Things to do for February 04, 2010

The Weekender

Endless Pasta, Pancake Month and the Ace's Basement

The weekend is the spice in your guacamole.

Thursday
1 New Perk
PERKS

1 New Perk

In case those slush runs are finally getting to you, we've lined up a free one-week gym membership, with a gratis personal training session thrown in to straighten out your shoulder press technique. Don't forget to stretch.

Ace Hotel Basement Opens to the Public
ACE IN THE HOLE

Ace Hotel Basement Opens to the Public

By now you know that the Ace Hotel lobby is overflowing with action. Of course, you know better than to hang out in the flood. Down the steps, past the bathroom, through the industrial door you'll find the private party room open to accommodate you. Sure, you'll be without the high ceilings and foreign exchange students, but you'll have the cool comfort of a full-size Fender speaker stack to blow your hair back.

Thurs-Sat, Ace Hotel, 20 W 29th St (near Broadway), 212-679-2222

Friday
Steaks for Stocks at Smith & Wollensky
STOCK EXCHANGE

Steaks for Stocks at Smith & Wollensky

To quell populist rage, the powers that be graciously paid out bonus checks in stock options this year. Steak temple Smith & Wollensky understands: they'll let you pay for your meal with...stock certificates. Just give your documents to your server, who'll check yesterday's closing price and figure it into your tab. If you own Toyota stock, there's still time to arbitrage....

Accepting original NYSE and NASDAQ certificates, along with separate stock power with medallion signature guarantee affixed, Smith & Wollensky, 797 Third Ave (at 49th St), 212-753-1530

Up to 70% Off Nom de Guerre
Sale-ing

Up to 70% Off Nom de Guerre

Avant-garde underground handsomeness lair Nom de Guerre is lopping up to 70% off button-downs from Patrik Ervell, Common Projects sneakers and dress shoes, and all manner of wool and flannel rakishness from Band of Outsiders. Plus Nom de Guerre's own line of shirts, pants and jackets inspired by...the Algerian War. The most stylish war in history.

Mon-Sat, noon-8pm, Sun, noon-7pm, Nom de Guerre, 640 Broadway, 212-253-2891

Monday
Casino Night With the New York Rangers
POWER PLAY

Casino Night With the New York Rangers

In the middle of the grueling NHL season, it's good to see your hometown Rangers really buckling down and focusing on the basics: gambling. They'll be playing the tables and dealing cards, for charity. Which means your chance to best Sean Avery during a game of blackjack. And then run for your life.

7-10pm, Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway (at 36th St), tickets here

All-You-Can-Eat Pasta at Locanda Verde
pasta precedent

All-You-Can-Eat Pasta at Locanda Verde

All DeNiro movies have a beginning, middle and gruesome ending. Not so for pasta bowls at Bobby D's Italian tavern Locanda Verde, which is launching family-style, endless pasta dinners in its back room. Scene preview: a bunch of waiters walk around with huge bowls of Rigatoni With Lamb Bolognese and pile it onto your plate until...well, we won't spoil the ending. But there is no ending...

Mondays (call ahead), 5:30-11pm, Locanda Verde, 377 Greenwich St, 212-925-3797

Up to 60% Off at Ted Baker
Sale-ing II

Up to 60% Off at Ted Baker

To show there's no hard feelings from the Mother Country, dapper British outfitter Ted Baker is massively discounting his stock of classy-but-not-too-formal wear. You'll find velvet blazers, wool flat-front trousers, two-button suits and French cuff paisley shirts. God save the Queen. Also, Kate Moss.

Through Feb 14, Ted Baker, 107 Grand St (at Mercer), 212-343-8989

Tuesday
Pancake Month at Clinton Street Baking Company
STACKED

Pancake Month at Clinton Street Baking Company

When the city's unchallenged pancake experts decide that they need an entire month to think more about pancakes, you're not going to object. Flavors will change every few days, so you'll want to check their website to strategically plan your collision with varieties like Fresh Coconut Pancakes With Passion Fruit Syrup and Bananas. Members of the waffle opposition are organizing as we speak.

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