5 Exciting Things To Do & Eat In NYC Between May 12th - 17th guide image

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5 Exciting Things To Do & Eat In NYC Between May 12th - 17th

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

Finally, it's time to use "sun" as a verb. As in, we've shamelessly set our Slack status to "slow to respond—sunning on roof." If you don't want to receive a sternly worded email about company time, you can also save your sunning for one of these weekend pop-ups. Make use of these warmer nights and head out to a seaweed tasting event, a VR-enhanced dinner, or a comedy show with a LES legend.

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Mena

$$$$

28 Cortlandt Alley, New York
Earn 3X Points

Most of the time we encounter seaweed, it’s either wrapped around our legs in the ocean or around some rice in our mouths. But The Independent named seaweed its #1 food trend last year and, indeed, we're seeing it all over NYC right now, notably in the sea vegetable-heavy menu at Mena. Next Monday, the Tribeca restaurant is hosting Tertulias at Mena, Edition 1: Seaweed. The evening will include a discussion about seaweed’s potential as a sustainable crop, and you'll be able to enjoy seaweed-inspired hors d’oeuvres and a signature seaweed-infused cocktail. Make your reservations for the tertulia here.

There are a million theories about what eating is going to look like in the future. Will we live in flavorless soylent hell? Eat single pills that taste like steak dinners? Or only exist virtually, eating all the digital foie gras we want? Some kind of hybrid has already begun with Aerobanquets RMX–a seven course, hour-long immersive VR dinner based on the Italian Futurist Cookbook and produced by the people behind some of our favorite restaurants (Dhamaka, Semma, and Rowdy Rooster). You'll be eating real food (for now), but be ready to don a VR headset for a multi-sensory art and dining experience. There are two more nights of dinners at the art space 99 Scott that you can get tickets for here.

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If you never had the pleasure of partying in the now-closed “Jewish disco” that was Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse, you should know you missed out on one of the best parties in the LES–and probably the only one that you’d go to because you wanted to be yelled at in Yiddish all night. The man doing a lot of the yelling was Dani Luv, who stood behind his keyboard singing Jewish songs all night for 18 years. You can still find him doing all of that in other NYC basements, including the one where Lil' Fish Comedy is happening this Friday. Join Dani Luv and a lineup of future NYC legends for a comedy show and after-party hidden in an old-school East Village nightclub. Buy tickets here.

photo credit: Teddy Wolff

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8.3

Ursula

You’ll find some of the best Filipino food in the city at pop-ups, but Patikim is one that we really wish would stay put. We have a new crush on every new picture of bbq pork and coconut cream they post, so we’ll keep chasing them down until they stick around in one spot. This Saturday, stop by their pop-up at Ursula for kare kare noodle salad, coconut cake, and more. Pre-order here. Walk-in availability will be limited.

When beloved Mexican restaurant Boca Santa closed in 2020, the owner Natalie Hernandez promised it wasn't goodbye, and she's delivered on that promise just as we were finishing up our tearful eulogy to her incredible handmade tortillas. See what new dishes she's come up with at her pop-up at Doris this weekend, from 5pm until they sell out on Saturday and Sunday. Cash only.

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