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Noah Devereaux
August 25, 2020
Museum Reopenings (And Where To Eat Nearby) & More NYC Restaurant News
NYC restaurant news you can use from the week of 8/24/20.

Museums are...uh...back?

  • The Met is reopening this Saturday, August 29th at 25% capacity. If you’re planning on being part of that 25%, prepare with an eating plan so you don’t say something condescending about your museum partner’s interest in basic impressionism. We have UES and UWS outdoor guides, and a list of great options if you want to pick something up and eat in Central Park.

  • You can officially visit MoMA and MoMA PS1 starting Thursday, August 27th (also at 25% capacity) by purchasing timed-tickets online. All the tickets are free until the end of September.

  • The Whitney isn’t opening until September 3rd (although, for members, it’s open starting August 27th). Tickets will be pay-what-you-wish admission until the end of September.

  • None of the restaurants at the Whitney or MoMA are reopening yet, so check out our guide to outdoor dining and takeout to find something close by.

Items for your Wednesday calendar

  • Cafe Erzulie is hosting Caribbean music night at 7pm in their backyard in Bed-Stuy. Tickets cost $20, and they’ll also be serving dinner and drinks. Find more information and buy your ticket here.

  • Looking for something to make at home in LIC? Nakamura, a fantastic ramen spot on the LES, is selling cocktails and ramen kits for two out of a custom ice sculpture studio called Okamoto this Wednesday. You can preorder by DMing Nakamura on Instagram or emailing hello@chefabeskitchen.com.

  • Public Records in Gowanus is starting dinner service this Wednesday night from 6-11pm. They’re also showing a series of short films called “The Space Around Me.” Reserve your spot on Resy.

Other little, snazzy things to text your group chat About

  • Randazzo’s Seafood in the Bronx’s Little Italy is now selling blue crabs. These are not only delicious to eat, but they also mark the passage of the seasons.

  • Starting this week, Frankel’s Deli in Greenpoint will extend their pick-up and delivery hours. This gives you more time to eat things like bagels topped with heirloom tomatoes and the best whitefish in all of North Brooklyn. Preorder through their online shop between Thursday and Sunday, from 9am-2pm.

  • Rezdora has a new brunch menu with Bloody Marys, and carbonara made with tagliatelle with pancetta. You can book your reservation online here.

  • The chef/owner and sommelier of Saigon Social (Helen Nguyen and Raj Vaidya) are serving a four-course Vietnamese dinner at Niche Niche on MacDougal Street from Tuesday to Sunday. The $50 dinner comes with dishes like lemongrass shrimp vermicelli and grilled short rib, and an optional wine pairing. You can reserve a takeout timeslot or book one of their 6pm and 8:15pm outdoor seatings online here.

  • The Smith is delivering re-heatable fried chicken meals that will feed your entire family. They’ll deliver anywhere in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, West Chester, Long Island, the Hamptons, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Chicken knows no state lines.

  • Clem’s Bar in Williamsburg has a vegan Southern pop-up dinner happening on Friday night with meatless sandwiches and sides. Everything costs under $12.

An Idea: Close your computer and watch a movie outside

  • If you’re in Bushwick and you can’t look at indoor screens anymore, know that Syndicated is showing free film screenings on their sidewalk almost every day. (Follow their Instagram account to see the day’s movie.) Tables are first come, first served and you should get there before 7pm if you want to secure a spot.

  • On Saturday at 7:30pm, there’s a screening of Night Of The Living Dead outside of the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. It’s presented by the Museum Of The Moving Image, which means it’s no surprise there will be three indie shorts shown before the movie starts. You can reserve tickets here.

Good news if you live in Park Slope

  • This week is the third annual Dine In Park Slope program, which means a bunch of Park Slope restaurants are offering Happy Hour deals, special prix fixe menus, and free food like cornbread and cookies. You can read more about the participating restaurants in our write-up here.

  • Sidecar has a new outdoor space in the parking lane in front of their restaurant. They also happen to be one of the restaurants doing Dine In Park Slope.

And, finally: do you miss shopping?

  • The Bronx Ale House is selling their own branded masks. You can support them by buying one (and also support the people around you by wearing a stylish and safe mask). Call or stop by their spot to get yours.

  • Huertas in the East Village has new totes available. They’re probably large enough to fit a tiny dog named Beatrice. You can add one onto your takeout or delivery order for $8.

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