Things to do for December 29, 2011

The Weekender

Butcher Shops, Basements and Masquerades

You’re only as good as your last weekend.

Thursday
Saturday
Growlers and Meat Cleavers
CANNIBAL RUN

Growlers and Meat Cleavers

You go where the porchetta goes. And on Saturday, that’ll be inside the Cannibal’s carnivorous confines. Resto’s butchering little brother is holding its version of a New Year’s Eve party. Which ostensibly means pâtés, thin-sliced pig parts and—at the stroke of midnight—a massive 9-liter beer pour. Degree of difficulty: 8.7.

Your Last Suckling Pig of the Year
LIVE AND LOIN

Your Last Suckling Pig of the Year

Might as well end 2011 the same way you started it: surrounded by a pile of pork carnitas and a cauldron of queso fundido. So you’ll book the six-person pig confit at Hecho en Dumbo, and then chase it with an open-bar burlesque party at the Salón. Naturally.

A Masquerade Ball at Hôtel Americano
MASTER OF DISGUISE

A Masquerade Ball at Hôtel Americano

And now, for your requisite tuxedo option—Hôtel Americano is hosting a black-and-white masquerade ball to ring in 2012. You’ll break out your most formal face mask, and they’ll supply you with four courses’ worth of dinner and a bottle’s worth of champagne. Perfect for your multipart toasts.

A Black-Tie Party with Blondie
BLONDIE AMBITION

A Black-Tie Party with Blondie

Never underestimate the importance of ending on a high note. So for the culmination of 2011, we’re thinking you should throw on your finest formal wear and head all the way up to the top of the Standard. Blondie will be there playing a concert. And providing musical accompaniment for your grand entrance into 2012.

Sunday
An All-Day Brunch at Osteria Morini
MORNING AFTER

An All-Day Brunch at Osteria Morini

We get that you want to sleep in on Sunday. We also understand that when you eventually wake up, there’s a good to great chance you’ll want to start drinking again. Here to meet your needs: Osteria Morini. They’re doing brunch till 9pm and a two-for-one drink special. Apparently, 2012 is peaking early.

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