Hailed as ‘the city that never sleeps,’ New York City offers round-the-clock entertainment for early birds and night owls alike. From gender-bending theater to private concerts, the city’s under-the-radar entertainment makes the case for skipping the standard brunch and Broadway this weekend. Here are 10 under-the-radar activities for unique New York City fun.
International entertainment company Sofar Sounds brings the best under-the-radar music acts to your own backyard – literally. With the help of Sofar, private apartments and local businesses are transformed into intimate concert halls showcasing the hottest before-they-break bands and artists.
Step aside, Shakespeare in the Park: Manhattan Shakespeare Project’s gender-bending theater performances are the hottest tickets in town. Reinventing classic Shakespearean works including Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew, this all-female Shakespeare company brings the bard into the 21st century.
For foodies seeking a peek inside the kitchen, Brooklyn’s Food Book Fair delivers three days of literature, libations, and more. Authors, chefs, and restauranteurs converge at this culinary culture fest to trade tips and explore the food industry from different perspectives. Serving on-site refreshments from Brooklyn Brewery, Farm to People, and Four & Twenty Blackbirds, the fair’s food line-up will satisfy your expectations-and your appetite.
Immerse yourself in Ethiopian culture at Bunna Cafe, a Bushwick eatery offering flavorful vegan cuisine and free ethnic entertainment. The traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, performed live at the cafe several nights a week, entails an elaborate process of roasting, grounding, and brewing which results in rich and spicy bunna, or Ethiopian coffee. At Bunna Cafe, dinner is the show as the captivating coffee ceremony is followed by complementary bunna for all patrons.
Recalling the sit-down family dinners of your youth, Brooklyn’s Sunday Dinners hosts a weekly themed dinner party with an exciting yet unusual guest list. Open to anyone who wishes to attend, this event takes the idea behind a restaurant’s community table and runs with it – all the way to a private Brooklyn apartment. A great way to meet new people, Sunday Dinners’ guests are invited to bring food to share, ingredients to cook with others, or their own company.