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6 Exciting Things To Do & Eat In NYC Between April 27th - May 3rd

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

Popular Twitter comedian Elon Musk (SNL, your nightmares) decided this week that he'd just buy the whole platform, setting off an existential crisis for the rest of us as we inch closer to eating, shopping, and living in the Metaverse for good. For now, there's still a real world for your local news to report on, where you can watch music videos with your friends at the bar, and eat your food offline (even if you followed it online first). Keep the real world going round at one of these events this week.

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Pig Beach BBQ Queens

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There are currently 15+ TV series dedicated to BBQ available on various streaming platforms. Some are competitions that you’ll get way too invested in, others are glorified mukbang videos—and watching any of them is masochistic when you live somewhere severely lacking in BBQ. This Saturday, you have the chance to smell, taste, and get emotionally involved with so much meat at Pig Beach BBQ’s Second Annual Jeff Michner BBQ Benefit–an all-day cookout in honor of the late Pig Beach executive featuring champion pitmasters and BBQ royalty. Tickets include food from over 25 vendors, drinks by local breweries, and musical performances.

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Tastes of Bed-Stuy

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This Saturday, you can explore Bed-Stuy’s culinary landscape with the same enthusiasm you have while seeking out samples at Costco. At the Tastes of Bed-Stuy, you’ll get a menu and a map of participating businesses where you can take your ticket and try the dishes featured in the food crawl. $35 gets you 4 tastes, and $100 gets you 12 tastes from Peaches, Greedi Kitchen, Maya Congee Cafe, and more. If you can't make it over, Tastes of Brooklyn does similar events in different neighborhoods to support Seeds in the Middle, an organization that helps residents in the borough get access to healthier eating choices. Buy your tickets here, and make sure to stop by the org’s Hip2B Healthy Market and flea market on your crawl.

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Lee Lee's Baked Goods

Mr. Lee of Lee Lee’s Baked Goods loves baking rugelach almost as much as we love saying "rugelach." After 50 years of bringing the baked good to Harlem, he’s made his love official by getting the National Day Archives to declare April 29th National Rugelach Day (which also happens to be his birthday). Join him for an all-day celebration at his bakery this Friday. Kicking off at 9:30 in the morning, there will be an 80-minute-long session for those unfamiliar with the Polish and Jewish cookie to come in and enjoy a free piece of rugelach while learning how to prepare and bake it. Throughout the day, Lee Lee’s will also be offering free rugelach for those who sign up online, or you can get a batch shipped nationwide.

You wouldn’t know it from the cardboard-cut-out-looking talking heads on TV news, but journalism used to be kind of punk rock. You can still find some of this truth-seeking spirit in local journalism, where reporters keep an ear to the ground to document all the goings-on in our own neighborhoods. In Bushwick, many of these fine people work for The Bushwick Daily, which needs more money to stay afloat after 11 years of local news reporting. Join them tonight on Our Wicked Lady's rooftop for a rock show fundraiser with local bands, good cocktails, and craft beer by Collective Arts Brewing. Tickets are available here.

Clem's

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If you miss the days of music video marathons after school and Carson Daly on TV during daylight, go to Clem’s Bar on Monday nights from 8 to 11pm. Every week, the local music community comes together for a 3-hour music video request night, so you can get excited about videos the way you used to, while watching them with friends and inhaling frozen burritos. (That's the only bar food option at Clem's, but we're not complaining.) Stop by for a drink, and get your requests to the host early. If Carson Daly doesn’t make an appearance on screen, you can still catch him on TV impressing everyone with his career longevity as the host of The Voice.

Hungry House wants you to know that, even though they run a ghost kitchen at the (kind-of spooky) Brooklyn Naval Yard, their takeout hub isn’t a haunted house of doomed food operations hiding behind bad puns on Doordash. Instead, they tap chefs with popular online presences and give them a way to distribute their products and prove they deserve IRL hype too. You can choose from menus by new creators every season, as well as house specials that pull some ingredients and inspiration from everyone. Season 2’s lineup just dropped, featuring food from viral salad maker Pierce Abernathy, “super torta” chef Tony Ortiz, and the Instagram-favorite Filipino pop-up Woldy Kusina. Order for pickup or delivery here.

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