A Sarcastic Appetite

Weekend Round-Up for August 15
August 15, 2014, 11:11 am
Filed under: Winetivities | Tags:

Weekend Adventuring

It’s Friday afternoon and you’re thinking one thing: how do I get rid of this hangover what am I going to do this weekend? Not to worry, I’ve got some ideas for you.


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have heard about Jeff Koons: A Retrospective at the Whitney Museum. It’s the artist’s first true retrospective spanning his entire career, and the last exhibit at the Whitney before the museum decamps to its new building downtown, scheduled to open in the spring of 2015. The exhibit runs until October 19. Afterward, head to JG Melon, Jones Wood Foundry, or Bemelmans (if you’re feeling awfully classy) for a drink and a bite.

Head to the New York Botanical Garden (a 15 minute MetroNorth ride from Harlem-125th Station) to visit their “evocation” of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Maine (I’ll admit to being biased toward the real thing, but I’m still curious). The exhibit closes September 7.

Literary nerds should check out The Morgan Library’s Gatsby to Garp: Modern Masterpieces from the Carter Burden Collection, featuring almost 100 works (first editions, manuscripts, galley proofs and the like) from some of your favorite authors: F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Irving and J.D. Salinger, to name a few. The Ginger Man is right nearby and typically quieter on a weekend afternoon if you’re looking for a post-museum drink.

Oh, you want to be active, you say? Try kayaking on the Hudson (free!) or head to Gowanus to try rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders (plan ahead, as booking day-of classes is not allowed). Plus, this weekend is the last installment of Summer Streets. Now you have no excuse not to leave your  apartment.

If you like wandering and learning, try the Flatiron District’s walking tour offered every Sunday (also free, or you can download a self-guided brochure). If you like walking and eating, here’s a self-guided tour of the LES that incorporates a stop at the Tenement Museum (note: don’t do this on a Saturday, as some spots are closed).  For a self-guided Chinatown tour, start at Stop #5 on this Serious Eats itinerary.

Were you looking to try a new restaurant on Saturday night? As of this writing, OpenTable‘s showing a 7:30 table for 2 at The Eddy; 8pm at Le Jardin Bistro (now in its new location in Alphabet City); 8pm at Dovetail; 6:30 at Bâtard in Tribeca (I know, but it’s so hot right now); 8pm at L’Apicio; 8:30 at Sfoglia (order pasta and stop complaining how far uptown it is); 7:45 and an 8:15 at Costata; and an 8pm table at Louro.

(Some other ideas, clockwise from bottom left: La Piscine at Brasserie Ruhlman, which is muddled strawberries and vodka strained with a sugar rim; run around the Reservoir in Central Park; eat pricey but delicious lobster salad on brioche at the Bar at the Modern; sit at the bar at the aforementioned Eddy in the East Village.)


So, what are you doing this weekend?