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You know it’s January in New York when above-freezing weather feels like a cause for celebration. But absurd temperatures aside, the first few months of 2018 are actually going to be pretty great: We tracked down the best restaurants, shows and cultural happenings to check out in the next three months. (Because if you’re going to go outside, you’d better have a plan.) 

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The Williamsburg Hotel

Practice your pinky-up technique (while noshing on chocolate-rosemary scones and smoked salmon-and-labne sandwiches) over high tea at Harvey, the stylish new spot in the Williamsburg Hotel. 

It’s not too late to catch cutting-edge works at one of the season’s biggest theater fests, Under the Radar, at the Public Theater (it runs through January 15).

It’s the battle of the boroughs: Watch the Islanders take on the Rangers on January 13.

Take some time this three-day weekend to salute the man it’s honoring: BAM hosts a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a full day of free events.

Catch an all-star lineup of musicians (including Buika, Ravi Coltrane and Wadada Leo Smith), along with talks on the intersection of music and social justice, at Winter Jazzfest, January 10 to 17.

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We’ve always dreamed of eavesdropping on a chat between BFFs Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen, and now we finally can: They’ll be at the Beacon Theatre January 26 and 27.

Trade the frozen sludge and arctic winds for sunshine and swimming pools—at least visually—with the Met’s sprawling retrospective of David Hockney.

Or get lost in the whimsical, dream-world abstractions of Laura Owens at the Whitney.

Didn’t make it to see The Nutcracker during the holidays? Get your fill of breathtaking dance with New York City Ballet’s winter season, which includes several works by ballet legend George Balanchine, spotlights on contemporary choreographers and performances of Romeo + Juliet (timed perfectly for V-Day, of course).

Cozy up in an Alpine yurt—yes, you heard us—with fondue and hot toddies At The Standard East Village. (The wintry setup is sticking around through March 3.) 

Flea-market season isn’t over—it’s just flown south for the winter. (To Industry City, to be exact.)

Feast on the cheap during NYC Restaurant Week (January 22 to February 9), with three-course prix fixe menus ($29 lunch, $42 dinner) at spots like the Breslin, Leuca and Momofuku Nishi. 

We’ll be geeking out over one of our all-time literary heroes, Zadie Smith, when she comes to Brooklyn February 7 to discuss her new essay collection, Feel Free.

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Hold onto your wallets: There’s a lot of great stuff coming to Broadway in the coming months. Where to begin? There’s Mean Girls, Angels in America, My Fair Lady and a show you might have heard of called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (there’s a new block of tickets being released February 7).

Let’s not forget about off Broadway. We’re especially looking forward to Kate Benson’s [PORTO], about a night at a Brooklyn bar that feels eerily familiar.

Already tiring of your clean-eating resolution? Get some fresh ideas with a winter salads class at the gorgeous culinary center Cook Space—or, hey, forget the greens and embrace comfort food at Southern brunch class.

Need a sign that 2018 is going to be awesome? It just so happens to be the Year of the Dog. (If that’s not auspicious, we don’t know what is.) Head to Chinatown on February 25 for the confetti-strewn parade.

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Tang Hotpot

As far as winter foods go, hot pot is pretty much perfection (its chill-banishing properties are right there in the name). Head to the newly opened Tang Hotpot and warm up over a crock of Sichuan spicy broth.

Swoon over the one and only Ziggy Stardust’s personal archives—including costumes, handwritten lyric sheets and paintings—at David Bowie is, opening March 2 at the Brooklyn Museum.

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You made it to the first day of spring—reward yourself by soaking up the wisdom of nonagenarian fashion icon Iris Apfel at 92Y.

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