The Weekend Shortlist January 30 to February 1
Friday January 30
Get a closer look at everyone’s favorite Gypsy punks as Margarita Jimeno screens her new documentary Gogol Bordello: Non-Stop and see them from their early days as well as lead singer Eugene Hutz’s early gigs as a DJ to the world phenomenon they have become. Stick around for the afterparty, as it’s sure to be as insane as the band’s live performances tend to be. Nearby, Pakistan Tea House is a buffet style Indian restaurant where you can choose between chicken, meat, fish and vegetables. It’s affordable and very good. For drinks, check out Mocca Lounge. With a funky interior and a menu of Italian inspired fare, it’s also a bar with a large list of coffees with or without alcohol, beers, and frozen shots. Smack dab in the heart of Chinatown, the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory makes gourmet ice cream flavors like Black Sesame, Ginger, Durian, and more exotic flavors like Taro and Wasabi. Don’t worry, they have the go-to’s like Vanilla, fruits, and chocolate flavors too.
Friday January 30
Location: Midtown West, NYC
Comedy: Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Get TicketsHere
Show time: 10:30 PM
Venue: Nokia Theatre Times Square
Food: Burger Joint
Drink: Bill’s Gay Nineties
I swear to god, I can’t stop watching Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! On Adult Swim, which is a variety show of sorts reminiscent of public access TV shows with horrible acting and celebrity appearances including John C. Reilly and even Steven Speilberg. But thank god for creators and stars Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim who make some of the most hysterical nonsense on TV. Located in The Parker Meridian, Burger Joint serves up excellent burgers and milkshakes in its curtained off space inside the hotel. The theme at Bill’s Gay Nineties surprisingly is an ode to the speakeasies of the roaring twenties. With a second floor dedicated to the history of entertainment, it even has an autographed poster of Buffalo Bill. The history’s deep here and the drinks are stiff. If you want to get some sort of sanity back after this night, stop by Tafu for some premium Japanese teas and desserts. No chair throwing allowed!
Saturday January 31
Get ready for a hip shakin’ good time as the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra bring the party along with the funk when they play Southpaw. Catch these guys live as their records just touch on what this band is capable of doing in a live setting. The theme at Press 195 is pressed comfort food. A sandwich shop with quite the menu, they offer 30 types of delicious sandwiches like the turkey and fontina cheese sandwich with a cranberry and roasted pear chutney on ciabatta ($7.75). While Union Hall looks like a cabin at a ski resort with a fireplace, stone walls, comfy couches, and inexpensive drinks, you may want to stick around rather than barhop. A low-key bar in this hood, O’Connor’s is a hole in the wall where you can grab a cheap drink and watch the game on their TV, just like your grandpa sitting next to you!
Saturday January 31
The Stain Bar hosts The Army of Bjork, their annual costume party dedicated to that Icelandic goddess Bjork. Come dressed up and enjoy one of my favorite beverages, Glogg (hot wine) and of course Bjork’s music. This could possibly get insane! If you’re hungry, head to Chimu. This Peruvian steakhouse has some of the most delicious food this side of Peru! Standout dishes include the ceviches and the chicken breast served in a creamy aji Amarillo sauce and peanuts, served over boiled potatoes with rice. Sweet Ups is a bar with décor that makes you feel like you’re in some romance novel. Red velvet wallpaper and black leather couches set the scene here, while happy hour buy-one-get-one free drink specials run from 5:30-8. Still hungry and thirsty? Head to the Alligator Lounge, where you get a free pizza with every drink. If that isn’t heaven, then I don’t know what is!
Sunday February 1
Henrik Ibsen’s classic play Hedda Gabler is brought back to Broadway with Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker starring in the title role as an unconventional woman stuck in a conventional marriage who takes joy in other people’s misfortune. This time there’s a more modern take on the story, giving this classic even more meaning. Fat Annie’s Truck Stop offers truck stop style food oddly positioned in Herald Square. Burgers, chilli, po boys and pie are some options in this fun restaurant. Right next store, Stout may look like a sports bar but it has one of the largest selections of dark stout beers in the city. Yeah, it’s a 99-cent store but Jack’s is more like watching a train wreck happen slowly. The place is packed with people trying to get by, yelling, and elbowing each other. True the deals are great, but you’ll either find it hysterical or swear you’ll never go back.