This Weekend’s New York Essentials: Rainbow Connection


Last week’s rainbow over New York City foreshadowed the return of the Rainbow Room. With 80 years of glamour under its belt, the iconic 65th floor aerie of 30 Rock is back, crystal sparkling like it was brand new. This Sunday, October 5, is opening day, bringing the first of many epic Sunday brunches. The selection is broad, covering everything from a raw bar to steamed pork buns to homemade beignets and apple cider doughnuts. Monday, October 6 marks the inaugural dinner service, with dishes as classic as the room. Think Beef Wellington, Dover Sole, and Oysters Rockefeller, with live music for a jazzy soundtrack. The Rainbow Room is only open to the public on Sundays and Mondays, which is where adjacent cocktail lounge SixtyFive comes in handy. Weeknights, hoist a modern-classic cocktail like a Room With a View (rye, chartreuse, and bitters) and admire the thirty miles of perspective through the oversized windows.

We Can Be Heroes

The lead-up to this year’s Comic Con scatters pop culture across the city for the first-ever New York Super Week. Find comedy, concerts, lectures, and tastings, with the chance to broaden your horizons at events like Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Malcolm Gladwell at the Hammerstein Ballroom for StarTalk Live!, or stargazing on the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Oh Honey

Hundreds of cocktail submissions have been whittled down to just six finalists for Bärenjäger’s Fifth Annual National Bartending Competition. Head to Flatiron Hall on West 26th this Monday, October 6 to see if the Oaxacan On Sunshine can best the Hair of the Bear. Expect an upbeat throw down, with live music from The Autobahnanza, Bavarian pretzels, and plenty of everyone’s favorite German honey liqueur.

Motor City Mondays

Seminal Detroit label Motown produced an amazing 180 #1 hit songs. Catch classic Motor City tracks in both original and adulterated form at the Motown on Mondays dance party at Chelsea’s Meridian 23. The night runs from 6pm to midnight and admission is free.

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Rainbow Room

30 Rockefeller Plaza New York NY 10123

(212) 632-5000

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