This week's Perk brings you into a secretive society of well-heeled tastemakers manipulating the world from behind the scenes. (Well, the art world, at least.) Starting this week, UD members can join the Guggenheim's Young Collectors Council with reduced dues and an extra pair of gratis First Friday tickets to boot. Behave and hold any nefarious schemes for the afterparty.
Things to do for September 17, 2009
Standard Sausages, Bacon Beer and Batali Lunching It
The weekend is going to let you finish.
The city's largest chronometer palace is unloading watches, jewelry and pens offsite at staggeringly low prices, but the doors close today at 6:30, so you'll have to make the most of the next couple hours. Hopefully it won't be too hard to keep track of time...
The High Line's upstairs neighbor is starting an outdoor beer-and-sausage bar inside its beer garden, serving pilsners and Viennese sausage in exchange for carnival-style tickets sold at a stand out front. Oh, and there might even be an all-you-can-drink beer-by-the-hour deal in your near future. (Note: that's not a challenge.) Best of all, it's just in time for Oktoberfest, which you can now celebrate with a combination of German draft beer, sausage, celeb spotting and Ping-Pong. Ah, tradition...
The ultra-upscale prix fixer's notoriously tony tasting menu is taking an intriguingly lowbrow turn. For one night only, they're offering seven of Brooklyn Brewery's finest potions—including one brewed from Benton's Smokehouse Bacon—each paired with a perfectly suited dish. In the case of the bacon beer, that means herb-roasted rib eye steak, but part of us hopes they are keeping some beer nuts handy.
Eurotrash in Brooklyn (in a Good Way)
There are many fascinating things to be found in Williamsburg parking lots after closing time, but now you can add European street food to the list. The deceptively named Eurotrash truck is currently dishing out bangers and mash, fish and chips, Swedish meatballs and Belgian frites with a Nutcracker-style lantern lighting the way. Unfortunately for haggis lovers, Scotland didn't make the cut.
Anyone with a midtown office and an uncanny ability to escape from it is about to have one hell of a lunch break. Bon Appétit's yearly pop-up boîte is showing up the usual midtown lunch spots with chefs like Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse and Daniel Boulud serving up highbrow fare like skirt steak tacos and Venetian apple cake. We feel a "client meeting" coming on.