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This Week in NYC: May 5-11

I can’t believe it is already May. Although it’s still a bit nippy outside, we’re taking full advantage of springtime in the city and have filled our social calendars with as many outdoor activities as possible. Between Cinco de Mayo and NYC Burger Week, it’s a major food week so dig in and get after it.

La Cocina de Leslie
La Cocina de Leslie

Happy Cinco de Mayo! There’s nothing I love more than skinny margs and guacamole so I’ll be celebrating at dinner with some girlfriends. If you’re looking for a great party on a gorgeous rooftop, check out the springtime grand opening of Tequila Park on the roof of the Hudson Hotel. Kicking off at 6 p.m., the bar will be handing out Mexi-Cola cocktails, Raspberry Jalapeño Margaritas and a wide a variety of creative tacos, like Kimchi Shrimp, fried oyster po’ boy and Pork Carnitas to the tunes of a live mariachi band. Make a reservation here. 356 W. 58th St.

2014 is all about the bold brow. Brow bars are popping up all over the city and tonight we’ll celebrate the launch of Boom Boom Brow Bar at Ricky’s Gramercy. Best of all, the first forty party-goers will receive a complimentary brow wax from the experts at Boom Boom. The event begins at 4 p.m. 373 Third Ave.

The Marrow Brunch

If Cinco de Mayo wasn’t indulgent enough, it is also NYC Burger Week. Film-enthusiast foodies won’t want to miss the 10th anniversary screening of “Hamburger America” at Tribeca Cinemas. The $45 ticket includes an invite to the pre and after parties, screening of “Hamburger America” hosted by George Motz, America’s foremost hamburger expert, and a tasting of three burgers featured in the film. 54 Varick St.

Exhale Mind Body Spa
Exhale Mind Body Spa

Try a healthier version of this week’s Thirsty Thursday with happy hour at the barre. I’ve recently been loving the slow burn of Core Fusion classes at Exhale Spa. First timers can try an unlimited week of classes for $40, which is a steal considering single classes cost $37. Various locations.

Living in NYC, I definitely don’t take enough advantage of all of the great live music that surrounds us. Tonight, M.I.A. will perform at the Knockdown Center in Queens as part of her world tour with A$AP Ferg. M.I.A. was named one of the ten defining artists of the 2000’s decade by Rolling Stone made famous with Grammy-winning hits such as “Paper Planes” and “Swagga Like Us.”Doors open at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets here. 52-19 Flushing Ave.

The famous Mark Bittman will be keynoting this year’s Edible Institute weekend where the food movement’s foremost thought leaders will lead a celebration and discussion of where the American food movement is, and where it’s going. Expect panels by farmers, chefs, mixologists, and journalists. Tickets start at $125. 66 W. 12th St.

Candle 79 Brunch

There’s no better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than over brunch. Pick up a bouquet of fresh blooms for mother dearest and make a rezzie at a fancy-pants Bitch-approved eatery. We recommend Maialino in Gramercy, Candle 79 in the Upper East Side, and Montmartre in Chelsea.







Ally is a Brooklyn-based marketing pro with a passion for food and fitness. You'll most likely find her at her local brunch haunts and coffee shops, always with a book in hand.

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