As we creep closer to spring, there’s more than ever to #NYSeeAndDo this weekend, from the start of NYC Beer Week to a beer-infused hot chocolate (talk about a pick-me-up!). This weekend, we’re taking in some contemporary theater, then studying up on modern art, with plenty to eat and drink in between. 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!
Meet the Mustache
After a lengthy renovation, Rockefeller Center’s Nintendo Store reopens at 12 noon today with a ribbon cutting and promised appearances by the most famous of all plumbers: Mario himself (er, his famed voice, Charles Martinet). Stop by to play a game on the new 15-foot screen, pick up a commemorative t-shirt or other limited-edition merchandise, or just to hear Martinet proudly exclaim, “It’s-a me! Maaaaaario!”
Do What You Want, Be What You Are
Legendary duo Hall & Oates takes the stage tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The World’s Most Famous Arena (better known to New Yorkers simply as “The Garden”), and you won’t want to miss hearing hits like “Rich Girl” and “You Make My Dreams” live, surrounded by 17,999 other enthusiastic fans. Built on springs, The Garden is known to sway when the crowd is really wowed by a performance, so pick up tickets now and don’t get left “Out of Touch.”
Raise a Glass
Did you miss Friday’s featured flavor, Beer Hot Chocolate, at The City Bakery’s annual month-long Hot Chocolate Festival? You’re in luck: today’s flavor is tempting Salted Caramel, and you can still get your beer fix with a kick-off cruise celebrating New York City Beer Week. Boats depart from Pier 36 on FDR Drive at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. for three-hour tours of New York Harbor, including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Brooklyn Bridge, with – oh, yeah – unlimited tastings from more than 30 breweries on board, plus complimentary snacks from several city restaurants. Cheers!
Patronize the Arts
Sure, getting an orchestra seat at newly minted Grammy winner Hamilton might take until 2017. In the interim, there’s a wealth of brilliant off-Broadway theater to enjoy, and tonight is closing night for one such special play: Utility, from the city’s up-and-coming The Amoralists theater company, at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater on Waverly Place. This spunky little show has been featured on The Huffington Post and earned a “Critics’ Pick” from The New York Times, which called it “skillfully constructed” and “beautifully acted.” Consider this your insider tip, and prepare to tell your friends years from now that you saw these actors wayyyyyyyy back when.
New York takes music seriously, and if you do, too, there are more places than church to lift your voice on a Sunday. Consider B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, where the Harlem Gospel Choir hosts a weekly All-You-Can-Eat Sunday Gospel Brunch Buffet. For just $44 per person, you’ll enjoy endless food and soaring singing sure to send your spirits skyward – no matter what you believe.
Take an Object
Perhaps, like Jasper Johns and Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, you see the art in the everyday. MoMA has an exhibit perfect for you: “Take an Object,” which compiles modern art from a variety of top contributors that rely on found objects for their foundation. Arrive in the afternoon and browse until closing at 5:30 p.m., then head to The Bar Room at The Modern for duck confit ravioli with Swiss chard and duck broth or fried oysters with pickled garlic remoulade. Don’t be intimidated by the prices; The Modern is among the first restaurants in the country to institute a gratuity-included price scheme, so what you see is what you pay, including their famously gracious service.
Take a Recommendation from James
With the James Beard Foundation releasing their 2016 semifinalists earlier this week, our restaurant to-do list grew – and yours should, too, given that the regional categories include a New York City “region” that is both an ode to the city’s peerless culinary culture and a contemporary diner’s shopping list. Enjoy a comforting meal at East Village staple Hearth or an elegant feast at upstart Upland; the options are virtually endless (and virtually guaranteed to delight).