This week, we're getting together with J.Crew to give you a chance at a whirlwind weekend in New York, complete with two nights of downtown revelry and a $2000 J.Crew gift card. If for some reason you want to sleep, we'll also set you up in a penthouse suite at the Royalton.
Things to do for October 08, 2009
Lobster Grits, Hipster Tennis and Burlesque With Beer
The weekend is already brainstorming costumes.
If Oktoberfest needs one thing, it's a looser attitude toward décolletage. So the fine folks at the Bell House are correcting the error with a night of gourmet sausages, strip tease from the girls of Wasabassco Burlesque and truly massive steins of beer. Fair warning: there may be polka music. But also, heaving bosoms.
As of today, you can catch the skater laureate and whimsical Where The Wild Things Are director's short films and music videos in one of the most highbrow settings possible. Stop by for the opening, and you'll get to see the auteur trade jabs with Wild Things author Maurice Sendak, and answer a truly embarrassing number of audience questions about the "Sabotage" video.
The city's most competitive hipsters are assembling on the McCarren Park tennis courts this weekend for two days of uncharacteristic athleticism to raise money for resurfacing the courts. Expect to see a cash bar, a well-honed DJ set, some vintage McEnroe Afros and a truly inspiring number of tennis skirts.
Lobster Grits Come to Brooklyn Flea
The same folks that brought you the flea-side lobster roll are moving into more adventurous territory. As of this Saturday, they're spiking their corn porridge with lobster stock and Mahon cheese, resulting in some of the richest, most delectable grits you've ever tasted. We hear they go great with vintage cuff links.
Introducing the Phat Bastard Oyster
The wonder that is oyster season is bringing a range of new specimens to our shores, but the one that's got us excited is the gargantuan Phat Bastard, imported direct from Prince Edward Island, measuring four and a half inches across and offering a truly unprecedented amount of savory deliciousness. Approach at your own risk.
Next week more than 100 local spas are offering massages, steam room sessions and a few surreptitious facials for just $50. After wrestling with that Phat Bastard oyster, we'd say you've earned it.