This week, Perks has snagged you courtside VIP seats to a celebrity tennis match on Randall’s Island with the likes of John McEnroe, Martina Hingis and Kim Clijsters. Also: spend Labor Day weekend in Napa with Thomas Keller at the French Laundry, and he’ll take you on a culinary whirlwind of catered meals and demonstrations. Save your appetite.
Things to do for July 15, 2010
Boozy Brunch, Lingerie and a Backyard BBQ
The weekend is longer than you think.
Leave it to the spherical-meat masters at the LES Meatball Shop to intrude on the sanctity of the BLT by adding another B—as in ball. Order one of their BBLTs and you’ll get cold tomatoes and lettuce covered in hot bacon and topped with their epically flavorful meatballs. Because sometimes more really is more.
As the humidity passes the 90% mark, it’s natural for your thoughts to turn to lighter, more silken garments, and all the friends in your life you would like to see wearing them. Kiki de Montparnasse wants to help, with 70% off lingerie, loungewear and accessories. Yes, those kinds of accessories.
Friday and through the next three weeks, Film Forum is screening all of the Little Tramp’s features on original 35mm prints, including classics like Modern Times, The Kid and, naturally, A King in New York. Also known as The Michael Bloomberg Story.
The courtyard of the Soho Grand has long been your go-to for decadent sun-soaked revelry, and on Saturday the hotel is firing up the BBQ for a daytime party of burgers, dogs, ice-cold cocktails and notorious Canadian indie bands. As if there’s any other type of Canadian indie band.
Endless Mimosas at Macondo
Fresh-squeezed juices are widely recognized as a miracle tonic and cure for that ailment known as Sunday morning. The true miracle, though, comes when those juices are mixed liberally with cava to make delicately intoxicating mimosas, and then served to you in an open-bar format. And, as you know, there is little an open bar can’t cure.
Beef Cheek Ravioli at Babbo
Like a fine bourbon, ravioli can be far more than meets the eye. So it is with the beef cheek ravioli at Babbo, where pasta triangles are folded around soft threads of beef, drizzled with squab liver gravy and then sprinkled with bits of black truffle. Our advice: pair with bourbon at your discretion. And this is no time for discretion.
French Balling on Imported Sand
Bastille Day was actually yesterday, but you’re not one to let such trivialities as dates and history get in the way of your bons temps. Especially when a pitched game of pétanque is on the menu, along with the grilling of merguez and the liberal sipping of Ricard and other French delights. A fine idea, considering some of our favorite things in life are French.