NYC: All the Week’s Parties, Monday’s Offerings

Sigh. Will life ever be the same without Lost? All I can say is: Thank god Jack it didn’t end in the dead of winter, New York’s barren days of no other suitable distractions. With Spring comes a veritable shift in nightlife. Not only are rooftops reopening and patios getting their shine on, people start venturing out into nightlife’s brave new world. For those feeling inspired to jumpstart their social life, there are plenty of new offerings vying to be the jumper cables and a reckless jump into the Monday night party scene is a great way to feel out the buzz of summer while everyone waits for the barrage of summer openings and the usual Hampton circle-jerks. Here, some food and drinks news bites and options for a Monday night party

MONDAY Lowdown: Monday night is for getting rid of your Sunday hangover, or for dragging it on for a few more days.

Hot Now:Stanton Social (Lower East Side) – Yes, still a great place to have a fun bite/Monday night drinks. ● Butter (Noho) – Not only is this a truly great place to get sloshed on Mondays but, as my rich older male pals say: I keep getting older and they just stay the same age. ● Black & White (Greenwich Village) – Restaurant becomes cramped, sexy, and very cozy after ten. ● Johnny Utah’s (Midtown West) Not everyone’s forte, but vampires, kids who say “fuck the PATH,” underage pretty chicks and people in the know ask: ‘who is forte?’ It’s still industry night here. Other Things to Try:Macao Trading Co. Drunken Dragon Festival: Sounds as fictitious as those “How Do You Celebrate” commercials for Las Vegas and the explanation of the event sounds even better. Macao Trading Co. celebrates a Monk who saved the Macanese People from a Drunken Dragon. The mythical event features a performance by the dance team, DANGERKAT interpretively slaying of the Drunken Dragon. The only important piece of information needed is the fact that there is an open bar from 8-10PM and—oh right—early 1900’s colonial or Chinese costumes required. Good luck with that. RSVP to: ● If you’re the type who likes to pair their local food with movies about their local food, might I suggest Hungry Filmmakers III, an eating/viewing event at the Anthology Film Archives that pairs excerpts from food-conscious documentaries like Lunch Line and Vanishing of the Bees with local snacks and Lagunitas beer. ● They say the economy is in recovery, but you’re boozing is not. Enter “Laid Off Mondays” at the Delancey, where the bartender will do more than sympathize with you’re lack of income, he’ll give you a free tequila shot if you can prove you are unemployed. ● If you think your place is a hole, you should check out Housing Works Bookstore Cafe tonight. Not that it will be messy, but Melissa Auf Der Maur will be there, screening the film portion of her multi-media project Out of Our Minds. The film is directed by Tony Stone and the book portion will be displayed while Melissa plays a set from the other part of the project.

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