5 Exciting Things To Do & Eat In NYC Between May 18th - 24th
Check out these restaurants, pop-ups, and special events all around NYC.
We don't want to jinx it, but this week might be a perfect springtime week. It's warm but breezy, patios are open, and last week's showers brought more May flowers, as advertised. So unless we make our local weatherman mad (they control the weather, right?), you should be able to enjoy some umami flavor, frosé, and live music outside at one of the events below.
We want our shrimp chips, and we want them now. And while you’re at it, throw in some frozen pork buns, chili crisp, and our new pantry staple, instant pancit canton. We aren’t this rude when we put in a grocery delivery order on Umamicart, but our internal monologue can get demanding. Umamicart is an online Asian grocer that makes same day deliveries in New York, and we’re obsessed with it. This Friday from 6-9pm, they’re celebrating AAPI month with their first popup at Tabetomo, where you can sample snacks and win prizes. All proceeds will go to Heart of Dinner, the grassroots organization combating food insecurity and social isolation within NYC’s elderly East Asian American community.
Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten
As much as hearing the phrases “Stop and smell the rosé!” and “Will you accept this rosé?” almost makes us long for a blizzard, we too enjoy a nice frosé in the summertime. Plus, at Loreley’s Summer Rosé Festival, they serve their famous frosé in a mini inflatable flamingo to keep for your next pool party (or, more likely, your bathtub). That’s reason enough for us to stop by, but they’ll also have 10 different kinds of rosé, rosé sangria, rosé cocktails, and more. Check out all the fun drinks you can have on their Instagram.
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photo credit: David A. Lee
Fan Fan Doughnuts
Did you know that Earth might have been shaped like a donut at one point? Does this make you feel as spiritually connected to donuts as we do? Come to church with us at Fan Fan Donuts–they’re having a five-day Chocolate Doughnut Festival, which might be the only holidays we celebrate from now on. Amongst the many varieties you’ll find over the week, they have a collection of nature-inspired donuts like “Starry Night,” “Campfire,” and “Spring Harvest” so you can properly pay tribute to our big donut in the sky.
photo credit: Noah Devereaux
One of our favorite summer concert series Sofar Sounds is back with a series of intimate concerts are spread across the city–but you won’t know the artist until you get there, and they only reveal the location 38 hours in advance. After so many years of being plugged into the grid, your life is probably very customized and curated, so this is a great chance to be surprised by something new. Shows take place three times a week; tickets are $22. More info on Sofar Sounds here.
At the Fridge Art Fair, every piece displayed must fit in a fridge. It’s also pet-friendly, and much of the display is dedicated to dog and cat-related images created in various mediums. You’ve heard the old adage, “if you build it they will come.” We don’t know if there’s better proof of that than this beloved Miami-born festival, which is happening as part of NYC’s Frieze Art Fair from May 18th to 22nd on the LES. The festival aims to showcase local artists and sell their work at reasonable prices, so you should swing by even if you don’t have an art collector’s astronomical budget. While you're in the neighborhood, check out one of our favorite LES restaurants.