Warm weather is here, vaccines abound, and the mayor biked to work this week. But most importantly for our purposes today, a range of restaurants and bars are hosting special events and pop-ups. That’s why we’re curating a weekly list of all the most intriguing stuff to eat and do around the city. Here’s what’s happening from May 13th to May 17th.
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After a couple months of offering takeout, Bernie’s is back with full table service outside right by McCarren Park in Greenpoint starting Thursday, May 13th. We’ve had dreams of reuniting with their mozzarella sticks, shrimp cocktail, and martinis. If you’re in the same boat (or want to try this place for the first time), stop by between 5-9pm Thursday and Sunday for first-come, first-serve tables. According to a recent Instagram post, Bernie’s will be reopening their indoor dining room soon for full service as well.
We’ve recently spent a lot of time eating on the Upper East Side (in preparation for our updated neighborhood guide) and have been telling everyone we know about Kjun. This fantastic Korean-Cajun cooking project on the UES is running a pop-up at Butterfield Market on 85th Street and Madison Avenue from noon to 5pm on Thursday, May 13th, to Sunday, May 16th. You can check out the menu and preorder dishes like kimchi jambalaya and crawfish bibimbap here. And if you aren’t able to make it this weekend, Kjun will be running the same Butterfield Market pop-up next week.
For everyone missing concerts, this massive Bushwick bar (where, unfortunately to the bystanders present, we have danced many times) is hosting a slew of live DJs this weekend as part of their Dining & DJ program. The music starts at 7pm Friday, May 14th through Sunday, May 16th, and you can check out the lineup here. Reservations are available.
This Ridgewood brewery is hosting Queens-based BBQ catering project Bark Barbecue this Saturday, May 15th for a big outdoor pop-up. Starting at 1pm, you can stop by for beer, smoked brisket, ribs, Dominican congri rice, and more. Check out the menu here. And if you’re looking to make a day out of it, we have more recommendations for breweries nearby.
This Lower East Side wine bar is hosting an orange wine class on Thursday, May 13th at 6pm. Each $75 reservation comes with a four-course wine and dinner tasting. If you’re interested, you can DM them on Instagram or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of this week, one of our favorite bars in Alphabet City is back open for indoor and outdoor service. Stop by for twinkling disco balls, lawn chairs, and strong drinks from Tuesday through Sunday starting at 5pm.
The outdoor movie program at Astoria Park is back starting this week. They’re kicking things off on Friday, May 14th with two hours of wondering why Lady Gaga wants to date sweaty Bradley Cooper (aka, showing A Star Is Born). It’s completely free and we’d suggest getting there before 8:15pm when the show starts. Plus, we have an Astoria snack guide with everything you need for an excellent movie-watching experience in the area.