MONDAY FUNDAY: Tonight’s Top Events

So it’s the first day of the work week and there are four more days to go. We get it. But why ruminate when you can start to make Mondays the best night of the week? This weekly column is devoted to finding the best events across NYC hosted by individuals and places that are doing amazing, crazy, wild, sexy things on Monday nights. And we’re here to honor them. Here are tonight’s top events.

See Janeane Garofalo do stand-up:
The prolific comedian from such hit comedies as Wet Hot American Summer and Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion is coming to cozy West Village landmark Cornelia Street Café for the ninth anniversary of “Morrison Hotel:” a show produced and hosted by comedian John Morrison. While the show usually hosts up-and-coming comedians, tonight’s show is a special one, bringing with it not just Garofalo, but also Last Comic Standing Finalist Myq Kaplan and “This American Life” contributor Dave Hill. 8:30pm, $20 ticket, one drink included. All the details here.

Witness a star-studded burlesque show:
Burlesque celebrity Calamity Chang is hosting and performing at Tribeca’s Asian-fusion mixology haven Macao Trading Co., as part of her praised, once-a-month Drunken Dragon Nights show. The performance also features burlesque babes Gal Friday, Minx Arcana, and Peekaboo Pointe, so expect a high concentration of expert, sexy performers and potent cocktails, all in one space. Oh, and there’s a two-hour open bar before the 10pm show. And it’s FREE. Arrive 9pm. Must RSVP. All the details here.

Honor Pulitzer Prize-winner Edith Wharton:
 The New York Society Library honors the 150th birthday of Edith Wharton – the  author of such classics as The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence – with a pretty intimate and personal exhibit that launches tonight. Featuring family portraits, books that Wharton read as a youngin, and facts about her life in New York, you’ll walk out knowing so much about Wharton, you could write a book about her. Or maybe meet another devotee and discuss the exhibit over a signature nutella hot chocolate at Max Brenner’s nearby café Little Brown Chocolate Bakery & Coffee. Exhibit runs until January 1st  and is free. All the details here.

Hear Jay-Z protégée Rita Ora sing:
Whether you’re a fan of Rita Ora, Jay-Z, or the idea of a female rapper becoming a huge success, the Jay-Z protégée’s show tonight at Chelsea club Highline Ballroom is going to be a huge move in her career. So be there to witness it (and a live performance of “How We Do Party”), and also openers Iggy Azalea and Havana Brown rock the stage. 8pm. Sold out… but you can find a way. All the details here.

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4 Out of 5: Sophie Pachella on New York

Sophie Pachella is a nutrition and fitness consultant based in New York City. She has written for numerous publications and appeared on several TV programs regarding nutrition, exercise, weight loss, and health. She is the co-CEO and founder of EatStrong and the creator Sophie Yogurt (thick Greek-style yogurt without the heavy sugaring). This is her take on four places she likes, and one place she doesn’t.

RECOMMENDED

Little Brown Chocolate Bakery & Coffee – "A chocolate-themed coffee shop launched by the same wizard (Max Brenner) who brought us Max Brenner’s in Union Square. Nutella hot cocoa, pretzels dipped in melted chocolate, and a killer egg and bacon sandwich, with excellent coffee too. This relative newcomer to the Upper East Side is a welcome burst of fresh air into the world of stale, same-old coffee shops. Free wifi, great music, giant windows, and open late for those who wish to dine on decadent treats (salads are available too, but why?!). Free samples are handed out regularly. This is my favorite go-to spot for snacks and meals, and my daughter loves it too. If you’ve been searching for a new spot to fuel up before heading into work…or decompress after a long day, make a point to stop by Little Brown.

Christian Louboutin Boutique – "Four-inch heels so comfortable you can jog in them, they’re addictive and ought to be illegal. Sexy, pricey, but worth the splurge, their attention to detail is so perfect as to make it impossible to find a reason not to go back for more. I’ve walked 20 blocks in my Louboutins, with ease. The heels even doubled as life-saving brakes when those on my Vespa failed me — remaining intact. Oh, Louboutin, must you make a shoe so perfect that no other will do? I was perfectly happy in my Asics until I fell in love with you."

Make – "Grab your little one, borrow someone else’s, or bring a bottle of wine and a date to this fun ‘make your own anything’ on the Upper East Side. From candles to dishes to cakes, you can decorate whatever your mood desires. At night, there’s a BYOB policy which futher enhances the creative process. You can waste hours in here. As luck would have it, each item takes a while to complete, keeping little ones engaged and happy. It’s a playdate locale for both kids and adults. You might end up with a few too many bars of soap with superheroes and/or mermaids trapped within, or scented candles topped with ducks/Spongebob/mistletow, but you’ll have a great deal of fun in the process."

Mediterraneo – "I visit this delicious, cosy, Midtown Italian restaurant on a regular basis … it’s just one of those places you keep wanting to go back to, with the added bonus of outdoor dining when the weather permits. The waitstaff is friendly and attentive, and the food is fresh and consistently exceeds expectations. Each time I go with a friend, they seem to gravitate back on their own. Their carpaccio dishes are all excellent, but the very best dish is the linguine nere all’arrabiata: black linguine with shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce. Simple, but perfect. I tend not to favor pizza when I’m out but am told those are equally divine. Most importantly, you can go with a date …or with your little one(s) in tow … and receive equally respectful attention. As a single mother of one, this alone awards them the golden star."

NOT SO MUCH

Sushi Yasuda – "Often hyped as ‘the best sushi in Manhattan’ — I remain perplexed and underwhelmed as to why. Not that’s it’s terrible … it’s just tantamount to naming Switzerland the most exciting country to visit in Europe. On the two occasions I’ve eaten there, I left hungry having spent a small fortune. Perhaps the elegance of miniature portions is lost on me … and without a doubt my Phelps-like appetite is hard to satiate, but I’ll be eating a pizza beforehand if I ever go there again.

New York Previews: Michael Kors, Little Brown Chocolate Bakery & Coffee

Michael Kors (West Village) – Michael Kors retails Michael Kors, MICHAEL Michael Kors, and KORS Michael Kors, all while keeping his ego firmly in check. ● Little Brown Chocolate Bakery & Coffee (Upper East Side) – The bald man behind Max Brenner marries up everybody’s favorite little brown beans.