Sports’ Biggest Night at One Very Big Sports Bar
Catch the 50th Super Bowl in style at the 40/40 Club
If you’ve ever envied athletes’ champagne-soaked victory celebrations, this year, host one of your own. Since we’ll be glued to our screens for the big game on February 7, shouldn’t they be enormous ones – like the four 165” video walls at the 40/40 Club? When you add in the more than 30 other flat screens throughout the massive space, it’s a super idea to spend the Super Bowl here. Party packages include buckets of beers, bottle service, and butlered snacks; scaling the 18-foot illuminated champagne tower behind the bar in victory might be verboten, but at least it’s a heck of a backdrop when you raise a glass. (6 W. 25th St.)
New York vs. New Jersey: On Ice
Cheer for the Devils (if you dare!) vs. the Rangers at MSG
The Hudson River Rivalry comes to The World’s Most Famous Arena on Monday, February 8, when the New Jersey Devils challenge the New York Rangers. Sure, the Rangers came into the season with 12 to 1 odds and the Devils at 75 to 1, but the rivalry is the fun here, so choose a side and cheer with all your might among 18,000 other like-minded fans. We can’t recommend that you channel your inner David Puddy and paint your face red a la the famous “Seinfeld” episode, but nothing says “New York” like root, root, rooting for the home team – or the home-away-from-home team. Just leave the actual brawling to the players, okay? For all our bluster, we’re really a very friendly sports town. Promise. (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)
“I Do My Little Turn on the Catwalk”
They strut, we gawk: New York Fashion Week is back in town
Just in case New York’s reputation for being home to the world’s most beautiful women is ever in doubt, Fashion Week descends semi-annually to flood the streets with models – and some of the world’s most beautiful and forward-thinking apparel. With almost 70 designers presenting their Fall/Winter 2016 collections across four venues from Midtown to the Meatpacking District, your odds of rubbing shoulders with the A-list have never been higher. Front-row seats are famously hard to come by, but if you just gotta see the latest from Carmen Marc Valvo or Prabal Gurung, you have from February 11th until the 18th to catch them. (nyfw.com)
Fireworks, and Other “Monkey” Business
Kick-start the year of the monkey with firecrackers and a parade
While we can’t teach you to sing “Auld Lang Syne” in Chinese, we can tell you how best to celebrate the Lunar New Year, which kicks off on Monday, February 8: with the annual Lunar New Year Parade and Festival. While the Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival will coincide with the actual new year, the Parade and Festival will be held on Saturday, February 14, processing down Forsyth and Chrystie Streets and lining the sidewalks with vendors and food stands from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. So take the year of the monkey by the tail. Start with a parade. (Sara D. Roosevelt Park)
Masters of the Sea
The Vikings Exhibition pours in to Discovery TSX this month.
Starting 2/5, Times Square is about to get a rush like it’s never seen before when the largest display of Viking artifacts to ever visit North America heads to the riveting, immersive museum. Featuring more than 500 treasures, some never before seen outside of Scandinavia, you’ll marvel at full scale model Viking ships, be able to virtually excavate a Viking ship to uncover weapons, tools, artifacts and more, and experience the daily life of the Viking people with hands-on interactive activities that allow you to compete with other visitors in games and test your strength with an accurate model of a Viking sword. (226 W. 44th St.)
From Legends of the Renaissance to Queens of the Stone Age
Croatian phenoms 2CELLOS put the “rock” in Rachmaninov at the Beacon Theater
Imagine seeing the most amazing viral music video you’ve ever Tweeted about, live, on stage. Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser are 2CELLOS, a dynamic duo performing everything from Bach to rock. On February 19 at 8 p.m., they bring their one-of-a-kind brand of music to the famed Beacon Theater; tickets range from just $40 to $70, and include one of the most diverse set lists you’re likely to see at any concert. 2CELLOS have collaborated with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and toured with Elton John, but they also bring enviable verve to Vivaldi. (2124 Broadway)
…and You Thought the City Streets Were a Circus!
See the pros as Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Legends swoop into Brooklyn
They fly through the air with the greatest of ease, and we can’t look away: beginning on February 25, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey bring their “Legends” to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, featuring both performers (acrobats and clowns) and creatures (unicorns and wooly mammoths) of legend. The food concourse will be transformed into a family-friendly feast, with grilled cheese and PB & J replacing the usual concession fare; tickets are available for individuals and groups, and start at just $15 per person. With show times from 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m., the show runs through March 2: plenty of time to see the spectacle. (620 Atlantic Ave.)
Sideshows and Seagulls and…Signage? Oh, My!
A fresh look at the magic of Coney Island at the Brooklyn Museum
Coney Island is a bit chilly this time of year, but there’s still a certain magic in the retro artwork of the boardwalk and the arcade. Indulge your craving for beachside nostalgia at The Brooklyn Museum’s transportive exhibit, Stephen Powers: Coney Island Is Still Dreamland (to a Seagull). This site-specific installation recalls the birth of public art along the Brooklyn shoreline, revitalizing the tradition of colorful hand-painted signage and marrying superficially commercial visuals with ambiguous text to heighten the emotional impact. Think of it as a February trip to the shore without the parka (but with all the mystique). (200 Eastern Pkwy.)
A Mug of Warm Fuzzies (with a Marshmallow on Top!)
28 days of hot chocolate, courtesy of City Bakery
What’s better than a mug of hot chocolate on a chilly winter’s day? A mug of hot chocolate on every chilly winter’s day, for 28 straight chilly winter’s days, of course. And that’s just what’s on the menu during City Bakery’s annual Hot Chocolate Fest, with a different flavor featured daily throughout February. In-the-know cocoa nuts visit towards the end of the month, when the flavors famously get more and more wacky – and more and more delicious. Top a mug with one of their signature massive marshmallows, and you’ll be feeling toasty in no time. Then do it again tomorrow. And the next day. (3 W. 18th St.)
Let It Snow[cone]!
City Kitchen brings Wooly’s shaved snow, Luke’s Lobster, and more to the heart of Times Square
Watching the snow swirl around the skyscrapers is a magical sight – but it can also get awfully chilly! Seek refuge like the New Yorkers do at City Kitchen, where the only snow is Wooly’s shaved snow, an icy treat in flavors like Matcha Green Tea and Root Beer Float. Toppings and sauces make it anything but a typical snowcone. Or eschew winter altogether and metaphorically travel to the coast of Maine with a lobster roll from Luke’s. Seeking heartier fare? A burger and a beer from Whitman’s will fortify you to face the weather. And remember: only a few more weeks until the first day of spring (so enjoy those flurries while you can – and maybe pick up a snow globe to take home!) (700 Eighth Ave.) (W. 44th St.)