Things to do for August 20, 2010

The Weekender

$1 Oysters, Italian Dates and Midnight Rides

The weekend doesn’t know how to lose.

Friday
Half Off Gourmet Burgers and 40% Off Exclusive Dopp Kits
BRAND-NEW PERKS

Half Off Gourmet Burgers and 40% Off Exclusive Dopp Kits

This week, Perks is bringing you half off your next gourmet burger delivery from BuiltBurger, including mind-blowing flavors like Sriracha and Gruyère. Plus: get 40% off one of three eShave dopp kits, designed exclusively for UD readers and featuring their handmade razors. Your five o’clock shadow has been warned.

Simple Italian Date Spot in Tribeca
AL DENTE

Simple Italian Date Spot in Tribeca

Sometimes less is more. Especially when it comes to a first date. Thus the simple utility of sleek lines, wraparound windows, small Italian bites and a cocktail list that fuses Aperol and Campari with every mixer under the Mediterranean sun. The new Stuzzicheria is all about that simplicity. Feel free to complicate matters as you see fit.

Opening tonight, Stuzzicheria, 305 Church St (at Walker St), 212-219-4037

One-Stop Swedish Shopping
STOP AND FISK

One-Stop Swedish Shopping

Our fair Scandinavian friends are known for many things, both intoxicating and blonde. And yet, certain epicurean aspects of Swedish life remain wholly foreign. Enter Fisk, your new go-to shop for all things edible and Swedish, open today adjacent to White Slab Palace. Think wheels of Arctic cheese and the kinds of candies that will remind you of your childhood among the fjords.

Sunday
Oysters for a Buck, Wine for $20
OYSTER DAZE

Oysters for a Buck, Wine for $20

Sometimes the Sunday evening doldrums are too much for anyone to bear alone. On those evenings, Hotel Griffou offers a dark, plush retreat, where you’ll share a table with $1 oysters from Long Island and $20 bottles of wine from Italy. What the bivalves and vino lack in conversational skills, they more than make up for in other ways.

Sundays, 6-11pm, Hotel Griffou, 21 W Ninth St (between Fifth and Sixth Ave), 212-358-0228

Tuesday
J. Crew Going Big on the UES
THE NEW CREW

J. Crew Going Big on the UES

This is not the first J. Crew store in Manhattan bursting with men’s basics, ranging from formal to casual. But this is the first time that men’s shop has occupied two full floors, brought a dedicated on-site suit shop and given space away to friends like The Hill-side (ties). Useful friends to have, whether you’re planning to go formal or casual.

Basil Hayden's
Hirata Pork Buns at Ippudo

NICE BUNS

Hirata Pork Buns at Ippudo

It takes a certain creative impulse to pair a traditional Japanese pork bun with a traditional Kentucky bourbon. Fortunately, you’re not one to stifle creative impulses. So as the soft warmth of Ippudo’s doughy bun absorbs the spicy warmth around slivers of rich Berkshire pork belly, and then encounters the spicy warmth of your bourbon cocktail… let’s just say you’ve hit your creative peak.

411: Available at Ippudo, 65 Fourth Ave, 212-388-0088
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The Cyclone Rides at Midnight
ROLLER COASTING

The Cyclone Rides at Midnight

You’ll gladly take your life in your hands for the right thrill. But you’ve never done it at midnight. With all the Cyclone’s track lighting turned off, so you’re engulfed by total darkness at high speed. Tuesday night is your last chance of the year. Happy hurtling.

Aug 24, 7pm-midnight, Coney Island, 1000 Surf Ave, Brooklyn

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