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Around Town - Honoring Prince, Boozy Melon Jellies, Free Desserts and more...
April 16, 2024, 7:15.14 pm ET


Photo: KYU

KYU, the Asian-inspired, wood-fired restaurant, is celebrating its second anniversary in NYC this weekend! To mark “KYU Turns Two,” the restaurant is offering FREE desserts from a charming cart set in front of the restaurant on Saturday, April 20, from 12-5 p.m. Anyone who stops by and posts on social tagging @kyurestaurants will be treated to mini munchies: A delectable cinnamon roll or a miniature version of the restaurant’s signature coconut cake.

Photo: The Rum House

The Rum House in Times Square is offering a new spring cocktail menu featuring rum-based drinks including The Edison Cocktail with Laird’s Apple Brandy, Plantation Pineapple Rum, Lemon, Angostura Bitters, Demerara and Red Wine; Thirst Crusher with Banhez Mexcal, Pierre Ferrand Yuzu Orange Curacao, Aperol and Giffard Rhubarbe Liqueur, Lemon, Agave; Rum Fire Colada with Green Chartreuse, Rum Fire, Velvet Falernum, Pineapple, Coconut Crème and Lime, Angostura Bitters; and Barracuda with Tequila, Giffard Peach Liqueur, Lemon Grenadine, Blood Orange and Egg White The Rum House also offers Happy Hour from 4pm-6pm, and live jazz music every night.

Photo: Another Country

On Sunday, April 21st, Another Country, the newly opened cocktail and vinyl den in Union Square (10 East 16th Street), will be honoring Prince on the anniversary of his passing. In commemoration, the bar will open early, at 3pm, and will play The Artist’s catalog and artists who he inspired. There will also be Prince-inspired cocktails like the Drem, a purple drink made with bourbon, Oloroso sherry, butterfly pea flower, lemon juice and egg white, among others.

Photo: Pier 57

For Earth Month, a series of large-scale photographs representing the effects of climate change are gracing the walls at Pier 57 in Chelsea, as part of an art campaign titled #ReframeClimate. The newly unveiled art display features documentary images alongside interactive prompts, inviting viewers to reflect on the implications of climate change on people and the environment.


ARTECHOUSE, known for its experimental immersive art, will be hosting a special “Pay What You May” Day on Sunday, April 21, where guests can experience its current exhibition at the cost of their choosing. Visitors can reserve their tickets here. Taxes and fees apply. Additional year-round discounts, including free entry for children under 4, can be found at Currently on view through the summer, its current exhibition Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies, a vibrant reflection upon the past, present, and future of the Black experience.

Photo: Ellen's Stardust

Ellen’s Stardust Diner will host a Miss Subways reunion on Thursday, May 2 at 11 am, honoring the NYC cultural icons who decorated the subways for more than 30 years – and as a nod to the very first Miss Subways Mona Freeman who was awarded the honor in May 1941. As part of the festivities, 12 former Miss Subways including Ellen Hart (Miss Subway 1959), the diner’s owner, will reunite to celebrate the city’s rich history and shared values as hard-working women of New York.

Photo: Talea, Black Seeds Bagels Collab

TALEA, Black Seed Bagels, and Gotham Greens have teamed up to brew two new sustainable beers that use surplus bagels in the mash of the beer. (This is the latest effort of Black Seed's to reduce as much food waste as possible by upcycling leftover bagels in creative ways.) The two beers are the Lemon Basil Weekender Beer (which uses Gotham Greens' basil, also grown locally) and the Experimental Everything Bagel Beer. They're officially launching at all Talea tap rooms tomorrow, Thursday 4/18. To celebrate the launch, this Sunday, April 21st, Black Seed Bagels will be popping up at Talea's Williamsburg taproom (87 Richardson Street) from 2-4pm, offering an open face green goddess bagel sandwich with a purchase of beer from the collaboration. Guests will receive a complimentary basil seedling from Gotham Greens with the purchase of a Lemon Basil Weekender Beer draft pour. More here

Photo: Bad Roman via Instagram

Finally, Bad Roman is rolling out a Prosciutto & “Melon” special featuring Midori Sour melon-flavored boozy jellies crafted in Brooklyn by Solid Wiggles, paired with Casell’s Salumi 18-month aged American Prosciutto. The dish is available throughout the month of April.