There is a lot going on in NYC this week! In this article, I’m highlighting the new shows that are opening, upcoming festivals, interesting museum exhibits, parties, and much more. Tell me in the comments, which one will you attend?
Mexican restaurant in the Bronx
Recently rated a NY Times Critic’s pick, City Tamale is turning heads with their authentic Mexican food. It was opened two years ago, but today owner Israel Veliz finds himself busy making upwards of 1,000 tamales a week. It is about time NYC got its tamale spot and this one is a damn good one! Visit their site here.
Philippine fast food in Midtown West
It is a shocking day for me adding a fast food restaurant to this article. However, Jollibee has been met with such praise that it would be wrong for me not to include this Philippine joint on my list. It is known for its fried chicken, Chickenjoy, and peach-mango pie. To learn more about it, watch my friend Jen’s video on it below.
Theatre & Live Music:
February 28 - March 31
Debra Jo Rupp of That ‘70s Show is a conservative baker asked to make a lesbian wedding cake in The Cake, a humorous and emotional play about morals, judgment, and family at New York City Center. Click here for tickets.
Now - October 20
“THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE GETTING IN OTHER PEOPLE’S BUSINESS. See the next hit from Broadway’s Musical Comedy Dream Team – the geniuses behind The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, The Drowsy Chaperone, Elf, Mean Girls…must we go on?
What happens when four stars leave the bright lights of Broadway and take leading roles in a small-town controversy making national headlines? Big drama. Bigger laughs. And the biggest musical showstopper in years!”
“Starring Tony Award® nominee Brooks Ashmanskas (Something Rotten!), Tony Award winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone) and two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber (Shrek) leading a cast of 27.” - theprommusical.com
FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME
Now - March 3
It’s one thing to say, “Yes and …” But can you say it to a beat? And make it rhyme? This improvised hip-hop show, an early creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of Broadway hit Hamilton) and Thomas Kail, returns for a month or two of ad-libbed rap. Joining the regular crew are occasional guest stars, including Miranda, Daveed Diggs and Christopher Jackson. Click here for more details.
‘KISS ME, KATE’
Now in previews! Opens on March 14
Brush up on your Shakespeare and your Cole Porter, too, because the Roundabout is reviving this 1948 musical, a metatheatrical riff on “The Taming of the Shrew.” Under Scott Ellis’s direction, Kelli O’Hara stars alongside Will Chase, Corbin Bleu and Stephanie Styles. Has the show aged poorly or will it be just wunderbar? roundabouttheatre.org
THE ILLUSIONISTS TABLE AT THE MCKITTRICK HOTEL
Now - 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. Click here for tickets.
Collection Galleries 1880s-1950s
Now - June 15
“The works displayed on this floor roughly span the years 1880 to 1950. Within an overall chronological flow, galleries highlight individual stylistic movements, artists, and themes, including Cubism, the work of Henri Matisse, and Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, among other subjects. These galleries are frequently reinstalled in an effort to feature a wide range of artworks in various configurations, reflecting the view that there are countless ways to explore the history of modern art and the Museum’s rich collection.” - moma.org
Now - May 12
Buy timed tickets in advance here
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s unique and immediately recognizable style was an integral part of her identity. Kahlo came to define herself through her ethnicity, disability, and politics, all of which were at the heart of her work. Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is the largest U.S. exhibition in ten years devoted to the iconic painter and the first in the United States to display a collection of her clothing and other personal possessions, which were rediscovered and inventoried in 2004 after being locked away since Kahlo’s death, in 1954.
They are displayed alongside important paintings, drawings, and photographs from the celebrated Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art, as well as related historical film and ephemera. To learn more about Frida Kahlo watch this video.
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.
Daybreaker is hosting another one of their famous morning parties on Wednesday, February 27. If you haven’t heard of Daybreaker yet then watch my video on NYC’s best parties! During this event, you’ll dance away all of your worries with like-minded New Yorkers. The party starts with an optional yoga class at 6am and then turns into a night club (or more a morning club?). No alcohol is served here, just good vibes. This weeks party’s theme is “THE FUTURE IS FEMININE”. Get tickets here.
The NYC Whiskey Walk
“The NYC Whiskey Walk takes place in downtown New York City. Each venue will be prepared for your arrival. Maybe you have been to a few of these bars and restaurants already, and maybe not; either way, the Whiskey Walk is a great way to visit new places and check out their offerings. Find a place you really like? Ask the staff about hosting your next birthday party, special event or office happy hour.” - whiskeywalk.com
Jersey City Wine Fest
Taste wine from nine countries at Jersey City Wine Fest, with live music, food vendors, and interactive games at Harborside Plaza for age 21+. See my experience at this event here.
Athena Women’s Film Festival
February 28 - March 3
The Athena Film Festival “showcases films about strong and courageous women leaders in real life and the fictional world” at Barnard College. Below is an example of one of the films that will be shown during the event. Click here to see fill list of films or buy tickets.
NYC BEER WEEK
February 24 - March 5
Craft time isn’t just for kids anymore. Thanks to the New York City Brewers Guild, adults can craft-it-up in the best way (with alcohol) during the 8th annual New York City beer week.
The event, which showcases 23 premier NYC craft breweries, boasts over 400 beer events at 250 different spots in the city. New York City Brewers Guild advocates and promotes awareness of its local brewing members in an effort “to increase the visibility of local beers through innovative events, programming, and consumer education; and to foster a healthy, ethical, and growth-focused craft beer industry throughout the city.” Participating breweries include Coney Island Brewing Company, Big Alice Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Bronx Brewery, and many more! Click here for more details.
THE ORCHID SHOW 2019
February 23 – April 28
The Orchid Show is my favorite Spring time event in the city. Each year the NY Botanical Garden creates an impressive orchid display in their greenhouse. Each year it has a different theme. Singapore—where the national flower is an orchid—is the inspiration for the 17th annual Orchid Show. Read my experience and see more photos here.
Elevate your interest in these storied flowers that are an integral part of the island’s culture and landscape. Developed in partnership with Gardens by the Bay and Singapore Botanic Gardens, the exhibition pays homage to the sites’ iconic Supertrees—dramatic vertical habitats, and famed Arches—a highlight of the National Orchid Garden.
The best way to experience this tremendous display is to go during Orchid Evenings. During these select nights, a live DJ plays in the greenhouse and guest’s can enjoy tasty alcoholic drinks at the bar. Get tickets here.