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Around Town – Mexi Takes Flight, Champagne Toast, Blue Man Group, Leap Year, Garbo and more…
February 21, 2024, 7:05.14 pm ET


Photo: Dara Pollak

Mexi, one of the newest Mexican restaurants to open in Williamsburg, is offering a flight of four margaritas this weekend for $30, starting Thursday 2/22 (national margarita day!) through Sunday 2/25. The flight features four margaritas made with Tequila Don Ramon: spicy mango margarita, grape margarita, cucumber margarita, and a mezcalita. The flight is called "México en la Piel," after the album of Mexican musical artist Luis Miguel, who is a partner in the tequila.

Photo: Jonathan Pilkington

Greywind, from James Beard-nominated chef Dan Kluger, will be hosting a collaboration dinner with Pol Roger, the iconic family-owned Champagne brand, on Thursday, February 29th at 7PM. For one evening only, Greywind will be welcoming Laurent d’Harcourt, the CEO of Pol Roger, to host an intimate dinner alongside Chef Kluger in the private dining room at Greywind, featuring a 3-course dinner paired with select Champagnes including Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill & Library Wines. Tickets are available for purchase via Resy at $400 per person, which includes select dishes alongside tailored Champagne pairings.

Photo: YAO

Cantonese restaurant YAO in the Financial District is now offering a lunch special. For dine-in, the lunch special includes one cocktail and one entree for $18. It is also available for delivery via UberEats for $18 with one entree but no cocktail (Monday – Friday between 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m). Diners can select from entrees such as Fried Pork Chop with Salt and Pepper, Kung Pao Prawns, Beef Ribs with Soy Sauce, Lo Mein with Char Siu, Bacon and Eel Fried Rice, among others. Cocktails include the Ume Collins with Umeboshi Liqueur, vodka, clarified house-citrus blend, and sparkling, among others.

Photo: Brooklyn Kura

On Saturday, 2/24 & Sunday 2/25 at 7pm, Brooklyn Kura will host a Sake Caliente Pop-Up ($220). Join renowned chef Kaori Yoshida for a night of Kanzaki (hot sake), delicious food, and Asian-inspired desserts. From sake connoisseur Chizuko Niikawa-Helton, Sake Caliente also promotes Kanzake and blended sake consumption in NYC. On Thursday, 2/29 at 6pm Brooklyn Kura will feature a Floral Workshop with Sonoko Kaneko ($135). Learn the timeless craft of botanical artistry from the florist behind Kajiha and create gorgeous, surprising arrangements. Materials and a glass of sake are included!

Photo: Blue Man Group

As if Blue Man Group couldn’t push the envelope any further, a total of eight dazzling new screens have been installed to create a more immersive and engaging performance environment at the Astor Place Theatre. Since its debut in 1991, Blue Man Group has been an outrageous interactive spectacle for the senses. With a technological refresh, the iconic Blue Men will take their music, art, and comedy to exhilarating new heights. Tickets here

Image: Sona

On Saturday 2/24, SONA by restaurateur Maneesh K Goyal, will be hosting a “Jab We Met” themed show hosted by two queens, RuAfza and Kulfi Jaan, as well as DJ Yushiii. The day's theme will be Early 00s Bollywood with an interactive show and a safe space for all. With an order of an entree, guests will get an hour of bottomless Mimosas / Bellinis at $28 per person.

Photo: Turnadot

Guggenheim’s Works and Process will explore Turnadot, a new production from the Washington National Opera on Feb 25 at 7pm. Turandot is one of Puccini’s most fascinating operas. With sumptuous music and eye-popping spectacle, it tells the story of a beautiful, powerful princess and her transformation. It will premiere in May 2024 at the Kennedy Center. Francesca Zambello, Artistic Director of Washington National Opera, will be joined by Soon He Stanton and Tin to discuss the making of a Turandot and a portrait of a strong woman who overcomes a traumatic past, an experience that leads to the fall of tyranny and the rise of democracy. Singers will perform highlights.

Photo: David Mills

Join the Seaport Museum on February 25 at 2:30pm for an enlightening afternoon with esteemed poet David Mills. Explore the profound themes of his award-winning book of poems, Boneyarn, which is the first book of poetry about the history of slavery in New York City. During the program, Mills will read a selection of his poems and shed light on the African Burial Ground—the oldest and largest known excavated burial ground in North America for both free and enslaved Africans––which is located just blocks away from the Museum. Operating from 1712 to 1795, this burial ground is the resting place of 15,000 enslaved and free Blacks, along with some Native Americans and impoverished white people. Mills' groundbreaking work captures the stories of those who worked as cooks, childhood chimney sweeps, laborers on the docks near South Street Seaport, participants in the Revolutionary War, and individuals who maintained African traditions in burial practices.

Photo: Gulaabo

In honor of Leap Day 2/29, Baar Baar is offering (2) Dahi Puri for $2.29 along with an Appetizer Sampler featuring Cauliflower Koliwada, Green Pea & Goat Cheese Kulcha, and Potato Tikka Chat for $20.24. Guests will also get a 2-for-1 Leap Year specialty cocktail (an extra cocktail for the extra day!). Sister restaurant, Gulaabo is offering (2) Pani Puri for $2.29, and a Veg or Non Veg Thali for $20.24 with a 2-for-1 Leap Year specialty cocktail (an extra cocktail for the extra day!).

Photo: Dusty Booze

On Monday, March 4, acclaimed spirits journalist Aaron Goldfarb brings his new book Dusty Booze: In Search of Vintage Spirits to the Porchlight stage ahead of its March 5 debut. Dusty Booze ventures into the world of “Dusty Hunters,” AKA vintage spirit collectors, providing both an entertaining view of the unique subculture and a healthy dose of drinking culture history. Tickets available here

Looking ahead…

Image: Moonlight Reflections with GARBO

The life of Hollywood icon Greta Garbo will come to life with MOONLIGHT REFLECTIONS with GARBO, part of the United Solo Festival where you can experience tales of time gone by that still resonates today. The premiere will be held March 30 at Theatre Row.

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