Events

Everything You Have to Do in New York City This Weekend

Updated On 02/15/2018 at 05:11PM EST Updated On 02/15/2018 at 05:11PM EST
Ice Skating in Bryant Park
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Friday
Feb 16
Hell's Kitchen
Oh, hi Mark! Tommy Wiseau’s so-bad-it’s-excellent cult classic The Room has maintained a loyal crowd of followers since its 2003 release. Beloved in spite of its earnest awfulness (or because of it), the film recently inspired James Franco’s making-of masterpiece on Wiseau, The Disaster Artist, though the original is still a must-see for anyone who loves movies. Arrive at The Landmark a little before midnight, and revel with other fans over this immortal absurdity.
Cost: Tickets are $12
Friday
Feb 16
SoHo
There is no more iconic duo than whiskey and six-sided dice -- so take some time to unwind after a long work week and make your way to the Housing Works Cafe on Crosby Street, where the bookstore holds a monthly Books, Booze, & Board Games party. Test your real estate chops and score some cash-money in Monopoly. And be sure to grab a drink while you play -- there will be food and beverage specials for all gamers from 6-8pm.
Cost: Free to attend (drinks will cost you)
dirt candy
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Friday - Saturday
Feb 16-17
Lower East Side
From February 14-17, Dirt Candy -- Amanda Cohen’s award-winning vegetarian spot for people who hate vegetables -- will offer a special prix fixe for solo diners. For $75 you (and only you) will get a special seven-course tasting, including a glass of “something sparkling.” Munch on portobello mousse, carrot sliders, and Brussels sprout tacos while you bask in the envy of couples paying far more for the privilege.
Cost: $75 for seven courses
Friday - Sunday
Feb 16-18
Lower East Side
In preparation for the city’s big Lunar New Year celebration (on the 25th), you’ll need to get in the spirit -- and the best way to do that is by inhaling a massive plate of specialty pork and truffle dumplings from Rice & Gold. Dale Talde’s creative, contemporary Chinese food spot never fails to turn out innovative, tasty plates, but he’s stepping things up in honor of the Year of the Dog. This weekend only, you can gorge yourself with a family-style feast of new year’s specials like citrus salad with chrysanthemum mushrooms, red-braised whole fish, and green tea sesame mochi with sweetened sesame powder and persimmon.
Cost: $50 per person for a full tasting menu of family-style platters
bryant park
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Saturday
Feb 17
Midtown
Valentine’s Day may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to hit the brakes on romance. It’s still Valentine’s weekend, after all. Follow up whatever spectacular meal you enjoyed this past Wednesday with a slightly less stuffy activity: ice skating. On Saturday, the Bryant Park Winter Village will open its gates after-hours to offer discounted couples skating tickets and an endless playlist of sappy romantic hits.
Cost: $75 for you and your SO, hot chocolate, skate rentals, and storage lockers included
Saturday
Feb 17
Gowanus
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. You’ve surely had plenty of candy this week (hello, post-Valentine’s discounts!), so indulge your sweet tooth with some dessert wine instead.
Cost: Single tickets are $50 -- but if you buy one for you and bae, they’re $40 each
Sunday
Feb 18
Midtown
These days everyone’s a photographer. Whether you devote your talents primarily to the production of avocado toast glamour shots, or you spend your days in a studio, there are still a number of basic skills required to create a great image. Stop by photo superstore B&H and spend an hour with some serious camera experts running through the basics of things like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and framing -- whether on your iPhone, or your DSLR. Your Instagram followers will thank you.
Cost: Free
Sunday
Feb 18
Upper West Side
Rikers Island, New York City’s sprawling, cloistered jail, is shrouded in mystery and controversy. But this Sunday, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, you can get a small glimpse into the intricate workings of the compex space with a screening of Bill Moyers’ riveting documentary: Rikers: An American Jail. Focused on personal testimonials from prisoners who have endured incarceration there, the powerful film offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into a world most people hope never to touch. A post-screening discussion will follow.
Cost: Free
Sunday
Feb 18
Lower East Side
Schmooze your way into the kvetching heart of a Jewish single at Meet Knish -- a follow-up event to the ever-popular annual Matzoball. Hotel Chantelle’s vintage-inspired cocktail lounge will provide the perfect setting to meet the (Jewish) love of your life. Consider this a golden opportunity to dance, flirt, and (hopefully) please your bubbe with news that you’ll be settling down with a Member of the Tribe after all.
Cost: General admission is $30
The Push BK
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Monday
Feb 19
Greenwood Park
Every Monday at the Greenwood Park beer garden, The Push -- a league of no-nonsense ping pong (or shall I say table tennis) athletes gather -- to play some serious games. While you won’t be able to interrupt their scheduled matches, they’ll surely be plenty fun to watch -- and once they’re all through, newcomers are welcome to hit the tables (and to vie for a spot in the league).
Cost: Free
Monday
Feb 19
Harlem
Although Presidents Day was enacted to honor founding father George Washington, it is totally acceptable to celebrate the president of your choosing -- or abstain altogether. Regardless of how you observe, we suggest you head to the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and settle in for some live music. Saxophonist and composer Kevin Sun will present his take on the work of Lester “The Prez” Young. Politics optional.
Cost: Free