Be strong, #NYSeeAndDo-ers: as soon as we get through St. Paddy’s Day, the weekend will be upon us, with more great things than ever to #NYSeeAndDo. We’re talking bottomless recovery mimosas, a boozy magic show, and – oh, hell yes – free cookies. 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!
Revive and Recover
Look, we’re not here to judge, but if you overdid it yesterday for St. Paddy’s Day, we are here to help: get your hair of the dog fix at Mezetto’s Bottomless Mimosa Brunch. Available every day from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., this most merciful of meals includes an hour and a half of bottomless mimosas, in a variety of flavors, for just $16 per person with the purchase of a brunch dish. Sip, savor, repeat…ahhhhhhh. That’s better.
Do “The Carlton”
No, we’re not talking about Alfonso Ribeiro’s venerable dance moves (though we have a deep, nostalgic soft spot in our hearts for them). This Carlton is older still: the Carlton Arms, a historic NYC hotel that, over nearly 100 years, has acquired a priceless collection of resident-painted murals across its 54 rooms. Tonight is the debut of “If These Walls Could Talk,” an exhibition celebrating six new painted rooms. Wander the “Chapel for Drunken Painters” or “The Venus de Mars Room” and marvel at the rich history of this true New York treasure.
Take to the Stage
Long before there was American Idol, there was Amateur Night at the Apollo. If you’re a performer over five years old, tonight is your shot: Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem is holding their annual spring auditions. Open to singers, dancers, comedians, rappers, spoken-word artists and musicians, this time-honored tradition puts unknown talent on a national stage. Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., so warm up and get ready to wow the judges.
“Get to Know” the King
As Tony winner Kelli O’Hara prepares to take her final bow as Anna in Lincoln Center Theater’s “The King and I” on April 17, she’ll be joined by her original King: Ken Watanabe, back on Broadway after a bout with stomach cancer, in a limited run. The pair will perform together in today’s 2 p.m. matinee, so score a ticket and see the masters tell this timeless tale before their affair in Siam comes to an end.
Drink In the Magic
Looking for a great reason to venture into hip Williamsburg on a Saturday night? How about Cocktail Magic, a gathering of top NYC bars and bartenders, along with performers and illusionists, beginning at 10 p.m. atWeylin B. Seymour’s? We’re talking all of the speakeasies you can’t get into (Attaboy, Death & Co., Dutch Kills, PDT…) in one place. With magicians. And music. Did we mention food by perennially packed palace of pizza Roberta’s? If you have a reason not to go, well, we’d like to hear it…
Dine with James
Tonight is the eighth-annual Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner at Chelsea Market, a Sunday Supper like no other: some of the biggest names in restaurants, from New York and beyond, will host a multi-course reception and dinner in the historic space, complete with wine pairings. Tickets are $240 per person, and worth every penny to dine with chefs from Dizengoff, High Street on Hudson, Morimoto, Sarabeth’s, and many more.
Fly Me to the Moon
At 12 noon today, a New York summer staple makes its seasonal debut: Luna Park at Coney Island, the lively amusement park on the city’s southern shore. Rattle your teeth on the iconic Cyclone coaster or test your limits on the full-vertical Thunderbolt; new this year is the Endeavor, an open-air thrill ride that hurtles passengers 60 feet through the air at 25 MPH. Those who take their excitement on a plate won’t want to leave without a Nathan’s Famous hot dog, the standard by which all other franks are judged.
National Macaron Day needs no further introduction, but just in case: today, bakeries all over the city will offer one complimentary macaron per customer from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. (or while supplies last, because c’mon: free macarons?!) Many shops will also donate a portion of their daily macaron sales to City Harvest, a leading food rescue organization. So go on: do something nice for yourself and buy a macaron. You’ll be doing something nice for someone in need at the same time. Sweet.