What to do in NYC January 28 - February 3

By: Sarah

Watch my new video series “What’s Up New York” to get Luis and my opinions on what is happening in NYC from January 28 - February 3. We’ll talk about what we think is the best.

See the video below and remember to subscribe. This article has even more things to do than what we could cover in the video plus extra details on everything and links to each thing. Enjoy!


FrostFest at Bryant Park

January 30 to February 3

Includes an Ice Ball (Jan. 30), a skating show (Feb. 1), skating in kilts (Feb. 2), bumper cars on ice, ice carving, karaoke, live music, food, and drinks at Bryant Park. Mostly free.

Get $5 off a Skate Rental or Express Skate the next time you visit using code 817 856

Shanghai Express: Buenos Aires

January 29 (8:30pm-12:30am)

On January 29th, NYC nightlife legend Juliette Campbell of Shanghai Mermaid is throwing another one of her fabulous Shanghai Express parties. This one is Buenos Aires themed in the 1930’s and includes a night of live music, dancing and cocktails at the historic Jane Hotel. Latin Grammy winner, Pedro Giraudo will be playing live with his Tango Quartet while there will be dancer performances by DIEGO BLANCO {founder of Tango For All} and MICHELE LAM. Dress code is vintage or dressy cocktail attire so make sure you dress for the occasion because casual attire will not be admitted! I love these parties because you feel like you’re transported into another era. One of my favorite things she does is her Moonlight and Music on the Hudson parties, which take place on a vintage sailboat in the summer. I’m looking forward to that starting when the weather warms up!

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Jersey City Whiskey Festival

February 1 at 7:30 pm

Jersey City Whiskey Fest features over 100 styles of whiskey and spirits. Ticket holders will get to know more about the whiskies from experts that will take them on the ultimate tour of whiskey. Taste an outstanding selection of whiskies and even a variety of craft spirits ranging from the all American Kentucky bourbons to the Mexican Tequila, Russian Vodka and more.
Not sure Whiskey is your drink of choice? They also feature a variety of spirits including Vodka, Gin, Tequila and many more.

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January 30

The most epic morning party in NYC starts with an hour of yoga then transitions to a full on dance party. No alcohol is served here. It is simply about having fun and enjoying those around you. I talk about this party in my best parties of NYC video below! This time the party is Havana themed. Come dressed to theme if you would like!


Behind the Sheet

Now through February 3

New York Times Critics Pick - Charly Evon Simpson confronts the history of a great medical breakthrough by telling the forgotten story of a community of enslaved black women who involuntarily enabled the discovery. In 1840s Alabama, Philomena assists a doctor - her owner - as he performs experimental surgeries on her fellow slave women, trying to find a treatment for the painful post-childbirth complications known as fistulas. Reframing the origin story of modern gynecology, Behind the Sheet tells how these women supported each other, and questions who, and what, history remembers.


Choir Boy

Now through February 24

A New York Times Critics Pick!

For half a century, the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men. One talented student has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key?
Now, they’re thrilled to bring this soaring music-filled work to Broadway. Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney is an Oscar®-winning screenwriter of Moonlight and a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship Grant. Directing is Trip Cullman (Murder Ballad).

NYC Broadway Week

January 21 - Feb. 10, 2019
Get 2-for-1 deals on select theater shows during NYC Broadway Week. Buy your tickets now because some of the shows are already sold out! These deals won't last long.


The Illusionists Table at the McKittrick Hotel

Now through March 10

After sell-out runs around the world, THE ILLUSIONIST’S TABLE is back again at The McKittrick Hotel. Performing in The Club Car, the McKittrick’s Scottish pub and dining hall, acclaimed illusionist Scott Silven hosts an evening of fine dining and whisky tasting interwoven with illusion, mentalism and storytelling.  Candles flicker. Whisky pours. Conversation stirs. Before the night is over, your thoughts will transcend; mysteries will materialize; and your dreams will be revealed.

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January 9 to February 8

Carmen is playing at the Metropolitan opera from . This is one of the world’s most iconic opera’s and if you haven’t seen an opera yet this is a great first show! Carmen is Bizet’s classic opera about a hot-tempered Spanish gypsy woman who seduces a corporal. Carmen was a scandal at its premiere but soon after became a triumphal success and has remained one of the most frequently staged operas in the world for the last 144 years.


Museum Exhibits:

The Jim Henson Exhibition at the Museum of Moving Image


This dynamic experience explores Jim Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on culture. Among the nearly 300 objects on view are 47 puppets—including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, The Swedish Chef, Statler, Waldorf, Big Bird, Elmo, Cantus Fraggle, a Skeksis, and other popular favorites—character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, and costumes.

It reveals how Henson and his team of builders, performers, and writers brought to life the enduringly popular worlds of The Muppet Show, the Muppet movies, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. It also includes material from Henson’s experimental film projects and his early work, presenting him as a restlessly creative performer, filmmaker, and technical innovator.

Film and television clips and behind-the-scenes footage are presented on monitors and projections throughout. Interactive experiences allow visitors to try their hand at puppeteering on screen and designing a puppet character.

Guided tours are offered every Saturday.

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at the Brooklyn Museum

Now through February 3

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power traces the work of 60 black artists working in the United States during one of the most politically, socially, and aesthetically revolutionary periods in American history. It starts in 1963 with the march on Washington. The exhibition follows the aftermath and fallout of some of the dashed hopes of the civil right movement. Many of the over 150 artworks in the exhibition directly address the unjust social conditions facing Black Americans.

MOMA - Judson Dance Theater The Work Is Never Done

Now through February 3

Through live performance, film, photography, sculptural objects, and other artisitic materials, Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done traces the history of Judson Dance Theater both in and outside the church, from the workshops that took place there to other spaces around downtown New York. For a brief period in the early 1960s a group of creatives gathered in Greenwich Village for a series of workshops that ultimately redefined what counted as dance. The performances that evolved from these workshops incorporated everyday movements—gestures drawn from the street or the home; their structures were based on games, simple tasks, and social dances. Spontaneity and unconventional methods of composition were emphasized. The Judson artists investigated the very fundamentals of choreography, stripping dance of its theatrical conventions, and the result, according to Village Voice critic Jill Johnston, was the most exciting new dance in a generation.

Andy Warhol— From A to B and Back Again

Now - March 31

This exhibition is on display at The Whitney Museum now through March 31. This exhibition is the first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989. It reconsiders the work of one of the most influential American artists. Building on a wealth of new materials, research and scholarship that has emerged since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we think we know, and introduces a Warhol for the 21st century. They do tours of this exhibit every day at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.


Restaurant week

January 21 - Feb. 8, 2019
NYC locations
Get a special deal on a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner at 380 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. There are tons of great restaurants to choose from but one of my favorites is Delmonico's Restaurant. These guys literally invented eggs Benedict, lobster Newberg and baked Alaska, among other now-standards, and changed the face of fine dining in early America. Check out restaurant weeks website, they have it organized very clearly - there is even a section dedicated to fireside eats which is perfect for winter.


Joe’s Steam Rice Roll

Location: Flushing, Queens and the Canal Street Market in Chinatown  

Street style Cantonese-style springy noodle spot located inside a narrow mini-mall in Flushing, Queens and the Canal Street Market in Chinatown. The Queens menu of Joe’s Steam Rice Roll includes Chinese pancakes, crepe-like jianbing and thicker shou zhua bing, with the likes of ham, rousong (shredded dried pork) or hot dogs tucked inside. However, I recommend getting their signature steam rice roll. It is starts at $4 and it absolutely delicious!

Bāng Bar

Run by David Chang of Momofuku

It is a meaty takeout stall in the Time Warner Center that tips its hat to Korea, Vietnam, Japan, and Manhattan’s Upper West Side. It begins serving at 8:30 a.m. and closes when the food is gone, usually by 1 or 2 p.m.

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