No offense to the non-exciting things you’re doing this weekend (laundry, going to the pet store to buy cat litter, carrying a big bag of cat litter back from the pet store, Googling Philip Seymour Hoffman’s son), but they don’t exactly count as plans. Try a sake tasting, a plant-swap, a special clam pie, or Korean-Lebanese brunch instead. We’ve got details on all of those things and more in our latest guide.
Looking for fall stuff to do within 90 minutes of NYC? We wrote about places to slingshot pumpkins, apple pick, and take pictures of your friends who are apple picking.
Dame (one of our favorite restaurants of 2021) is collaborating with Mama’s Too (one of our favorite pizza places in NYC) on a special clam pie this Saturday and Sunday, October 2nd and 3rd. Their white clam is made with anchovy breadcrumbs, herbs, white wine, lemon zest, cream sauce, and tons of garlic, and it’s only available online by the full-pie. Ordering starts at noon on both days, and we’re guessing they’re going to go fast.
In case you’ve ever watched Scarface and thought, “Hmm you know what this already-intense viewing experience is missing? A seat five stories off the ground,” we’re happy to inform you of Rooftop Reds’ Thursday night showing. The movie starts at 7pm, and there will be plenty of wine and snacks. You can buy tickets ahead of time for $15 here.
This weekend in Greenpoint, Edy’s Grocer is hosting a brunch pop-up in partnership with James Park. Expect Lebanese-Korean mashups like bulgogi breakfast empanadas, chickpea japchae noodles, and gargantuan kimchi quesadillas made with pita bread starting at 9am on both Saturday, October 2nd, and Sunday, October 3rd. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Heart Of Dinner (an organization providing meals and connection to Asian elders in NYC) and Social and Economic Action for Lebanon (a non-profit supporting the sustainable economic growth within Lebanese communities).
Little Chef Little Cafe
This Filipino cafe in Long Island City is throwing a 16-person kamayan feast on their patio this Saturday, October 2nd. Tickets cost $84 per person and come with 9 different dishes. Plus, you can bring whatever booze you want (they’ll supply the mixers, juice, and water). RSVP here.
Slightly shocking news to those of us who lived in Bushwick around the year 2016: Ops is five years old. They’re having a birthday party on Friday, October 1st to celebrate. Bring your friends for Ops’ excellent sourdough pies, wine, and a live DJ. They won’t be offering any reservations after 6pm that night, so plan on finagling an open spot wherever you can find it.
Los Tacos No. 1’s original location in Chelsea Market is selling a secret adobada taco that comes in a shell made from nothing but cheese. It looks as messy as it does delicious.
The Bonnie in Astoria just started offering bottomless brunch on weekends for $25 per person (as long as you order a brunch entree). They also just launched a new brunch menu, with everything from French toast, hot honey fried chicken, and a vegan egg and cheese sandwich. We always recommend The Bonnie for their backyard, so alert your group text and make a reservation.
This bar in Astoria is hosting weekly screenings of the 41st season of Survivor. It starts at 8pm, and we need to catch up on the 40 other seasons of the show before we make a snarky joke about it here.
There’s a plant swap happening in Greenpoint this Sunday, October 3rd with live music, drinks, and lots of other people who regularly talk to their monstera, including Phoebe Cheong (aka @welcometothejunglehome) and Christopher Griffin (aka @Plantkween). All you need to do is show up to Horti Play with a plant to trade from noon to 2pm.
One of New York’s only sake brewery’s is hosting a tasting this Friday, October 1st at their taproom in Industry City. Each $25 ticket gets you a tasting flight, snacks, and sake tasting games.