The Weekend Shortlist February 19 to 21
Friday February 19
On the Editors new album In This Light and On This Evening, the guys take their signature dance rock and pushes the envelope with a New Order feel. Check them live on their U.S. tour. For a kickass burger or chicken sandwich, Island Burgers and Shakes specializes in making great burgers like the Bourbon Street Burger that’s blackened, with bacon, Jack, bayou mayo, and onion on sourdough. One cheap bar in midtown, Smith’s Bar is a dive bar with cheap booze, friendly locals, and live music daily in the next room. Though the place is way expensive, Colony Music is a fun music store that sells albums and sheet music. You can walk around and check out the entertainment memorabilia. Whether you’re looking for an autographed guitar signed by the Rolling Stones or an autographed 8×10 of Linda Carter, they’ve got it.
Friday February 19
Adrian Fischer heads up FlyinFisch and blends reggae, afro-Caribbean, and pop rock that shows off some great worldy influences. Dinner before a show like this should be just as awesome. Check out Tortilla Flats. The food is Mexican and delicious, but it’s the insanity within (bingo and hula-hoop nights) that is the real calling for this place. For drinks afterwards, hit the White Horse Tavern, a great bar and the old haunting grounds for Dylan Thomas. If you somehow have time before all of this, stop by Magnolia Bakery for some of the best tasting cupcakes in the city.
Saturday February 20
Location: Park Slope, Brooklyn
Event: Jersey Shore Dance Party
Show time: 12 AM; FREE
Venue: Union Hall
Food: Chiles & Chocolate Oaxacan Kitchen
Drink: The Gate
Miscellaneous: Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.
Whether your a fan of MTV’s Jersey Shore or a true guido/guidette, celebrate the show that made the stereotype an accident you just couldn’t help but watch every week at the Jersey Shore Dance Party. Come dressed up as you favorite character or as a guido and a winner will be chosen for best costume. Ever have Oaxacan food? Chiles & Chocolate Oaxacan Kitchen serves up some fantastic, not exactly Mexican food. Try the smoky flavored Mole Negro, one of the best mole sauces I’ve had in NYC. Before leaving, you must try one of the hot chocolates like the Chiles Y Chocolate. A hint of chipotle without too much heat is a nice kick start for the night. The Gate is a great Park Slope bar with excellent beers on tap and a outdoor courtyard to chill. If time permits, you must, and I mean MUST go to the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co., a non-profit organization that helps kids with their writing, that’s fronted by a store selling super powers.
Saturday February 20
Canadian comic Tom Green returns, bringing his slapstick comedy (remember The Tom Green Show and when he was a rapper?) to the stage. For dinner, if you can get a table, check out Spice Market. Chef and owner Jean-Georges Vongerichten converted this HUGE space into one of the sexiest Asian restaurants in NYC. Serving up exquisite dishes like the onion and chili crusted short ribs with egg noodles and pea shoots ($22), Spice Market impresses. If you choose not to stay at APT for drinks, close by is Plunge. Located at the top of the Hotel Gansevoort, this rooftop lounge offers stunning views of the city. No one makes chocolate as rich and addictive as Jacques Torres Chocolates and being in the Chelsea Market, you can get your fix from their delectable chocolates to their amazing Hot chocolate. A personal fave is the chocolate chip cookie, which they even heat up for you. Delish!
Sunday February 21
Location: West Village, NYC
Event: Sunday Night Fixe Fetish Party Get Tickets Here
Show time: 10 PM-4 AM
Venue: (le) poisson rouge
Food: Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar
Drink: Village Tavern
Accessory: Bleeker Bob’s
Fixe Magazine presents their Sunday Night Fixe Fetish Party, an evening of kinky entertainment celebrating the Birthday of world class Fetish Model Julie Simone! Thrill to Fetish Performances & a video premier by Felix The Latex Slave! Dance as Resident DJ Xris SMack! & Special Guest DJ Xtine spin Goth, Industrial, EBM and more! Experience a spanking from house dominatrix Goddess Narcissa & The Mistresses of Le Salon De Sade! Behold as kinky Go Go Dancers Machine Sex, Amber Star & Kerri Taylor shake it as they have never shaken it before! Dresscode: Fetish, Goth, Pinup, Formal, All Black, Dress to Impress! For an eclectic menu that mixes upscale and down-home food, Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar, a wine bar and restaurant, offers lighter fare including foie gras, cheese plates, caviar, and steak tartare. The Village Tavern is a really comfortable neighborhood bar that’s great for catching sports games or just chilling for a drink, which is what I prefer to do when I’m in the vicinity. Also in the area is Bleeker Bob’s . It’s one of the oldest independent record stores in NYC and the selection is deep. The place looks a mess, but the staff is surprisingly friendly and extremely knowledgeable about what they have.