This Weekend’s New York Essentials: The City is Your Oyster


NYC has been in love with oysters since long before Henry Hudson sailed up the river that now bears his name. To enjoy modern takes on everyone’s favorite bivalve, check out New York Oyster Week, underway now and bringing oyster specials to your favorite seafood spots. Take The Monarch Room, which is serving up beer-battered blue whale oysters with a sophisticated twinning of toasted green peppercorns and chamomile-scented apricot purée. Enjoy it with a gin-and-strawberry-hibiscus Anne Boleyn cocktail in regal-industrial digs in West Chelsea. At week’s end, slurp a few of the 35,000 oysters that get shucked on the historic cobblestones of Stone Street on Saturday, September 20.

Dishing on Dishes

A who’s who of New York food takes to Brooklyn this weekend for Taste Talks, a three-day festival that combines panel discussions with some serious eats. To wit: a chicken ‘n’ waffles brunch, the Future Food Expo, and the All-Star Chef BBQ at East River Park on Sunday, September 14. Talk, taste, and repeat.

Creature Comfort

Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery loves animals the way we love their beers. Saturday, September 13, both these loves come together for two sessions at The Bell House during Beer for Beasts. Biz Markie, who has what you need, provides entertainment, The Humane Society of New York gets the benefits, and you’ll sample custom brews as creative as “The King’s Layer,” with white wheat, dehydrated peanut butter, and smoked malt in homage to Elvis’ favorite sandwich.

Fun to Play at the Y

The 92nd Street Y‘s annual street fest is back, with block after block of family-friendly fun. Lead your little ones to International Way, a cultural tour of more than a dozen countries, which is on top of games, art, music, film, and fitness. The 92Y Annual Street Festival runs Sunday, September 14 from noon to 5pm on Lexington Avenue between 79th and 94th Streets.

Bull Moose Party

Ken Burns’ latest documentary, airing Sunday night on PBS, takes an intimate look at the Roosevelts. Connect your kids with some living history by paying a visit to the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace, a townhouse hidden away near Union Square that has the full story on the only president New York City has ever produced.

Now Open

New York’s Asian fleet gains two new flagships. Sachi, in Midtown East, reboots the Asian Bistro concept with the dual creativity of Pichet Ong and Rhong-Tiam’s Andy Yang. A few blocks south, KOA is serving traditional Chinese dishes with a sophisticated Japanese twist. Grab your sweetheart and slurp some seriously sublime noodles.

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