Passover, Easter, multiplayer LED arcade games–whatever you hold sacred, you’ve got somewhere to go worship this week. And, most importantly, you’ve got something amazing to eat once you get there. Grab yourself some good brisket, spicy crawfish, and Kewpie-covered hot dogs while you celebrate spring at these fun events.
If you couldn’t make it to Mardi Gras this year, you can still make a NOLA-style mess of your week in Greenpoint on Monday. Nura is hosting a good old fashioned crawfish boil captained by their pastry chef Sam Short and Louisiana chef Nick Griffo. You can expect crawfish, cornbread, catfish nuggets, shaved ice tea, and more. If you’ve never had the pleasure of spending a couple hours twisting tails off crustaceans by the bayou, check out the event flier for a step-by-step guide. Reserve your spot here.
We often feel like we’re roaming around the city with our mouths open like Pac-Man. The hardest level to get through by far is Queens—not just because of its size, but because of all the great food available in the area. Every summer, Queens Night Market makes eating your way through the borough a bit easier by hosting local food and art vendors every Saturday night. The market officially opens for the season on May 7th, but they’re holding special ticketed preview events on April 16th and 23rd. Stop by for vegan Taiwanese popcorn chicken from Bstro, Persian stew with crispy rice from Joon, Antiguan Ducana from La’Maoli, and more from 70+ vendors. Buy your tickets here.
At Wonderville, you can play independently-made arcade games and catch nightly live music, performances, and video game tournaments. This Saturday looks especially fun, with a live hardware-based hip hop collaborative show featuring DJs, a live set from Nota Gami, and breakdancing from Floor Militia. Grab a drink and one of Randwiches’ hot dog creations at the bar, and don’t leave without playing the rotating selection of games. The current game lineup includes the intriguing Bumblebear’s Black Emperor, a game inspired by Japanese psychedelic rock and the Bosozoku motorcycle culture of the '70s.
Grand Bazaar NYC
This Sunday is Earth Day, and you can celebrate your other mother at the Earth Day edition of the Upper West Side’s weekly bazaar. Local artists and vintage dealers who creatively use recycled materials will be showing off their up-cycled clothing, home accessories, and other goods that will make you feel less guilty about that Amazon Prime addiction you’ve developed over the last two years. You can also take a lunch break at the bazaar's food court. Past vendors have included Mysttik Masaala, Club Dog, and The Boiis Co.
So no one signed up to host Passover Seder this year, and everyone's feeling really guilty about it. Thankfully, you can still buy tickets for Kubeh's celebrations this weekend. They'll be doing a 4-course Shepardic dinner with all the symbolic foods and plenty of wine. You can get tickets for Friday or Saturday night here.