Leave 2016 in the rearview mirror by launching your 2017 with some NYC excitement. While the rest of the snow-suffering world hunkers down for the cold of winter, New York only heats up. Many of the city’s most unique and fun events take place — defiantly — in the dead of winter!
New York is a world class destination for foodies. For the bold and hungry, it’s possible to plan a trip to NYC solely around its fine cuisine, do nothing while here but sample the local fare, then waddle back home a contented traveler. If this sounds like your idea of a good time, look no further than NYC Restaurant Week, which is a bit of a misnomer, and actually takes place over the two-plus weeks between January 23rd and February 10th. Hundreds of the city’s best restaurants serve up their top-notch offerings at a fraction of their usual price. A three course prix-fixe lunch at a participating restaurant will set you back just $29, and a similar three course dinner runs just $42. As you can imagine seats for these meals fill up fast, so you’ll want to make a reservation. (You can typically do so a week or two ahead of time.)
If you plan on partaking in more than just the city’s food, the theater is a great place to turn. It’s hard to imagine a better combo than scoring tickets to Dear Evan Hansen, then meeting several of the beloved show’s cast members. But you can do just that at the Javits Center on Manhattan’s west side on January 27th, 28th, or 29th, as part of BroadwayCon. It’ is the city’s theater community’s response to the world famous ComicCon, and in addition to meet and greets with some of the stage’s biggest stars, it also offers exclusive performances, panels, workshops, Q&As, singalongs, and more. It’s the perfect destination for fans of musical theater, either as a standalone outing, or as a supplement to a show in nearby Midtown.
For a different type of performing artistry, January travelers to the City can also scope out the New York City Ballet’s Winter Repertory Season, which runs from January 17th until February 26th. Housed within the Upper West Side’s stunning Lincoln Center complex, the NYC Ballet’s worth a visit even if you don’t take in a show. That said, once you make the trip to 62nd St. and Columbus Avenue, you’re going to want to stick around for one. The six week season includes performances of Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and Prodigal Son, among other classics.
Opening January 20th and running until May 21st, “I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson” will be on display at the historic Morgan Library & Museum. Learn about the enigmatic poet’s life, through not only her poetry, but objects of personal significance to her as well. The beautiful surroundings only enhance the splendors of this rarely seen collection of pieces. Once the private archive and library of Pierpont Morgan (father of J.P. Morgan), the beautiful Morgan is one of the city’s most impressive tributes to literature and art.
There’s never a bad time to pay a visit to New York City. But with the incredibly array of once-a-year offerings, a wintertime trip to the Big Apple might just be the most action-packed option. Don’t miss out!
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