'Tis the season to be a cornball, and you should embrace it. Feed a duck, make a galette, sing in the rain while tourists go “Only in New York!” and New Yorkers desperately hope you don’t take that show onto the train. Start shedding your unsavory winter sarcasm at one of these fun events.
The New York Botanical Garden
In the spirit of sincerity, take someone on a cheesy, romantic date to Orchid Evenings at the New York Botanical Gardens, which starts this Saturday and continues through April. Your ticket includes entry to this year's Orchid Show, a truly gorgeous installation of thousands of orchids transformed into a kaleidoscope of colors. (Ooh la la, and all that.) The Garden is teaming up with Bronx Night Market to bring you some of the Bronx’s finest food vendors and signature cocktails at the bar, and, on Saturdays, you can also have dinner on site at the Hudson Garden Grill. You can buy your tickets and select a time to see the Orchid Show here.
Greenpoint Japanese restaurant Rule of Thirds is teaming up with neighbor Acme Smoked Fish for a limited-run Salmon & Cheese Mazeman featuring camembert cheese and Acme’s new Togarashi Smoked Salmon—and it'll be on the restaurant’s dinner menu for this weekend only. Cheese in ramen is generally a good thing, so why not throw some lox in the mix and see what happens? Make your weekend reservations here.
So you don’t have a Warhol in your foyer or a Basquiat in your lobby. Listen, Jay-Z and Beyonce have a lot of things you don’t have, but you can still get some impressive contemporary art on your walls. Find the next Basquiat at the Affordable Art Fair from March 23-27th. Over 70 local and international galleries will be showcasing original work at the Metropolitan Pavilion priced from $100 to $10,000. If your purchase makes you feel like you’re closer to the royal couple’s tax bracket, splurge on a meal at Gramercy Tavern nearby. Check out our recent re-review here.
DFA Records, the home of LCD Soundsystem, is celebrating its 20th anniversary at the Ace Hotel Brooklyn this week with some shows and a wine pop-up by The Four Horsemen. Starting tonight, the wine bar and restaurant will be offering a special menu of savory plates and natural wines in the garden. Newly-corny hipster dads and other LCD fans can dance like nobody's watching at one of the free dance parties. RSVP here.
At BATSU!, you enter through a door camouflaged by a big chicken and turtle mural into the weird and wonderful world of the batsu game. In this Japanese genre of comedy, comedians compete in challenges of all kinds, and the losers receive punishments like electric shocks, paintballs, and a giant egg-smashing chicken. If you’ve seen other Japanese game shows, you know that this place will likely be a good, rowdy time. Food and drink are also available at the venue, or you can always have dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in the East Village. Reserve a spot here.