A vegan Dominican pop-up in Williamsburg, an outdoor showing of The Goonies on the Upper West Side, and a weekend dinner party in Fresh Meadows with some of the best fried chicken in NYC. We’ve got details on all of those things, and more events happening in the city between August 4th and August 9th. If you’re looking for plans, shows, and pop-ups around the city, you’ve come to the right place.
One of the city’s most coveted delivery-only operations is hosting indoor and outdoor dining this Saturday and Sunday from 5-8pm in Fresh Meadows, Queens. If you haven’t heard about Pecking House’s incredible chili fried chicken yet, we’d be happy to point you in the direction of our guide to the best new restaurants in NYC. In addition to their headliner fried chicken, Pecking House will be serving orange pepper wet wings, salt and pepper duck drumettes, and sides (along with beer and wine). Indoor and outdoor seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you’ll be near the East Village or the Lower East Side this Saturday night without plans, check out a free comedy show at Pinky’s Space on East 1st Street starting at 9pm. We have plenty of recommendations for dinner beforehand.
The founders of Ample Hills Creamery are officially back with a new ice cream shop in Prospect Heights. You can stop by The Social for everything from chocolate fudge sundaes and ice-cream sodas to old-fashioned doughnuts and butterscotch milkshakes. They’re open every day from 11am-10pm.
Samuel N. Bennerson 2nd Playground
Movie theaters are nice, but watching The Goonies outside might be more compelling to anyone with a nostalgic soul. This Friday, August 6th, there’s a free film screening on the Upper West Side at Samuel N. Bennerson 2nd Playground right near Lincoln Center. Arrive around 8pm if you want to get a good spot (and bring a blanket and snacks too).
Clem’s, a longstanding dive bar in Williamsburg, is hosting vegan Dominican pop-up project Dead Beets NYC on Friday, August 6th. In the past, Dead Beets NYC has served dishes like oyster mushroom empanadas and fried chicken made with jackfruit and seitan before at places like Trans Pecos in Ridgewood, and Marco’s in Bushwick. Stop by starting at 6pm.
This Saturday from 7am-12pm, the 7-mile stretch between the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park will be closed to cars. You can bike, walk, run, skip merrily, or maybe even set up a DIY karaoke stage right in the middle of Park Avenue. There will also be snacks and free bike rentals, as well as public art exhibits and performances.
This week, Mayor de Blasio announced that all NYC restaurants and bars will be required to check indoor diners’ proof of vaccination. That won’t start being enforced until September 13th, but many of the city’s spots are already operating with similar policies. If you’re already antsy to eat inside of a restaurant or have a drink in a bar where you know everyone is vaccinated, check out our list of restaurants and bars requiring vaccination.
The Noguchi Museum
From now until September 5th, the Noguchi Museum in Astoria is showing by Christian Boltanski’s outdoor sound exhibit made of 180 bronze bells. The museum is open every Wednesday through Sunday until 6pm, but they also run a Free First Friday night every month. If you do that math, that’s this Friday, August 4th. You can book your timed ticket here.