This week there are tons of exciting things happening. Here are my top picks from March 18 - 24 (see what is happening March 11 - 17 here). I’m featuring the trending restaurants, parties, museum exhibitions, events, and entertainment. For advice on the best things to do in NYC year round, watch my NYC playlist on YouTube and remember to subscribe.
Madame Vo Bbq
The first Manhattan Vietnamese restaurant dedicated to “bo bay mon”, a seven-course beef meal. Dining for this experience starts at $59. This restaurant is killing it at reviews from the New York Times, to The Thrillist, to The New Yorker, and much more. “Owners, Yen Vo & Chef Jimmy Ly, are the heart of Madame Vo's quintessential Vietnamese homestyle cuisine. Set in a chic, intimate atmosphere in the heart of New York City's East Village, the menu features eclectic selections of their family's traditional recipes passed on during the Vietnamese diaspora.” - www.madamevobbq.com
This LA hotspot recently opened in SoHo, and is known for serving up excellent sushi sets at a reasonable price.
Around Manhattan Brunch Cruise
Classic Harbor Line
Every Saturday & Sunday
One of my favorite things to do in the city is to take a Classic Harbor Line cruise. Their luxurious 1920 style yachts are the best way to see the city because they offer a comfortable, intimate environment in their indoor-outdoor yacht. What makes this experience even more enjoyable is taking their 2.75 hour buffet brunch cruise with complimentary alcohol. During this cruise you’ll feast on tasty food, while seeing the best sites of NYC (such as the Brooklyn Bridge, the skyline, and the Statue of Liberty). See my experience here.
Daybreaker Spring Rise
One World Observatory
Daybreaker is throwing another one of their unique morning parties. This week it is at the most epic destination yet - One World Observatory! Come dance your heart out at this alcohol-free, feel good party from 7am to 9am. If you’re a yoga fan, you can join for the 6am yoga too! To learn more about DayBreaker, watch my video on NYC’s best parties. In it I show you my experience at this fabulous event.
Little Cinema: Secret Throwback immersive party
House of Yes
“An audio visual show filled with fantasy, beauty and a whole lot of 80’s. Little Cinema is back with a heartfelt immersive experience blending circus, live music, immersive effects, DJ’s, video art and a secret cult film into a true audiovisual spectacle. Dress as your 80’s alter ego and never stop wishing...” - https://houseofyes.org
March 23 - 24
Tickets start at $12 - use code SARAHFUNKY to save 10%
Buy desserts from 19 vendors and enjoy a view of Manhattan from the outdoor deck at NYC Dessert Fest at Sound River Studios in Long Island City. The 2019 theme is “colorful party vibes with animal flair.” You can bring one child age 6 or younger free.
March 22 - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
“Edible Manhattan and Bowery Collective present Good Spirits 2019. Round out the winter season and warm up with a cocktail prepared by one of the many talented mixologists from celebrated local, national and international spirit brands. This year Good Spirits will showcase innovation and technology in the spirit world. Come see how the entire drink chain is transforming with tech playing a role in distilling, delivering, creating, paying and consuming. “ - www.ediblemanhattan.com
Macy’s flower show
Macy’s Herald Square
March 24 - April 7
See spectacular arrangements of flowers from around the world and attend scheduled events at Macy’s Flower Show in the store on Herald Square. The show offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to enjoy these magnificent blossoms. Macy’s invites visitors to take part in flower demonstrations, marvel at breathtaking floral scenes and take advantage of free tours in select cities. This two-week exhibition is free to the public during store hours.
Paper Cutting Workshop at the Museum at Eldridge Street
Tuesdays March 12 - April 2
$160 for four classes
The Museum at Eldridge Street will be turned into an art studio for this special four-evening workshop! Deborah Ugoretz, whose work is currently on exhibition at the Museum, will lead this four-session exploration of the art form she has mastered: papercutting. Participants will learn the origins and history of this centuries-old art form, and will learn the techniques needed to produce a work of their own.
THE ORCHID SHOW 2019 - Orchid Evenings
February 23 – April 28
New York Botanical Garden
Tickets are $38
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. 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.
THEATRE & LIVE MUSIC
If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a ________
Now through March 31
Tickets start at $49
A NY Times critics pick! “In the village of Affreakah-Amirrorkah, no one questions that Akim is the one true, perfect beauty — not even her jealous classmates. But they’ll be damned before they let her be the leading lady in this story. A decidedly contemporary riff on a West African fable, Tori Sampson’s explosive epic is brimming with live music and dance, as these frenemies jockey for their rank in a culture built on ideals forever out of reach.” - www.playwrightshorizons.org
BOESMAN AND LENA
Now - March 24
Tickets start at $35
A NY Times Critics Pick! “Legacy playwright Athol Fugard has made a home at Signature since being the inaugural Residency 1 playwright at the Center, and his South African-set stories, with themes of complex identities, racial tension, and social protest, remain as relevant as ever. In this new production of the “prophetic and brilliant" (The New York Times) Boesman and Lena, the human need for kindness, hope and compassion is on display in the struggle of two refugees who encounter a stranger while wandering the South African wastelands.” - http://www.signaturetheatre.org
Every Friday at 10:30pm through April 26
Tickets start at $35
“Susanne Bartsch brings her nightlife magic to the McKittrick Hotel. Join us on Friday nights for an eclectic and eccentric cabaret extravaganza where a night at the opera collides with a burlesque circus for a high fashion madcap unforgettable entertainment experience. This late night show will feature an ever changing roster of NYC's most brilliant nightlife personalities. Bartschland Follies returns to The Club Car at The McKittrick Hotel. Space is limited. Book with haste.” - McKittrick Hotel.
Museum of Natural History
March 12 - August 18
In this exhibition, you’ll learn about what is hidden deep within our ocean and hear from scientists on the mystery of our ocean floor.
The Value of Good Design
Now through June 15
“Featuring objects from domestic furnishings and appliances to ceramics, glass, electronics, transport design, sporting goods, toys, and graphics, The Value of Good Design explores the democratizing potential of design, beginning with MoMA’s Good Design initiatives from the late 1930s through the 1950s, which championed well-designed, affordable contemporary products.” - www.moma.org
Asia Week New York
March 13 - 21
“Carrying forth a mission to celebrate and promote Asian art in New York City, Asia Week New York is a collaboration of top-tier Asian art specialists, major auction houses, and world-renowned museums and Asian cultural institutions in the metropolitan New York area.” - http://www.asiaweekny.com
FRIDA KAHLO: APPEARANCES CAN BE DECEIVING
Now - May 12
Tickets are $20
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.
ANDY WARHOL: FROM A TO BE AND BACK AGAIN
Now - March 31
Tickets are $25
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.