November 19, 2009

Things to Do in NYC This Weekend - Nov 20-22

We cannot believe the holiday season is upon us!  This weekend, we will be starting the festivities with a holiday wine-tasting, getting provisions for Thanksgiving dinner at the monthly market, and maybe take in a little free outdoor ice skating.

Thirsty?  On Saturday, we will be heading out to Union Square Wines for the USQ Holiday Hypertasting.  There will be 6 hours of non-stop wine-tasting of over 100 wines.  From 1-4pm, champagne and reds will be poured, while from 4-7pm, a variety of whites ranging from the perennially good Conundrum (by Caymus) to big, bold reds from the Rhone like Chateauneuf du Pape will be on hand.  Admission is free and Union Square Wines is located at 140 Fourth Ave (at 13th St.) in NYC.

Hungry?  On Sunday, the New Amsterdam Market is back!  We had so much fun (and ate so much!) the last time we were there.  We'll be re-visiting old favorites like The Bent Spoon (for ice cream) and checking out new vendors like Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea and Stumptown Coffee Roasters.  Note that if you want a turkey, holiday roast, or pie, you will need to pre-order before Sunday.

Need to work it off?  The Pond at Bryant Park is open for the season and is one of the few places in NYC where you can skate for free (if you have your own skate; if not, rentals are only $12).  And if skating isn't your thing... 

...there's always drinks at temporary bar Celsius (where you might randomly bump into a couple of Mounties like we did a couple years ago) plus retail therapy at the pop-up holiday shops.  Have a great weekend!
p.s.  The Holiday Market at Union Square starts on Wednesday, Nov 25.  The holiday season has definitely begun! 

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