6 Exciting Things To Do & Eat In NYC Between January 5th-11th

Check out these restaurants, pop-ups, and special events all around NYC.
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We put a lot of pressure on January–new beginnings, resolutions, judgy Capricorn memes–but it doesn’t take long before we look outside and decide to live under a blanket. We’ve rounded up the week’s best in-home entertainment and eating, as well as a few fresh-air experiences worth going out for.


Many of the city’s restaurants are making it easier for you to support them without having to become an 8-layer nesting doll every time you leave the house. (There’s a reason those dolls were created in Russia.) Starting today from 5:30-9pm, the tasting-menu-only restaurant Hera will be offering takeaway meal kits to enjoy at home. You can get a pantry kit with stuff like carrot hot sauce and homemade potato chips, or you can grab a tasting menu kit for two with a pint of homemade ice cream. DM to place an order here.

Wandering Barman

In 2020, Brooklyn’s Soup Queen started hawking soups like cream of crab and lavender vichyssoise. Now she has a delivery service, and her soups are stocked at various locations in New York and New Jersey. This Wednesday, she continues her weekly panini and soup pop-up at Wandering Barman in East Williamsburg featuring sweet potato jackfruit chili, bbq mushroom and onion paninis, and more.

Museum of Food and Drink

If you’re spending more time in your kitchen this week, the Museum of Food and Drink (it exists, you’re welcome) is hosting a virtual discussion and cooking demo featuring chef Zoe Adjonyoh, author of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen: An Introduction to New African Cuisine – from Ghana with Love. She’ll be joined by Pierre Thiam, the executive chef behind New York’s Teranga, to discuss decolonizing the food industry and bringing West African cuisine to the rest of the world. Following the chat, get a preview of the cookbook with a demo of pan-roasted cod with hibiscus and grains of paradise. Purchase tickets here to receive the recipe before the event.

Culture Lab Long Island City

We love a live show, but sometimes the prospect of bathroom line purgatory, inclement weather, and—worst of all—small talk is enough to keep us home with whatever passes for a speaker system. That’s why we appreciate hybrid livestreams like Culture Lab’s virtual concerts. Every Tuesday you can tune in to a concert from home or join the intimate studio audience in person at the Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City. On Jan 11th, Chilean musician Benjamin Furman will be playing his mix of South American folk and jazz. Watch the livestream or RSVP to join in person here.

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Vale Rink @ The William Vale

If you want to know what flying feels like, we imagine gliding along the Manhattan skyline on a rooftop rink might get you close. The rink at The William Vale in Williamsburg is outside on the 23rd floor, but that’s not even the most interesting thing about it. It’s made of sustainable synthetic ice, which uses no power or water and also isn’t cold. Yes, you can now skate on a rooftop on ice that isn’t cold. We really do have everything now. Follow your skate with a cocktail at Westlight’s outdoor Winter Village pop-up. Make your skating and dining reservations here.

Mrs. Maisel's Marvelous Tour of NYC

You’ve been holed up inside binge-watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and perusing our takeout guides, and it might be time to get some fresh air. If you’ve finished all three seasons of the standup comedy period piece and you’re jonesing to get off the couch, take a tour of the show’s filming locations while sitting in the same 1957 Studebaker used in the show. Mrs. Maisel’s Marvelous Tour of NYC will have a guide take you around town to reveal the ways the production transformed modern-day locations into ’50s NYC. This is a great activity for when you’re trying to keep your gatherings small–they only take 2 to 3 guests on each tour.

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