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The Weekend Shortlist December 13 to 15

Friday December 13

small blackLocation: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Music: Small Black
Show time: 7 PM
Venue: Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Food: SEA
Drink: Zablozki’s
Miscellaneous: Verb Cafe

Brooklyn’s Small Black made a gem with their latest album Limits of Desire, which is indie rock doused with synths and drum machine beats. The band is worth checking out live as they are generally great. Also on board are openers Papertwin, Brothertiger, and Lip Talk. Just as much fun as any show, SEA is one BIG Thai restaurant. Big enough to have a pool surrounded by tables as a giant Buddha stands above it. Luckily, the food is really great. Offering traditional Pad Thai ($7) to more involved dishes like the Mummy Fish ($14). On N6th, a street full of bars and restaurants, Zablozki’s is the local bar of the bunch, with a pool table and a friendly atmosphere and 12 beers on tap. One of the oldest and best hipster hangout coffee shops, The Verb Cafe offers up excellent coffee and baked goods, a boho vibe, and big windows to watch the days pass while collecting unemployment!

Friday December 13

Location: Gowanus, Brooklyn
Music: Yo La Tengo
Show time: 8 PM
Venue: Bell House
Food: El Viejo Yayo
Drink: Buttermilk Bar
Miscellaneous: The Chocolate Room

The first of three shows in a row at The Bell House, Yo La Tengo normally during this time of Hanukah would play several nights in a row at Maxwells in Hoboken, but with that venue recently closing they are still giving fans a smaller part of their yearly tradition, which sells out fast. Keeping the night going, try El Viejo Yayo for dinner. This gorgeous and warm restaurant has an elegant dining room and an affordable menu offering Dominican/Latin cuisine. The outside of Buttermilk Bar may look non-descript, but looks are deceiving . . . just not in this case, as this low-key watering hole is where you can grab a cheap drink in a friendly atmosphere, while playing a board game or two. With a near insane menu of chocolates from coffee and tea to delectable dessert, and even beer, The The Chocolate Room is a great way to end the night on a high note.

Saturday December 14

Queens of the Stone AgeLocation: Park Slope, Brooklyn
Music: Queens of the Stone Age
Venue: Barclays Center
Food: El Viejo Yayo
Drink: Buttermilk Bar
Miscellaneous: The Chocolate Room

Josh Homme’s Queens of the Stone Age make a stopover in Brooklyn in support of their most recent album …Like Clockwork. Also on board is opener The Kills. Keeping the night going with Latin flavor, try El Viejo Yayo for dinner. This gorgeous and warm restaurant has an elegant dining room and an affordable menu offering Dominican/Latin cuisine. The outside of Buttermilk Bar may look non-descript, but looks are deceiving . . . just not in this case, as this low-key watering hole is where you can grab a cheap drink in a friendly atmosphere, while playing a board game or two. With a near insane menu of chocolates from coffee and tea to delectable dessert, and even beer, The Chocolate Room is a great way to end the night on a high note.

Saturday December 14

Location: Union Square, NYC
Event: The Awesome 80s Prom
Show time: 8 PM
Venue: Webster Hall
Food: Thai Me Up Sandwich Bar
Drink: McSorley’s Old Ale House
Miscellaneous: Mudd Cafe

Relive the best and worst of coming of age in high school at The Awesome 80s Prom. This interactive show is part musical and full-on party as the audience gets to drink, dance and vote for the Prom King and Queen. For eats, check out Thai Me Up Sandwich Bar, a sandwich shop offering Thai sandwiches with 7 Steamed Fried Vegetables and a choice of chicken, veggie, tofu or beef on a baguette with 3 types of sauces for $7. One of the city’s oldest bars, at McSorley’s Old Ale House you can feel the history when you enter as memorabilia, since its beginnings in 1854, are all over the walls. Aside from it being a frat hangout nowadays, it’s worth the trip. You’ve seen that orange Mudd coffee truck parked on Astor Place and on various other streets, but check out their Mudd Cafe on East 9th for coffee and a healthy, vegan, and vegetarian menu.

Sunday December 15

Wangechi Mutu (Kenyan, b. 1972). Le Noble Savage, 2006. Ink and collage on Mylar, 91¾ x 54 in. (233 x 137.2 cm). Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Scarsdale, New York. Image courtesy of the artist. © Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu (Kenyan, b. 1972). Le Noble Savage, 2006. Ink and collage on Mylar, 91¾ x 54 in. (233 x 137.2 cm). Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Scarsdale, New York. Image courtesy of the artist. © Wangechi Mutu

Location: Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Art: Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey
Show time: See website for schedule; Through March 9, 2014
Venue: Brooklyn Museum
Food: Tom’s Restaurant
Drink: Soda Bar
Miscellaneous: Old Brooklyn Parlor

Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey is the first survey in the United States of this internationally renowned, Brooklyn-based artist. Spanning from the mid-1990s to the present, the exhibition unites more than fifty pieces, including Mutu’s signature large-scale collages as well as video works, never-before-seen sketchbook drawings, a site-specific wall drawing, and sculptural installations. It’s the place where Susanne Vega wrote “Tom’s Restaurant,” but Tom’s Restaurant is just as famous for its food. With a near insane breakfast menu, expect items like pancakes with apples and pecans to be brought to you by the sweetest waitresses in Brooklyn. Soda Bar is a great place for drinks. The alcohol is cheap, there’s surprisingly excellent food, and there’s even another room where DJs spin. If it’s too much, you can hang outside in the backyard patio under the stars. The Old Brooklyn Parlor specializes in old school drinks like the Brooklyn Egg Cream and the Lime Cherry Rickey, making it an excellent anchor to this neighborhood.

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One Comment

  • Kendra Rios
    19 Dec 2013 | Permalink |

    My friends and I actually visited a few of these places last weekend, we had a great time. We decided as it was payday we would go out and see if we couldn’t spend all our money! Once in a while we go to the city looking for some food and drinks. I would recommend 365 Guide NYC, yes a travel book of sorts, but we use it to get to some places that we all can afford and where we still have a good time. It’s worth a look, we reference it often. It’s by Monica DiNatale and the website is 365guidenyc.com.

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