Things To Do In February: NYC’s Big 3 Weeks Have Returned
February looks pretty grim, weather-wise, with a kind of Groundhog Day thing going on, a looping snow-freezingness-snow-freezingness forecast that extends right into March. But this is New York City! Cold and slush lakes be damned: there's still lots of reasons all the time to rouse from our Netflix-hibernation-mode and go out on the town! In fact, there are three whole "weeks" of good food, tasty beverages, and stylish fun starting mid-month, as February marks the return of, in order of appearance, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, NYC Restaurant Week, and New York City Beer Week. You'll find a quick overview and a few pick hits after the jump…
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York 2015 (February 11th – 19th)
Damrosch Park, in the southwest corner of the Lincoln Center campus, will once again host the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, with runway shows pretty much non-stop all week long at the Pavilion, the Salon, and the Theater., all within that massive, semi-glittering building they manage to construct every winter and then again in the fall. Now, granted, I'm not even really sure how you can get into these things–I assume they're all invite-only–but if you know someone in that world, hit them up for a plus-one. Even better: get on the list at one of the many after-parties that will be happening at hot spots all over town. More info here.
NYC Restaurant Week 2015 (February 16th – March 6th)
Ok, yeah, it's longer than a week (and they usually announce an extension at some point, too), and there are more than a few clunkers among the 300 venues participating this year, but NYC Restaurant Week still can be a great opportunity to sample a special place or two–you get three courses at lunch for $25, or three at dinner for $38–if only to see if it's worth plunking down far more of your hard-earned dollars on a "real" meal sometime in the future. A quick look at the list reveals several choice spots, including Bar Primi on Bowery, All'onda in Union Square, Blenheim in the West Village, Colicchio & Sons Tap Room in Chelsea, Empellon Concina in the East Village, Lafayette in Noho, Lincoln Ristorante on the Upper West Side, Little Park in Tribeca, Red Rooster in Harlem, and the Writing Room on the Upper East. There are also plenty of perfectly fine–and a few quite good–neighborhood-type spots, but you don't need a special week to go to those. More info here.
New York City Beer Week 2015 (February 20th – March 1st)
Now in its seventh year, the great NYC Beer Week hits town with a series of city-wide events, competitions, tastings, and social gatherings all celebrating the excellent suds being produced all the time by local breweries. Organized by the New York City Brewers Guild–whose members include Sixpoint, Big Alice, Transmitter, Eataly Birreria, Other Half, Heartland, and Rockaway Brewing Company–Beer Week 2015 includes the Ruppert's Cup "people's-choice" style competition (vote early and often!); the Opening First Tap, which features "100 rare beers scattered among 100 NYC beer destinations"; and the raucous Closing Beer and Brass Brunch at Brooklyn Bowl. More info here.