The Best Week April 2011

We may be on the first part of the adage “April showers bring May flowers,” but learn to dance between the raindrops and find a plethora of cool happenings on the Island and in NYC. Because spring is in full swing and it’s time to have The Best Week.

3 Can’t Miss Events

Long Beach Restaurant Week
April 1-17th

60 Participating Restaurants, infinite possibilities.

Art Studio 85 Reception
April 9, 6-10pm
Walt Whitman Birthplace
Museum, Huntington,

Top artists show to benefit Connor’s Army. Will feature The Michael Jazz Trio.

Ambalu Jewelers Makeover
April 6, 6-8pm
Glen Cove Rd, East Hills

Transform your lost treasures into desirable designs.

Seven Great Days

It’s Sunday and this is Long Island. There is only one thing to do: Go look at houses. April is the official kick-off to the real estate season—take a leisurely ride to a few open houses and find that next dream home.

The other official spring activity has also opened for the season: Baseball. After work, bond with your office mates at a showing of the orange and blue. Swing by Two Steak & Sushi Den (New Hyde Park) for vittles on the way to the park.

When was the last time you stayed out too late on a school night? Take a walk on the wild side and step into the Red Zone at one of the area’s exciting nightspots. Part the velvet ropes at hip spots like Nisen (Woodbury) and Honu (Huntington).

Celebrate Tax Day by hosting a mid-week poker tourney. Invite people you like (or don’t) and take their money. Mix drinks like the Income Tax Cocktail and serve up Todd Jacobs’ one-of-a-kind crab cakes.

Long Island Restaurant Week only comes once, well twice, a year. Take advantage of the hundreds of restaurants offering virtually indecent three-course prix fixe menus. You can afford the calories—you’re training for the marathon, aren’t you?

Patchogue is ground zero for the LI arts scene. A stroll anywhere brings you to an art show or live music (or Pulse HQ). While here, don’t miss C2 gallery at the newly opened ArtSpace building. Afterwards, take in the slammin’ blues, bourbon and beer at Bobbique.

Today is the day to make your way into the city. First stop: Queens, Long Island City to be exact—check out the Socrates Sculpture Park and The Noguchi Museum. Then head to Manhattan and hit the Empire Hotel’s rooftop lounge where you can dance the night away.