Even though the weather necessitates several showers per day, there’s too much going on in NYC to sit inside your apartment and practice conversation skills with your air conditioner. That’s why we curated a list of the most exciting pop-ups, collaborations, and parties happening between July 7th and July 11th - from live jazz to a classic NYC deli serving ice cream sandwiches in between slices of chocolate babka. All you need to do is pick which one(s) to go to.
If you want to say sorry for getting drunk and dominating the conversation by talking about Alex Trebek’s successor, you could write an apology card. Or you could show up at your friend’s door with a box of glazed cakes. On Saturday, July 10th, Brooklyn-based pastry chef Joy Cho will be selling boxes of mini sour cream-bundt cakes called gem cakes at Gentle Perch in East Williamsburg from 2-5pm. You can choose between a whole variety of glazes for the cakes, including misgaru, passionfruit, matcha, yuja, black sesame, and strawberry milk, and pick up things like cookies and sweet rice flour fudge brownies while you’re at it. Check out Joy Cho’s gem cakes and past offerings on her website.
We think there are few plans more exciting than trying a new restaurant. To help you decide where to go, we wrote about our favorite new spots around the city on our Hit List. But if you want to pioneer your own path you can check out this brand new restaurant from the chef who operates Shuka. Shukette, which opens in Chelsea on Friday, July 9th, will serve a range of dips, salads, and grilled meats of the Levant region in the Middle East. Think of it a little like Shuka, only with room for over 70 people and more party-time energy. Read about more of the city’s latest restaurant openings here.
Uptown Night Market
West Harlem is getting its own outdoor food market, starting this Thursday, July 8th. The opening party has a huge lineup of independent vendors and neighborhood restaurants we love (like Harlem Shake and Lolo’s Seafood Shack), as well as live performances by jazz singer Lynette Washington and, DJ Stormin’ Norman, who’s one of the DJs who pioneered live mixing on the radio in the 1990’s. Uptown Night Market is being put on by the same team as Bronx Night Market, but with more of a focus on showcasing Harlem’s own local vendors and makers. If you can’t make the opening party (happening from 4-10pm on Thursday), you can always make a free reservation for each second Thursday of the month until November 4th.
Russ & Daughters now serves a vanilla ice cream sandwich between two pieces of chocolate babka. The ice cream itself has hunks of babka in it, and it’s available all summer long at their cafe on the Lower East Side and at the Brooklyn Navy Yard location. We could continue to explain why this sounds delicious, but the case appears to be self-evident. Enjoy.
The NBA finals started this week, which means possibly a lot or nothing at all to you. If you’re in the former category (or you simply enjoy fried chicken wings), know that this beer bar in Kingsbridge has been showing all of the games on their TVs, with the sound on very loudly. Plus, if you show up before 7pm, you can take advantage of $5 draft beer during their Happy Hour (which runs from 11am-7pm Monday through Friday).