Apparently hurricane Hermine is headed towards the entire East Coast. That could mean we need to prepare for a soggy Labor Day weekend. No worries, THE WANNA team put together a list of things to do if you decide to abandon ship and stay in the city this holiday weekend!
Holiday weekends and brunch just go together. The more carb filled the better right? Blame it on the rain! Best way to ease into the weekend is a flavorful booze filled brunch! It's our picks for FOOD YOU WANNA EAT to kick off a successful city stay-cation!
The Wanna's fav brunch spots include:
Cafe Mogodor, Williamsburg - A pioneer in the NYC restaurant world, this spot serves up amazing Moroccan bites and boasts great hipster-watching views. The weekend brunch is a special price and includes an entree, coffee and juice. We suggest the Moroccan Eggs and Turkish coffee!
The Crosby Bar & Terrace, Soho - Five star service and decor thanks to Kit Kemp of Firmdale Hotels. The Crosby Street Hotel surrounds the incredible Bar and Terrace destination. Traditional English breakfast at it's finest. The blueberry pancakes are delightful. Amazing outdoor garden for that second round of mimosas!
Babettes, East Hampton - The only restaurant you need to know out East for Brunch is Babettes. The business savvy, passionate and soulful owner, Barbara, runs a tight ship for decades. The menu changes with the seasons and utilizes only the freshest ingredients supporting the local farmers and growers. Sunday brunch is a celebrity and VIP hot-spot. But, on any given day of the week, you may catch a glimpse of Spielberg grabbing a smoothie or L.A. Reid dining with his family. Yet, the celeb factor has nothing to do with the mass appeal of Babettes. Barbara and team successfully continue to create some of the most healthy, organic yet flavorful dishes that taste sinfully incredible! It's just really good, clean, organic soul food! Order the BBQ Tofu, banana smoothie and the Jo Mama, you'll thank us.
Agave, West Village - This is a favorite brunch destination amongst city dwellers. Go for the food, stay for the bottomless brunch cocktails.
Dockers Waterside Marina & Restaurant, East Quogue, Hamptons – Beautiful bay views accompany upscale surf ‘n’ turf eats at this Hamptons lounge.
Randolph Brookyln, Williamsburg- A laid back vibes, graffitied walls and vintage TVs make this brunch spot a must-try.
Hill and Dale, Lower East Side - Victorian decor and leather sofas add to the old-timey feel of this cozy, yet elegant gastropub.
Miss Lily's 7A Cafe, East Village - Take a trip to the beach in the city at this island-inspired hang. Enjoy the delicious cocktails and Jamaican fare.
When it rains it pours and pours right? What better way to spend a rainy day post brunch? How about reserved seats in your fav movie theater for an afternoon matinee show? Check out a few of our fav MOVIES YOU WANNA WATCH premiering this holiday weekend listed below!
Sully, directed by Clint Eastwood, is based on the true story of the heroic Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, played by Tom Hanks, who was flying a commercial jet and shortly after take off was forced to make an emergency landing on the Hudson River.
AMC Theaters in Times Square will honor the legendary comedian and actor Gene Wilder who passed away earlier this week at 83 years old in a special theater feature of the 1971 original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The beloved now classic film, directed by Mel Stuart, is about a boy named Charlie who follows the eccentric Willy Wonka, played by Wilder, on a wild tour of his chocolate factory.
Going on a romantic date this weekend? The Light Between Oceans, directed by Derek Cianfrance, is a heart-wrenching love story about a couple who find an infant baby washed ashore in a boat. The woman believes the baby is the answer to their infertility, while the man is torn between pleasing his lover and reporting the lost child. The film stars real-life couple Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender.
Rain or Shine music is the sound track to our lives! So, why not splurge on some VIP seats and treat yourself to a live performance? We have some suggestions for LIVE MUSIC YOU WANNA HEAR this holiday weekend listed below...
You can't let rain put a damper on your weekend. Throw on some dancin' shoes and gear up for the final music festivals this summer season. One big event this holiday weekend in NY is the Electric Zoo Festival. The lineup this weekend includes: The Chainsmokers, Bassnectar and Steve Aoki. Get your tickets online here.
If you are looking for exciting ways to entertain the kids indoors, THE WANNA has it covered! Check out our list of exciting indoor kid friendly destinations to create memorable holiday memories, with the entire family!
Children's Museum on the Upper East Side - Here the kids can get educated and have a blast with a range of exhibits and activities.
The Field House at Chelsea Piers – For a sports-focused day out, this gymnasium offers space for gymnastics, soccer, basketball, dance and more.
Color Me Mine Tribeca - If your kid is more into arts and crafts, they can exercise their creative skills while socializing with others here.
Puppetworks in Park Slope – Your little ones can watch puppet-show versions of classic stories such as "Hansel & Gretel," playing now.
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West – It’s educational fun! There are plenty of exhibits sure to please the whole family, including reptiles, dinosaurs, ocean life and mammals.
Five Star pampering sound good? Ahhh yeah sign me up!
How about a stress free Yoga session followed by a Massage, Facial, Spa Lunch, Mani-Pedi and Hair Style Session?
It's totally possible! Check out THE WANNA'S fav NY picks listed below...
The Wanna's fav first hand day spa picks include:
Peninsula: At the top of our list is an urban oasis high above the city where you can escape, unwind and enjoy a massage or two.
Great Jones Day Spa: Need a little you-time after a long work week? Check out this haven that inspires happiness from the inside out.
Clay Gym Day Spa: Maybe need a two-in-one? Work out in a group fitness class and then unwind with a massage and facial.
Bliss: This spa has multiple locations in the city, and some of the best skin-healing products out there.
Naturopathic Healing Arts Center & Spa: No time to get out for a spa day? This East Hampton spot makes house-calls at your convenience.
Massage Williamsburg: Stressed out? This Brooklyn studio specializes in reducing stress and eliminating headaches.
Labor Day sales galore!
While your friends are stuck inside online you can surf the hottest sale racks!
Your closet will thank you.
Brooklyn Flea Market, Fort Green, Brooklyn – This super popular outdoor market boasts 150 plus flea and food vendors, so you can eat while you bargain shop!
Bergdorf Goodman Sale, Midtown – Want to look fabulous wearing names like Versace and Marc Jacobs without breaking the bank? Bergdorf is your one-stop shop answer!
Barneys Warehouse Sample Sale, Williamsburg - Head over to 280 Metropolitan Ave. for their pop-up shop sale, where you can get up to 80% off retail prices.
Shoe Market Sale, Williamsburg – Need a new pair of cute heels or warm boots for the winter? Shoe Market is a great boutique stop to find discounted kicks.
Roberta Roller Rabbit Sample Sale, Hamptons – This travel-inspired lifestyle brand offers exotic, whimsical looks, and now you can have them for a bargain!
Tanger Outlets, Riverhead – If you love designer and brand-name clothing stores at a reasonable price, you’ll really love these outlets. The lineup includes Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, DKNY, and so many more.
Ya Know You Wanna!