Plus, a cool new biergarten in Williamsburg
Time Out No. #17 | Thu 3 September, 2020 
NYC’s most in-demand
outdoor dining
A lot has changed about the city over the last few months. But one thing that’s still very much with us? Hard to snag dinner reservations. We reached out to local reservation services including Resy, Tock and OpenTable to find out which outdoor set-ups were the most popular in NYC right now. Check out the list to see how many you’ve been to so far. And for those you haven’t? Well, you may want to make that reservation ASAP.
Editors’ essentials
Bao Ong
Food and drink editor
Summer beach body? Never knew him. I'll happily beeline to Portale for another serving of pasta, especially the trottole (a spot-on seasonal dish with chilled lump crab, corn, cherry tomatoes, jalapeno aioli and mint.) There's also the seafood salad I keep dreaming of.
Aldo Sohm Wine Bar just reopened in time for its sixth anniversary, and I can't wait to raise a glass to one of the best wine bars in the city. They have an outdoor patio in a covered corridor running between 51st and 52nd Streets—perfect for ordering another glass when it rains.
The upcoming holiday weekend is a perfect time to make one more trip to a local beach. Or maybe I can just check into The Rockaway Hotel, which opens on September 4, and be a beach bum for the rest of the summer.
A new outdoor Biergarten
in Williamsburg
Biergartens offer a lot of what New Yorkers are looking for at the moment: They’re outside, spacious enough that tables can be spread far apart and they often involve lederhosen. (Alright, that last one isn't at the top of most people's lists.) That’s why we were super excited to hear about a brand-new biergarten that just opened across from the Williamsburg Hotel. The new outdoor space N 11th Street Cookout offers picnic tables, food from on-site food trucks and beer from local breweries including Braven Brewing Co., Brooklyn Brewing Co., Five Boroughs Brewing Co. and Montauk Brewing Co.
David and Barrie grab
dinner at Ainslie
For this week’s entry in our blind dating column, we sent two single New Yorkers (and self-described “Undateables”) on a socially distanced date to the restaurant Ainslie. “I went into it not taking it as seriously, but that changed when I met [David,] because he deserved more than me being nervous and just going for a laugh,” Barrie told us. “Because it wasn’t that at all.”
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Check out these local spots
this weekend
Authentic Chinese in Long Island City
Fresh ingredients, exotic sauces and traditional recipes. Find them all at Chairman Sun
Explore a dynamic omakase experience with Kissaki
Order online for a culinary expedition through omakase and Japanese tradition
Your Labor Day Weekend rundown
Believe it or not, Labor Day Weekend is almost here! It’s been a crazy summer and you can make sure it ends with a bang with our comprehensive guide to what to do in NYC for Labor Day Weekend. From last-minute getaways to cool nearby camping sites and the best restaurants currently open, it’s got all the info you need to plan a fun holiday weekend in NYC.
You can visit MoMA for
free this month!
You heard that right! After reopening on August 27, the Museum of Modern Art’s entire first month of being open to the public will be completely free. (And since it’s operating at 25 percent capacity, you’ll have a lot more of it to yourself.) How can you get a ticket? Every Friday, the museum’s making one-week blocks of tickets available for the following week. So, basically, you can head to this link tomorrow at 10am to reserve timed tickets for September 11–17.
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The best live theater to
stream this week
While NYC theaters remain closed, we’re back with another weekly look at the best live theater you can stream online over the next seven days. From classic operas to new works, there’s a ton of great theatrical work that you can catch online. Here are a few highlights:

Friday, 2:30pm: Old Vic: Three Kings The excellent Andrew Scott, who played the wicked Moriarty on Sherlock and the Hot Priest on Fleabag stars in Stephen Beresford’s Three Kings, a solo play about fathers and sons written especially for Scott to perform during the lockdown.

Friday, 7:30pm: Metropolitan Opera: Porgy and Bess The Met continues its week of modern operas with George and Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward's 1935 jazz masterpiece Porgy and Bess, starring Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles.

Sunday, 7pm: Nick Cordero Memorial Tribute Perhaps no other death attributed to the Covid pandemic hit the Broadway community quite as hard as that of Nick Cordero, who succumbed to the virus in July. Cordero’s family, friends and castmates have assembled virtually for a memorial celebration of his life and legacy.
Quick bites
The largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere reopens this weekend.
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The city inspected indoor gyms “virtually” to allow them to welcome back guests.
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The NYPL is opening 20 more branches for grab-and-go services next week.
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You can now once again visit Edge observation deck.
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One last thing before we go…
Need a reminder about why you love NYC so much? Set aside a few minutes to read through these 25 heartfelt quotes about the city from famous playwrights, writers, activists and other luminaries. They’re some of the many tributes to the city, you’ll find scattered throughout Time Out Market New York in DUMBO.
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