Monday, July 22 - Friday, August 16
For a handful of weeks this summer, nearly 400 restaurants in the city are offering select lunch and dinner menus at reasonable prix-fixe rates. The biannual Restaurant Week -- which lasts much longer than a literal seven days -- is the perfect opportunity to eat at a few of those out-of-budget New York staples that you could never quite justify making a reservation at.
Cost: Two-course lunches are $26 and three-course dinners are $42 at participating restaurants
Thursday, July 25
Oyster spots are abundant in the five boroughs, but the bivalves’ place in NYC extends beyond upscale eateries. Learn about your favorite aphrodisiac’s historical and environmental impact on the city at Oyster 101, a conversation between oyster experts hosted by the Brooklyn Historical Society. The event ties into BHS’ current “Waterfront” exhibit in DUMBO, making it as relevant a time as ever to gain some new, niche knowledge on the subject.
Cost: $10 general admission; $5 for BHS members
Saturday, July 27 - Sunday, July 28
During the last weekend of July, poets will gather on Governors Island to share their work with new audiences. Bring a blanket, find a spot on the lawn, and listen to the masters of the craft as they dive into their work, collaborate with other artists, and perform for all to hear.
Cost: Free to attend, but various levels of donations can earn you drink tickets