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This Week in NYC: Feb. 16-22

Happy President’s Day! We hope you’re staying warm and bundled if you’re lucky enough to have today off work as we get hit by another wave of Mother Nature’s wrath. Once the storm subsides, our social calendar is jam packed with museum exhibits, Mardi Gras celebrations, and exclusive cocktail tastings. Here’s what we’re looking forward to this week.


A day off work means one extra day to brunch! Many local restaurants are opening their doors and offering their weekend brunch menus in celebration of the national holiday. Here’s our round up of top President’s Day brunches in New York City.

Cafe Du Monde Brunch

Happy Fat Tuesday! Head out to Irondale Center in Fort Greene for Cook Out NYC’s Mardi Gras celebration. The festive fete brings you the gumbo, beer, burlesque and live music New Orleans–style. Tickets include all you can eat and drink, purchase here. 85 S. Oxford St, Brooklyn, NY

For some festive reading, check out my brunch reviews from NOLA — Cafe Du Monde and Criollo at Hotel Monteleone. Laissez les bon temps roulez!

The Bitches have been on a serious podcast and public radio kick, so we were delighted to hear that NPR’s “Ask Me Another” will be recorded live tonight at The Bell House in Brooklyn. It’s a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music with special guests Puzzlemaster Will Shortz and Peter Sagal of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, purchase here. 149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY


In case you missed it, it’s the Year of the Goat and the Better Chinatown Society is celebrating accordingly. Tonight 500,000 will be lit in Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the first day of the Chinese New Year and the celebration includes lion dances, craft vendors, and traditional bites. It’s rumored that the more dumplings you eat at the event, the more money you’ll make that year. Don’t have to ask me twice! More information here. Grand St. at Forsyth St, New York, NY


For our Bitches that like to plan ahead, one week from today, Edible Manhattan will be hosting the Sixth Annual Good Spirits Event, featuring distinguished spirit brands paired with top New York food artisans. Tickets for this evening of fun and boozy revelry can be purchased here for $60. The Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street, Thursday, February 26 from 6 to 9 p.m.

For a cultural Friday night, check out the new exhibit at the Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), “Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s.” The exhibit highlights the acclaimed designers’ 1970s style and glamour and takes visitors on a journey through the careers of these two designers. Seventh Ave at 27 St, New York, NY

Pig & Khao Brunch

Brunch, obviously! Recently we’ve reviewed a fancy-pants brunch at Waverly Inn in the West Village, a bottomless tapas brunch at Barraca in the West Village, and a funky Filipino brunch at Pig & Khao in the Lower East Side.

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Ward off a case of the Sunday Scaries with a fun cocktail event at the trendy speakeasy, the Mulberry Project. “An Evening With…”, a new program that showcases New York City’s top bartending talent via pop up cocktail experiences, launches today.  The series features one-night-only drink selections created through the collaboration of Head Bartender Aaron Polsky and a rotating cast of renowned mixologists every Sunday-Thursday until Thursday, March 19. You can purchase tickets online in advance: two cocktails for $20 or two cocktails and three appetizers for $55. Cocktails will also be available á la carte at the bar ranging from $12-15. 149 Mulberry 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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