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This Week in NYC: April 23–29

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Happy Monday, Bitches! The weather is finally looking consistently lovely, and the weeks are getting busier than ever. But lucky for us, staying out and about ater work isn’t so bad when it’s still warm out. This week we’re looking forward to getting a little cheesy, giving back, getting a little spirited, and more. Check out what we’ll be doing over the next couple of days below. See you around, we’re sure!

Monday
Start the week off on a good note: with lots of cheese, obviously. In this Cheese 101 event at Murray’s Cheese Shop, go through a seven-cheese tasting—”from fresh to bloomy to blue and everything in between.” With unlimited pours of house red and white wine and the improve your cheese knowledge (or just eat a ton of it and pretend), you really can’t go wrong. Tickets, $75, available here. 254 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10014

Tuesday
Indulge your spring fever with a little extra shopping at the Meatpacking District’s first Swing Into Spring event. During the extra-long store hours (participating retailers will stay open until 9 p.m.), expect complimentary gifts, delicious cocktails, small bites,  in-store activations, and discounts of 20% or more from your favorite retailers. Think chair massages at Exhale Spa, paper flower making at Paper Source, skin consultations at Kiehl’s, wine tastings at Little West Wines and more. See here for a list of participants throughout the district.

Wednesday
At Tap & Tapas 2018, help support the tiny dancers at Groove With Me, an organization that provides free dance classes and performance opportunities to 350 girls residing in East Harlem and the South Bronx. Tonight’s fundraiser includes a walkaround tasting from top NYC restaurants, including The Spotted Pig, Beauty & Essex, and Vandal as well as a live auction that’s raffling off tickets to Dear Evan Hansen, Wicked, dinner at Le Bernardin, and more. Tickets, starting at $200, available here. SECOND, 849 6th Ave. at 29th St., New York, USA

Thursday
Baiju is the world’s best-selling liquor, but you’ve probably never heard of it. Get to know all about this and other Chinese spirts tonight at the Museum of Food and Drink’s new talk, Baijiu: The World of Chinese Spirits. Join Derek Sandhaus, who literally wrote the book on baiju, for a discussion about how alcohol has been shaped by Chinese culture. Tickets, $30, available here, include a tasting, small bites, and a book signing. 62 Bayard St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Friday
So everyone is talking about cryptocurrency, but does anyone really know what it is? Head to the museum to attend Badlands Unlimited Presents What Is Cryptocurrency? Aimed at educating “artists, writers, the incarcerated, and anyone else too afraid or embarrassed to ask,” the program will include a short presentation on the basics of crypto—its history, technology, and current application in the field of finance and beyond. Already know all about bitcoin? Take advantage of the museum’s pay-what-you-wish Fridays (fro 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and just browse the exhibitions. 99 Gansevoort Street,
New York, NY 10014

Saturday
Gear up because this is going to be a busy Saturday, people! You’ve got three excellent options. Start the day at 10:30 a.m. at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for its cherry blossom festival—Sakura Matsuri—the annual two-day celebration of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. For lunch, head to Pig Beach’s first annual Crawfish Boil, hosted by Mississippi “BBQ ninja,” Craig Verhage. End the day in Queens at the 2018 World’s Fare in the parking lot at Citi Field, an event paying homage to the largest event to ever hit NYC in the 1960s. This new version of the fair will showcase food and culture from around the world for two days.

Marlow Bistro

Sunday
First things first: brunch. Lately we’re into the Mediterranean vibes at the cozy Upper West Side Marlow Bistro. A two-for-one Bloody Mary and pilsner deal doesn’t hurt either. Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails in Murray Hill isn’t to be missed either for its combination of traditional brunch items into over-the-top, memorable dishes.

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