We’ve reached the sticky period of August where the streets are emptier than usual and deodorant doesn’t do the trick anymore. That’s not to say there aren’t a couple of great things going on for anyone without plans. For one thing, we encourage you to check out Zanmi and Nansense’s respective efforts to raise funds for communities seeking safety in Haiti and Afghanistan. We also endorse you to eat as many fresh Jersey-grown tomatoes as humanly possible (we wrote about our favorite restaurants with peak tomato specials). And, in case you want some more ideas, there’s a queer dance party in happening Bushwick, pan-African food in Harlem, an outdoor showing of Clueless in Bryant Park, and more.
In an effort to provide emergency aid to Afghan children and adults seeking safety, Afghan stand Nansense will donate 100% of their Queens Night Market proceeds to Children Without Borders and Emergency Relief Afghanistan. Stop by Queens Night Market for Nansense’s mantu, masala fries, and a chapli kebab double smash burger with green chutney mayo from 6pm-midnight. (If you can’t make it to Queens Night Market this Saturday, check out Nansense at Rockefeller Center on weekdays from noon to 6pm until August 28th.)
To celebrate Filipino Restaurant Week, Tradisyon in Hell’s Kitchen is running a special from august 18th through August 27th where you can get a $25 combo meal. Each one comes with chicken or pork adobo, vegetable lumpia, crab chips, a soda, and a calamansi tart. Heads up, it’s only redeemable on weekdays for in-person dining.
This Bushwick bar is hosting the monthly queer women and non-binary dance party called Meow on Sunday, August 22nd. It starts at 4pm and runs until midnight. Whether or not you choose to meow as you dance is on you.
In response to the devastating earthquake that recently hit Haiti, Zanmi is hosting a disaster relief donation drive now through Sunday, August 22. There is a list of much-needed supplies on Zanmi’s Instagram that you can drop off at the Flatbush restaurant between 11am-11pm. Plus, Zanmi has partnered with Diaspora Community Services to collect financial donations that will go directly to survivors in Haiti. You can check out the donation page here.
Socrates Sculpture Park
Every Saturday in Long Island City, Socrates Sculpture Park hosts a mini farmer’s market featuring produce from the neighborhood’s own Hellgate Farm. While you’re in the park, make sure to check out this weekend’s sculptural installation performance exploring environmental ethics by Leimay Ensemble. You can see the installation anytime you’re there, but we’d recommend timing it so you can watch the performers activate the space. Find more details on the schedule here.
Teranga’s original location in Harlem is hosting a day party with African Chop House this Saturday, August 21st from 1-8pm. In addition to a couple of live DJ sets, Teranga will be selling their typical menu of delicious pan-African bowls and snacks, as well as cocktails and merch.
This traveling Thai pop-up project will be serving stir-fried rice noodles at Other Half brewery in Carroll Gardens on Friday August 20th and Saturday August 21st. Pranom is owned and operated by chef Dream Kasestatad, who started cooking pad thai in his LA apartment and biking around to deliver it to his friends. Stop by when they open at noon, since there will only be a limited number of portions available.
There’s a new bar in Williamsburg with a self-proclaimed massive backyard that looks like the kind of place where we’d like to sit for four uninterrupted hours on any given Saturday. They’re hosting a comedy show this Thursday, August 18th starting at 8pm (make sure to DM them on Instagram for a reservation). Blinky’s mostly focuses on cocktails, including a rotating frozen drink that’s described on the menu as “who knows? j/k, your bartender will tell you.”
The film series at Bryant Park is officially back, starting with a screening of Clueless on August 23rd. Keep an eye on their schedule (and your own) for Monday and Tuesday night movies every week until the end of September. You can show up with a blanket as early as 5pm for snacks and wine, but the movies won’t start until sunset.