Things to do for September 18, 2008

The Weekender

The Weekend Starts Here

The week is getting a last-minute bailout from the weekend.

Thursday
1 New Perk
THURSDAY PERKS

1 New Perk

It's important to stay well-heeled in these trying times, so we're hooking you up with 30 percent off from Gordon Rush. A good pair of shoes may be the best investment you make all year.

Thursday
Cafe Select Opens for Lunch
THURSDAY SELECTION

Cafe Select Opens for Lunch

Serge Becker's trendy and much-delayed Swiss hangout has taken its time opening to the public, but it should be better for the seasoning. So far all you'll get is lunch, but soon you'll be able to stop by for a post-Esquina espresso...we think.

Saturday
Grand Central Oyster Frenzy
SATURDAY SHUCKING

Grand Central Oyster Frenzy

The station's basement turns into a street fair-style oysterfest with dozens of types of clams, calamari and oysters ripe for the picking. To work up your appetite, there's also a grand riding on the oyster-shucking contest, along with a "beer shucking" sideshow—your guess is as good as ours.

411: Sept 20, Grand Central Terminal, Basement Level, 87 E. 42nd St (at Park), 212-490-6650

Saturday
Earnest Sewn
SATURDAY SALE-ING

Earnest Sewn

This Americana-soaked label is clearing house with button-down shirts as low as $60, T-shirts at $22 and unusually sincere straight-leg jeans at $75.

411: Sept 20-28, 831 Washington St (between Gansevoort and Little W. 12th), 212-242-3414

Monday
Obika Opens in Midtown
MONDAY CHEESE BAR

Obika Opens in Midtown

Raw mozzarella may well be the next fro-yo if this Italian mozzarella kiosk has its way. They've got a pastry or two, but the main show is the buffalo cheese, served one golf ball-sized lump at a time, 
and offering the perfect refuge from the Pinkberry hordes.

411: Opening Sept 22, Atrium of the IBM Building, 590 Madison (at 56th St), 212-355-2217

Monday
Il Buco's Outdoor Pig and Apple Festival
MONDAY ROAST

Il Buco's Outdoor Pig and Apple Festival

Pig roasts come and go, but our go-to rustic Italian date spot distinguishes itself with a rare-breed 200-pound Georgian sow, slow roasting all day over an open flame. Also, there will be fruit of some kind.

411: 1pm-Midnight, moves indoors at 6pm, Sept 22, 47 Bond St (between Lafayette and Bowery), 212-533-1932

Wednesday
Woody Allen at the National Underground
WEDNESDAY RAGTIME

Woody Allen at the National Underground

Tickets for Woody's jazz band may go for $100 a pop up at the Carlyle Hotel, but your best bet at catching the auteur with a clarinet is his free, under-the-radar shows downstairs at National Underground. As for running into ScarJo...you never know.

411: Wednesday nights, 159 E. Houston St (at Allen), 212-475-0611

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