What to do in NYC July 8-14

By: Stefanie DiMartino

Summer is in full swing and there is always a lot going on. Here are my top picks of the best trending events, parties, museum exhibitions, and entertainment to check out for July 8– 14.

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Trending Restaurants

PEPPER LUNCH

154 Seventh Avenue (Between 19th and 20th Streets)

Check out their website here

Pepper Lunch is opening their second location in Chelsea on July 3rd. I had a chance to dine there and it far exceeded my expectations.

Photo by Stefanie DiMartino

Photo by Stefanie DiMartino

Pepper Lunch is a casual and affordable dining spot, offering you to “cook-it-your-way.”  You place an order at the counter and bring your number to your table. Your meal comes out within 5 minutes, served on a sizzling teppan iron platter at 500ºF – HOT! You get the chance to cook your meal exactly how you like it. The meals are perfect for sharing and it’s a super fun experience, perfect for date night or dinner with family or friends. The food itself is delicious and packed with flavor. My top recommendations are the deep fried dumplings, the pepper rice with classic beef or chicken (both were delicious and the sweet ginger sauce added a really nice taste), the matcha cake, and the mochi. We had the red bean and lychee flavor mochi and they were so good – mochi is one of my absolute favorite desserts as it is the perfect combination of sweetness, ice cream, and a nice chewy texture.

If you visit Pepper Lunch between July 3rd and July 10th, select wines and sake will be only $5!

Photo by Stefanie DiMartino

Photo by Stefanie DiMartino

EVENTS

COLOR FACTORY NY

Now - August 31

Multiple time slots | $38

251 Spring Street, NY, NY 10013

Pop-ups in NYC are always a unique and fun experience. Knowing that it’s something around only for a limited time makes it more exciting and a “must-do” before it’s gone! Color Factory is “a collaboratively-produced art experience in New York City. This multisensory exhibit, inspired by the colors of the city, guides visitors through 16 participatory installations, designed to awaken audiences to the brilliant, everyday presence of color. Highlights include ombré floating balloons with wishes for the world written by students at 826NYC, a walkable infographic leading you to your “secret color”, a palette of colorful treats featuring a custom color ice cream scoop, a unique activity on color and human connection, a luminous dance floor, and Color Factory’s signature ball room. Put on your favorite hue and come to us for color.” – Color Factory

Buy tickets here

LINCOLN CENTER’S MIDSUMMER NIGHT SWING

Now- July 13

6:00pm | $18+

Damrosch Park, Amsterdam Avenue and West 62nd Street 

Summer, music, and dancing – what could be better? “The world’s finest dance bands turn Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park into New York’s favorite open-air dance party—for pros and newcomers alike. Join the electrifying sounds of swing, salsa, R&B, disco, tango, and much, much more.” – Lincoln Center

Click here for the full line up

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FIAF’s BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION

July 14
12–5pm | $16+

60th Street, from Fifth Avenue to Lexington Avenue, NYC

Want to experience French culture without going to France? Then you’ll want to check out FIAF’s Bastille Day Celebration. “FIAF has hosted New York’s largest public celebration of France’s national holiday. The day commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 and the birth of the modern French nation. Abounding with French cuisine, musique, dance, and myriad attractions for the whole family, this three-block fête populaire invites New Yorkers to revel in the flavors, sounds, and joie de vivre of France.” - FIAF

Learn more and buy tickets here

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Photo by Joe deSousa on Unsplash

MUSEUM/ART EXHIBITIONS

MARTA MINUJIN: MENESUNDA RELOADED 

New Museum  

Now – September 29 | $18+

235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002 

“Minujín combines elements of experimental theater, film and television, advertising, and sculpture to create total environments that place viewers at the center of social situations and confront them with the seductiveness of media images and celebrity culture. La Menesunda was created as a direct response to street life in Buenos Aires—the title is slang for a confusing situation—the work, alongside that of Niki de Saint Phalle, Christo, Claes Oldenburg, and others, counts among the earliest large-scale environments made by artists, demonstrating how Minujín anticipated the contemporary obsession with participatory spaces, the lure of new pop-up museums, and the quest for an intensity of experience that defines social media today.” – New Museum

Learn more here

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SEEING THE DIVINE: PAHARI PAINTING OF NORTH INDIA

The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Now – July 21

“Focusing on early painting styles that emerged in the regional courts of the Punjab hills of North India during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, this exhibition examines innovative ways of depicting the Hindu gods. By juxtaposing devotional images with emotionally charged narrative moments, the paintings provided fresh means for royal patrons to forge a personal connection to the divine through devotion (bhakti). Highlights include an early nineteenth-century temple banner that has never been shown publicly.” – The Met

Ticket price information here

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THEATRE

MOULIN ROUGE 

Al Hirschfeld Theatre

In Previews

Moulin Rouge! is in previews now. If you loved the movie, the Broadway show is a must. “Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular spectacular…Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. A theatrical celebration of truth, beauty, freedom and — above all — love, Moulin Rouge! is more than a musical; it is a state of mind.” – Moulin Rouge

Learn more here

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 FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE 

Broadhurst Theatre 

Now – August 25  

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune is a limited engagement. “Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald and two-time Academy Award and Tony Award nominee Michael Shannon turn up the heat as two lonely souls who meet for a one-night-stand—but discover a connection deeper than they ever expected. Over a night filled with intimate thoughts and outlandish coincidences, meatloaf sandwiches and moonlit dreams, piano suites and the sweetest talk, they realize that making love is easy—falling in love is hard. Get swept off your feet at Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, directed by downtown visionary Arin Arbus. It’s more than a one-night-stand. It’s one night of theater you’ll never forget.” – Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Learn more here

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