What to Do Indoors in NYC This Weekend
By Rachel Pelz Updated On 04/02/2020 at 05:56PM EST
The good news: Our social distancing seems to be working! Which brings us, of course, to the not-so-good news: We’re going to be doing this for a while. While we watch New York City bloom (and flirt with our cute neighbors via drone) from our windows, it’s important to remember that we’re all apart together.
To support NYC’s local restaurants, artists, and performance spaces through this crisis, we’ve offered up a few New York experiences you might have done this weekend under different circumstances, then paired each activity with a local streaming event and a restaurant that offers take-out and delivery. Stay inside, tip more than you ever have before, and see what to eat, drink, and stream in NYC this weekend.
If you would have laughed your ass off at a comedy club…
Stream: Lisa News LIVE
Friday, April 3
Cost: Free through the TVCO app; tipping encouraged
Eat: Clinton Hall, FiDi via Seamlessand Midtown via Seamless
The Brooklyn Comedy Collective, a theater and improv school in Williamsburg, is live streaming shows for those of us who’ve been entertained exclusively by our cats for the last two weeks. In “Lisa News Live!” the comedy collective Lisa — made up of 13 New Yorkers scattered due to quarantine — will be logging on and making you laugh. Crack a couple of White Claws from Clinton Hall, where they’re delivering food, booze, and board games from 1-9pm every day. (Why not just check to see if your cat can play Jenga?)
If you would have caught a film screening with a Q+A…
Stream: Paley Date Night
Friday, April 3
The Paley Center for Media is putting “date night” content on their YouTube channel every Friday evening. This week, it’s the cast of Schitt’s Creek reflecting on their life as the Rose family at the second season premiere, so you can forget about homeschooling and feeding and handwashing your own family for a few precious minutes. Order in a build-your-own dosirak from Korean BBQ restaurant Hyun, where they’re delivering custom bento boxes for two — just right for a date night.
If you would have scored a reservation at a new restaurant…
Stream: Distance Dining
Friday, April 3
Junzi’s “Chef’s Study,” a dinner series exploring contemporary Chinese cuisine, has been reimagined into “Distance Dining,” where chef Lucas Sin guides you through a delivered tasting menu on Instagram Live. This week, you can get to know Filipino-Chinese cuisine with a meal of rice noodles with smoked herring and chicharron, rooster stock congee, and a coconut milk dessert with yam, tapioca, and bananas. Order in, set the table, and then open Insta for plating instructions and the history behind each dish.
If you would have gone to a drag show…
Stream: Werq the World
Saturday, April 4
Hardware and Industry may be closed, but you can still get your life online. Starting Saturday (and then streaming for 48 hours after), Bianca Del Rio and Lady Bunny will be hosting a live fundraiser with performances from Violet Chachki, Yvie Oddly, Miss Vanjie, Gigi Goode, and more. Order in drinks from Concord Hill, where they’re delivering specialty cocktails like the Cry Wolf (with jalapeno-infused mezcal and spiced salt) and Taeko Sour (with mizu lemongrass, chamomile, and egg white) along with build-your-own Bloody Marys and mimosas. That should hold us over until we can finally have brunch again.
If you would have dressed up for a night at the Philharmonic…
Eat: Sushi Ginza Onodera via calling 212-390-0925
The New York Philharmonic is bringing hours of concerts online for classical music lovers. This weekend, you can stream the inaugural Phil the Hall concert from 2019, which was a special concert series for NYC’s first responders, volunteers, and other service professionals. Over 6,000 New Yorkers attended the shows, which featured Beethoven’s Allegro con brio from Symphony No. 5 and An die Freude from Symphony No. 9, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, and more. Change out of your PJs, press play, and order in some Michelin-starred sushi from Sushi Ginza Onodera (their takeout offering includes the previously off-menu Futomaki, an oversized roll with sea eel and tiger prawn) for a simulation of a night on the town.
If you would have taken a date to a show…
Stream: Joe’s Pub Live! From the Archives
Saturday, April 4
Cost: Free; donations to performers encouraged
Stream Becca Blackwell’s “Schmermie’s Choice,” which was recorded live at Joe’s Pub approximately one thousand years ago on March 4, 2020. Becca Blackwell, a trans actor, performer, and writer, is hilarious and heart wrenching in her solo show about growing up adopted in the Midwest. Stream the show with your Zoom date, order an entree from De Mole to get the two-for-one margarita special (both for yourself, naturally), and toast to love in the time of coronavirus.
If you would have taken a walking tour of NYC…
Stream: Turnstile Tours
Sunday, April 5
New Yorkers (and those that love NYC, even from afar) can still get a taste of the city’s history. Turnstile Tours is moving their programming online — this Sunday, you can learn all about chocolate with Lower East Side chocolatier Roni-Sue’s. If you find yourself craving something sweet after all the chocolate talk, order in from Doughnuttery, where they’re delivering a make-your-own doughnut kit with a pound of doughnut mix, four sugar blends, and the tools and instructions you’ll need to make a fresh batch of doughnuts right in your teeny-tiny NYC kitchen.
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