Only on Perks: a bounty of grill-ready meats from Daniel Boulud’s steak guys, shipped overnight for 30% off. Plus, 25% off an award-winning Bloody Mary mix. And we’re knocking a few grand off a private helicopter between New York and the Hamptons. Wave down at the traffic for us.
Things to do for July 19, 2012
Ping-Pong, Bocce and Tricycle Races
The weekend has ice cream running down its chin.
Red Violet, Now with More Gene Kato
You respect a good restaurant shake-up, particularly when it results in whole lobster, rib eyes and tuna tacos. Former Japonais exec chef Gene Kato (of the forthcoming Sumi Robata Bar) helped reshape this Chinese-influenced spot into what you always dreamed it could be. Admittedly, Peking duck gives you weird dreams.
If you’re hanging out in the parking lot next to Big Star, maybe you need glasses. It’s just a parking lot. The drinks are next door. Luckily, Warby Parker, purveyor of nice spectacles, will be in that lot Saturday... with drinks, frames, sunglasses and bocce ball. So it will all work out fine.
A Liquor Store Disguised as a Pub
Mixologist Adam Seger and former Tru executive chef Tim Graham are turning an ordinary liquor store (okay, a pretty damn nice liquor store) into a two-night-only experimental gastropub, with a seven-course feast paired with cocktails. Because chicken cordon bleu poppers deserve chicken-fat-infused red wine.
Tricycle Racing for Box Wine and Glory
Sometimes you compete for cash. Sometimes for glory. Sometimes for a box of Franzia wine. This is that rare moment when you’ll do all three. Teams of four will square off in the most grueling relay race you can do on a tricycle in a bar. Remember: beer doesn’t count as doping.
The Paddling You Deserve
And after tricycles, things will get really serious. With ping-pong tourneys in Ada Street’s grassy backyard. Your entry fee comes with a complimentary cocktail, just to keep your head where it should be (slightly buzzed).