The Best Week April 2012

April is not the cruelest month on Long Island. Culture and pleasures abound when spring blooms. Get outside and enjoy the sun and sea. As your body wakes from winter slumber, don’t forget to stimulate your mind and spirit. A healthy, well-rounded agenda is just the thing to ensure the best week.

2 Can’t Miss Events

April 22-29
Long Island Restaurant Week

Eat out every night without losing your shirt. Take this opportunity to travel the Island in search of new restaurant options. A mobile app plays your trusty sidekick, so you can catch ‘em all in this dining adventure.

April 25
Selected Shorts Series
Symphony Space

Venture off the Island for this literary event in Manhattan. Featuring authors Zadie Smith and Colm Tóibín presenting stories they love, with performances by actor Lois Smith and others.

Seven Great Days

Baseball season is the true advent of spring. Make the trip to Citi Field and catch a Mets game. All Sunday home games are in the afternoon and there’s nothing like America’s pastime in daylight, the way it used to be. If you can’t score tickets, hit your local batting cages.

Head into Manhattan’s Lower East Side and meet someone new at The Stanton Social’s Social Monday. This hotspot has bold design, unique libations and a celebrity clientele, but their French onion soup dumplings are the main draw.

When April showers fall, stay home and redecorate. Just kidding. Instead, learn to kick ass. Hammer out your frustrations and get in shape with a boxing lesson.

You’re over the hump! Indulge in some well-deserved retail therapy at Roosevelt Field and a decadent meal at Bobby’s Burger Palace, all in the same Garden City location.

Have some grown-up chuckles delivered in a childlike way at a performance of Avenue Q, the laugh-out-loud musical featuring puppets and sex talk at Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts (after April 14).

If you’re in Patchogue, or even if you’re not, check out the highly anticipated 89 North music venue. Local favorites play every Friday and Saturday night in April for the opening of this intimate new spot. (See our feature in May.)

Enjoy art and crafts on the East End with an art show and some craft brew. Stop by the Parrish Art Museum for EST-3, an exhibition of SoCal art in Southampton. Then discuss over Berliner Weisse and eats at Southampton Publick House.