9 Cultured, Delicious and/or Instagrammable Things to Do in New York This Weekend

It never fails: Friday afternoon finally rolls around, you leave the office and…what, how is it Sunday already? If you don’t want your hard-earned weekend to pass you by, you need a plan. Here are your best bets for the next three days.

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Hit Up a Bottomless Brunch (but Like, a Classy One)

Look, if our only priority were drinking as many mimosas as possible, we’d do that at home. At Haswell Green’s in Midtown, you can sip mimosas while eating breakfast pizza and smoked brisket hash and listening to the sounds of dueling pianos. (Told you it was worth leaving the house for.)

Hang with a Puzzle Master

Do you forgo brunch plans to make time for the Sunday crossword? Then you won’t want to miss The Enigmatist at the High Line Hotel, an immersive evening with David Kwong, a crossword constructor and magician (there’s a job combo we never thought we’d say). The show is staged by some major Broadway names (so expect a swanky set) and features illusions along with exclusive puzzles and riddles for guests to solve. Challenge accepted.

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Take a (Botanical) Trip to Singapore

Trick your brain into thinking spring has arrived with a trip to the New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show, open now through April 28. This year’s edition takes inspiration from a country that takes its blooms seriously. See arrangements inspired by two iconic structures: the Supertrees (which made a cameo in Crazy Rich Asians) and the Arches of Singapore’sNational Orchid Garden.

Celebrate Fat Tuesday…on Friday

Technically, Mardi Gras isn’t until March 5, but if midweek revelry isn’t in the cards for you, head to Williamsburg charmer La Cafette for a New Orleans–inspired soiree on Friday, March 1 (it doubles as the restaurant’s one-year anniversary party). Sip Sazeracs while snacking on oysters, Cajun chicken sliders and apple beignets. And wear your dancing shoes: There will be a live jazz band.

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Lean Into Your Podcast Obsession

Spend more time with headphones in your ears than out? Join fellow audiophiles at On Air Fest, a weekend of storytelling, performances and conversations (March 1 to 3). The guest list is no joke: It includes Roxane Gay, Still Processing’s Jenna Wortham, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, Tina Brown and tons of our favorite podcast peeps.

Feed Your Inner Food Geek

Love reading about food almost as much as you love eating it? Head to the Food Book Fair, popping up at Smorgasburg (March 2 and 3 at Atlantic Center). More than a dozen magazines and publishers—including Cherry Bombe, Chronicle Books and Put a Egg on It—will be in attendance, which means you’re guaranteed to find a new cookbook/food memoir/in-depth feature to dig into. 

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Scoop Up Designer Goods at Thrift-Store Prices

New York’s many Housing Works outposts are already some of our favorite places to find used books, vintage furniture and more, and we love it even more during its annual Best of Spring sale. Throughout March, each location will host a one-day sale featuring high-end finds from the likes of Gucci and Chanel for up to 80 percent off. Best of all, your purchase directly supports Housing Works’ mission to end homelessness and help those affected by HIV.

Go to a Museum (for the Food)

In recent years, museums all over town have revamped their food offerings to match the caliber of the art they house, many with help from recognizable names in food and hospitality. From a wine bar with seafood small plates to an Indian restaurant paired with Indian art, these are the best restaurants inside NYC’s museums(Via Thrillist).

Get Some Quiet Time at an Independent Bookshop

In an era when some of the city’s most beloved shops are closing, it’s never been more important to support the independent shops where New Yorkers still read. The next time you’re looking to add to your library, hit up one of these indie bookstores(Via Thrillist).