Things to do for December 11, 2008

The Weekender

Caroling, Hot Swiss Cheese and a Lot of Bull

The weekend senses the holiday spirit coming on strong.

Thursday
3 New Perks
PERKS

3 New Perks

This week brings you Brit-inflected sartorial goods from Psycho Bunny, anachronistic chic from Barking Irons and a free spin around the go-kart track from Grand Prix New York, in case you want to see how your new duds hold up at high speed.

Friday
Jean-Georges' $35 Prix Fixe
RECESSION SPECIAL

Jean-Georges' $35 Prix Fixe

The globetrotting restaurateur is offering a bit of comfort to the home front in the form of $35 dinner and $24 lunch prix-fixe menus at all but one of his New York restaurants. Highlights include a six-course omakase menu at Matsugen, Tuna Tartare and Roasted Chicken at the Nougatine room in Jean Georges and Slow-Cooked Cod at Perry St. Spice Market's sitting this one out...but it's always been a rogue agent.

Available all hours at Matsugen and Vong; available before 6:30pm and after 10pm at Nougatine, JoJo and Perry St; only lunch menu available at the Mercer Kitchen

Saturday
Jack Spade Hits the West Village
SPADE

Jack Spade Hits the West Village

The gentleman's small goods magnate is quietly unveiling a new concept store this Saturday in the West Village. Expect playful handsomeness, the usual slate of bags/wallets/cases and a choir of carolers outside the store on Saturday. They're also tossing in 40 percent off on purchases of $250 or more, in case you need more than a few songs to get you in the spirit.

400 Bleecker St (between W. 11th and Perry), 212-675-4085, 40 percent off applies to both stores and online

Sunday
Fondue at Café Select
HOT CHEESE

Fondue at Café Select

This Swiss cafe transforms into a fondue-only spot every Sunday, with apples and fingerling potatoes ready to be dipped into pots of bubbling gruyere. You'll also get a quarter liter of white wine and a shot of cherry brandy on the side to sweeten the deal. Literally.

Sundays starting at 11am, 212 Lafayette St (between Kenmare and Spring), 212-925-9322

Monday
Bull Riding Competition at Johnny Utah's
BULL

Bull Riding Competition at Johnny Utah's

Mondays at this Midtown mechanical bull outpost just got a bit more competitive, with the next two Mondays' fake bull-riding champions (judged on crowd noise, of course) getting tickets to MSG's real Pro Bull Riding show in January. Be careful though: If you mess with the bull, there's a distinct possibility you'll get the horns.

Begins 10pm Dec 15 and 22, 25 W. 51st St (between 5th and 6th Ave), 212-265-8824

Tuesday
Amy Sedaris Likes You
WITH CANDY

Amy Sedaris Likes You

The cupcake magnate and Strangers with Candy star takes to the streets (and bookstores) to share her tips on throwing a holiday party that dissolves into a drunken mess. If you need extra pointers, you can always call up your Uncle Joe...

No cost, 7pm, Dec 16, Borders at Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, 2nd floor (at 58th St), 212-823-9775

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