Cinco de Mayo is on Thursday, which leaves you plenty of time to get your tequila-soaked self together and have mimosas with mom for Mother's Day on Sunday. It's also AAPI month, so look out for specials from our favorite local Asian-American spots through the end of May, including Mimi Cheng's dumpling collab below.
AAPI month has officially begun, and the city’s dumpling game is already being elevated. Mimi Cheng's and Adrianne Ho, the founder of The Farmers Market Global, are collaborating on some seasonal spicy pork and ramp dan dan dumplings that you can get at all three Mimi Cheng's locations until the end of the month. If that isn't enough for you, gather a few friends and order Mimi Cheng’s dumpling tower.
For the past few years, birria madness has been going strong in NYC, and we’re still very much on board. If it’s been a while since you’ve dipped your fingers in some consome, LES burger spot Smashed is celebrating Cinco De Mayo with a special birria burger that you can get today and tomorrow. Pick one up after marathoning margaritas all night.
No one can agree on what the Japanese musical genre of “City Pop” means anymore, so today’s encyclopedic music fans (and TikTok-ers) have pretty much settled on “vibes.” In the '70s, it was defined as music for city people by city people—and you’re a city person, so go check out the City Pop Sake Party & Night Market in Greenpoint this Thursday. Your $15 ticket will include a sake tasting glass and starter pack of drink tickets. Food from Rule of Thirds is also available for purchase. The market will host a selection of vendors curated by Deco Boko, and of course, throwback City Pop tunes from DJ Kevin Yoo all night.
Whether or not you or your mother own a “Wine Mom” magnet, we love to see moms get a little tipsy and take some time off from all the work they put in to make our lives better. Take your mom to Kindred’s Orange Wine Festival this Mother’s Day for a five-course, family-style meal that includes samples of 10 different wines and their handmade pastas. Buy your tickets here.
Talea Beer Co.
On May 8th, Talea Beer Co. in Williamsburg will have free (mini) mimosas for moms, complimentary snacks, and, most importantly, an arts and crafts table to keep your kids occupied while you enjoy the aforementioned mimosas. Walk-ins welcome. That is all.
Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, which means you’re going to have pitchers of margaritas bursting through the walls of Mexican restaurants like the Kool-Aid man. But if tequila tends to get you in more trouble than you can afford on a Thursday, head over to King Tai for a celebration with special rum cocktails instead. CmartysJerk will be there serving tacos and nachos to keep the night kind of on theme and help prevent any hangovers the next day at work.
photo credit: Mark Weinberg
Una Pizza Napoletana
Una Pizza is one of the highest rated pizza spots on our website, and Shake Shack is, well, Shake Shack. For two nights only, they’re collaborating to turn Shake Shack Madison Square Park into more than a quick stop for ShackSauce and cheese fries. Make your reservation here to try the first ever SmokeShack Pizza as part of a three-course meal complete with natural wines.
Roof at Park South Hotel
Though we do sometimes fantasize about being the type of people who smoke fat cigars and bet on a horse, everyone knows the Kentucky Derby is all about the fashion. And by fashion, we mean hats. The Roof at Park South is hosting a Met Gala of Hats this Saturday at their Kentucky Derby After Party, where you can enjoy derby drinks, tea sandwiches with caviar, and fried chicken. Buy your tickets here.