You could argue the weekend begins Wednesday night, is justified Thursday with happy hour, and is felt on Friday morning at work. No wonder New Yorkers need a greasy Sunday brunch.
The strategy for any weekend is divide and conquer; figure out where to spend those hard earned dollars, pack on a pound (or two), and not regret the hangover. Here's a list of best bets for your weekend adventures — a mix of bars, restaurants, pop-ups, and old favorites. Whether you're dining, dancing until dawn, or cozying up in a corner with a good book, you won’t be disappointed.
Friday Lunch Hangover Cure
Bowery Beef, (Bowery Poetry Club), 308 Bowery
Bowery Beef serves $5 roast beef sandwiches at the Bowery Poetry Club and Blue Bottle coffee — the perfect combination at lunch to cure a hangover from Thursday night shenanigans.
Sweet Tooth Happy Hour
Hill Country Chicken, 1123 Broadway
Probably the best idea ever: pie happy hour. The haute fried chicken joint in the Flatiron district serves a variety of pies half-off between the hours of 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bottomless coffee during these hours as well will help you to leave with a buzz... of sugar and caffeine.
Best Place to See and Be Seen for a $15 Cocktail
Weather Up, 159 Duane St.
The place to see and be seen. Expensive cocktails made with slow melting ice from the bar’s $6,000 ice-block maker and rotating caviar options are sexy when meeting a first date, ex-boyfriend, or drink before dinner. Buyer beware, this is a one-drink-only, or wallet robbing evening. Pick your poison.
Where to Catch the Latest Artist and Dance
Tammany Hall, 152 Orchard St.
A recently redesigned bar and music hall featuring live bands and artists of various different floors. Posh and new without being pretentious. Also located just steps from the Lower East Side's many late-night dining options.
Best Place to Cozy Up for Day Drinking
Blind Tiger, 281 Bleecker St., 212-462-4682
Serving a rotating list of craft beers on tap alongside inexpensive and satisfying bar food. The roaring fire and dark atmosphere is perfect for cozying up next to, either with a lover or book. This may be (and hopefully is) our last cold weekend.
Best Place to Food Event to Network
Martha Stewart Pie Pop-Up Shop this weekend only, 10 a.m.—6 p.m., 93 Greenwich Ave.
The pop-up celebrates the release of Martha's new book. An assortment of her recipes will be served, and there will also be cooking classes demonstrating how to make piecrusts and filling. Rumors are Martha may show.