right now

If you’ve spent the bulk of the past two years shying away from eating out due to COVID and are ready to emerge from your pandemic-imposed cocoons, these Indian outposts give you an opportunity to explore the country’s many regional specialties without having to hop on a flight. From fine dining to street snacks, these are the best Indian restaurants NYC has to offer. (Also, many of these places deliver if you’re still staying indoors but eager for a culinary adventure.) RECOMMENDED: Find more of the best restaurants in NYC

The 12 best options for grocery delivery in NYC

The 12 best options for grocery delivery in NYC

Let’s face it: even though there are enough amazing restaurants in New York to keep you busy all year, you can’t eat out every night. Ditto takeout and delivery. You have to be a grownup and cook for yourself every once in a while. If the thought of going to the grocery puts you on edge though, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up the best options for grocery delivery in NYC so you can get your supplies without having to deal with the stress of actually going to the store. It’s time to get cooking, and these grocery delivery services can help. As a reward for all your future cooking, we’ve got you covered for the best wine delivery and best cheese delivery services in the city too. Cheers!

NYC's 39 best vegetarian and vegan restaurants

NYC's 39 best vegetarian and vegan restaurants

It has never been easier to find enticing plant-based dishes in NYC. Our vegan and vegetarian options go beyond veggie burgers, although NYC has plenty of those, too—and extends to special occasion destinations, exciting new spots and some of the best overall restaurants in the city. Sure, restaurants all over the ingredient spectrum have broadened their nutrient horizons over the years, but these are your best bets for a meat-free guarantee. RECOMMENDED: See more of the best restaurants in NYC

The 10 best boozy brunch spots in NYC

The 10 best boozy brunch spots in NYC

March 2022 update: If you’re in New York, chances are you’re familiar with brunch culture—it’s a true reflection of our “work hard, play hard” ethos. And after our collective pandemic-induced isolation, we are especially deserving of that time-honored NYC weekend tradition: the bottomless brunch. Indeed, It’s a boozy brunch that makes the weekend feel like it’s truly arrived. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best brunch in NYC

The best breakfast in NYC

The best breakfast in NYC

Looking for where to eat breakfast in NYC? For those of us who seem to be rushing around in the morning, the best breakfast in NYC might be just a bagel and coffee. But breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? So for something more substantial, New York offers plenty of options for a hearty or healthy breakfast to get you going. These breakfast spots will fuel your day in a wide range of styles. You’ll find traditional diner fare, juices and egg sandwiches on this list, but also some more out of the ordinary options like Malaysian or Japanese breakfasts. Mix it up a bit and try natto on toast for your morning meal! And don’t just aim for takeout—these breakfast restaurants offer excellent food as well as a comfortable setting for you to enjoy and fully wake up. (If you're just looking for something on-the-go, we've got a list of the best breakfast sandwiches in NYC, as well.) For those weekend mornings (well, let’s be honest — late mornings) when you’re looking for a long, leisurely meal, we have you covered with our list of the best brunches in NYC. Biscuits and bottomless mimosas are one of the best ways to recover from a night out or fuel up for another one, but for a straightforward, tasty start to the day, these are the best breakfasts in New York. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in NYC

Five reasons why Industry City is the place to be this winter

Five reasons why Industry City is the place to be this winter

Sick of sitting inside your chilly apartment listening to haunted radiator noises? The Brooklyn waterfront is where it’s at this winter. Industry City, located in the heart of Brooklyn in Sunset Park, is the place to be when the weather is less than stellar. Whether you’re a food lover, outdoor enthusiast, athlete, art appreciator or all of the above, Industry City has winter-friendly activities to keep you loving New York all year round. Here’s why Industry City is the place to be this winter – start planning your weekends accordingly. 

Where to watch the Super Bowl in New York City

Where to watch the Super Bowl in New York City

All that Super Bowl LVI pre-gaming before the half-time commercials can take up your entire day. You’re going to need some food and drinks. Luckily, there are endless venues across New York City to hit up during one of the biggest sporting events of the year (some locations on this list only have a takeout option, FYI). From one of the best bars in the city to your local sports bar, you won’t go hungry or thirsty at these establishments. So dig into some of the best wings in town and wash them down with a drink as you watch the Cincinnati Bengals and LA Rams duke it out on Sunday, February 13. RECOMMENDED: Find more on Super Bowl in NYC

The best of what’s open on Christmas Day in NYC

The best of what’s open on Christmas Day in NYC

Looking for something fun to do on Christmas Day? Whether you are staying in the city, determined to get out of the house or don't celebrate the holiday, there's much to take advantage of the city on December 25. Perhaps the quietest and least crowded day of the year in the city that never takes a break, pop into a late-night club, an ice-skating rink or get high up at one of the city's observation decks for some perspective. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Christmas in New York

Ease your pre-Thanksgiving jitters at a turkey trot near NYC

Ease your pre-Thanksgiving jitters at a turkey trot near NYC

Turkey trots are a beloved holiday tradition for runners, fast walkers and those looking to skip out on setting the Thanksgiving table. This year, in the wake of lockdown, they may serve a different purpose—helping you release any anxious energy surrounding spending the holiday with someone other than your roommate! Whether you’ve developed some social anxiety or are still easing your way back into larger-than-your-pod gatherings, a runner’s high may be just the thing you need to escape the stressful, holiday jitters. Fortunately, turkey trots are much shorter than the NYC Marathon, so you should have enough energy to partake in some of the best things to do in NYC on Thanksgiving weekend afterward. But, hey, if the mental benefits from running aren't enough to sign up for a race, focus on the tasty pies in NYC you could potentially win. Mmm, pie. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Thanksgiving in NYC

The best things to do in upstate New York

The best things to do in upstate New York

Sure, NYC has world-class parks, museums, stadiums, stores and restaurants, but escaping the chaos offers a nice respite (even if you only stay at one of the best upstate New York resorts for one or two nights). The best part is, you don’t even have to leave the state to have some incredible experiences on weekend getaways if you’re tight for time. Beyond Hudson Valley, here are some of the best places to visit in New York State for everything from wine tasting to admiring fall foliage.

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Salsa Nights at Canary Club

Salsa Nights at Canary Club

Put your dancing shoes on, because you're going to want to work up an appetite at this weekly event. Canary Club (303 Broome St), the vibrant New Orleans-inspired supper club that recently opened on the Lower East Side has added Salsa Nights to the roster. As part of the restaurant’s rotating entertainment offerings, each month will now focus on a different style of music. And for this month, it's all about salsa! Every Wednesday night in April (4/6, 4/13, 4/20, and 4/27), Canary Club will host a Salsa Night complete with music from the six-piece, all-female salsa band, Lulada Club! Doors open at 7:30pm for the weekly show, which kicks off at 8:30pm and runs for about two hours. Arrive on time, because free salsa lessons are available for guests in the hour before the band starts. Then, with the courage of a craft cocktail, you can show off your moves on the dance floor as Lulada Club plays.  Tickets are free or $10 depending on the time booked via Resy. To fuel your moves, fill up on Canary Club’s menu of modern American dishes cooked in a wood-fired oven. Menu items include wood oven-roasted oysters with canary butter, black sesame carrot tempura and fried chicken with voodoo spice. The cocktail menu is inspired and named after the artists and art pieces from the Dada and Surrealist movements. If you want a head start on the booze, $10 cocktail happy hour kicks off at 5pm, and runs until 7pm Zero-proof drinks, wine and beer are also available. 

Galioto's Delicatessen

Galioto's Delicatessen

Think your favorite family-run Italian deli—but 100% plant based! This charming deli counter offers a full menu of hot and cold sandwiches, all vegan, with options ranging from the classic smoked deli meats with faux cheese to hot bites like crispy calamari fashioned from hearts of palm. Pasta and deli case salads are offered as well. 

Random Access

Random Access

Lodged between Herald Square and Penn Station, a new destination-worthy Thai restaurant can feel, well, random. And that's exactly the point of Random Access, a cozy, bilevel comfort food restaurant at 138 W. 32 St. Run by Hand Hospitality—the restaurant group behind local hits like Her Name is Han, Hakata Tonton, LittleMad and several more Manhattan eateries—Random Access offers a laid-back vibe and extensive menu.  Central to the menu are Thai-American crossover dishes, also known as "Random Classics." Crab curry mac and cheese is baked with crab meat, macaroni, mozzarella and topped with a crisp layer of shallot chips and fresh cilantro. Chicken and waffles are created from fried chicken thighs and coconut milk waffle served with somtum pickle, cilantro, thai chili and a lime wedge. The spicy Thai ragu spaghetti is like a pad kee mao meets marinara, topped with green peppercorns, Thai basil and grated parmesan.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Random Access (@randomaccess.nyc) The fusion menu is enough to fill up on, but Random Access also offers a full noodle bar (think spicy curry chicken ramen, beef noodle soup and more) and a somtum bar to create your own papaya salad. Small bites, raw dishes and stir-fries are also on the menu, as well as larger, shareable dishes to add to the delicious culinary chaos of the extensive menu. Kub Khao, the shareables, are worth bringing a crew for, especially to dig into crispy pork belly and the photogeni

NYC Cheese & Wine Week

NYC Cheese & Wine Week

Two of life's greatest pleasures are pairing up in special deals and dishes across New York City this March.  Back for its fifth year (after a pandemic-necessary hiatus), NYC Cheese & Wine Week will take place across the city from March 7 to March 16, filling the Big Apple's cheese purveyors with gooey, stinky excellence.  For this one very delicious week, European dairy producers will send their most coveted cheeses such as abondance, brie and epoisses to local New York stores and restaurants to vend along with special European wines. It's a celebration of all things indulgent, with special pairings and tastings arranged at each participating restaurant or shop. The lineup includes a special cheese case at Zabar's, with special prices on Papillon Roquefort, St. Agur, Gruyere and St. Andre; a cheese station at Le District; a slew of imported products at Murray's Cheese and more.  New York chefs are also encouraged to get creative with the cheeses. At Intercontinental New York Barclay, a grilled raclette sourdough sandwich will be topped with onion compote and served with crisp white wines of Savoie. On March 11, Felix will serve a dinner featuring the cheeses and Wines of Savoie and on March 12, De Gustibus Cooking School at Macy's will host a wine and cheese tasting class with wine expert Anthony Giglio. Reservations for these one-off programs must be pre-booked, but several restaurants and bars serving the special imports will also offer walk-in-only options. More programmi

Oliva

Oliva

The school cafeteria has nothing on this tapas restaurant.  Oliva, a new Spanish restaurant by chef Franklin Becker, is adjacent to Manhattanville Market, which is within Columbia University’s Jerome L. Greene Science Center, but the offerings are far from university fare.  The lively, fun West Harlem spot serves premium products sourced directly from Spain, showcasing shareable dishes with modern interpretations to whisk you across the Atlantic in just a few small bites.  Oliva’s menu, developed with Chef de Cuisine Chris Strelnick, highlights cured meats, Embutidos, along with a variety of queso, a frio y ambiente section and finishes with a selection of calida y caliente. For non-hispanohablantes, that’s cold and hot dishes. Standout dishes from the Fall 2021 opening menu include a mackerel and blood orange crudo, Serrano ham croquetas, crab fideos and a Soccarat, or seafood rice, for two. For dessert, a crema Catalana presents a creamy Barcelonian twist on more familiar creme brulee.  The beverage menu, designed by mixologist Eamon Rockey, offers beverages from regions around Spain, local New York beers, ciders and spirits, plus cocktails designed to emulate the easygoing European lifestyle. There is, of course, sangria, as well as Spanish-style gin and tonics, with fresh and dried botanicals, and plenty of fortified wines, like sherry and vermouth.   Live music nights help fill the floor-to-ceiling glass space with joy and celebration, and the restaurant serves as a nice

Jibs

Jibs

A beachy vacation may not be in reach (or in season), but Jibs’ New England style seafood shack transports you to sandier, breezier vibes where summer is totally a verb.  Situated on the Hudson River at Hudson Yards, with spacious outdoor seating, Jibs is a collaborative, luxe lobster shack created by Cobi Levy and Will Makris (ACT2 Hospitality: Lola Taverna, Baby Luc's), Thatcher Shultz (Kind Regards, Make Believe), Chef David Ladner (Rhode Island's acclaimed Spiced Pear; Rialto in Cambridge), and General Manager Trisha Hitko. The menu melds traditional, nostalgic seafood shack delights with seasonal specials. Think: Lobster makes, Maine and Connecticut-style lobster rolls and fried seafood basket with cod, calamari or crab cakes. Grilled and steamed seafood is also available, including whole lobster, black sea bass, and more, as well as a raw bar featuring a variety of oysters, clams and shrimp. On the side, opt for crispy crinkle French fries,  corn on the cob or seasonal veggies.  Jibs’ bar features a combination of classic cocktails, cold beer, and wines, all to be paired with the food and the nautical experience.    Designed by Levy and styled by Mate Gallery’s Matt Albiani, Jibs’ 6,500-square-foot space evokes a simpler, more colorful time, particularly on Cape Cod or the coast of Maine.  Blue-and-white striped private cabanas with 180-degree views of the Hudson River, a “Grass Lounge” area featuring nautical-themed covered seating, a hammock, sandpit, and assorted gre

Bacall's Family Steakhouse

Bacall's Family Steakhouse

Dinner, drinks and dancing may not be what it was in New York’s pre-digital everything heyday, but Bacall’s Family Steakhouse throws it back. Inspired by New Yorker and Hollywood star Lauren Bacall, and her Jewish-Romanian upbringing in The Bronx, Bacall’s merges 1940s era Hollywood charm (Chandeliers! Vintage decor!) with once again trendy Eastern European dishes.  Appetizer’s riff on a bubbe’s standards: deep-fried beef kreplach, chopped chicken liver with challah, latkes with applesauce and gefilte fish topped caesar salad all kick off the menu. Sweet and sour meatballs and matzo ball soup are also served, before shareable meat-centric feasts like slow-cooked brisket, dill-and-basil salmon and a steak and fries platter that could serve a small family. Quick, pre-theater meals like rotisserie chicken with a side of kugel, pasta and a wagyu burger are also available, but Bacall’s is a place to luxuriate. Along with the updated nostalgic menu, Bacall’s has an in-house musician, Dani Luv, famed troubadour of the Lower East Side’s Famous Sammy’s Roumanian for over 20 years, who performs nightly. Come with cash for tips and ideas for song requests, the cheesier the better.  Dancing the hora around the restaurant (yes, that happens) is of course more fun after indulging at Bacall’s in-house vodka bar. The “Vodcã Blast” program offers top-shelf vodka encased in an ice block, served tableside with a choice of mixers or shot glasses, and upon special request, with cucumber cups or a

Lodi

Lodi

Rockefeller Center is looking little more like a charming European piazza, thanks to Lodi, an all-day restaurant, bakery, and bar inspired by Italian caffù culture now open at 1 Rockefeller Plaza.  Chef Ignacio Mattos, of Manhattan favorites estela and Altro Paradiso, is behind the new spot, which is part of a revitalization of Rockefeller Center, breathing some twenty-first century life into the historic, tourist-frequented location. That is, you're likely to see the pastries and stylized pastries on your FYP.  “Lodi is a reminder of how much restaurants, caffùs, and bakeries bring to our communities,” says Mattos. “As we enter this new stage in New York City, we’re returning to our roots with an appreciation for the most essential crafts, such as milling, baking, and distilling. Lodi is a celebration of what we love to do.” Head Baker and Pastry Chef Louis Volle, who cut his teeth at Dean & Deluca (RIP), Blue Hill Stone Barns and Tartine, created an bread and pastry program celebrating the craft of milling and baking. A large stone mill, the first of its kind in Manhattan, will freshly grind single variety grains into flours for the specialty baked goods, which will rotate through Lodi's ovens all day long.   Mornings feature a selection of Pasticcini (small pastries) such as cornetto, cioccolato, maritozzo and bombolone. Prima Colazione (breakfast) includes soft eggs with smoked salmon and oats with fruit and honey.  The Pane (bread menu) showcases natural fermentation an

Peppi’s Cellar

Peppi’s Cellar

Pass three spiral staircases inside the just-opened Italian restaurant Gran Tivoli to get to this semisecret cocktail lounge. Practically lifted from the set of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Peppi’s is all retro cool, with deep, intimate booths, antique lights and a tiny stage for lively jazz combos.

New York Aquarium | Brooklyn, NY

New York Aquarium | Brooklyn, NY

Everything you need to know about visiting the New York Aquarium (602 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, New York, 11224). Though it’s likely the only aquatic wildlife you’ll see at Coney Island is seagulls eager to scoop up whatever boardwalk snack scraps you leave behind, those intrigued by the ocean can immerse themselves in aquaculture at the New York Aquarium. A sea lion pool, penguin habitat, recreated reef, shark exploration and more are the current exhibits starring live sea creatures (and occasionally their handlers) that offer an up-close-and-personal look at both Atlantic and Pacific Ocean life at the oldest continually operating aquarium in the country. Mermaids, often associated with Coney Island, are not on display, but those tempted by the lure of fictional marine life may enjoy the 4-D (that’s 3-D plus water) SpongeBob experience. With a dedicated mission of conserving the oceans and oceanic life, the venue will leave you with an enhanced and renewed passion for natural preservation. Work up an appetite at a feeding Before you head to the nearby snack carts for your requisite Coney Island dose of ice cream and cheese fries, watch penguins or sea otters chow down on tiny fish at daily live feedings. The highlight of many aquarium visits, watching otters swirl in the water while audibly chewing whole fish is seriously impressive. Did you miss mealtime? A daily schedule of sea lion performances at the aquatheater shows off what this intriguing marine mammal can do, entertaining

Ltauha

Ltauha

When you think of a cozy neighborhood restaurant, you’re probably thinking of something just like the the casual mac and cheese, pan-seared chicken and pork chop with mashed potatoes served at Lthua. The beloved Ridgewood brunch, lunch and dinner destination has all the American restaurant classics done right, and yes, you’ll want to save room for apple crisp and chocolate soufflĂ© after all those good, cheesy carbs.

Super Pollo

Super Pollo

The smell of slow-roasting meats wafts out the doors of this Ecuadorian rotisserie restaurant—and at $12 for a whole, juicy chicken, it’s hard to pass up! Be sure to douse your drumsticks in the homemade green sauce and save room for empanadas, plantains and a frosty margarita to wash it all down.

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TikTok's first official musical is debuting in New York!

TikTok's first official musical is debuting in New York!

A TikTok musical set to the sound clips we know so well has been a long running joke on the video app, but the China-based company is finally making Tiktok: The Musical a reality!  TikTok's first official commissioned musical, For You, Paige, will debut at a New York City theater on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. Sadly, tickets won't be available, but those who want in on the world premiere can stream the show live via TikTok.  For You, Paige comes from a team of TikTok musical theater stars. Created by Daniel Mertzlufft, who started the Grocery Store Musical trend (based on the viral song "New York Summer'' by Louisa Melcher) and the wildly successful Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical (based on the song by Emily Jacobson), this musical is part of TikTok's #ProjectBroadway. TikTok's support of the theater and Broadway community has long been evident, especially when theaters were dark. Last year's Broadway is Back campaign featured live performances from The Lion King, Waitress and Wicked, stage tours, plus multiple live streams of the Ratatousical, which helped raise $2 million for The Actors Fund. @danieljmertzlufft “For You, Paige” plot summary! #projectbroadway #musicaltheatre #foryoupaige #tiktoklive #musicals #broadway ♬ original sound - danieljmertzlufft So what is For You, Paige actually about? The story follows a teen music nerd, Landon, (played by Roman Banks) who collaborates with his best friend Paige (played by Sri Ramesh) on a TikTok song inspired by her favor

LL Cool J is bringing a new hip-hop festival to Queens this summer

LL Cool J is bringing a new hip-hop festival to Queens this summer

Hip-hop lovers, there's a new festival in town to look forward to! Rock The Bells, a brand new day-long music festival will take place on August 6 at Forest Hills Stadium. Curated by LL Cool J in his hometown of Queens, the day is designed to be a celebration of hip-hop featuring classic hip-hop music, local food, interactive experiences, art exhibits, style and more. It's LL Cool J's love letter to his genre, highlighting performers who believes have made and are making significant impacts on the culture.  So far, the lineup includes Ice Cube, Lil Kim, The Diplomats, Fat Joe & Remy Ma, Rick Ross, Trina and many more artists, with more to be announced closer to the event. DJ Mister Cee and DJ Scratch will also provide music throughout the day.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by ROCK THE BELLS (@rockthebells) Rock The Bells is the name of an organization and media site LL Cool J founded in 2018. It exists as a resource and preeminent voice for hip-hop and shares content to honor and boost MC's, DJ's, breakdancers, graffiti artists and more contributing hip-hop talent. The site is home to podcasts and videos sharing hip-hop history and culture, plus recorded conversations between LL Cool J and his beers.  Rock The Bells Festival will donate partial proceeds to the Universal Hip-Hop Museum in the Bronx. Tickets are now on sale and start at $99 for general admission and accessible seating. Merch is also available online, should you want to plan your

Williamsburg is getting a new ear piercing boutique

Williamsburg is getting a new ear piercing boutique

There's a new place to get pierced in Brooklyn! Get your ears pierced, that is. Rowan Piercing Studio, the piercing shop that distinguishes itself by allowing only licensed nurses to work as ear piercers (as opposed to say, a local high school student at your local Claire's), is opening on Monday, April 11, at 231C Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg. Rowan currently has another New York City studio at 1227 3rd Ave (at 71st Street) on the Upper East Side. While plenty of piercing studios and tattoo shops have already claimed their stake in North Brooklyn, Rowan sets itself apart with a boutique-like space, focusing on wellness, safety and self-expression, especially helpful for those nervous to get pierced. Nurses use a hand-pressured device (never a piercing gun) with pre-sterilized 14 karat gold or stainless steel earrings to pierce. The piercing jewelry has safety backs and long posts to ensure sufficient airflow and optimal healing. Hollow needles are also available as a piercing tool and the only option for certain parts of the ear.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Rowan (@heyrowan) The jewelry and piercing method has been developed with all ages in mind—the founder, Louisa Serene Schneider, is a mom—and Rowan's ear piercings are available for all ages, with consent (and an adult presence) required for those under 18. Those eager but anxious about their piercings can also receive a fun "Certificate of Bravery" following the procedure.  Rowan also of

Afternoon Tsaa is a pop-up with treats from around the world

Afternoon Tsaa is a pop-up with treats from around the world

This pop-up afternoon tea is unlike any you've sipped before. Tsaa, the Tagalog word for tea, is a pop-up experience curated by The Boiis Co, a New York mochi shop. Each event unites AAPI-owned businesses to serve small bites along with cups of tea.  To kick off 2022's Afternoon Tsaa, a collaboration with Bee Cafe (60-11 39th Ave., Queens) will fill the breezy, plant-filled space with cozy afternoon teatime vibes, plus treats served in a swinging basket. Complimentary coffee will be served, as well as the cafe's signature Bee Puffs (empanadas) with chicken or beef fillings. Other Afternoon Tsaa treats will include classic Spicy Turon with banana, jackfruit and burnt hot honey by Chef Francis Maling of Bad for Business; Mochi filled cookies with Thai Tea mochi and matcha with ube mochi by The Boiis Co, chocolate filled choco puto and poto with cheese by Pandayo NY; Brazo de Mercedes Cheesecake from WhiskPastryNYC; sugar cookie eggs and gems by Jesebel Gumogda of Pure Confections; and an iconic dark chocolate egg filled with chocolate covered cookie dough by chef Daniel Corpuz. To wash down all those snacks, fresh tea will be brewed in flavors including Nepal Breakfast Chai, Shangri-La Oolong, and Kumari Gold, all from Nepal Tea, which sources tea leaves from the Himalayas. View this post on Instagram A post shared by PANDAYO.NY (@pandayo.ny) Afternoon Tsaa's spring edition will be held , Monday, April 11 through Sunday, April 17, from 12pm–5pm. Reservations a

A troupe of puppets is traveling across NYC this season

A troupe of puppets is traveling across NYC this season

Raising a city kid can get quite expensive, and this free attraction is here to help!  CityParks PuppetMobile is returning to parks and public spaces across the city with its original family-friendly marionette production, Little Red's Hood. The traveling puppet troupe will perform in all five boroughs, starting this May and running through October.  Little Red’s Hood is a fresh retelling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood tale updated with modern twists to appeal to New York City kids and families. The performances are offered in English, Spanish and Mandarin in select locations. In this story, Little Red is a smart, young city dweller who is obsessed with her smartphone. And that's where the fictional part comes in: Wulfric, a misunderstood wolf with a sweet tooth, crosses paths with Little Red en route to deliver her grandma cupcakes. Just like a delay on the express train, trouble naturally ensues. Little Red's story offers a comical lesson on the importance of disconnecting from our digital lives and enjoying real life moments with friends and family. The production features a dozen, hand-made marionettes crafted by the expert puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. “The PuppetMobile is always a great source of joy for children and adults in parks all over New York City, and this summer will be no different,” said Bruce Cannon, Artistic Director of the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. “Little Red’s Hood was such a big hit that there was no question

An award-winning production of Hamlet is coming to NYC

An award-winning production of Hamlet is coming to NYC

You've never seen Shakespeare quite like this.  New York City is rife with endless interpretations of the Bard's plays, and the latest is a highly acclaimed production from across the pond.  Award-winning director Robert Icke's Hamlet, which sold out in London, will be reimagined at Wade Thompson Drill Hall at the Park Avenue Armory this summer. Icke is known for his fresh interpretations of Shakespearean language, accessible staging and productions that turn classics haters into big fans.  “Robert Icke’s production of Hamlet remains extraordinarily, heartbreakingly beautiful," Time Out London said of the show's world debut in the UK.  In New York, Alex Lawther will star as Hamlet and Kirsty Rider will play Ophelia. Image: Time Out Each performance is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes including two intermissions. All audience members must be fully vaccinated and wear masks throughout the show. Previews kick off Wednesday, June 1 and the show will run through Saturday, August 13. Tickets start at $45.  Want more Icke-ian drama? A production of Oresteia, the Classical Greek play about known for its epic revenge plot (spoiler: husband killing) will simultaneously be running at the Park Avenue Armory this summer. Lia Williams will play the vengeful Klytemnestra in Icke's contemporary interpretation of the tragic play. Preview for Oresteia kick off June 9, and the show runs through Saturday, August 13. Tickets also start at $45 for the 3 hour and 45 minute play. And in July

You can ride the vintage 20th Century Limited train from NYC this spring

You can ride the vintage 20th Century Limited train from NYC this spring

Train buffs, prepare to book your ticket, an iconic vintage train has (briefly) returned to New York's railroad system.  Last fall, the 20th Century Limited took New Yorkers on an upstate adventure, and now the antique train is back on the tracks. Hudson River Rail Excursions is running its day trips once again this June. The voyage kicks off at Moynihan Train Hall, where ticketed passengers for the excursion will have access to Amtrak’s brand new “Metropolitan Lounge”. From there, step back in time on one of two historic cars—the Hickory Creek and Tavern-Lounge No. 43, which will then transport you upstate.  On the journey between New York and Albany, lunch and drinks will be served while you forget all about screen time. Instead, enjoy the one-of-a-kind view of the Hudson River. Once the train reaches Albany-Rensselaer station, stretch your legs for a few hours before train returns along the Hudson as the sun sets over the river. This recreated historic journey will traverse the same tracks that the 20th Century Limited did from 1902 to 1967. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Hudson River Rail Excursions (@hudsonriverrail) Tickets for the Hickory Creek car are $349 for the luxury accommodations. A four-course meal will be cooked by a chef in the on-board kitchen, plus unlimited beer and wine will be served in-seat throughout the trip. As the rearmost car on the 20th Century Limited, Hickory Creek offers an amazing lookout lounge with oversize wi

This new NYC pop-up will celebrate design in tiny living spaces

This new NYC pop-up will celebrate design in tiny living spaces

Living in a so-called shoebox apartment is a way of life for millions of New Yorkers, and we're proud of it! Being able to adeptly repurpose your kitchen/living room/home office/guest room to suit any need is a badge of honor, but sometimes, we admit, living in minimal square feet can feel a little cramped. Apartment Therapy is here to help with those feelings of constriction, with a new pop-up celebrating everything cool you can do in a small space. Small/Cool 2022 is a month-long celebration of the ways small space can inspire creativity in the big city. At the pop-up, visitors will see how twelve designers brought twelve of this year's biggest interior trends to life — all in 120 square feet. Events at the pop-up will include opportunities to chat with experts, editors and designers, plus creative workshops and interactive activations like a rubber stamp class, personalized poetry pop-up, a complimentary bouquet bar, a wellness hour and more. Many talks and events will be streamed on Instagram if you want to participate virtually. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Apartment Therapy (@apartmenttherapy) In-person events kick off the weekend of Friday, April 22, when the SoHo space at 515 Broadway opens at 11am. Everything in the designed spaces will be shoppable, in real life and online for those who can't make it. Reservations and free tickets to participate in crafting, Q&A sessions and more are now available on Eventbrite.  Apartment Therapy i

A famed Prospect Heights wine shop is back in business

A famed Prospect Heights wine shop is back in business

A beloved neighborhood wine shop is entering a new era, thanks to a local wine expert.  Since 2004, Fermented Grapes (651 Vanderbilt Ave) has been known as Prospect Heights' lively and approachable neighborhood wine shop. Now, a wine shop veteran, Kilolo Strobert has reopened the shop.  Fermented offers natural, organic and biodynamic wines, with highlighted sections specifically from female, Black and Indigenous winemakers. A diverse selection of spirits from New York distillers is also available. Strobert wants to engage with wine drinkers at every level, using pops of saturated, funky colors on the walls, expressive illustrations lining the wooden shelving units, and easy-to-understand wine categorization to create a welcoming atmosphere.  First time Fermented Grapes shopper? Strobert is looking to push bottles of Greek wine, Sake and Ready To Drink (RTD) options. "With the weather really starting to turn around, we want to make sure that any type of Stoop Juice and easily consumable options for gatherings and warmer climate gatherings are available in the store," she says.  Clay Williams A lifelong New Yorker, Strobert spent over 15 years in roles at award-winning wine shop Le Dû’s Wines, Le Parker Meridien (now Thompson Central Park New York), Zagat, high-end wine shop Morrell & Company, and Fresh Direct Wine & Spirits. Fermented Grapes was the site of her first job in the wine industry. Now, Kilolo returned to her roots to re-launch the concept with longtime friend

A funky Alpine wine tavern is popping up in Brooklyn

A funky Alpine wine tavern is popping up in Brooklyn

A new pop-up bar is about to make Friday night more fun.   Lila Gans, which translates to "Purple Goose" in German, will take over Williamsburg's nouveau Jewish restaurant, Gertie, every Friday night. The Swiss-German pop-up tavern will have food by Chef Stefano Mariotta (formerly of Rosmarin in Providence, RI) and a natural wine and beverage menu curated by Gertie's co-owner Rachel Jackson.   Inspired by chef Mariotta’s Swiss upbringing, in Zurich, Lila Gans' food riffs on classic Alpine dishes with a more rustic, comforting style. The small plates—with big names!—are designed to be shared. To eat (or "essen") gravlox, capuns  (swiss chard dumplings over a mushroom-leek cream sauce), Ă€sekĂŒchlein (gruyere cheese fritters), apfel spĂ€tzl (a Swiss version of mac and cheese served with applesauce), bratwurst mit zwiebelsauce (veal and pork sausage with onion gravy), wienerschnitzel served with cucumber salad and lingonberries plus potato rösti to soak up all the sauce. Lila GansApfelkĂŒchlein at Lila Gans The drink (or "trinken") menu features only two cocktails, a spritz made with Brooklyn-based Faccia Brutto’s Alpino, and the Dirty Gertie, Gertie's signature pickle martini. Rotating house-infused schnapps, served very cold, will also be offered to warm you up on a brisk spring night. Three German-style New York City-made beers on the menu are from Ebbs, Grimm, and Killsboro, with the highlight of the beverages being the wine list. Lila Gans will highlight all-natural wines fr

Edith’s Eatery and Grocer launches a "snack time" happy hour

Edith’s Eatery and Grocer launches a "snack time" happy hour

One of Williamsburg's favorite new establishments just got even better. Edith's Eatery and Grocery, the corner side cafe, restaurant and full-service grocer serving Jewish food from across the diaspora, is now open late! Starting Wednesday, April 6, the space will extend its hours until 9pm, offering a "snack time" happy hour and a full menu through the evening.  Once a humble wood-fired bagel shop operating out of the doorway in Greenpoint's Paulie Gee's pizzeria, Edith's has grown into two separate establishments—another Williamsburg bagel window, Edith's Sandwich Counter, and its full-service sibling, Edith's Eatery. Already acclaimed for its caviar carbonara, matzo ball soup consomme and baked goods, the modern Zabar's aspiree is expanding with an extensive savory menu suited for the after-work crowd. Cocktails will also be available! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Edith’s (@edithsbk) Edith's brand new snack time menu includes dips like a house-smoked salmon dip with avocado and trout roe with tam tams to dip; marinated artichokes with house-made hummus; and kataifi wrapped carrots with tirokafeteri. On a stick, diners will find sweet and sour beef and currant tskune meatballs with a soy cured egg on the side and a schmaltzy green garlic chicken skewer. Shareables will include panko fried rockfish; chicories caesar-style salad with trout roe and boquerones; and a deli-style charcuterie board.  To drink, cocktails will include a spiked vers

A gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan grocer is opening uptown

A gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan grocer is opening uptown

Gluten-free grocery shopping is getting a glow-up.  Agata & Valentina, the family-owned grocer known for offering Italian specialties, prepared foods and everyday essentials since 1993, is expanding with a gluten-free new store on the Upper East Side. Located at 1513 First Avenue (on the corner of 79th Street), across the street from its flagship store, the 2,000-square-foot store will focus on gluten-free, vegan, organic and dairy-free products. RECOMMENDED: A famed Prospect Heights wine shop is back in business The new Agata & Valentina will feature both freshly prepared foods and packaged products. The prepared foods departments will include a pizza counter with an in-house pizza oven, freshly made pasta, house-made pastries, and gluten-free renditions of Agata & Valentina’s top-selling prepared dishes. All of the food that is prepared in-house will be gluten-free, ensuring no risk of contamination. Agata & Valentina hopes to take the stress out of shopping with dietary restrictions in mind, so products in the store will be clearly labeled as gluten-free, vegan, organic, or dairy-free. Similar to the original Agata & Valentina store, the cappuccino bar at the entrance of the store will also offer seating where customers can enjoy coffee, prepared foods or wine at window-facing counters. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Agata & Valentina (@agata.valentina) Agata Musco and Valentina Musco Puleo, the mother-daughter duo behind the eponymous store,