If you’re seeing this and you’re in NYC, then that means you’re surviving Pope-a-palooza (or, as I’d be inclined to think based on the ghost town AKA our office, hiding out in the comfort of your own home), and all the street closure craziness that comes with it. Don’t let it keep you from getting out and seizing the city this weekend.
If you’re looking for something in theme with said visiting guest, there are a number of local area pizza spots featuring Pope-inspired pizzas. Yep, you read that right. Out of the line-up, I’d suggest Paulie Gee’s. If you aren’t feeling the papal theme (their $15 “Papa Frankie” is only available through today – it’s a white pie, topped with a cross of yellow and red cherry tomatoes to represent the Vatican’s colors, as well as a ring of basil), go with their Hellboy, which features my favorite – Mike’s Hot Honey. Speaking of spicy, this weekend is also the Chile Pepper Festival out at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Tickets are still available here. On Sunday, Atlantic Antic is back! Should be perfect weather this weekend for roaming up and down Atlantic Avenue checking out all of the various vendors.
Not feeling all of the Oktoberfest events? Check out the fourth annual OystertoberFest on Saturday, featuring oysters and craft beers. Tickets are available online here. And, for something entirely different, check out Union Hall’s King & Queen of Pop Sing-along with Michael Jackson & Madonna – and by that, they of course mean the music of, not the actual people.
The month of September is national bourbon month. Still a few days left to celebrate. If you’re looking for some good spots for a bourbon cocktail, check out Clover Club or my latest West Village discovery, Slowly Shirley (more to come on this great spot later). Or celebrate at home while watching some college football this weekend and make these bourbon meatballs. So good and so easy.
Have a lovely one!