8 Actually Fun Things to Do in NYC This Weekend

The new administration is just one reason to celebrate.

Westlight at The William Vale
Photo courtesy of Westlight at The William Vale

The longest Presidential election in the history of the universe has finally come to an end. You can exhale. And, it’s the weekend! You shouldn’t need any more reasons to celebrate, but we’ll give you some anyway: delivery ramen, private rooftop chalets with fondue, and candle making. You heard that last one right.
Read on for eight actually fun things to eat, do, and see this weekend. And be sure to check out our new Weekend Guide podcast streaming below as well. As always, be safe: wear your mask, keep your distance, and sanitize your hands like your life depends on it. Because, well, it does.

Bake one of Brooklyn’s most famous pizzas at home

Huge news for pizza fans throughout the city (and beyond!): DUMBO’s famed Juliana’s has launched take-and-bake pies. Four varieties of hand-stretched pizzas are available, from the classic margherita to the famed Pizza Special No. 1 with mozzarella, scamorza affumicata, pancetta, and scallions. While diehards are used to waiting hours in line at the shop, these babies need just five minutes at 500 degrees before they’re ready to be inhaled. And for your out-of-town friends, Juliana’s is also partnering with FreshDirect to make the pies available to those outside the New York area for the first time ever.
Cost: From $17.99 a pie

Snag pastries from a storied restaurant group’s new bakery

Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s trio of abc restaurants—Kitchen, Cucina, and V—are some of the city’s most beloved destinations for good reason: the food is fantastic and the ambience even better. The group’s latest venture, bakery by abc restaurants, focuses on the sweet side of things. Standouts include a lavish cookie box with two dozen treats, four types of cake (including the intriguing carrot beet), and a unique babka with a pistachio crumb and bergamot glaze. Pick up at abcV or schedule delivery via Tock.
Cost: From $22

Travel to Savannah from your dining table

Meatpacking District
It may be impossible right now to dine at chef Mashama Bailey’s celebrated neo-Southern restaurant The Grey in Savannah, GA, but luckily you can snag her food up north for a limited time. Starting this week, The Grey will be the restaurant-in-residence at INTERSECT BY LEXUS-NYC, and the first to offer dine-away and delivery. Each week will feature a different port city Southern-style menu, with dishes like crab Louie, grilled red snapper, and The Grey’s signature collard greens. For an even more elevated experience, guests can add on a la carte cocktails, or a wine pairing package.
Cost: $65 per person

Order in top-rated ramen

Downtown Manhattan
There is not a lot of good restaurant news in the last year, so let us take a moment to enjoy this: Ganso Ramen, a popular Boerum Hill spot that earned a Michelin Bib Gourmand distinction and closed in 2018, is once again in action. Operating out of a ghost kitchen owned by the RBM Restaurant Group (Sarabeth’s, Jane), the beloved noodles are now available for delivery to FiDi, Tribeca, Soho, and Greenwich Village (Upper West Side and Brooklyn will be added soon). Don’t miss their famed shoyu ramen, made with soy sauce-chicken broth, roasted pork belly, and soy-marinated egg.
Cost: Ramen from $17

Stave off the cold with melted cheese and a cozy chalet

Fact: the only thing New Yorkers love more than fondue is eating it in a private room. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that this winter’s newest hot spot (or should we say … toasty?) is Winter Village at Westlight. Located on the 23rd floor of The William Vale hotel, the pop-up boasts private, heated chalets that surround the charming rooftop skating rink. The cozy spaces are available to book in 90-minute blocks, which is just long enough to enjoy the Alpine-style fondue served with traditional accompaniments like fingerling potatoes, sourdough bread, and apples.
Cost: $45 starting price to book a chalet, $30 per person for fondue

Learn about Peru’s history in a powerful artists’ chat

Friday, January 22, 6:30 pm
Artists Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo and Andrew Mroczek’s “Fatherland” is an arresting body of work that documents the places where violent hate crimes have occurred all over Peru. This Friday, in conjunction with The Center, the duo will discuss the creation of their work, as well as how they strive to make the stories of the gay and trans communities in Peru heard. While the content of the event may be difficult to hear or triggering for some, there will be live support available during the event.
Cost: $10 suggested donation

Pick up a new quarantine hobby in Historic Richmond Town

Saturday, January 23, 11 am – 3 pm
Did you miss the sourdough craze? Puzzles not your thing? Never fear, there is a new, cool-kid in-the-pandemic hobby world and her name is candle making. Head to Historic Richmond Town in Staten Island this Saturday to learn about light and candle making in the 18th and 19th centuries, and then dip your own candles to bring home. Note that the workshop will be held indoors at the 3rd County Courthouse, but there will be limited capacity to ensure safety.
Cost: $50 for a group of up to six people

See cartoons in an entirely new light

Chelsea and the Upper East Side
Artist Joyce Pensato’s subjects include Batman, Spiderman, and Mickey Mouse, but you’ve never seen these famed cartoons the way she captures them. In dual exhibitions at Petzel’s galleries in Chelsea and the Upper East Side, Pensato showcases large scale charcoal on paper works of superheroes, giant images of Lisa Simpson’s face, and a showstopper installation of her former East Williamsburg gallery, complete with paint-splattered tarps and dozens of brushes.
Cost: Free, with reservation

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Juliet Izon is a contributor for Thrillist.