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6 Exciting Things To Do & Eat In NYC Between January 26th-Feb 1st

Check out these restaurants, pop-ups, and special events all around NYC.

As we close out the month, there's to plenty to feel festive about. From Lunar New Year and Australia Day to the almighty pig that blesses us with bacon and chorizo, here's what to celebrate over the next week.

As the old rhyme goes, this little piggy’s going to market—so show some respect. The Catalan tradition La Matança del Porc does just that, to honor the hog that gives us jamón. Il Buco is celebrating with a special pork-based Catalan brunch menu featuring things like chorizo, Catalan sausage, and grilled sweet onions. Get your tickets to the sacred sacrifice here.

The Chinese lunar calendar marks Feb 1st as the beginning of the Lunar New Year, and the Chinese American-owned bar Mood Ring is bringing back their New Year's event for the first time in two years. There will be cocktails and music by local artists from 10pm-4am.

Did you know January 26th is Australia Day? The cricket matches and fireworks celebrating the occasion are hard to come by in New York, but the city’s Aussie restaurants are always excited to add an extra something to their menus for the holiday. Aussie cafe and wine bar Sonnyboy is keeping the celebration going all week with some regional wine and spirits, with $1 from every cocktail going to Bridging The Gap Foundation, a charity in Australia that works to reduce inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Stop by for a sausage roll from Jan 25th to Jan 29th.

Enjoy a lazy Sunday pour at the Bushwick natural wine bar Cherry on Top with some live jazz to get you in the right state of mind before your week revs up again. Happy Hour starts at 2pm, and seats are first come, first served.

Your Lunar New Year in New York wouldn’t be complete without a contribution from Nom Wah, the first dim sum parlor in Chinatown (est. 1920). In collaboration with Nom Wah, tea purveyor Tea Drunk is hosting a virtual tea and dumpling tasting where you’ll learn how to steam and pan-fry the 60 frozen dumplings sent to your home. While you sip some special teas, the Tea Drunk founder will explain the origin and pairing notes of each.

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The Paley Center for Media

With all the TV you’ve been watching lately perhaps you’ve renewed your love for some of your favorite TV icons (RIP Betty White.) You can find Betty and more on the walls of the Paley Center for Media this week in drawings by legendary caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, before catching screenings from the Paley archive that you won’t find on streaming. Grab some lunch at one of the spots on our Midtown Lunch Guide before heading over to watch classics like the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show and The Judy Garland Show. Buy tickets here.

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