Another Monday, another chance to start the week off on a great foot. And what a week we’ve got ahead of us. Summer is in full swing and there’s always something to do (and eat) in New York City. See below for this week’s must-do events, with a special appearance from your favorite ’90s boy band.
Post-holiday blues and a case of the Mondays got you down? There’s a comfort food fix for that: the all-time, all-American classic PBJ updated for 2018 by Black Seed Bagels in its newest collab with Quality Eats (above, available for July only). Think a signature Black Seed sesame seed bagel topped with bacon, homemade peanut butter, homemade jalapeno jam, and fresh apple slices for $7.50. If that can’t put a smile on your face, we don’t know what will.
Anyone looking to beat the heat needs to keep an eye out for Van Leeuwen’s iconic yellow truck today; it’s hitting Flatiron/Chelsea, Union Square, and Brooklyn Bridge Park to dole out free scoops for the company’s 10th anniversary (congrats!). Today’s scoops include the brand-new anniversary flavors: Gianduja X (below), a chocolate-hazelnut base with candied Piedmont hazelnuts, chocolate chips and white chocolate swirl, and a vegan passionfruit scoop with a coconut, cashew, and cocoa butter vegan base and pieces of pastel almond and vegan matcha cakes.
Happy Hump Day! Need a drink? Thought so. Apero Hour at De Maria has you covered. Every Tuesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., visit this Nolita eatery for a special Apero Hour menu of light bites like shredded chicken and avocado salsa with green fried plantains, pickled onions, pickled jalepeños and refreshing $10 cocktails like pineapple turmeric margaritas or Aperol spritzes. Vinophiles can choose a natural wine for $9 a glass.
You need a lesson—we can tell. Head to the Museum of Food and Drink to learn all about the multitudes of miso. Part of MOFAD’s Global Cuisines, Global Cultures series, tonight’s event with speakers Maiko Kyogoku and Emily Yuen of Bessou and Akiko Katayama of Heritage Radio Network aims to break down the mysteries of miso, a ubiquitous pantry and restaurant staple in Japan. Everyone knows miso soup, but did you know miso differs from region to region and family to family? Now’s your chance to get clued in.
Everybodyyyyyyy, rock your body because Backstreet’s back AND THEY’RE COMING TO CENTRAL PARK FOR FREE. Yes, there’s sort of a catch. The Backstreet Boys Summer Concert Series show is taking place during Good Morning America from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., but you know it will be larger than life. Our 13-year-old selves are positively giddy at the thought. Show up early to nab a spot or you’ll be shown the meaning of being lonely at the gate.
Allons enfants de la Patrie. Le jour de gloire est arrivé! It’s Bastille Day, mes amis, France’s independence day. Francophiles can get their party on at FIAF’s annual Bastille Day celebration on 60th street for an afternoon of French food, wine, culture, and entertainment. Highlights include a live World Cup screening, a champagne and jazz party, and a French-themed market.
Across the park on the Upper West Side, Bar Boulud is getting in on the fun from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Head to the outside terrace for Bar Boulud’s Bastille Day celebration with can-can dancers, live music, crepes, salmon rillettes, merguez baguettes, wine, and more.
Brunch time! Magic Hour is the perfect place to bring a friend from out of town or celebrate a special occasion over brunch. Everything is over the top, the views are insane, and we wouldn’t have it any other way in NYC.