Here are the five coolest things to do in and around NYC this week. We publish a new list every Wednesday, covering Thursday through Wednesday. Stay tuned for insider updates on restaurant openings, festivals, exhibitions, shows, weekend escapes, and more.
New York Restaurant Week
Calling all foodies! New York Restaurant Week is drawing to a close, so be sure to bag a reservation at that restaurant you’ve been dying to try. The three-course prix fixe menus are $25 for lunch and $35 for dinner. With 368 restaurants participating, it’s the biggest Restaurant Week yet. If you’re not sure where to try, check out Chefs Club restaurant by Food & Wine magazine; the restaurant hosts a rotating cast of Food & Wine’s annual Best New Chefs. This summer, Portland’s Gabriel Rucker is behind the stove, offering a rare chance for East Coasters to get a taste of his cuisine.
Locations vary | From $25 | website
106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park
For a little midday entertainment, head to Bryant Park for performances from on- and off-Broadway musicals. This week is the second-to-last of the summer and includes selections from Amazing Grace, Something Rotten!, Ruthless!, Allegiance, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Pro tip: A picnic lunch is the perfect accompaniment to this musical experience.
12:30 p.m. | Bryant Park, W. 42 St. and Sixth Ave., New York | Free | website
Wes Anderson Art Show
With 54,000 RSVPs on the event’s Facebook page, the sixth Wes Anderson Art Show, presented annually by San Francisco-based Spoke Art, is the place to be in New York this weekend. As the name suggests, the exhibit features artwork from over 75 artists, all drawing inspiration from the films of cult favorite director Wes Anderson. Costumes are encouraged and free beer is provided at the 21-and-over evening events.
Joseph Gross Gallery, 548 W. 28 St., New York | (646) 535-6528 | From $5 | website
Part of the end-of-season ballet festival at The Joyce Theater, Philadelphia-based troupe BalletX graces the New York stage for two performances. The contemporary dancers will perform their original production of Sunset, o639 Hours, which tells the surprisingly compelling story of the man who piloted the first airmail service flight between New Zealand and the United States in 1938.
7:30 p.m. | The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave., New York | (212) 691-9740 | From $10 | website
Weekend Escape | August 7
Summer Gala at Guild Hall
This is a great weekend to soak up the sun on East Hampton’s Main Beach: Art and community space Guild Hall is throwing a Friday fundraiser that includes a VIP preview of the Roy Lichtenstein: Between Sea and Sky art exhibit, cocktail hour at a private home, dinner, dancing, live music, and an auction with actor Alec Baldwin as the auctioneer. Stay just up the road at stylish Scandinavian hotel c/o The Maidstone, and nurse your hangover with Saturday brunch at their slow food, Swedish-inspired restaurant, The Living Room.
5 p.m. | 158 Main St., East Hampton, NY 11937 | (631) 324-0806 | From $50 | website
A native New Yorker, Katherine is a freelance food and travel writer who has eaten her way across the globe and is always on the lookout for her next great meal. She is an avid reader, insatiable traveler, sometimes photographer, and mom to inquisitive toddler.
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