What to do in NYC December 23 - 30

Welcome to my new series on what to do each week in New York! In it Luis and I will share the coolest things to do in the city, new restaurants opening, upcoming events, and anything worth mentioning that is happening in the next seven days.

New Year’s Eve

For New Years Eve, I recommend going to the McKittrick Hotel’s Winter Masquerade. It is the absolute best party this year and includes and open bar, live performances, and more.


Restaurant & Bar Openings

TabeTomo is a new ramen shop in the East Village from one of the former chefs at Tsujita (a ramen spot in LA that always has a crazy line). Like Tsujita, this place specializes in a pork broth with noodles for dipping. Visit their site.


Devocion is a Colombian coffee shop with two locations in Brooklyn that we like a lot for coffee meetings and getting work done. This is their first Manhattan outpost, in Flatiron. Visit their site.


Bar Laika
Bar Laika is a cocktail bar in Clinton Hill with a full menu of Japanese food, and regular screenings of experimental/indie short films that not even your coolest friends who went to Wesleyan have seen. Visit their site.

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Shows & Entertainment this Week

A Christmas Carol at the Merchant House

Date: Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, & Sat evenings

Cost: Starts at $45

Join Mr. Dickens, portrayed by John Kevin Jones, as he tells his timeless Christmas tale in the elegant intact Greek Revival double parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum. Surrounded by 19th century holiday decorations, flickering candles, and richly appointed period furnishings, audiences will be transported back 150 years in this captivating one-hour performance created from Dickens’ own script. Visit their site.


Nutcracker Rouge

Date: Mon, Thur, Fri, & Sat, Sun evenings through Jan 13 (but no Mon nights after the 23rd)

Cost: Starts at $45

Nutcracker Rouge is a glittery burlesque-inspired blend of theater, cirque, drag, and dance portraying an erotic and opulent version of the holiday ballet in Brooklyn. Visit their site.



Christmas Caroling

Date: 12/14 from 5p - 6p

Cost: $0

Details: Celebrate your favorite winter holiday December in Washington Square when The
Washington Square Association offers two chances to sing yuletide carols in
downtown’s historic park. The Association provides the annual 45-foot Christmas
tree just south of the Arch that will be lit for the season between the hours of 4 pm
and 1 am. Visit their site.


Winterfest at the Brooklyn Museum

Date: through 12/30

Cost: $0

Details: A world of holiday joy and wonder awaits at Winterfest Brooklyn. With its program of activities and daily events, the memories you make at Winterfest will last well beyond the holiday season. It is also your one-stop-shop for unique local craft, gifts and more, making it the perfect day and evening outing for families, friends and colleagues. They also have live entertainment, and wine/beer tastings. Visit their site.


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