The Weekend Shortlist January 23 to 25

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Friday January 23

Location: Meat Packing District, NYC
Bands: The Whitest Kids U’ Know Get Tickets Here
Show time: 8:30 & 10:30 PM
Venue: Comix
Food: Spice Market
Drink: Plunge
Miscellaneous: Little Pie Company (located at 407 W14th St.)

NYC sketch comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U’ Know, made up of Trevor Moore, Sam Brown, Zach Cregger, Timmy Williams, and Darren Trumeter begin their new season on IFC but first bring their act to the stage of Comix. 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. If dessert is your thing, stop over at Little Pie Company, where pies are baked on premises. Whether you’re in the mood for sour cream apple, southern pecan, or Mississippi mud pie, you can’t go wrong here.

Friday January 23

Location: West Village, NYC
Bands: Mos Def
Show time: 8 & 10:30 PM
Venue: Blue Note
Food: Tortilla Flats
Drink: White Horse Tavern
Accessory: Magnolia Bakery

Getting the chance to see hip-hop artist Mos Def perform at a small venue like Blue Note is not something that happens everyday. Plus he plays with a live band. For dinner, 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 January 24

Location: Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Bands: Dig Deeper Get Tickets Here
Show time: 10 PM
Venue: The Five Spot Soul Food Supper Club
Food: ICI
Drink: Moe’s
Miscellaneous: Tillie’s

Mr. Robinson and DJ Honky spin old soul 45s and present The Mighty Hannibal, a soul singer from the 1960s who will be making his return to the stage backed by the Sweet Divines and the Divine Soul Rhythm Band. Creating a seasonal menu filled with fresh and locally grown ingredients along with wines from small interesting local wineries, ICI creates innovative dishes like Wild Striped Bass with shitake mushrooms, fennel butter, and fennel slaw ($25). An eclectic bar in Ft. Greene that has absolutely nothing to do with The Simpsons, Moe’s offers a decent beer selection, a neighborhood vibe, and big windows to people watch. For coffee and a place to just sit and relax, Tillie’s serves a great cup of joe, while consistently having performances, and serving excellent baked goods and vegan food.

Saturday January 24

Location: East Village, NYC
Bands: Oxford Collapse
Show time: 7 PM
Venue: The Studio at Webster Hall
Food Minca
Drink Ace Bar
Miscellaneous Le Gamin Café

Ever since Webster Hall opened up The Studio, which is the downstairs smaller venue, they have given fans the opportunity to get closer to acts like Oxford Collapse, who’s indie-rock music will fare much better in this intimate environment. Close by is the ramen noodle bar called Minca. After recently trying this place, I’d highly recommend it. The ramen noodles are made fresh and way better than those you’d buy and boil. What makes the soups here great is the broth. Take the Minca Ramen, a mild broth with pork, chicken and dried seafood ($8.50), it has impeccable flavor that hits the spot. Plus it’s way less expensive than other ramen specialty restaurants and just as good. Right across the street from Minca is the Ace Bar. Sort of divey, it’s also where you’ll find people playing skeeball and shooting pool, while drinking some decent beers on tap. For dessert and coffee, Le Gamin Café is the place for crepes.

Sunday January 25

Location: Midtown West, NYC
Theater: You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush
Show time: See venue website for dates and times
Venue: Cort Theatre
Food: Vinyl
Drink: Cellar Bar
Miscellaneous: The Bryant Park Hotel

With the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president, what will you remember about now ex-president George W. Bush? Will Ferrell’s limited engagement play You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush takes as many jabs as it can as Ferrell impersonates the man, the myth, and the legend that is Bush in his one-man show that will no doubt leave you in tears of funny. If your hungry, check out Vinyl. At this rock and roll themed restaurant, the menus are made of old album covers and the food is a mix of American and Thai. Don’t forget to check out the bathroom, each one has a music icon theme. With vaulted ceilings and a mostly red and cream interior, the Cellar Bar, located in the Bryant Park Hotel, is one gorgeous place, creating a sexy atmosphere. The drinks are pricey, but worth the stopover. For kicks, take a little walk through the Bryant Park Hotel. This chic boutique hotel, designed by British architect David Chipperfield, not only has the Cellar Bar but the Koi Restaurant, a fantastic Japanese spot.

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