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I grew up near Washington, D.C. and a big draw to the District in the springtime was the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Since I wasn’t able to make it there this year, I visited the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to see its acclaimed cherry blossom display instead.

New York City’s five boroughs boast several ethnic neighborhoods—home to some of the most authentic cuisine in the city. One of my favorites is Koreatown. This fairly small Manhattan enclave—bordered by W. 31st and W. 33rd streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues—is home to several commercial businesses, as well as some of the best Korean food this side of Seoul.

Last night, I went to the newly opened Times Square location of the Jekyll & Hyde Club—a themed restaurant based on the 19th-century Robert Louis Stevenson novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I am familiar with the spooky story and was always curious about the restaurant—having walked past the old location several times, where actors stand outside wearing Victorian garb and engaging passersby.

As with anything in life, as I’ve gotten older my tastes have changed. In the past, a night out with friends would normally consist of a standard cocktail or beer at a bar. Now, I often opt for a nice, complex glass of wine while enjoying my down time.

New York City is full of weeklong events—the most famous of which is probably Fashion Week. However, the City That Never Sleeps also boasts Restaurant Week in the winter and even a week dedicated to pampering and wellness in the spring: Spa Week.

Gorilla Coffee’s cozy interior is as warm as its drinks. With a mostly red color scheme and elementary school-style tables, chairs and pull-down-over-a-chalkboard map, the Park Slope store feels nostalgic and comforting.

The American Repertory Theater’s 40th anniversary production of Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin returns to Broadway this spring. The original award-winning production was directed by legendary song and dance man Bob Fosse and features several notable show tunes, including “Corner of the Sky” and “I Guess I’ll Miss The Man.”

For Michelin-starred modern Chinese cuisine; try Hakkasan New York in Midtown West.

Spring is the perfect season. I mean, just think about it—not too cold, not too hot and we finally have more precious hours of sunlight. The best thing about spring—besides finally ditching a few winter layers, that is: People are spending more time in the great outdoors.

Ever start to get a little hungry after a few drinks? Lulu’s in Greenpoint understands this phenomenon and offers a free personal pizza with each drink (more than $3) you order. Pizzas come plain, but toppings only cost a dollar extra.


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