I’m back from a luxurious and much needed week-long vacation in Punta Mita, Mexico and I’m ready to hit the ground running in NYC. Although the weather isn’t quite warm enough for me to keep my tribal-patterned minis and jean shorts unpacked, I’ll do my best to show off my fresh tan at the bevy of events occurring this week in the city. I still remember a few jigs from my Irish dancing days as a youth and proudly wear my Claddagh ring daily, so it’s a safe bet that most of these events may involve drinking green beer. Here’s what we’re looking forward to the next seven days:
The Laundromat closest to my tiny fifth-floor walk-up in the East Village was located two doors down from Momofuku Noodle Bar, resulting in many impromptu pork buns and ramen bowls during my drying cycle. I’ll be leaving my dirty laundry behind at Monday’s launch of the Cook Takeover series, where a line cook will create additional dishes to add to the night’s menu. First up is Casey Kusako, who will draw inspiration from his Hawaiian heritage for his bun, noodle, and dessert dishes. 171 First Ave, New York, New York.
Touching my toes is a stretch (pun intended) so I am rarely inclined to shell out some serious cash for a fancy yoga class. Some girlfriends have convinced me to give Chaturanga a chance at Yoga To The People, a studio chain that aims to make yoga available to everyone at a “pay what you can afford” price. Five studios are located in New York City and Brooklyn. Namaste.
(Image via Yoga To The People)
Just because there is rain on today’s forecast doesn’t mean that you need to sit at home. Check out Royal Palms Shuffleboard in Gowanus outfitting 10 full shuffleboard lanes similar to the courts at your grandparent’s retirement home. Grab a bite from some of New York’s best food trucks and a tropical drink from this old-school Floridian themed establishment; Florida natives Becca and Cori Sue would feel right at home. Royal Palms opens at 6 p.m. and is 21+. 514 Union St. Brooklyn, New York.
(Image via Royal Palms Shuffleboard)
If you’re a Francophile like my friend Jaime, you have a love for films like Spring Breakers and 127 Hours rather than brie and baguettes. To promote the release of James Franco’s latest flick INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR., the West Village’s IFC Center is hosting nine days of FrancoFest culminating on Thursday. Many of Franco’s hits will be screened with INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. showings at 11 a.m., 5:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. for a mere $14. 323 Sixth Ave, New York, New York.
There’s nothing better after a long work week than a cool martini. Our friends at Thrillist launch Martini Cocktail Week tonight and will celebrate “America’s greatest mixological creation” at bars across New York City. Thrillist features an interactive microsite in which you can select the bars you’d like to attend and they’ll create a custom map for you, which is great feature when we’re feeling like lazy Bitches and just want to imbibe in a darn martini. Check out the site here.
If you’re celebrating St. Patty’s Day prematurely, make sure to fuel up with brunch prior to excessive Guinness and Bailey’s. I recently enjoyed the cheap bottomless deal at Tre in the Lower East Side, which is located in prime walking distance to plenty of rowdy bars. 173 Ludlow St., New York, New York.
As highlighted in my review of Then She Fell, I have a mild obsession with all things Lewis Carroll. Consequently, brunch at Alice’s Tea Cup and drinks at The Dead Rabbit are at the top of my current To Try list. From 1-3 p.m., sample the five legendary Irish to the Core spirits crafted by The Dead Rabbit’s award-winning mixologists Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon. Tickets will run you $40 and can be purchased here. 30 Water St. New York, New York.
(Image via Then She Fell)