Here’s what to do in New York City this weekend
CINCO DE MAYO
Thrillist’s Taco Knockout
May 4, 1 p.m.
Tequila Park Taqueria at the Hudson Hotel
356 W. 58th St.
Thrillist just couldn’t wait for the fifth this May, so they went ahead and decided to throw a “Quatro de Mayo” celebration by pitting 10 of their favorite chefs against one another in the second annual Taco Knockout – we’re calling taco de knocko. Chefs from La Cenita Steak, Los Perros Locos, Best Pizza (yeah we questioned this one twice, too) and more sling the cheese and guacamole to see who can make the ultimate taco.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
May 5, 6 p.m.
356 W. 58th St.
Tequila Park has decided to launch on a Monday — but not just any Monday, Cinco De Mayo Monday. Tacos, tequila, live mariachi and a whole lot of other fun will have you wishing El Día de la Batalla de Puebla didn’t fall on a Monday this year when you get to work Tuesday morning. But it did, and you liked it. Music by Florencia Galarza and delicious Jarritos cocktails are part of the fun.
Awkward Sex… and the City
Thursday, 8 p.m.
The People’s Improv Theater
123 E 24th St.
The only thing better than a good NYC story is a good NYC sex story. And the only thing better than that is an awkward NYC sex story – and in this crazy place, aren’t most of them awkward? Witness the very funny Emmy Harrington (“Reno 911″), Jillian Green (“Balls”), Jamie Leelo (“Brunch Night… with Jamie Leelo”) and more recount their most awkward sexual experiences for your amusement. No, Sarah Jessica Parker will not be there.
RBMA Presents: Bounce Ballroom
Thursday, 8 p.m.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
165 Banker St., Greenpoint
Red Bull Music Academy Festival is going to school you in the art of voguing. Teach that booty to bounce with four different dances, four different dance crews and four DJs who have mastered the arts of voguing, bruk up, housing and jersey club. DJs include Bobby Konders, MikeQ, Todd Terry, Sliink and more. It’s a dance class and dance party all in one.
Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.
Ars Nova Theater
511 W. 54th St.
It’s a little Jersey, a little German, and a little ‘80s – yes, you read that right. It’s your favorite ‘80s hits reinterpreted by Germany’s überfan Manheim Tuttlingen and his Frauleins with The Garden State Saxophone Quartet. If lederhosen doesn’t float your boat, we hope the Garden State does, or at least the ‘80s.
Kickstarter Block Party
58 Kent St., Greenpoint
Kickstarter’s recent move to Greenpoint has them kicking it on Kent Street and throwing a block party to celebrate crowdfunding at its finest. Food, games, art, music, demos; it’s all going down rain or shine, free of charge.
Snug Harbor In Bloom
Saturday-May 4, 10 a.m.
1000 Richmond Terr., Staten Island
Spring is in the air and the annual Snug Harbor In Bloom festival is here with a bevy of events including a plant sale, orchid show, live entertainment, and guided tours of the Snug Harbor campus and Heritage Farm. Two hundred trees will be given away to early birds, and attendees can check out other campus attractions like the Staten Island Museum or Noble Maritime Collection.
Urban Oyster NYC Brewery Tour
Urban Oyster kicks off its weekly NYC Brewery Tours this Saturday (and every Saturday through July 26), offering a four-hour history/drinking lesson to beer enthusiasts. A van will travel from brewery to brewery bringing you mug-to-mug with some of the craftiest brewers the East Coast has bred. Each trip includes four brewery visits, lunch and a whole lot of beer drinking.
Biking Brunch in Williamsburg and Greenpoint
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Williamsburg and Greenpoint
Join this Brooklyn brunch bike ride and get your fill of delicious coffee, chocolate, breakfast burritos, pastries and exercise all in the name of that funny time between breakfast and lunch that only seems to occur on weekends we call brunch. We have a feeling mimosas might be par for the course, but you’ll have to join in to find out.
10th Anniversary Screening of Hamburger America Hosted by George Motz
May 7, 6:30 p.m.
54 Varick St.
NY Burger Week is hosting a 10th anniversary screening of George Motz’s iconic “Hamburger America,” with Motz himself hosting. He’ll bring along the legendary Butter Burger from Solly’s Grille in Milwaukee, the famous Green Chile Cheeseburger from Bobcat Bite in Santa Fe, and the peanut butter-topped Guberburger from the Wheel Inn in Sedalia, Missouri. Taste what you see on the screen, then diet for a year – it’ll be well worth it.
The Art of French Dessert: Cronuts, Croissants, Chocolate, Pastries
with Dominique Ansel, Jacques Torres & Zachary Golper
May 7, 7 p.m.
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
55 E. 59th St.
Want to know what it takes to take pastry making to a whole new level? We’re talking beyond just croissants and doughnuts, we’re talking cronuts! Join Dominique Ansel, Jacques Torres & Zachary Golper for a discussion about pastry techniques, branding and more.
Scrabble for Cheaters
372 Fifth Ave., Park Slope
You like cheating at Scrabble and raising money for a good cause? Grab a teammate and raise some funds leading up to game day, which you will use to purchase cheats. Cheats include “Invent a Word,” “Buy a Vowel,” and more that’ll help you get one step closer to winning the Cheaters Cup. Teams go head-to-head on game day and all money directly supports free programs offered to NYC public school students by 826NYC.
Saturday-May 4, 11:30 a.m.
136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg
Pregame at this pre-Cinco screening of “Three Amigos” as part of Nitehawk’s Country Brunchin’ series. Chow down on some delicious grub inspired by the movie/coming Cinco de Mayo holiday, and arrive early for a performance by the all-girl mariachi band Mariachi Flor de Toloache. When your three amigos are Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short, you don’t really need much more in life.