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Everything You Absolutely Must Do in NYC This Winter

Updated On 01/24/2018 at 03:27PM EST
January
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January
Monday - Friday
Jan 22-Feb 9
Various locations
NYC Restaurant Week is here for its winter iteration with three-course discounted lunch and dinner deals at over 300 restaurants across the city. Check out our guide to help you narrow down your dining options. Pro tip: Make a reservation as early as possible. Like, now.
Cost: $29 for lunch; $42 for dinner
Thursday
Jan 25
Williamsburg
As January slinks out and February slogs in, you’re probably subsisting primarily on cereal and frozen food -- and leaving your bed only when absolutely necessary. This Thursday, instead of microwaving Trader Joe’s chicken tikka masala (again), enroll yourself in a dumpling making class at The Brooklyn Kitchen. You’ll learn how to pleat, stuff, and steam dumplings, as well as master Chinatown-worthy bao dough.
Cost: $100
Saturday
Jan 27
Upper West Side
New York City is no ski town. Snow days are rare, mountains are molehills, and just try storing skis in your unused oven. Still, the Parks Department will be hosting an enormous Winter Jam in Central Park, complete with ice sculpting, sledding, ice bowling, and ski and snowshoe lessons by REI. And fear not for the weekend’s temperate climes: Popular upstate ski-spot Gore Mountain will be shipping in boat loads of snow for the occasion (yes, real snow).
Cost: Admission is free
Saturday
Jan 27
Prospect Park, Flatbush
Here’s the thing about ice skating -- it’s a process. There are lines, skate rentals, zambonis, and enormous crowds. But here’s the other thing about ice skating: it’s really fun. So to maximize your time skating, and to minimize everything else, stick to the Brooklyn rinks that tourists have never heard of. We recommend Prospect Park’s LeFrak Center at Lakeside, and the Aviator Sports Center on Flatbush.
Cost: Admission is between $0 and $9, plus skate rentals
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Saturday
Jan 27
Chelsea
If your Hogwarts acceptance letter got lost in the mail, a trip to Chelsea is the next best thing. The McKittrick Hotel is hosting acclaimed illusionist Scott Silven for an intimate evening of fine dining and strong cocktails, plus some real-life sorcery, illusion, and mentalism.
Cost: Tickets start at $190 with food and drink included
Monday
Jan 29
Tribeca
Gather 20 of your closest friends at Añejo Mexican restaurant’s Tribeca location for a private four-course dining experience by Top Chef contestant Angelo Sosa. A spirits expert will guide you and your guests through a tequila flight as you nosh on guacamole, chicken adobo empanadas, and tacos. It’s the perfect opportunity to bone up on one of America’s favorite imports (while drinking), and, because the dinner is in Añejo’s private dining room, everyone will have a chance to commandeer the iPod dock.
Cost: $165.50 per person (before tax and tip). Reservations can be made by phone (212-920-6270) or online
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Wednesday
Jan 31
Williamsburg
In our humble opinion, high tea at the Plaza is overrated. Skip the trip to Midtown (and the stuffy elitism), and treat yourself to a pick-me-up from The Williamsburg Hotel on Wythe Avenue. The trendy boutique hotel serves high tea at its newly-opened restaurant Harvey from noon until 5pm, Friday through Sunday. Scones, cinnamon donuts, and other sweet treats are served on ceramic plates and, although hot tea is traditional, it wouldn’t hurt to try a cocktail at the nearby Lobby Bar, too.
Cost: A prix fixe menu includes pastries and tea for $30
Wednesday
Jan 31
Midtown
National Hot Chocolate Day may or may not be an invention of Big Marshmallow, but either way, we’re not going to forgo an opportunity for hot cocoa consumption. On the 31st, PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown will be serving boozy hot chocolate, prepared with rich melted milk chocolate, cacao powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. To sweeten the (already sickeningly sweet) deal, the limited edition treat will run for half of standard cocktail price.
Cost: Boozy hot chocolates are $7
February
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February
Thursday - Wednesday
Feb 1-28
Flatiron
City Bakery’s annual hot chocolate festival returns for its 26th year, just in time to propel you through those dark February days. The bakery produces a different variation of its cockle-warming drink every day of the month, including caramel, toasted marshmallow, and chili pepper. For an extra couple of dollars, have it topped with a supersized house-made marshmallow -- a sweet, soft pillow that slowly melts into the drink.
Cost: $3 for a shot, $5 for a cup, and $2 for a marshmallow
Sunday
Feb 4

Watch the Super Bowl at a rowdy sports bar

Watch the Super Bowl at a rowdy sports bar

Various locations
Football fans, here’s your opportunity to take over NYC’s myriad sports bars for the most diehard pigskin event of the year. Bond over foam-capped steins and sticky chicken wings at dive bars like Mulholland’s in Williamsburg, The Grayson on the Lower East Side, and Warren 77 in Tribeca.
Cost: Depends on how many dollar wings you can inhale
Wednesday
Feb 7
East Village
Join Au Za’atar chef Tarik Fallous in his Lebanese bistro for the education you didn’t know you needed on the wines and culture of Lebanon. Wines are paired with a five-course prix fixe menu of authentic, family-inspired dishes (we’re talking more than just hummus and tabouli), as chef Fallous transports your palate from New York to the heart of Lebanon.
Cost: $30 per person (plus tax and tip)
Monday - Tuesday
Feb 12-13
Midtown
Cheer on a cast of dogs as they compete in a series of agility challenges for the highly competitive Best of Breed and Best in Show awards. Make no bones about it, this dog-eat-dog competition is the ultimate test of who is, in fact, the goodest boy. Remember: They all have more expensive haircuts than you.
Cost: Tickets start at $10
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Wednesday
Feb 14

Celebrate all of the people you love

Celebrate all of the people you love

In your hearts and minds
If you’re in a relationship, kudos to you! Enjoy a romantic dinner at any number of the city’s finest restaurants and please try to keep your PDA to a minimum. But if you’re not in a committed relationship, that’s no reason to knock V-day. You’re no doubt surrounded by people you love -- and this is New York, a city rich with ways to celebrate. Take advantage of those ubiquitous prix fixe Valentine’s deals with your mom, grab some friends, and dance in a glitter shower at House of Yes, or pick up a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine and throw your own party. Either way, don’t mourn this oft-dreaded Hallmark holiday -- go do something fun with people you actually like (or even dare to love).
Cost: Who would put a price on love
Saturday
Feb 17
Gowanus
The only thing better than dessert itself is dessert wine. And what more fitting place to drink the delicious stuff than an art gallery? For your weekend culture dose, head to 313 Butler Gallery in Gowanus, and browse contemporary paintings and photographs while you imbibe a variety of food and dessert wine pairings supplied by local winery Rooftop Reds. Focused mainly on vineyards in Brooklyn and throughout the Finger Lakes region, the event will highlight seasonal blends and winter-specific grapes as winter (hopefully) nears its end.
Cost: Single tickets are $50 -- but if you buy one for you and bae, they’re $40 each
Thursday
Feb 15
East Village
In celebration of the Chinese New Year, buzzy East Village mixian spot Little Tong Noodle Shop will serve a full 16 days of tasty, innovative noodle plates. Each day the dishes will vary from traditional recipes chef Simone Tong grew up eating, to creative, contemporary updates on classic  bowls. Whether you’re more inclined towards Day 5’s lamb tartare, or Day 16’s sweet, sticky ball rice soup, you’ll surely find something on the menu that warrants a trip to the cozy First Avenue spot.
Cost: Variable
Sunday
Feb 25
Chinatown
Welcome the Year of the Dog with a dragon-led, firecracker-fueled parade winding through Chinatown, then treat yourself to a platter of plump soup dumplings and peanut noodles at one of the best dim sum restaurants in the area.
Cost: The parade is free; dim sum is not
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