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This Week in NYC: Oct. 12-18

Happy Monday! Yet another jam-packed New York week with plenty of restaurant openings, live music, and brunch to be had. It’s even National Dessert Month, as if we needed another excuse to indulge. Below are our top picks for how to spend your free time this week.

The celebrity chef who cooks for other celebrity chefs is now expanding his New York City empire to Sushi Seki. The newest venue at 365 West 46th Street, in the former Firebird location, will open on October 12th and feature two entirely different experiences within the stunning, bi-level space. Upstairs, on the spacious second floor of the new Sushi Seki, there will be a small bar at the entrance with 6 seats followed by 3 traditional tatami rooms, seating 8-10 guests each and 30 in total for a private dining experience. Here, an expansive 12-seat sushi bar will offer lively, theatrical entertainment for the entire room. A total of 70 seats will fill the upstairs and the menu will represent the traditional sushi and sashimi selection that Chef Seki has become known for. Click here for more information. 365 West 46th St, New York, NY

Suffice to say – there’s at least one CMJ Showcase happening where chances are pretty good that the scene will be “Turnt up.” In a rock-heavy world of typical CMJ Showcases, a few of NY’s trap-heavy rappers and producers joined forces for a new trap/rap showcase at Kinfolk 94 on CMJ’s opening night called “Live from the trap.” RSVP for a free entry here. 94 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY


As if we need another reason to celebrate dessert, but it’s National Dessert Month! What better way to celebrate the holoday than with an American original from America’s first restaurant? One of NYC’s most classic restaurants, Delmonico’s, is known for being the birthplace of the Baked Alaska – walnut cake, apricot jam, banana gelato, and meringue. Or celebrate with a cheesecake at Alfredo 100’s Torta Di Ricotta – ricotta cheesecake with raspberry sauce and a walnut graham crust – it takes cheesecake to a whole new level with its Italian twist and rich and thick texture. If you’re looking to go all out to celebrate, Belgian chocolatier, Neuhaus, holds a paradise of the finest chocolates and desserts! Various locations

paleo pad thai

We’ve been obsessed with our spiralizer lately and have been experimenting with all sorts of veggie noodle-centric recipes. For a healthy night in, try a spin on traditional pad thai with Emily’s creamy veggie red coconut curry recipe or Steph’s simple paleo pad thai recipe.

Come celebrate two of our favorite things: smoked meat and good music. Hosted by Adam Richman, Barbeque and the Blues will include custom-crafted BBQ creations from some of Thrillist’s favorite NYC chefs, complemented by a variety of tasty tipples and live blues. Click here for tickets. 356 W. 58th St, New York, NY

Celebrate the festival of lights with the help of Bollywood stars at Diwali at Times Square. Food, culture, dancers, music, thousands of people, killer performances… last year was the biggest yet, but they’re gearing up for an even bigger party this year. Click here for more info. Times Square, New York, NY

acai two hands

Healthy, delicious and reasonably priced, what more can you want out of a Sunday brunch? Head over and try out Two Hands in Little Italy. You had us at avocado toast and acai bowls. Check out our full review here. 64 Mott St, New York, NY


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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