Usher in summer’s dog days with great deals on fancy meals, salsa lessons, a little art, and more. Read on for the best eating, drinking, and merrymaking events around the city this weekend. By Jessica Allen.
Restaurant Week began on July 21 and extends through August 5. During this time, you can get lots of great three-course lunches and dinners for $25 or $38, respectively. The list of participating restaurants is vast, and includes such gems as A Voce, Cafe Boulud, Cipriani Wall Street, Empellón Cocina, and Gotham Bar & Grill. For details and reservations, check out the full list. Monday, July 21, through Tuesday, August 5, $25 or $38, reservations encouraged.
On the first Saturday of every month, the Brooklyn Museum of Art throws open its doors—and throws a big party. For just $10, you can visit the popular retrospective of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, According to What?, as well as the rest of the museum. (The Egyptian wing is pretty spectacular.) Or you can just come for the free stuff, which includes a concert, a dance workshop, movies, arts and crafts, and a fashion show, all featuring a Caribbean theme. Saturday, August 2, 5 to 11 pm, free.
The Baseball Project sings songs about America’s favorite pastime. Doesn’t sound like your cup of tea? Wait until you get a load of the lineup: bassist Mike Mills and guitarist Peter Buck (both from R.E.M.), drummer Linda Pitmon (The Miracle Three), and singers Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate) and Scott McCaughey (the Minus 5). The supergroup just released its third album. Saturday, August 2, 8 pm, $20, tickets required. Note: this concert is 21 and over.
Inspired by car-free, pedestrian-only events in Bogotá and Paris, New York City began Summer Streets a few years ago. This Saturday, and again on August 9 and 16, you can stroll, bike, amble, and/or run without a care for street lights or vehicle traffic for roughly seven miles along Park Avenue. On Sunday, you can do the same along a shorter stretch of Grand Concourse as part of Boogie on the Boulevard in the Bronx. Saturday, August 2, 7 am to 1 pm, and Sunday, August 3, 1o am to 2 pm, free.
Beginning on Sunday, the Bronx Salsa Fest offers three weeks of movies, street festivals, talks, performances, and dancing. So much dancing! Scheduled events include dance lessons, a self-guided tour of Woodlawn Cemetery, where some salseros are buried, and a free concert at Orchard Beach from the Mambo Legends Orchestra, comprised of former musicians from the Tito Puente Orchestra, beginning at 1 pm on Sunday. Sunday, August 3, through Sunday, August 24, free, see schedule for details.