NY-See And Do This Weekend

We’re told it’s April here in NYC, but with this polar vortex bearing down, you could have fooled us. No matter: this week’s #NYSeeAndDo is loaded with hot shows and restaurants, plus cool clothes and events if you want to embrace the last of winter’s chill. Taking our suggestions? Got some of your own? Share them with us, via Twitterand Instagram, and tag your snaps and snippets with #NYSeeAndDo to possibly be included in a future post. No foolin’!

Friday 4/8

Mets Home Opener

Mets Home Opener at Citi Field

Take the Afternoon Off
Sure you could spend the day at your desk. But today’s the home opener out in Queens (a big day for what Metsfans will surely remind you is the only New York baseball team that did make it to the World Series last year). Division rivals the Philadelphia Phillies are in town, and the peanuts and Cracker Jack will be flowing freely – not to mention Shake Shack, Two Boots, and Fuku at Citi Field’s premium concession stands – so give the boss a little cough and hop the 7 train to Flushing. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m.
 
Fly, You Fools!
Lord of the Rings fans and improv lovers alike will be delighted by tonight’s “shot-for-shot” remake of fantasy classic The Fellowship of the Ring. Starring three mouthy improve performers, one talented foley artist, and a cameo by a prominent white beard and wig, the performance blends fantasy and funny via The People’s Improv Theater. Curtain’s up at 8 p.m., but we’re sure the merciful folks onstage won’t keep you for four hours the way Peter Jackson did…

Saturday 4/9

Upland Brunch

Brunch at Upland

Have an Uptown Brunch Downtown
Critical acclaim has come fast and thick for restaurateur Stephen Starr’s Upland on Park Avenue South – so much so that the gracious restaurant (and star chef Justin Smillie) landed a coveted spot on the Eater 38 this week. That’s a first for Starr, who opened his first NYC restaurants in Chelsea Market 10 years ago. See what all the fuss is about with a tempting brunch of Creekstone Farms skirt steak with fried eggs, romesco, and “bunching onions,” or sausage and kale pizza with young pecorino, stracciatella, and parmigiano. Just don’t miss the doughnuts appetizer: with vanilla bean sea salt, almond and gianduja, they’re worth a trip Upland all their own.

Rent – no, Buy! – the Runway
Any New York fashion plate worth her salt can tell you that Rent the Runway is a lifesaver: the fashion rental site offers designer gowns for four- and eight-night loans for pennies compared to their retail cost. Today is your chance to actually buy their wares at the same insanely deep discounts (read: up to 90% off retail). Get thee to 260 Fifth Avenue between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and score looks by Nicole Miller, Badgley Mischka, and more. We’ll never tell how little you paid for that stunning gown or baby-soft leather jacket.

Rescue Me
Fans of Denis Leary’s caustic dramedy “Rescue Me” are familiar with tonight’s happening on ice: the annual Ice Hockey Heroes Game at Madison Square Garden, a charity ice hockey match-up between The Finest and The Bravest (that’s the NYPD and FDNY, for those who never tuned into the show). This year’s game is the 43rd annual meeting between the friendly rivals, and for just $25 you can watch them battle for bragging rights beginning at 7 p.m. The firefighters lead the series, 23 wins to 17 (with, yes, two draws), but NYPD took the title in their last match at The Garden waaaaaaaay back in 2002. Game on!

Sunday 4/10

David Gilmour

Divid Gilmour Band

Come to the Dark Side (or the Milk Side)
Chocoholics, rejoice: today is Chocolate Fest at 92Y, an annual celebration of the sweet life.  For $35 per person, beginning at 7:30 p.m., you’ll be treated to a smorgarboard of all things cacao: chocolate and cheese pairings, chocolate with wine, even chocolate ice cream. Exhibitors range from Boston’s FIXX Chocolates to journalist Simran Sethi presenting an analysis of changes in our food system and how we can save the foods that we love by savoring them. And savor we will.
 
Rattle That Lock
Legendary lead singer and guitarist (perhaps you’ve heard of a little band called Pink Floyd?) David Gilmour is at Radio City Music Hall tonight. He’s touring in support of his latest album, Rattle That Lock, but surely a few other familiar tunes will find their way into the set. Tickets start at $90 for this 8 p.m. show, but seeing one of the all-time greats in one of the all-time greatest venues is sure to be worth every penny. Shake off your comfortable numbness and get there.
 
Borough Through Brooklyn
She’s got Emmys, Grammys, and no shortage of opinions: flame-haired comedienne Kathy Griffin is in New York tonight performing her signature brand of name-naming comedy at Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts. There’s no telling who she’ll skewer with her mic, but expect candid anecdotes and a political comment or two as Griffin blazes a path across contemporary pop culture. Must be that red hair.