Even though your apartment radiator might sound like it’s saying, “Hisssssss beeeee booop wrreeeeek,” recent translation efforts indicate the steel device is actually encouraging you to “Go get some friends, you lazy fool.” Once you and your radiator reach an understanding, check out our guide to this week’s restaurant pop-ups, parties, and specials.
Ursula in Crown Heights is hosting their last pop-up of 2021 on Monday, November 22nd with Jessie YuChen’s Taiwanese pre-fixe set for two. Each $59 pre-ordered meal comes with lu rou fan, broccoli salad, sesame oil mushroom soup, sweet black rice, and fried mantou — but you can also order à la carte items (as well as teas and cocktails) at Ursula from 5-9pm on Monday. Everything other than the lu rou fan is vegan.
The best reason we can think of to go to Hudson Yards (no, we are not talking about that thing where you go up to a skyscraper with an invisible floor): there are free Broadway shows every Monday until December 13th on Level 4. Reserve your ticket ahead of time for shows like Dear Evan Hansen and Come From Away through their site here.
The Bell House
You might know The Bell House as that place you saw 2 Dope Queens back in 2016 with the friend you don’t talk to anymore. But we’d be remiss not to mention that they’re throwing a chili cookoff competition this Saturday, November 21st. You can try 20 different chilis from home cooks around Brooklyn and vote for whoever you think should win. It’ll be sort of like taking on the role of Paul Hollywood on The Great British Bakeoff, except with a lot more beans, way fewer accents, and, ideally, no affair scandals.
Harlem Restaurant Week ends this Sunday, November 21st, which means it’s your last chance to get discounted food and drink deals at places like 67 Orange Street, East Harlem Bottling Co., Lolo’s Seafood Shack, and Taco Mix. There’s also a special East Harlem food tour happening this Saturday, as well as a big outdoor block party on 101st Street on Saturday afternoon. Get all the details and buy tickets here.
Make fun of us for embodying the parody Instagram account Nolita Dirtbag, but we’re particularly excited about the newly restored Dennis Hopper movie, _Out of the Blue, playing at Metrograph this week. Maybe it’s because Metrograph recently opened back up after two years, or maybe it’s because the movie has been described as “a cinematic kick in the teeth set against the backdrop of ass-end-of-nowhere smalltown Pacific Northwest.” Either way, you can buy tickets here, and be sure to read our updated review of Cervo’s so you’ll know where to eat afterwards.
On Friday, November 19th, this new natural wine bar in Bushwick is throwing a party with a live DJ, lots of wine, and dancing (which may have more appeal once you’ve had lots of wine). Things get started around 8pm, but they’ll be playing music until 1am, so plan your fashionably-late entrance accordingly.
If you’re feeling like you need to wrap a large cashmere scarf around the bottom half of your face and drink a martini on a rooftop like you’re a powerful divorcee, know that Bar Blondeau in Williamsburg just installed heaters on their terrace. Dinner at the Le Crocodile bar before or afterward is optional, but would probably enhance things.