Happy Monday! I just returned from a fabulous European getaway last night and will need lots of espresso, green juice, and fun social activities to help get my through my jet lag and post-vacay depression. I traveled to London, Rome, and Florence so stay tuned for my Bitch-approved picks in our newly launched travel section. Once my internal body-clock is back on schedule, here’s what I’m looking forward to this week in New York City:
As a Friends fan (like most of us), I was ecstatic to hear that a fully functional pop-up cafe is now open in honor of the iconic show’s 20th anniversary. Central Perk is open in SoHo until October 18th and features free coffee, giveaways, and Instagram-worthy photo opps with props from the real show. 199 Lafayette St., New York, NY
Who says you can’t hit the club on a Tuesday? We can’t wait to try out newly opened Monster Cycle in SoHo for a nightlife-inspired, heart-pumping cycling work out from former Equinox trainer Michael Macneal. The space includes a DJ booth, funky art, a spacious lounge with juice bar, and fashionable exercise gear. Classes are $33, more information here. 182 Lafayette St., New York, NY
Craving some homemade comfort food or fueling up for NYC Marathon training? Try your hand at one of Emily’s favorite pasta recipes, three-pepper linguine. Full recipe here.
If you’re anything like me, I’m slowly replacing my college posters and IKEA prints to curate my own adult art collection. However, it’s no secret that original art typically doesn’t come cheap. Starting today, the Affordable Art Fair returns to New York City for four days of galleries and events. The fair features thousands of original work ranging from $100-$10,000, with more than half prices under $5,000. 269 11th Ave., New York, NY
For an out-of-the-box activity to kick off your weekend, check out the funky DUMBO Arts Festival from 6-9 p.m. The three-day festival showcases edgy installations amid the breathtaking backdrop of the Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn bridge. Best of all? It’s free! DUMBO Waterfront
Although it’s nearly October, temperatures are still in the 70s so we’re still in an oysters and rose state of mind. Coincidentally, it’s New York Oyster Week, which includes a variety of fun events to celebrate one of our favorite sea creatures. Today at 4 p.m, join Thrillist for its Empire Oyster event, bringing together oysters, sustainable seafood, craft beer, and wine and spirits made, grown, and caught locally. Slurp away and buy tickets here. Cabanas at the Maritime Hotel Chelsea, 88 9th Ave., New York, NY
What’s a weekend without brunch? Take advantage of the uncharacteristically pleasant weather by dining al fresco. Recently, we’ve enjoyed patio brunches at Red Rooster in Harlem, Rintintin in Nolita, and Locanda Verde in TriBeCa.