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This Week in NYC: May 14–20

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The time has come—for the royal wedding, of course! We can barely contain our excitement until the big day on Saturday, but thankfully there’s a host of fun events to tide us over until we’re drinking champagne at high tea and practicing our best English accents. An uptown food festival, new bingeworthy TV show, healthy indulgences and more are on the agenda this week. Get all the details below. We’re bound for a brilliant week.

Monday
Head uptown to sample the excellent cuisine, art, and culture across various Harlem neighborhoods in the fourth annual Harlem EatUp! Festival, which begins today and runs through Sunday, May 20. The week is chock-full of fabulous events including one-night-only dinner party special  events at Harlem restaurant favorites (including Clay, Solomon & Kuff, and more), as well as Mantras and Mimosas, a fun yoga-then-prosecco event on Friday. End the week at the Marketplace at the Harlem Stroll where you can take part in a Grand Tasting and sample cuisine from more than 20 of Harlem’s top restaurants at once. With so many fun events to choose from, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Tickets (prices vary) available here.

Tuesday
In case you missed it, the new drama Sweetbitter, based on the best-selling novel by Stephanie Danler, premiered a few weeks ago. Tonight we’re playing catchup with the first two episodes of the series to get ready for episode three this Sunday. The series follows Tess, a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed newbie to Manhattan who lands a job at an upscale NYC restaurant (quite obviously based on Union Square Cafe, where the author worked)—even though she knows nothing about food or wine—and is thrust into the sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll of the food industry in the early aughts. Episodes air Sundays on Starz.

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Wednesday
Ever had wagashi? If not, why not start tonight? The delicate Japanese confections are the topic of tonight’s Talk & Tasting at the Japan Society, Wagashi: Artistic Japanese Sweets. Inspired by the natural word and made in accordance with the seasons, wagashi are served as part of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Hear from wagashi expert Miyuki Hyodo who will break down the culture of the treats and share her contemporary approach to making them. Best part? There’s a tasting at the end. Tickets, $20, available here. 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY

Thursday
Feel like the week is catching up with you? Daily Harvest can help with that. The company has launched a new line of functional coffee lattes that can be served hot or cold and reportedly pack more punch than a cup of coffee. The lattes come in four flavors: chaga + chocolate, coffee + cardamom, ginger + turmeric, and matcha + lemongrass. To keep your mind and body in check, each latte includes a pinch of lion’s mane mushroom and macaroot to boost your memory, focus, stamina, and energy as well as tahini for a creamy taste.

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Friday
Plant-based soft serve? You heard that right. Starting today, you can have your fill of Kokus, an organic cultured coconut soft-serve made without refined sugars or fillers. Sounds guilt-free to us (and dairy-free and gluten-free, you get the picture). Up the health factor with a variety of superfood toppings including CBD cacao, spiced turmeric honey, and chocolate chia seeds. Get your fill at Springbone in the West Village today and every day for the rest of the summer. (Pro tip: Get it in a coconut! It’s adorable.) 90 W 3rd St, New York, NY

Saturday
Sound the horns! It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for, the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We missed our invite in the mail, so we’ll be heading to the Williamsburg Hotel to catch the action at high tea at Harvey. Forgot your fascinator? No big. Brooklyn-based hat shop Goorin Brothers will be on hand at Harvey all day to outfit wedding watchers in style. With champagne toasts, royal wedding–themed dishes, and tea and pastries, of course, there’s no better way to celebrate this royal occasion. Cheers to the happy couple! 96 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Sunday
Brunch time! This week we tackled the west side. West Village fans are going to love St. Tropez, a French wine bar with delicious small plates and a mile long wine list that will keep you coming back. In the Upper West Side? The Mermaid Inn is not to be missed—think laid-back upscale seafood vibes, including a killer smoked fish board.

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