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Around Town - Anime Fest, Thanksgiving Donuts, Le Rock's Christmas Party and more...
November 17, 2022, 6:37.48 pm ET


Around Town:

Photo: Anime NYC

Anime all day. The Anime NYC celebration of Japanese animation and culture is taking place November 18-20 at the Jacob Javits Center. Activities include film screenings, liver performances and a Masquerade Ball competition, along with upwards of 50,000 fans expected to attend.

Photo: Hakata TonTon

Hakata TonTon is launching weekend brunch service starting Nov 26th from 12PM to 2:30PM. The menu includes Hakata TonTon's greatest hits and a new offering, the "Yum Cha Set" ($75) – this TonTon-style dim sum and tea set for two includes gyoza soup, an assortment of ten small plates, and choice of Japanese tea.


Mr Capri in the West Village is doing brunch beginning Saturday Nov 26th from 11:45am to 3pm. The restaurant is known for its breezy Italian fare found on the island of Capri alongside a collection of creative cocktails.

Photo: Ethyl's

Ethyl’s in Williamsburg is hosting a Thanksgiving Eve party with a live performance by the Last Chance Dancers burlesque show with Maggie McMuffin (Miss Coney Island 2023). Bar fare includes the Coney Island Combo, a Schaller & Weber beef hot dog with street cart onions and crinkle-cut boardwalk fries. Cocktails like the Bump and Grind and Hot Pants Punch are also being offered.

Photo: Fan Fan Doughnuts

Fan Fan Doughnuts’ Fany Gerson is teaming up with Chef Tom Colicchio on a special Thanksgiving Box of doughnuts. Flavors include Roasted Sweet Potato with Marshmallow Meringue, Brown Butter - Cinnamon Roll, Cranberry Orange Braids, Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pumpkin Seed Brittle, "Apple Pie" doughnut and more. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Independent Restaurant Coalition, which has helped thousands of restaurants and food businesses get through the pandemic.


The Brooklyn Flea Annual Holiday Market (80 Pearl St) kicks off on Dec 3rd in DUMBO. The market features 50 vendors and weekend pop-ups, along with whiskey tastings, mini donuts, personalized antique lockets and more.

Photo: Gentl + Hyers

On November 30, Le Rock’s power duo Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the famed Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting with an evening of passed hors d’oeuvres and dessert, open bar, curated cocktails and wines by the glass between 8pm and 11pm. Tickets are $350/pp + Reservations via Resy.

Photo: Dim Sum Palace

Looking Ahead

Dim Sum Palace officially opens its new sprawling Chinatown location December 18th with a traditional dragon ceremony. It also marks the return of late night Dim Sum with the restaurant staying open until 4am.

Until next time, we'll be seeing you Around Town!