What to do in NYC December 31 - January 6

Join Luis and I as we share the best things to do, see, eat, and more from December 31 to January 6 in New York City. In this episode we go through the things that are happening this week only, theatre, and new restaurants that are opening. Head to YouTube to see the full series of “What’s Up New York” or watch my NYC Local Guide series for fun things to do all year long.


Winter Jazzfest

Winter Jazzfest includes 150 artists playing at Le Poisson Rouge and other venues. There are usually two “marathon” days. January 4 - 12, 2019.


Bull Riding at MSG

Professional Bull Riders take on the fiercest bucking bulls at Madison Square Garden. January 4 - 6, 2019. Tickets start at $28.

Fresh Jokes

Hear 50 comics each present a first new joke of the year at 50 First Jokes at the Bell House in Brooklyn for age 21+. January 4.




Otello is a “powerful new production of Verdi’s passionate and masterful rendering of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays” [Huffington Post] at the Metropolitan Opera House. Tickets begin at $68. January 2 & 10, 2019

(7:30 p.m.)

Disney on Ice: Frozen

Disney characters skate, dance, and act out scenes from Disney movies during Disney on Ice: Frozen at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. January 3 - 6, 2019 Tickets start at $27.

Clueless, the Musical

Now through January 11 at New Group theatre in Hell’s Kitchen - Amy Heckerling takes us back to 90s Beverly Hills with this musical version of her beloved film Clueless, a modern spin on Jane Austen’s Emma. With her singular voice, she gives us a score that reimagines 90s hits into ingenious parodies and yearning monologues for her lovesick characters. Director Kristin Hanggi (Rock of Ages) and choreographer Kelly Devine (Come from Away) drive this fresh take on the story of Cher, a girl so psychotically optimistic she can’t see that her bungling attempts at playing Cupid disguise her own fashion-plated isolation.

Recommended for ages 12+. Tickets start at $40.


Madame Vo BBQ

The owners of Madame Vo have a new Vietnamese restaurant in the East Village. This one focuses on Vietnamese BBQ, with grills on the tables, a $59 set menu, and a bunch of other a la carte options.



Odo is a 14-seat Japanese restaurant where you can get a nine-course meal for $200. The menu is seafood-focused, with dishes like snow crab and nigiri, and the space is located behind another Flatiron spot called Hall (which opened in November).


Luyishou Hot Pot

A hotpot chain from China just opened its first-ever NYC location in Flushing. Luyishou Hot Pot has 900 locations around the world, and until now, the closest one to NYC was in Princeton, NJ.


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