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February 11, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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Holidays and Specials in New York City This Week
Holiday events and specials join parades and celebrations in City Guide's New York specials activity planner. From the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to New Year's Eve to Christmas, Easter, Valentine's, and St. Patrick's Day, you'll find the best in New York holidays on City Guide's calendar listings. You'll also find amazing street fairs, festivals, and more.

Free Chocolate at GODIVA Stores Nationwide (2/11) - GODIVA Boutique
February 11, 2018 - New York

GODIVA is making Valentine’s Day season even sweeter with the limited-time #LoveGODIVA promotion. Exclusively available in stores nationwide, chocolate lovers can enjoy one free piece of the iconic chocolate on Sunday, February 11. Note that samples are available while supplies last (no purchase necessary). GODIVA encourages last-minute shoppers to stop in for the free chocolate piece and while you’re there, select a special gift for your significant other from the brand’s seasonal collection. From the reimagined Cups of Love gift box ($28) to the ever-popular Milk & Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries ($42, half dozen), these romantic gift ideas will definitely “wow!” your partner.

Lunar New Year Celebration - Kumble Theater
February 11, 2018 - Brooklyn

Celebrate the oncoming arrival of spring with an all-new festival of Chinese music and dance commemorating the Year of the Dog, faithful guardian and loyal friend to mankind. This family-friendly event includes graceful dancers, a colorful Chinese marketplace, red lions and golden dragons frolicking to the lilting sounds of traditional instruments, and more. Enjoy the elegant splendor and rich culture of one of Brooklyn’s most vibrant communities with this award-winning performance by the prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.

Taste of Lunar New Year in Chinatown - Museum of Chinese in America
February 11, 2018 - New York

Lunar New Year celebrates family, friends, home, togetherness, and food. This guided tour unpacks the holiday traditions and customs observed by Chinese households, including tastings of treats and nibbles that are particular to the new year. This tour takes place both indoors (at the museum) and outdoors (Chinatown neighborhood) and includes 5-6 food/snack samples.

One World Observatory Joins NYC Must-See Week Offering 2-for-1 Tickets and Spectacular Views from 1,250ft - One World Observatory
Through February 11, 2018 - New York

January 29 through February 11 One World Observatory, located on the top three floors of One World Trade Center, joins NYC Must-See Week, by offering a 2-for-1 ticket deal which runs from January 29 through February 11. Beginning on January 18, guests can purchase two tickets for the price of one, for dates between January 29 and February 11, by using offer code “MUSTSEE18.” One World Observatory is among the 62 participants giving locals and visitors unique opportunities to explore New York City. The Observatory is offering buy one get one free tickets for Priority Reserved Admission, Day Flex Admission, Sunset Flex Admission, Standard Reserved Admission and Mastercard VIP Tours. Tickets can be purchased here: For more information, please visit or call 800-416-7192.

NYC Must See Week - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Through February 11, 2018 - New York

2 for 1 Ticket Alert! We're joining @nycgo for #NYCMustSeeWeek. Come see us and bring a friend, and catch other top museums, attractions, tours and arts for a seriously reduced price!

Valentine's Weekend - New York Botanical Garden
Through February 11, 2018 - Bronx

Looking to escape to a tranquil, romantic place with that special someone? Come out to NYBG for Valentine's Weekend! Have a personal love poem written by a professional poet, learn all about chocolate with tastings and talks, or discover the aphrodisiac qualities of plants in the Conservatory. While you're here, don't miss your chance to get a rare look into the William & Lynda Steere Herbarium during a special Herbarium Open House. Discover the connection between romance and botany, from love potion folklore to the love life of an orchid.

Lunar New Year: Celebrate the Year of the Dog - Ryder Library
February 13, 2018 - Brooklyn

Ming Liang Lu, a Chinese-born master portrait cutter will demonstrate paper cutting, an ancient Chinese art form dating from the Han dynasty, in the forms of the Chinese Zodiac. Sponsored with the generous support of Apple Bank.

1st Ever Fat Tuesday Celebration - Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall
February 13, 2018 - Wantagh

Come on down to Mulcahy's for the 1st Ever Fat Tuesday Celebration. NO COVER $4 Bug Lights; $4 Mixed Drinks; $5 Hand Grenades; Beads and Party Favors

Romantic Valentine's Day at MAMO Restaurant - MAMO Restaurant
February 14, 2018 - New York

This Valentine's Day, dine at charming SoHo Italian Provencal Restaurant MAMO. The New York outpost of Mamo Le Michelangelo located in Antibes, France, MAMO NYC will delight couples looking to dine in a rustic chic atmosphere, with its regular menu and Valentine's Day specials including: Pan seared foie gras, apples, mache salad and truffle; Home-made lobster ravioli with fresh herbs; Roasted halibut, seasonal vegetables and champagne sauce; and White chocolate cake, raspberries, almonds and marinated pineapple for dessert. For reservations and more information, visit https:

Valentine's Day at Bunna Cafe - Bunna Cafe
February 14, 2018 - Brooklyn

By now, it's pretty clear that Bunna Cafe is one of the most romantic restaurants in New York. Combine healthy delicious food, eating with your hands, sharing a platter, being soaked in friendly/genuine vibes, and you are sure to create a night where you might have to think seriously about your future plans and readiness to commit to something a degree more permanent in your spastic NYC life. Kid you not, we have had more than a few first dates here that culminated in us catering their wedding reception 1-2 years later. We are as baffled as you are, but will definitely not question it at this point.

Romantic Valentine's Day at T-Bar Steak & Lounge - T-Bar Steak & Lounge
February 14, 2018 - New York

T-Bar Steak and Lounge is the popular spot for couples looking for a romantic dinner with out-standing cuisine in a casual yet elegant space. The restaurant's charm is brought to life by a stylish, dark-wood accented dining room, frosted glass details and subtle back lighting. This Valentine's Day under the watchful eye of Restauranteur Tony Fortuna, T-Bar will offer its regular a la carte menu, which features its signature prime beef steaks along with a mélange of grilled fish, chopped salads and pastas. Swoon over the decadent desert menu crafted by Executive Chef Ben Zwicker, which includes the famous Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles with coconut and caramel sauce.

Romantic Valentine's Day at Union Cantina - Union Cantina
February 14, 2018 - Southampton

For those who spend Valentine's Day in the Hamptons, Union Cantina offers a romantic, intimate atmosphere, combined with a modern Mexican menu crafted by award-winning Executive Chef Scott Kampf. The year-round eatery sits in the iconic Bowden Square, and features a festive at-mosphere, combining dark woods balanced by the bright cerulean colored walls, which are also decorated with Mexican artwork. Valentine's Day couples craving Mexican with a spin will enjoy the Mexican Pizza topped with black beans, heirloom tomatoes, black olives layered over a Mexican cheese blend, sour cream and pico de gallo. From the Taco menu, the Langosta with fresh lobster, pico de gallo, fresh avocado and lime poblano cream is a patron favorite. The Truffle Queso is offered on the Quesadilla menu including sliced black truffles in a decadent six-cheese blend. The Decon-structed Enchilada is a Union Cantina specialty worth every bite. There is a variation suited for all appetites including the Marinated Aracherras (skirt steak), the Robalo Rayados (striped bass), the Picante Camrones (spicy shrimp), the Pollo Tirada (pulled chicken) and Vegetales (vegetables). For dessert, diners can indulge in Chur... (read more)

“Bank of America Skate & Date” – Valentine’s Day at Bryant Park - Bryant Park
February 14, 2018 - New York

For those looking for Valentine’s Day plans, Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, the only free-admission skating rink in New York City, presents “Bank of America Skate & Date” night. Visit Midtown Manhattan’s winter wonderland where couples will receive buy-one get-one skate rentals between 7 and 10 p.m. The first 50 couples will receive a special limited-edition chocolate treat from Raaka, handcrafted from Red Hook, Brooklyn. Additionally, one lucky couple will have the chance to win a $100 gift card to Public Fare. The evening will include free ice dancing lessons and musical jams by DJ Schuller, as well as special Valentine’s themed lighting. Drink and dessert specials will also be available at Public Fare and Bank of America cardholders will be treated to complimentary hot chocolate at Snackbar. Bank of America is committed to strengthening the communities it serves and Skate & Date is the perfect way to bring New Yorkers together this Valentine’s Day.

Romantic Valentine's Day at Bobby Van's Central Park South - Bobby Van's Central Park South
February 14, 2018 - New York

For the steak lover, visit esteemed Bobby Van's Steakhouse this Valentine's Day. Bobby Van's has earned its place as a venerable New York institution, thanks in part to a continued commit-ment to cooking techniques perfected years ago by the founding fathers of New York steak-house cuisine. Bobby Van's has grown from its original home in Bridgehampton, NY, and now includes a repertoire of ten fine restaurants that offer the refined style of a classic New York City steakhouse. The newest addition is Bobby Van's on 40 Central Park South, a highly coveted lo-cation just steps away from the Plaza Hotel, and overlooking Central Park. It invites diners to the same exquisitely prepared dining experience as its sister restaurants, in addition to a special Saturday and Sunday brunch. Bobby Van's a la carte menu features favorites such as Crispy Calamari, Lemon Pepper Shrimp and Maxie's Meatballs for Starter and Veal Milanese, Chilean Seabass and N.Y. Sirloin Steak for Entrée. The restaurant also offers a wide variety of dining options outside of prime beef and seafood, including supremely-prepared pastas, wood-fired pizzas and freshly tossed salads. To accompany the meal, diners have a c... (read more)

Romantic Valentine's Day at Russian Samovar - Russian Samovar
February 14, 2018 - New York

This elegant eatery is the perfect spot to celebrate Valentine's Day. Owned by Roman Kaplan and managed by his daughter Vlada Von Shats and her two sons Michael and Nicholas, this up-scale establishment offers some of the finest Russian cuisine in New York. Located in the Thea-ter District, Russian Samovar boasts a 19th-century feel, complete with picturesque green and red shades and Russian folk prints. Aside from its authentic Russian dishes, it is known for its 26 flavored vodkas prepared in-house, including ginger, horseradish, lemon and cranberry. Delectable appetizers include Belu-ga and Osetra caviar, Blinis filled with salmon or caviar, the Assorted Fish Platter (in-house cured Salmon Gravlax with dill, Smoked Atlantic Salmon and Smoked Butterfish), Vol-au-Vent (a wild mushroom puff pastry), traditional Borscht, a Pate Russe laced with brandy, and Pelmeni Stroganoff, veal or chicken with sirloin tips in a creamy mushroom sauce. It is its signature en-trees, however, that have put Russian Samovar on the culinary map. House specialties include Shashlik Karski (rack of lamb marinated in Georgian spices), Beef Stroganoff, Veal Pojarksi (ground veal and breast of chicken cutl... (read more)

NYRR Running Social: Singles Jog and Mixer - NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub
February 14, 2018 - New York

NYRR will host a singles jog and mixer for their next NYRR Running Social event. On Wednesday, February 14, at 6:30PM guests will #ResolveToRun with three miles at an inclusive 8:00-12:00/mile pace to get endorphins flowing before they indulge in some mixing, mingling and hydration and snacks at the NYRR RUNCENTER. All orientations are welcome!

Romantic Valentine's Day at La Pulperia - La Pulperia
February 14, 2018 - New York

This Valentine's Day, La Pulperia's three locations offer a special 3-course menu which includes a complimentary glass of cava per person. Dishes include a choice of Pan-Seared Diver Scal-lops (Cape May diver scallops, fried plantains, chipotle hummus, avocado) or Rib Eye Tiradito (grass-fed rib eye, aji amarillo, pickled red cabbage, avocado) for First Course; Stuffed Skate wing (lump crab meat stuffed skate wing, caramelized carrot risotto, truffle aioli) or Grilled Rib eye (grilled grass-fed rib eye, oven roasted potatoes, baby arugula, chimichurri) for Second Course; and Mezcal Chocolate Mousse (caramel glaze, 24k Gold leaves, expresso soil, ha-zelnut toffee, dulce de leche ice cream) or Tres Leche Pisco Latte (pisco-infused tres leches cake, strawberry mousse, yogurt chantilly, lucuma ice cream) for Dessert.

Purchase College Presents Elif Batuman - Purchase College
February 15, 2018 - Purchase

Purchase College–SUNY will host A Reading and Conversation with Elif Batuman on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Humanities Theatre at Purchase College (735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY). The event launches the spring semester’s Durst Distinguished Lecture Series, which brings the world’s most fascinating writers to Westchester County. Elif Batuman is the author of two highly acclaimed books: The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, a work of non-fiction that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Idiot, a best-selling and critically praised novel. She holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford and has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2010. “No matter what genre she's working in–fiction, literary criticism, travel writing–Elif Batuman is a pure pleasure to read,” said Anthony Domestico, assistant professor of literature at Purchase College. “Her first novel, The Idiot, is one of the funniest novels I've read in years. It's also one of the most stylish, and one of the most intelligent, and one of the weirdest. I... (read more)

Defend Puerto Rico Exhibit | Opening Reception - Caribbean Cultural Center (CCCADI)
February 15, 2018 - New York

On Thursday, February 15th, in the spirit of resistance and resilience, you're invited to the opening of Defend PR, CCCADI's first art exhibit of 2018 at our new, historic Landmark location. Curated by Mikey Cordero of the Defend PR project, the Defend PR Exhibit explores the creative documentation and stories told through the Defend Puerto Rico Transmedia project with a compilation of photography, video, design, and immersive media. An exhibit experience that guides the audience through the past, current, and future dialogue of Puerto Rican identity, culture, and diaspora relationships. The Defend PR Exhibit is a 6-part exhibit consisting of a compilation of photography, video, design and immersive 360º media that provides the public with access to the current resistance movements and the artists who are documenting their voice and identity in the shadows of U.S. colonization and the current economic crisis.

4-Part LinkedIn Selling Course - Keller Williams
Through February 15, 2018 - New York

The course includes a full action packed workbook as well as 4-part lecture on everything you need to know about selling on LinkedIn in 2018. Here is what you can expect by registering for the course today: Day 1 – Developing Your Personal Selling Brand for LinkedIn A deep dive into creating your personal selling brand. Includes your focus, voice, content, frequency, positioning. Day 2 – How to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Visible & Engaging LIVE Examples and instructions on how to boost your profile for targeted customer visibility and how to use LinkedIn daily to drive engagement. Day 3 – How to Effectively Use the LinkedIn Tools for Selling Deep review of ALL related LinkedIn Tools for Marketing, Branding and Selling and best practices for daily use. Day 4 – Leveraging your LinkedIn Personal Brand for Your other Business Development Efforts How to use your new powerful LinkedIn Personal Brand across your other business development efforts to increase your client conversion.

Flushing Lunar New Year Pre-Parade Reception - St. George's Episcopal Church
February 17, 2018 - Flushing

You are invited to march with the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce in the 2018 Lunar New Year Parade on Saturday, February 17, at 11am. We will gather at St. George's Church from 9:30 to 10:30am to connect and stay warm with hot coffee and refreshments before heading to the parade site together. RSVP at our eventbrite page. The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is part of a community coalition that plans and organizes the Parade every year. The coalition is led by the Flushing Chinese Business Association and the Korean American Association of Queens.

Post Cereal Interactive Experience - Grand Central Terminal
Through February 17, 2018 - Midtown

Post Cereal is hosting a larger than life, interactive breakfast experience in Vanderbilt Hall. Post will be sampling cereal flavors, including OREO® O's, HONEY MAID® S'mores, NUTTER BUTTER® and CHIPS AHOY!® In addition to sampling the flavors, the unique set-up will offer eye-catching photo opportunities for passers-by. The experience will be open on Friday, February 16 from 10am to 7pm and Saturday, February 17 from 9am to 3pm.

President's Day Brunch - Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall
February 18, 2018 - Wantagh

ome on down to Mulcahy's for the ultimate Sunday Funday Brunch. February 18th from 12PM-4PM with musica by Matt Wahl. $25 Admission includes Buffet, Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Domestic Beer.

718 Sessions Presidents Day Holiday Party-2018 - Good Room
February 18, 2018 - Brooklyn

Danny Krivit wants You! No work on Monday! President's Day Holiday! That means we go later than usual! Music in the Good Room by Danny Krivit! Plus Steve Travolta in the Bad Little Room! Lights by Ariel Vibe Starts 6pm-Late No work Monday! We go late! Still Only $5 for the first 100 People before 7pm $12 with a flyer or Membership After 7pm and $20 Without. So please arrive early!

Washington's Birthday Ball: Kick Up Your Heels! - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
February 18, 2018 - New York

In honor of Presidents' Day, celebrate the birthday of our Nation's First President as New Yorkers did in the 19th century. Costumed dancers will perform and teach traditional country dances and encourage everyone to join in. Festivities include toasts to George Washington and historic refreshments, including Washington Cake. Museum tour and a family scavenger hunt are also included.

Will You Be "Mi" Valentine? At Southampton Inn - Southampton Inn
Through February 28, 2018 - Southampton

February is Romance Month at the Southampton Inn! Book a King Room with a bottle of "Mi"onetto Prosecco and a box of Artisan Chocolates for $175 (plus tax). Call 631-283-6500 to book. A Presidential Getaway Book Friday, February 16th through Tuesday, February 20th, and get an adjoining room free.* A five day, four night family getaway with two rooms for the price of one! Call 631-283-6500 to book (not available online). With several acres of manicured lawns and gardens in the heart of the Village of Southampton on Long Island's stunning East End, Southampton Inn provides an idyllic, year-round escape for visitors from all over the world. Winner of numerous awards, including "Best Breakfast," "Best Hotel," and "Best Wedding Location," Southampton Inn is a warm and welcoming haven with an exemplary reputation that is richly deserved. It is within walking distance of movie theaters and repertory theatre perfect for a romantic evening. Southampton Inn's Claude's Restaurant will serve its famous breakfast, which guests can enjoy in the restaurant's club-casual atmosphere. *Double occupancy, plus tax For more information and reservations, visit (read more)

Wintertime Wonders - New York Botanical Garden
Through March 18, 2018 - Bronx

Inside the cozy Discovery Center, kids of all ages can take a closer look at the wonders of plants and animals in winter. Make bark rubbings, count tree rings, craft a bud necklace and head back into the winter garden with a field notebook to discover the vital sparks of life that lie just below the surface of this quiet season in the Northeast.

Epic New York Beer Tour - Bars, Taprooms, Breweries - Empire State Building
Through December 22, 2018 - New York

The Beer Adventures app offers 150+ highly curated tours in 75 cities around the globe. Currently in 25 US cities, we take you to all of the best bars, taprooms and breweries in town giving you a day out to remember on your own terms. For this 'Epic New York Beer Tour' we invite you to join us in NYC as we hit up to 10 venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn in one day. This is one of our favourite Beer Adventures and it's done best by a combination of walking, subway and whatever else mode of transport is for you! Starting by the Empire State Building you'll pass loads of famous landmarks, go over and under the East River, hit both villages (Greenwich and East) and of course visit all the very best beer bars NYC has to offer. Come thirsty, hungry and ready to make a day of it! HOW IT WORKS: Search for 'Beer Adventures' in the Apple appstore or Google Play and download for free. You can then select the city and tours you want in-app. The Beer Adventures app acts as a magical mystery tour directing beer fans around a city at the touch of a few buttons. Available on iOS and Android, we offer highly curated, built in itineraries in most major cities. STARTING O... (read more)

2018 NYE at Marquee NYC - Marquee
Through December 31, 2018 - New York

Ring in the New Year with Marquee, providing you sounds by Sunnery James & Ryan Merciano. Your general admission tickets include 4 hour premium open bar 8:30pm - 12:30am, hors d'oeuvres, and festive attire required. Guests must bring the credit card with which the ticket was purchased as well as valid photo ID. Must be 21+ years to attend.

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