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Things to do for November 12, 2009
Sexy Slumber Parties, Boozy Auctions and Pickle Pairings
The weekend is too busy for slumber.
Open Bar at Veranda
Sitting on some spacious real estate in Sheridan Square, this new Mediterranean hookah lounge answers the West Village's call for sheesha and tzatziki lamb. And to celebrate its soft opening, it's having a two-hour open bar from 9 to 11pm. But the deal's limited to drinks. Stuffed grapes leaves don't grow on trees.
For the second time since Prohibition, Christie's is putting booze on the block. The 850-lot auction is predictably long on Bordeaux and Burgundy, but you'll see bottles of Macallan, Glenlivet and Bowmore that are pushing the retirement age. And take particular note of the Double Barrel: a limited Ardbeg whisky set packed into a leather gun case. Which promises endless fun at airport security.
Pig Dissection at Joseph Leonard
While pork belly gets all the glory, Joseph Leonard's head chef is leading culinary tours of the lesser-eaten parts. He'll break down a single pig into a six dish dinner, which, during the inaugural week, will include gnocchi with braised pig shoulder and pork-butt meatball egg-drop soup. But keep in mind: this swine's first come, first serve. So it's four pork knuckles, and they're out.
Rick's Picks is teaming with Brooklyn's Beer Table to pair the perfect brew with each pickled cucumber. Consider it the recessionary alternative to wine and cheese.
Bouley by the Ounce
Bouley Market is doing dinner for the first time ever, and they're enacting a strict new portion policy: you can only buy by the ounce. Everything from meat to caviar to sorbet will go on a scale and be priced to the ounce, starting at $5. It'll also unveil a new wine dispenser that delivers precise ounces to each glass. Tip: four ounces of Gouda pairs great with two pounds of cabernet.
What better way to launch a limited-edition pajamas line than a booze-fueled hotel slumber party? Expect a who's who of the art world along with DJ sets, live performances, cocktails from the Breslin and, of course, tarot card readings. Because you'll want some advance notice about who you'll be paired with during spin the bottle.