Welcome to the weekend! Shake off your Super Tuesday hangover and #NYSeeAndDo something new with us. This week, we’ve got a catty good time in Chelsea, the cute guy from Pitch Perfect in West Side Story (seriously), and free wine FTW. Taking our suggestions? Got some of your own? Share them with us, via Twitter and Instagram, and tag your snaps and snippets with #NYSeeAndDo to possibly be included in a future post!
Wine-d Up for the Weekend
As you gear up for another great NYC weekend, surely a little free wine wouldn’t hurt? Hit up comp tastings at two of the city’s best wine shops: from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Chelsea Wine Vault has a tasting with well-known purveyor Skurnik, featuring everything from Champagne-style brut bubbles to a supple Rioja Crianza, and from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Astor Wines & Spirits is pouring three unusual Aussie gems. Pick up a bottle to bring home – or hustle down to City Winery, where Judy Collins & Ari Hest perform beginning at 8 p.m. And yes, there will be wine.
Call up your friends and get a group together – or make some new ones at the bar – with a stop atFrames, a “bowling lounge” in the Port Authority Bus Terminal. No, we’re not kidding. You can bowl, shoot pool, and even play Ping Pong at this immersive adult fun zone, and yes, they’ll even provide bottle service at your lane. Now you’re rolling in style.
Patronize the Arts
The annual Armory Show is back in New York this weekend, bringing a galaxy of modern and contemporary art’s biggest stars to the banks of the Hudson River. Snag a complimentary shuttle out to the river from the Hotel Americano or the Hudson Hotel, then purchase admission and tickets for art historian Dorothea Basile’s “Trending Now…Here to Stay?” tour at 2 p.m. or 4 p.m., featuring the most of-the-moment pieces in the show and an exploration of their potential staying power.
Put It on Ice, then Get High
With temps dipping back down to more seasonable levels this weekend – but plenty of sunshine – today is the perfect day to indulge in an iconic New York experience: Sky Skate at Rockefeller Center. Tickets include skate rental at the famed Rockefeller Center rink, plus admission to Top of the Rock, one of the city’s most exciting observatories thanks to the open-air terrace. Snap photos with the gold statue at the rink and the skyline at the top; you’ll want to remember these quintessential NYC moments.
We wouldn’t send you out to Queens for just anything, but this one is via Carnegie Hall: West Side Story at The Knockdown Center. Don’t let the far-flung location daunt you! Pitch Perfect hunk Skylar Astin is Tony opposite NYC high school students and community members in this stars-meet-future-stars production, a true only-in-New-York experience. Take the L to Jefferson Street, then walk 20 minutes up Flushing Avenue or snag a free shuttle, running from 6 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. Planning even farther ahead? Get a $10 ticket for the round-trip bus from Carnegie Hall, available until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday night.
Shop Like a Pro
Hungry for designer fashions without the swoon-inducing prices? We can’t promise “affordable,” but how about “more affordable” at today’s Naeem Khan sample sale? From 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., you’ll score fresh-from-the-runway coats, gowns, and more for up to 80% off. The price tag will likely still end in a zero, but it doesn’t hurt to knock off that second one for these one-of-a-kind pieces. Pro Tip: The sale is in the 10th floor penthouse of 260 West 36th Street, and there’s no phone – just boldly go.
Pick Van Dyck
From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. today, admission to The Frick Collection is pay-what-you-wish. Make a donation, then meander into the galleries to peep Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture, a new exhibit that opened this week celebrating the 17th-century portrait painter. Once you’ve had your fill, fill up at nearby Via Quadronno, home to one of the city’s most justly revered panini menus and a cappuccino that is no less a work of art than those Van Dyck portraits.
Eat, Drink, and Be Meow-y
Tonight, end your weekend with the cool cats in Chelsea: start with dinner at The Red Cat (and don’t miss the house-made tagliatelle with rosemary, mascarpone, and duck stew), then carry on to the 9:30, no-reservations show of ASSSSCAT 3000 at UCB Theatre. It’s free, and the rotating cast includes Amy Poehler and other heavyweights, joined by a weekly changing line-up of top performers. Meeeeeeee-yow.