Living in the NYC area is not always as glam as it sounds. There are always plenty of things to do, but sometimes we don’t hear about it until it’s too late, or unless you know someone who’s “in the know.” But those people suck.
Well, that’s why I’m here. If you’re going to be in the NYC area this weekend, here are some cool things to do:
A great brunch place is Good Enough to Eat on the Upper West Side. The restaurant boasts food made in-house and from scratch, so you know you’re going to get a fantastic meal. According to the restaurant’s website, the chef and owner, Carrie Levin, spent years developing “good old-fashioned American food” before opening the restaurant. You can go for any meal of the day, but definitely try to go for brunch.
If you’re feeling fancy, try your hand at Gem on the Lower East Side. Owned by 19-year-old cooking sensation Flynn McGarry, eating here is quite the experience. There is a full tasting menu that includes authentic eats like a cabbage sandwich and a ritz cracker sandwich. Dinner, which happens in the Dining Room, has family-sized portions of pasta and a lamb feast. The tasting menu serves 12-15 courses and is priced at $155.
The Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown is an amazing experience. Celebrating the Year of the Dog, there will be festivities and food vendors as the parade celebrates through the streets of Little Italy and Chinatown. The parade is on Sunday and starts at 1 p.m.
Celebrate the iconic late singer by seeing BOWIE at the Morrison Hotel Gallery. The exhibit is a month long and features celebratory photographs of David Bowie, such as the famous lightining-bolt portrait, “Aladdin Sane.” Experience David Bowie like never before.
An amazing exhibit is Provocations: Anselm Kiefer at The Met Breuer. This exhibit displays Kiefer’s brilliant and colorful works of watercolor that contrast his louder work. Soft hues and strokes are shown here with precision and craft.
For some more art, see Williams Eggleston: Los Alamos at The Met. Beginning in 1965, a collection of images by Eggleston was created and crafted over a period of nine years. This collection documents road trips through the American West and South West, showing a “democratic vision of the country.”
Catbird on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg is a cute boutique with stylish accessories and designer gifts. The store itself is cozy and small, making the shopping experience intimate and personal. This place is all about trendy jewelry anyone will love.
Barking Brown is another boutique in Brooklyn, but this is with an emphasis on clothing. It’s trendy and most importantly, affordable. You can look 5th ave without paying 5th ave prices. Who could complain about that?
See Everybody Hates Us (But Not Tonight) at The Mockingbird in the East Village on Friday night. If you buy tickets online, they’ll run you $5, and it’s $7 if you pay at the door. This might be the most affordable comedy show you’ll see on a Friday night in Manhattan. The whole theme of the variety show is to shed all concerns and self-issues: love yourself and don’t worry about what anyone else is thinking or saying.
Have a one of a kind movie experience and see Phantom Thread with a Live Score at BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building. If you’ve seen the film already, or haven’t yet, this is the perfect time to go. A live performance by the Wordless Music Orchestra, conducted by Robert Ames, is the perfect accompaniment to this hauntingly beautiful film. See it Saturday or Sunday, at 8 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., respectively.