(6/1-6/7) City Guide stands in solidarity with our Black co-workers, colleagues, friends, and neighbors. This will be a difficult week in New York City, with the suffering of our fellow citizens easy to see, if not adequately comprehend. For the first time since 1943, the city will be under curfew. Starting Tuesday night, the streets will clear at 8pm and stay that way until 5am. The curfew will continue through Sunday, June 7th. On June 8th, the city will begin to re-emerge from the pause that begin in March. We pray that this reopening coincides with the rebirth of a more just city and nation.
The Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas FREE nightly.
The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, NYC Health + Hospitals and AFM Local 802 have launched Music for the Soul of NYC’s Health + Hospitals Heroes, a new series in support of the 43,000 staff at NYC’s 11 public hospitals and their patients. Music for the Soul is designed to inspire our heroic medical community, connect isolated patients to the outside world, and provide paid work for musicians, who may be struggling financially. The series will feature a variety of professional NYC musicians performing songs requested by health workers and patients at NYC public hospitals, as well as some of the musicians’ personal favorites. The musicians, who’ll be playing from home, will also be performing songs that local hospitals have used to celebrate patients successfully coming off ventilators. Upcoming performers include Tony Bennett, Rosanne Cash, Questlove, and AJR. Running through July 3, Music for the Soul will be livestreamed on NYC Health + Hospital’s Facebook page every day from noon-1pm.
Thought Gallery has hundred of livestream talks, lectures, performances and more.
The New York Public Library provides access to more than 300,000 FREE e-books and e-audio books.
The New York City Ballet presents a spring digital season.
Virtual programming will keep you connected to the York Theatre Company.
One World Observatory has made One World Explorer, the attraction's Digital Skyline Guide, available for remote watching. Virtual helicopter tours of the city's most iconic sites are available now.
The Top of the Rock launches a brief virtual tour on YouTube.
Discover the best of New York, from hidden gems to iconic landmarks, through The New York Landmarks Conservancy's “Tourist in your own Town” Video Series.
Normal summers see Central Park hosting a series of free concerts for the annual SummerStage program. But this is not a normal summer. Fortunately, you can still get your live music fix with the new digital series, Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Anywhere. The first show comes up on Saturday, June 6th at 7pm and features iHeart ‘Best New Pop Artist’ nominee MAX. Born in New York City, the multi-platinum Sony recording artist has toured the world multiple times over. Additional upcoming shows include an LAMC Latin Pride Celebration on June 13th, Juneteenth Day of Dance on June 19th, and global star Angélique Kidjo on June 26th.
VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR FRIDAY NIGHT & ROSÉ FOR DELIVERY
If you're in New York City or Westchester, you can get some rosé IRL to enjoy from home. You can get 6-packs and 12-packs of wine, along with some of Rosé Mansion's infamous swag (heart-shaped shades, anyone?), delivered right to your doorstep. Order the packs of wine you want online. You can choose from sweet rosé, dry rosé, sparkling wines, or a magical mystery box—all among the most popular at Rosé Mansion. You can find the delivery schedule and all the details on the Rosé Mansion website. 100% of the money from this sale goes towards supporting team members and reopening Rosé Mansion. Most of the wines are produced by small businesses, so you’ll be supporting them too.
You can take a virtual tour of the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room at the Rubin Museum of Art. (You can find two hours of meditative chanting as well, if you're searching out some respite.)
PANDEMIC TIPS FOR THE CITY: TAKE OUT...DON'T HANG OUT
Info courtesy of our friends at the Midtown North Precinct.
VIRTUAL ESCAPE ROOM
Missing escape room adventures? NYC fave The Escape Game has some great play-at-home editions including Unlocked: The Heist—Vol. 1: Chasing Hahn, which includes all the pieces of the original mission kit, ready for play in quarantine. They've also just launched a new series, The Escape Game Remote Adventures. These are escape games you play with your friends, family, and co-workers on Zoom from anywhere in the world. Players progress through the room using an online clue bank, a live Game Guide, and a 360-degree view of the room. theescapegame.com/remote-adventures
MORE VIRTUAL NYC
Empire Outlets, New York City’s first and only outlet destination, recently launched “Talent Tuesdays at 2” and “EO Sessions Saturdays.” Each week throughout May, locals and tourists from all over the globe can engage online with livestreamed performances by Staten Island’s community theatre groups and artists (at 2 pm on Tuesdays) and live streamed DJ and music sessions (at 5 pm on Saturdays) for a dance night “in” via Empire Outlets Facebook @EmpireOutletsNYC. Each performance/session ranges between 30 minutes to an hour and the latest lineup is available on Facebook.
In addition, Empire Outlets has shared its app tour experience. Go on an audio tour aboard (virtually) the Staten Island Ferry along New York Harbor. Enjoy the selfie filter! The app can be found here.
GREAT NYC MEALS ARE WAITING!
Morton's The Steakhouse in midtown is open daily from noon until 8pm for pick-up. They are rolling out special dining kits, which include Cryovac-sealed steaks with Morton's signature seasoning and house-made au jus, ready-to-bake side dishes, a fresh chef's house salad with your choice of dressing, and homemade dessert. The "Table for Two" special ($69) includes the salad, two 8-oz. center-cut filet mignons, two 5-oz cold water lobster tails, and a choice of one side: bacon and onion mac 'n' cheese, grilled jumbo asparagus, or smoked gouda au gratin potatoes. Save room for dessert, which is a double chocolate mousse. A second special is also available, the "Ultimate Grill," a $99 deal that includes the salad, four 6-oz. center-cut filet mignons; a choice of two 16-oz. prime rib-eyes or two 16-oz. prime New York strips, two 5-oz cold water lobster tails, and a choice of two sides and dessert, You can also ask for their full a la carte delivery menu. Grubhub link.
Among the top steakhouses in the city, Benjamin Steakhouse serves its guests with class and plenty of taste. Extraordinary sirloins, ribeyes, and filets are dry-aged by the steakhouse and served with sides like crab legs and bleu cheese-topped home fries, as well as Benjamin’s own steak sauce. Although dining rooms are closed, their full menu is available for pick-up at Benjamin Steakhouse New York City and Westchester locations. Revised hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 8pm. They are offering special deals on packaged meats to cook at home! Look for a very appetizing $5 a burger patty, $14 for a filet mignon, $9.95 per piece for USDA prime rack of lamb, and $20 a pound for cuts of meat that include Porterhouse and bone-in New York Strip. benjaminsteakhouse.com
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse New York reflects the energy, vibrancy, and romanticism of the city. Even with the dining room closed, you can get this elevated steakhouse experience with to go options. Curbside pickup brings 10% off all to-go orders, and half off of all bottles—up to $400 vintages. In addition to the midtown location you can find this special at Del Frisco's Grille in midtown and downtown. delfriscos.com
It's getting harder and harder to find Chinese food for delivery, let alone some of the best Szechuan cooking in New York City. Ding Chinese Restaurant in Midtown West is serving up authentic bites, including house specials like a spicy Chef's Tofu, shredded beef, dan dan noodles, sauteed string beans, soups, three-pepper chicken, and dozens more fresh, flavorful dishes. dingszechuanrestaurant.com
La Masseria brings the Italian countryside to Manhattan, the name itself referring to the key structure on the farms in the Puglia region of Italy. Although for now you can't enjoy the restaurant's terrific atmosphere, you can access the great, authentic cooking. From 3pm to 9pm daily, an extensive menu serves up house favorites. Think fettuccine with meat sauce, eggplant parm, cavetelli with shrimp, veal scaloppini, and many more. If you've got a crew to feed, there's also a "cena per famiglie" menu, with food enough for six and temptations like grilled salmon, rigatoni, penne with bacon, radicchio, and smoked mozzarella, and chicken parm. Save room for desserts like homemade tiramisu, flourless chocolate almond cake, or vanilla cheesecake. NEW! They're also serving drinks to go now, so add a beer, cocktail, or glass of wine to your order. lamasserianyc.com
La Masseria dei Vini brings the Italian countryside to Manhattan, combining traditional and modern approaches without one overpowering the other. Although for now you can't enjoy the restaurant's terrific atmosphere, you can access the great, authentic cooking. From 3pm to 9pm daily, the Midtown West favorite will be available for pick up and delivery. House specialties fill the menu: think rice balls, eggplant parm, baked breaded calamari, homemade fresh spaghetti, orecchiette with sausage and broccoli, lasagna, gnocchi, and homemade ravioli stuffed with veal in a mixed wild mushrooms sauce. masseriadeivini.com
You can still get great fresh seafood delivered in NYC. Aqua Best Seafood Market delivers the same high-quality product used by top NYC chefs at restaurants like Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernardin, and Del Posto. A great network and supply chain keeps the fish fresh and the prices affordable. Order online at aquabestnyc.com for the best in fresh lobster, salmon, Alaskan king crab legs, tuna, and much more. Delivered to your doorstep or call ahead and pick up in-store on the Lower East Side; nationwide one-day shipping (just a $10 delivery fee on all local orders in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens). 276 Grand St., open 9am-5pm, aquabestnyc.com
Celebrity chef David Burke has reopened his Upper East Side townhouse restaurant with a 2-course prix fixe takeout and delivery via Caviar and Grubhub/Seamless. New specials from David Burke Tavern bring together a choice of one appetizer and one main for $39; sides and desserts are available a la carte. Temptations to start include an elevated Caesar salad, K-town-style wings & rings, roasted asparagus, and burrata with a marinated tomato salad. Follow up with possibilities like the skirt steak and crispy fingerling potatoes, cacciatore-style chicken, the DB Tavern burger and fries, ginger salmon, lobster roll, and cavatelli with short rib and truffle cream. Kids have their own $12 menu with choices of buttered pasta, chicken fingers and fries, or mac 'n' cheese. Cocktail kits and special pricing on their wine bottles! davidburketavern.com
Even with the city on pause, Nerai is still bringing Greece to Midtown East. Experience the fresh flavors of the Aegean Sea for delivery and pick up with popular items like Maine lobster with Metaxa bisque and house-made squid ink linguini, lamb chops, Cretan meatballs, spicy feta, saffron orzotto with octopus, shrimp, and mussels, and shrimp Santorini linguini. Available weekdays from noon-9pm, Saturdays 5-9pm, and Sundays from 2-8pm (full menu here). nerainyc.com
If you're feeling more like Italian than Greek, Nerai's sibling Segreta Cucina Italiana brings in a Rome-trained chef for some red sauce favorites. Think meatballs, Sicilian octopus, caprese salads, wild mushroom truffle ravioli, whole grilled branzino, chicken parm, and cauliflower Milanese. Full menu here. segretanyc.com
Havana Central’s all-day menu boasts the best in Cuban cooking. Dig into classic dishes like Cuban sandwiches, empanadas, jerk-seasoned chicken wings, "ropa vieja" beef stew, mango salmon, and vegetarian paella. Starting Monday, May 18th, dig into this great cuisine as Havana Central opens back up for pick up and contactless delivery. Served daily from noon to 8pm. Cuban family meals, grocery boxes (fruit, chicken, and vegetables, order by 5pm Wednesday for pickup after 1pm on Friday), and Caribbean cocktails to go are all also available—12oz and 32oz mojitos are highlights (tropical flavors optional).
Since 1981, Linhart Dentistry has been taking care of New York City. As of June 1st, they are back open to treat patients. Among the new safety measures will be three separate, sanitized waiting areas, increased spacing between appointments, pre-screening of patients, in-office testing, medical-grade air purifiers, daily deep cleanings, and staff in PPE.
NYC UPDATES: APPLEBEE'S
Photo Credit: Makenna Katz.
Applebee's Bar & Grill is still serving the simple, craveable American fare and classic drinks it's known for, available for pick up at locations all around the city. You can complete the meal with beer, wine, and alcoholic beverages, now available with all "to go" meal orders placed for pick up at the restaurant.
Listed below are locations currently OPEN and accepting orders at Applebees.com, the Applebee’s Mobile App, and of course walk-ups at the restaurant.
Current Hours: Sunday-Thursday noon-9pm; Friday-Saturday, noon-10pm.
|New Dorp||430 New Dorp Lane||Staten Island|
|Bay Plaza||2276 Bartow Ave||Bronx|
|Fresh Meadows||61-48 188th St||Fresh Meadows|
|Sheepshead Bay||2505 Emmons Ave||Brooklyn|
|Bedford-Stuyvesant||1360 Fulton Street||Brooklyn|
|Riverdale||76 West 225th St||Riverdale|
|Astoria||38-01 35th Avenue||Long Island City|
|Triangle Apple||2201 Nostrand Ave.||Brooklyn|
|Bronx Terminal Market||610 Exterior Street||Bronx|
|117th St. East River Plaza||509 East 117th St.||New York|
|Throggs Neck||815 Hutchinson River Pkwy||Bronx|
|Gateway Center||448 Gateway Drive||Brooklyn|
Outside of NYC's Five Boroughs there are also Applebee's locations at the Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers and Cortlandt Town Center in Mohegan Lake (both in Westchester) that are open as well.
As of Monday, March 16, Governor Cuomo waived all state park fees. It's a good opportunity to go with family or friends outdoors, to city or state parks, while still observing social distancing.
ARTECHOUSE NYC is temporarily closed. This pioneering digital gallery, new to Chelsea, has launched the #SupportARTECHOUSE campaign. Anytime Access passes can be purchased at a discount and redeemed for a later visit at any ARTECHOUSE location, which includes D.C. and Miami in addition to NYC. You can find this offer, as well as the option to simply donate to support the future of large-scale digital art, HERE.
SNEAK PEEK NEXT WEEK
The Upper East Side's Museum Mile Festival is going virtual this year. On Tuesday, June 9th, eight major institutions will come together from 9am to 9pm for live and pre-recorded programs, virtual exhibition tours, musical performances, and activities for families. The day's offerings will be listed on each participating museum's website. In addition, audiences can follow the hashtag #VirtualMuseumMile on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for cultural happenings throughout the day. Highlights by institution will include:
The Africa Center
Events include a live streamed conversation at 5PM EST with Jessica B. Harris, curator of African/American: Making the Nation's Table, and Pierre Thiam, executive chef and co-owner of Teranga, the fast-casual dining concept located inside The Africa Center. Harris and Thiam will discuss their careers as culinary ambassadors, and Harris' new book Vintage Postcards from the African World: In the Dignity of Their Work and the Joy of Their Play. Virtual Museum Mile visitors will also have the opportunity to contribute an African American culinary hero to The Legacy Quilt as part of the upcoming exhibit, organized by the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) in partnership with The Africa Center. Additional programs include a kid-friendly animation workshop led by artist Ezra Wube, including an overview of the artist's installation Project Junction, and insight into his mixed-media practice.
El Museo del Barrio
El Museo del Barrio will present The Artists, recorded interviews with a selection of artists who have enriched the museum's collection, including Hiram Maristany and Juan Sanchez; a fun game about La Colección with El Museo Curators Rodrigo Moura, Susanna Temkin, and special guests; and ¡Muevete!, a live DJ set by legendary artists NinaSky on Zoom Live, spinning a unique sound; a fusion of hip hop, r&b, pop and reggae.
Museum of the City of New York
Events include the museum's new live-streamed series, Curators from the Couch: Who We Are a discussion with Chief Curator and Deputy Director Sarah Henry, information designer Giorgia Lupi, and artist and computer scientist Brian Foo; and conversations with cartoonist Roz Chast and novelist and Hugo award-winner, N.K. Jemisin—both part of the MCNY Live series.
The Jewish Museum
Events include an interview with artist Rachel Feinstein talking about the exhibition Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone; a discussion with artists Rachel Feinstein and Lisa Yuskavage, filmmaker Tamara Jenkins, and curator Kelly Taxter, about storytelling, gender, and identity-based art making; a performance for families from The Paper Bag Players at Home; and art activities for families.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Events include a hands-on activity Design at Home: Potato Stamp Pattern Making Inspired by Eva Zeisel; a virtual exhibition tour of Contemporary Muslim Fashions; and the design talk Exploring A.I.: Data Portraits.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Events include a Virtual Stroller tour/talk for young children at 3pm; Guggenheim at Large, which offers several ways to engage with the Guggenheim's iconic art collection and architecture safely from home including the Guggenheim Circular series, where curators share themes of heightened resonance in this unprecedented time; Sketch with Jeff, a hands-on activity for families with Guggenheim teaching artist Jeff Hopkins that explores the museum's Frank Lloyd Wright building; and a self-directed audio/visual experience via the Guggenheim Digital Audio Guide.
Neue Galerie New York
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook Events include a virtual tour of Madame d'Ora with the exhibition curator Dr. Monika Faber; a hands-on arts and crafts activity, Making Hats: Use What You Have, with style icon Deborah Rapoport, who will inspire adults and children alike to repurpose and recycle household items to construct fantastic hats; and Baking Linzer Cookies: A Recipe from Café Sabarsky, a step-by-step guide to follow the famous Linzer Cookie recipe from Café Sabarsky.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Events include virtual exhibition tours of Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara and Gerhard Richter: Painting After All; a pre-recorded interview with artist Wangechi Mutu; design your own puppet and banjo using recycled materials with #MetKids Create videos; flower crown making with @MetTeens (on Instagram); and streaming a 2019 MetLiveArts dance performance by Silas Farley filmed in the museum galleries.
EVERYTHING TO DO NYC
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