November 16-18

Hi Everyone! Due to Thanksgiving, we will not be sending out a newsletter next Thursday!

Have the BEST holiday with the ones you love. We are THE MOST thankful for our loyal subscribers and followers!

Friday:

Nizza: Nizza, located in Hell’s Kitchen, is a great Italian spot right in the heart of the Theater District. If you’re going to a show any time soon, definitely save this recommendation, since it’s a reasonably priced menu with all your favorite go-to Italian dishes. Even if you’re not hitting up the Broadway scene, Nizza is a great place to grab a glass of Italian wine and some appetizers with friends! We loved all of the appetizers, sides, and desserts, but our favorite part of our meal was the burrata, served with roasted tomato and arugula pesto, all served on their grilled bread. It sounds simple, but is seriously worth it! They also offer a complete gluten free menu and the atmosphere is definitely more homey than a lot of the neighboring eateries in the area. Don’t leave without trying their version of tartufo, which has a chocolate covered praline shell and vanilla ice cream, stuffed with almond brittle, Bomba, and cherries! We enjoyed their twist on this dessert so much because it had the perfect crunch to sweetness ratio; we may never order a “classic” tartufo again!

Saturday:

Bryant Park Winter Village: Time to get in true holiday spirit by visiting Bryant Park Winter Village! When we say you can spend all day here, we are serious; because the Bryant Park holiday shops and food stands are the best ones in all of New York City! We immediately felt the need to put on our ugly Christmas sweater and sing Christmas carols from the moment we got there due to all the themed colors, lights, and shops. You’ll find everything here from food vendors serving up every food imaginable, small pop-up shops, and holiday items galore. The vendors range from the single person artisan, to Max Brenners chocolate store, so make sure to loop around and check out all Winter Village has to offer! There is also an ice skating rink which is free with $20 skate rentals if you don’t bring your own! It does get a little crowded, but once you take a few spins on the ice, head straight inside to warm up at the new Urbanspace food hall located right next door. Here you’ll find a full holiday themed lodge with twinkling lights, faux fur seating options, and Hot Toddies for days! You’ll also find The Stackery (in the back right hand corner) which needs to be at the top of your list. The Stackery serves up homemade chimney cakes, a European specialty, that basically tastes like a giant cinnamon sugar donut! They fill them with all types of sweets, including their s'mores flavor with torched marshmallows, graham crackers, and Nutella. They even have a hot cocoa chimney cake, because who needs regular cups when you can drink your homemade hot chocolate from a tasty doughy bun? If you’re looking to add dinner into the mix, make sure to stop by La Sonrisa for their mac and cheese empanadas (the best we’ve ever had!) or The Truffleist for one of their life changing truffle cheesesteaks. We tried their goat cheese and truffle honey cheesesteak topped with shaved truffles and we are still drooling over it! They also have a separate stand where you can purchase their amazing truffle products like oil, honey, mustard, and hot sauce! End your afternoon with a spin on the merry-go-round and enjoy the views of the Bryant Park Christmas Tree!

Saturday Night:

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken: Whether you need a late night fix this upcoming Saturday night or you're just craving fried chicken from scrolling our Instagram feed, Blue Ribbon will not disappoint. Especially because now that it’s November, their most popular sandwich of the month is BACK! Get in the Thanksgiving spirit and go for their #ChickenGobbler, which has all your turkey day favorites combined into every single bite! This sandwich is just like sitting down for a home cooked meal since it has mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade stuffing, and cranberry sauce; just replace the turkey … with fried chicken! Add some of their classic fries (they are super thin and crispy!) and one of their Nutella milkshakes to complete the meal. It seems like a lot but let’s be honest, the holidays call for a few extra pounds anyway!

Stax Ice Cream: Keeping up with our Thanksgiving theme, we’re excited to help announce a special collaboration between Petee's Pie Co. and Stax Ice Cream to create their #ThanksgivingPieSundae! Just like Stax Ice Cream, we’re firm believers that there's no better way to unite friends and family than through our favorite course: dessert! Take a short 11-minute walk from Blue Ribbon to enjoy this limited-time creation featuring Maple Cinnamon Crisp ice cream paired with Petee's Salted Chocolate Chess Pie! Light and crispy cinnamon cookies are folded into their small-batch cinnamon ice cream base to create the perfect autumn flavor. And if you've never had Chess Pie, you're in for a treat! Chess Pie is a classic southern dish based on some of our favorite ingredients: butter, eggs, buttermilk, and sugar. Petee's version is flavored with sea salt, bittersweet chocolate, and cocoa. Try this in-store at Stax from November 16th - November 25th and say that @yourweekendplans sent you in to get an extra special sample!

Sunday:

Whitney Museum Of Art: The Whitney has always been one of our favorite places to visit, with it’s beautifully designed building located right in the Meatpacking District. However, starting on November 12th, they gave us even more reason to visit with the opening of  “Andy Warhol—From A to B and  Back Again”. The exhibit is the first Warhol installation in the US since 1989 and displays the work of one of the “most inventive, influential, and important American artists”. Warhol displays a wealth of new materials and designs, which include everything from bright colored flower walls to his iconic Coca-Cola bottles. You’ll be seeing a ton of these on everyone’s Instagram flows, so don’t miss out on your shot for a super trendy photo of your own!

Restoration Hardware: Just a 4-minute walk from the Whitney, you’ll find the recently opened Restoration Hardware. Feeling a little tired of those cold, windy New York City vibes? One step in here and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported right to LA. Known for their incredibly beautiful showrooms, Restoration Hardware sells everything you need to completely furnish your home. The first 4 floors are displays of furniture and decor, similar to the original Arts Restoration Cafe in Chicago. Make sure to snap some photos for your Pinterest boards, because you’ll be seeing some major #livingroomgoals. Take the glass elevators to their 5th floor where you can enjoy the RH Rooftop with incredible views of Downtown Manhattan in the most stunning space. Think giant glass chandeliers, plant walls, and huge skylight windows! There is plenty of seating both inside and outside, so you can come here any time of the year! The area is large, but as you can imagine, it gets VERY crowded. From our experience, there was a 2-hour wait (they don’t take reservations!) on a Sunday afternoon. Pro Tip: Put your name down and enjoy the Whitney while you wait for your table! Don’t have time to wait? We recommend just having a cup of coffee, taking in the views, and heading to one of the many other places nearby. Some of our go-to choices in this area are Catch, Bubby’s, and Cookshop. Either way, this is somewhere you must visit very soon!

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