Goats in Riverside Park, a birria taco truck parked at a brewery in Long Island City, a fundraiser for one of our favorite restaurants, and the best times to go to Little Island if you’d rather not put an evil spell on a tourist in a frustrated fit of rage. We’ve got details on all of those things, and more events happening in NYC between July 21st and July 25th. If you’re looking for plans, parties, and pop-ups around the city, you’ve come to the right place.
If you’re wondering when your friends are going to stop sharing beach, boat, and lake pictures, might we suggest bringing your summer-travel-envy self elsewhere? One of our favorite breweries in the Catskills is collaborating with burger-and-milkshake spot, Creamline, on a brand new beer garden outside of Chelsea Market. Starting Thursday, July 22nd, you can come for a new burger menu as well as over 10 different beers from Catskill Brewery (most of which are difficult to find anywhere else in the city).
Goats In Riverside Park
Every year the Riverside Park Conservancy releases an assemblage of goats to munch on invasive plant species harming the park’s native wildlife. Naturally, there was an opening ceremony for the occasion called the “Running Of The Goats” that took place on July 14th. This year, not only will five of the goats be available for IRL meet and greets while they graze by 120th Street until the end of the August, but one of them will be crowned the G.O.A.T. using a ranked-choice system. The descriptions of the nominated goats are the best thing we’ve read all week. Please enjoy.
Exciting is not the right word for this next entry. Golden Diner on Madison Street - one of our favorite restaurants in the city - had a fire this week due to a machinery explosion. In order to reopen, re-employ their fantastic staff, and continue to serve the tuna melts and katsu sandos we’ve loved for years, the restaurant team needs to rebuild its space. They’re raising funds to do just that via an online donation page here.
One of our favorite places to eat birria tacos in the city will be posted up at Fifth Hammer Brewing in Long Island City this Thursday, July 22nd from 4-10pm. The tacos, mulitas, and consomme at Chinelos all taste deliciously cilantro forward, with heavy hints of warming spices like clove, star anise, and cinnamon. All that is to say the stew is more herbaceous here than what’s happening at adobo-forward birria spots like Birria-Landia or Tacos El Bronco. If you want something beyond the 3 for $10 birria tacos, get a $4 mulita, which has crispy cheese layered between the nixtamal corn tortillas, plus a bunch of cotija sprinkled on top.
You may think you know the deal with this new tourist-infested, human-made lifted landmass now plopped in the Hudson River, but we have some tips. The best way to experience Little Island is to arrive between 6am and 12pm - that way you won’t need to reserve a free timed ticket ahead of time. Plus, they won’t kick you out once the timed ticket entrance period starts. We’d also recommend checking out their events calendar and booking timed tickets during late-night hours.
Nidhi Jalan, the chef and founder of Brooklyn-based food company Masala Mama, has a new vegetarian Indian pop-up residency in Gowanus. The menu (which is full of things like sourdough naan, saag made with kabocha squash, and vegan dishes using handmade, kettle-style tofu sourced in Connecticut) is available for in-person dining as well as takeout and delivery until September. Find more details about location, hours, and pricing here.
Museum Of The Moving Image
The Museum Of The Moving Image in Astoria will be screening 2001: A Space Odyssey on Sunday, July 25th at 12:30pm. Your $25 ticket gets you access to the full museum as well (which is an essential NYC museum bucket list activity). Plus, there are discounts for seniors, students, and kids. Christopher Nolan thinks you should bring your kids.
On Friday, July 16th, Mark Iacono and the team behind Lucali opened a slice shop in Carroll Gardens called Baby Luc’s. According to their Instagram account, they began service with a 100-order limit of square slices and pies at 6pm, and, in turn, hour-plus wait times. Baby Luc’s reopened again this week on Tuesday, July 20th at 5pm for a third night of service. Our unsurprising advice? Show up early. We’ve got more details here.
This summer’s NYC Restaurant Week actually lasts five weeks, starting July 19th and running until August 22nd. There are over 500 participating restaurants around the city - from a spot serving Israeli and Ethiopian food in a great backyard in Harlem to one of the best Thai restaurants in the whole city - where you can stop by for $21 or $39 deals that include at least an entree and a side dish. That is way too many restaurants to wrap anyone’s head around. To help you narrow your options down, we wrote about 15 of our favorite spots with deals this year.
This Bushwick specialty grocer and butcher shop will be throwing a burger party on Saturday, July 24th thanks to a special collaboration from chef and LA-based food stylist Max Rappaport. Show up between 4-7pm for $16 dry-aged burgers draped in pickles and American cheese, as well as beer and cider. The burgers look juicy and hulking in all the right ways.
The Market Line
The bottom floor of Essex Market on the Lower East Side - called The Market Line - is reopening to the public this Thursday, July 22nd. They’re throwing a big opening party to celebrate the occasion. In addition to some of our favorite vendors (like Peoples Wine Bar, The Grand Delancey, and Que Chevere), expect a couple new spots selling sake, ice cream, produce, and bing.