The Weekend Shortlist April 23 to 25
Friday April 23
Seeing Adam Green live is always fun and on his new album Minor Love he shows a more emotional side, playing nearly all of the instruments. Where to go afterwards? Go straight to the bar, and that bar would be 151, where happy hour is 7 days a week from 6pm till 10pm and includes 2 for 1 drinks. For those that don’t want a liquid dinner first, check Stanton Social for comfort food including the Mac and Cheese (Macaroni covered in Three Cheese Truffled Mornay Sauce and topped w/Seasoned Bread Crumbs). For a late night eat, a favorite spot of mine is Bereket for falafels and to watch drunks succeed at spilling their food all over themselves and failing at picking up chicks. Not for the faint of heart!
Friday April 23
Start off the evening at Matsuri*, with Chef Tadashi Ono’s highly acclaimed Japanese food (*make a reservations). At Matsuri the fish is so fresh it’s flown in from Japan daily. I highly recommend the sushi with one of over 200 kinds of sake they stock. After dinner, head to the Japanese-themed bar Hiro for a dimly lit cocktail to lubricate your mind for the music to come. It’s hard to believe that Basement Bhangra, a party that focuses of the Indian music style of Bhangra has turned 13 years old. Created by DJ Rheka, these shows have brought some of the best Indian DJs and MCs to the stage. Expect to see DJ Rheka perform along with Nina Sky, Tabla Guy, Max Glazer, Ranbir S., Bollywood Axion, Meetu Chilana, Bhangra Dance Lesson by Reena Shah and Raeshm, Bollywood Axion. Visuals by FICTIVE. After trying to gather yourself from your musical mind expansion you might want to head down to Cha An Japanese Tea House to sip some Matcha tea and calm yourself down.
Saturday April 24
Inspired by Christian Marclay’s P.S.1 installation 2822 Records (PS1), 1987-2009, PopRally Presents Saturday Sessions features an afternoon of print-making with Forth Estate, an NYC-based print publishing company, using the surplus LP’s from Marclay’s exhibition. Don’t forget a performance by Psyche surg band Real Estate and you got yourself a party! Being that you’re in Queens anyways, you HAVE to take the 7 train to Sripraphai, one of New York’s top Thai restaurants. What makes it better than most is the fact that the ingredients are fresh, and instead of choosing your entree with a choice of meat, they offer a novel sized menu with pics of every dish, most under $10. Once a heavily Irish neighborhood, Saints and Sinners is one of the best looking Irish bars left. Grab a Guinness at the bar or traditional Irish food. If you can, head over to Baruirs in Sunnyside for one of the best cups of coffee in Queens.
Saturday April 24
Location: Park Slope, Brooklyn
Band: Dig Deeper Presents Kings Go Forth Get Tickets Here
Show time: 8 PM
Food: Chiles & Chocolate Oaxacan Kitchen
Drink: The Gate
Miscellaneous: Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.
Hosted by DJ Honky and Mr. Robinson, Dig Deeper Presents Kings Go Forth an old school soul act from the 60s with a reminiscent sound of Curtis Mayfield. 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.
Sunday April 25
Location: Midtown East, NYC
Art: Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters
Show time: See website for schedule; Through June 13
Venue: Japan Society
Food: Peking Duck House
Drink: Blackstones Pub & Restaurant
Miscellaneous: New York Milkshake Company
In the exhibition Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters, the work of Utagawa Kuniyoshi showing scenes of history and legend from 150 years ago are featured here along with more than 130 depictions of spiders, skeletons, women warriors, ghosts and samurai in combat. At one of my favorite places to get duck, The Peking Duck House, the meat is succulent and the skin crunches like a potato chip. Sometimes you just want to grab a pint without paying a cover charge or playing host to a group of people after work, which is why I like Blackstones Pub & Restaurant. It looks like an old-time saloon and has two pool tables in the back and plenty of other games, while also being big enough to grab traditional American food from the menu. If you’re still hungry, check out the New York Milkshake Company for one of the best $6 shakes of your life.