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 classic Italian brunch can be found at dell’anima in the West Village. The restaurant predates the gentrified area of artisanal cupcakes, so expect some classic service. The menu has classic brunch dishes, but with an Italian twist. For instance, there is a ricotta stuffed French toast and a dish of shrimp and grits, which is actually shrimp with polenta. The food is comforting and delicious, and you’ll be satisfied for the rest of the day.
Head across town to the East Village, and go to French bistro Lucien. The menu here is very traditional French, with dishes like escargots and bouillabaisse. You can be fancy here without “fancy prices” and enjoy yourself a whole lot. And don’t feel weird about posting your food on Instagram because the dishes are totally Instagrammable.
David Bowie is getting honored at the Brooklyn Museum with the “David Bowie Is” exhibit, so The Way Station is celebrating the icon with a weekend of his music. Starting Friday, musicians will be performing their favorite Bowie songs. On Saturday, several bands will perform Bowie’s albums. And from 8 to 9 p.m. on Sunday is “Bowieoke” karaoke. Each of the shows are free, and will follow up with a “Let’s Dance” party by DJs Jordan and Ziggy Starbucks.
Free museum nights are always great, but going to the Whitney on Friday evenings, is even better. It’s pay what you want to get in to the museum’s 63,000 square feet of exhibition space, where you can see over 15,000 pieces of artwork. You can go from 7 to 10 p.m.
The International Center of Photography is exhibiting British photographer Edmund Clark’s Edmund Clark: The Day the Music Died. The piece is a collection of photographs, videos, and installation work showing the effects of international terrorism. The collection highlights Clark’s work over ten years shooting the global War on Terror.
You could also see Kovarsky’s World: Covers and Cartoons from The New Yorker at the Society of Illustrators. Anatol Kovarsky’s lifework from paintings and cartoons featured in different magazines are put on display in this exhibit, as well as most of his work for The New Yorker. There is a compilation of more than 300 pieces of his work done over two decades.
For amazing accessories, go to Edon Manor in Tribeca. On the upscale side, this boutique has high-end designer shoes, handbags, and sunglasses. The store is like a super fancy hotel lobby, with white, ornately decorated walls and shag pillows on the couches. You’ll be styling with any purchase from here.
Cloak & Dagger in the East Village is a clothing and accessory boutique that’s a bit more on the affordable side. You can find the store’s own namesake brand or other designers, and anything you wear from here will be highly coveted.
Catch the On Air Fest at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn this weekend. The festival celebrates podcasts and radio streaming with interviews with various podcast stars. You can also attend tapings of podcasts Talkhouse and Marvel’s new Wolverine podcast, as well as hear some live music by DJ Stretch Armstrong.
For something reeeaally different, go to Sumo + Sushi at the PlayStation Thater in Midtown. Watch live sumo wrestling and enjoy fresh sushi at a price choice of your pleasing: front row seats are $199 and regular seating with a bento box is $89, among other choices. You’ve never, and probably won’t ever again, see something like this.