Tonight my itinerary is as follows: grab an after-work cocktail somewhere near the L train (I’m going to guess Crocodile Lounge) and head over to Williamsburg to indulge in my dark side, the side that lusts for tacos and sour cream at La Superior. The restaurant rape and pillaging will be followed by the Ra Ra Riot show at The Music Hall of Williamsburg. A simple Friday night, but you can have a rager, if you so please. In fact, I would advise you to crash The Social Network afterparty at the Harvard Club, because lord knows they’ll need you. Or make a reservation at The Hurricane Club and sip from a coconut before you set out to harass David Chang at Le Grand Fooding tonight. The night is yours. But if it were mine, all mine, and I didn’t care about things like calories, or money, or sleep, and if I had the great power to manipulate time, here are all of the things I’d hit up this weekend.
New Openings to Try
The Hurricane Club For the Kitsch of It You may only glimpse snippets of it between deskside cocktail hour (every hour), but the Mad Men era was also the golden age of tiki cocktails, with Trader Vic-style bars in every city and town. This tiki joint from the Quality Meats peeps revels in a similar brand of inauthenticity. AvroKO did the design. Slurp booze from a coconut while nibbling ribs off a pu-pu platter.
Lincoln Bar Food Pair a splashy hypar (hyperbolic paraboloid, but you knew that) lawn in Lincoln Center with an ambitious pan-Italian resto under the command of Jonathan Benno (Per Se) and you get one hot rezzy. Hit up the bar for a quick drive by, and be the first to say you’ve already been. If you’re into that sort of thing.
Alphabet City New Bar Crawl Bedlam The folks of Eastern Bloc bring forth stylish retro cocktailing amid stuffed bears and assorted Victoriana. Try the Bedlam Cup, with Pimm’s, cucumber, lemon, and elderflower liqueur while lounging in the ginormous main space, complete with dance floor, top notch sound, and Anderson Cooper (his BF is a partner).
Billy Hurricane’s Another hurricane trope, this bar happens to be the Mardi Gras–themed Avenue B answer to Hooters. Hooters in the East Village—it’s blasphemous! But the kitschy décor—Bourbon Street mural, porch swings, and beading—feels Disney-enough to have a gander.
Idle Hands Basement spot keeps it simple: Bourbon. Beer. Rock. Latter represented in entryway with music-flyer collage. An equally bustling spot, Idle Hands shares the space with Billy Hurricane’s, boasting more than 70 bourbons, whiskeys, and ryes.
Friday Picks Music
Ra Ra Riot Music Hall of Williamsburg $20
Hundred in the Hands Coco 66 $8
Avey Tare (of Animal Collective, DJ Set), Crocodiles, Kria Brekkan, Headless Horseman Glasslands $10
Park Slope 3rd Annual Craft Beer Week 7:00PM Official Kick-off to NYCBW: Freaktoberfest $55 The Rock Shop Presented by Shmaltz Brewing Company at the Rock Shop in Park Slope, over 35 brewery owners will pour specialty beers at an open bar, while members of the Coney Island Sideshow offer special performances alongside local indie-rock bands, burlesque dancers, and DJs.
Dumbo Dumbo Art Festival Free With new Leadership and exciting venues, the multi-disciplinary festival will include visual, literary, and performing arts. The Dumbo Art Festival kicks off today, and will run until the 26th, highlighting 200 participating studios, galleries, venues, and arts organizations, countless artists, musicians, and performers with the Brooklyn waterfront as their backdrop. Check out: Bubby’s 7th Annual Pie Social, a giant bake sale that pairs well with art.
Long Island City Le Grand Fooding 7:00PM “Le Grand Yummy” $50 MoMA PS1 Entrance fee to the foodie face-off includes one flute of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, one Rhône Valley wine & pizza pairing, and one Belvedere cocktail, not to mention chefs like David Chang whooping up on San Fran chefs in this weekend’s NY VS SF competition. Proceeds from all ticket sales go to support Action Against Hunger. Through Saturday. Check out: David Chang’s Beet, Goat Cheese, and Walnut plate.
Eels, Jesca Hoop Terminal 5 $27.50
The Boxer Rebellion, Amusement Parks on Fire, Augustines (ex-Pela) The Bell House $15
Titus Andronicus, Free Energy Webster Hall $16
Nolita The Dumpling Festival Free Sara D Roosevelt Park Cookbook signings and dumpling sampling presented by Tang’s Natural. Benefiting Foodbank.
Williamsburg 3rd Ward/ The Danger Party 195 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn, NY Weird, as in cool. “Explore a candle-lit loft while performers let loose. Complete with stunning music, cheap liquor, and a moment at midnight that is abjectly NSFW. There will be djs, there will be bands, there will be free/live tattooing. Arrive early to take a dip in our fire-heated hot-tub and sip free chilled champagne.” Um, sign me up.
Merzbow, Xiu Xiu Le Poisson Rouge $20
Margot and The Nuclear So & So’s, The Lonely Forest, Cameron McGill & What Army Bowery Ballroom $15
Upper East Side Soul Food Festival Free Lexington Avenue between 94th and 95th Streets Soul Food Festival will celebrate local Japanese dishes—or “soul food”—unique to specific regions of Japan, showcasing the rich diversity of Japanese cuisine beyond commonly known regulars like sushi. This festival will focus on the regional specialties of Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost island.
Greenwich Village Oyster Sundays at Hotel Griffou $1 As a nod to the historical romance between New York City and the oyster, Hotel Griffou on West 9th Street will be offering its guests an opportunity to renew their love affair with the bivalve on Sunday evenings. From 6pm to 11pm guests can enjoy local Long Island oysters for $1 each. Chef Jason Giordano has teamed up with several oyster farmers and harvesters from Out East to highlight some of the tastiest and freshest fruits of the renaissance of the historic Long Island oyster industry.