The Best Week November 2014

November is the month we indulge in culinary comforts. It’s a good time to start enjoying the warm embrace of enclosed spaces, but it’s not hibernation season…yet. There’s plenty to enjoy in and out of doors on a crisp fall day.

Head over the bridge and taste the crispy fowl perfection served at Peking Duck House (finger-licking review on page 30). Afterward, walk off the coma-inducing poultry by taking in the El Greco exhibits at the Frick and the Met (backstory on page 36).

Indoor sports heat up this time of year. Get to Sky Zone in Deer Park and bounce your way to fitness (jump to page 109 for details). Or smash some dingers at Baseball Plus in Hicksville (page 118).

T.J. McBrews in Sound Beach fills growlers to-go. Grab a jug (or two) of your fave and settle in for a night of comedy—Island-native Ken Marino is dishing laughs on his new show Marry Me (see page 85). Or just chill to the latest sounds by alt-j, proclaimed as the next Radiohead (all the hype’s on page 70).

Huntington has seasonal treats for the eyes and taste buds. Check out the Long Island Biennial at Heckscher Museum, a fall showcase of local artists like Alan Richards and his photo mash-ups (see some on page 83). Grab drinks afterwards at Honu and taste their seasonal cocktail with figs and fennel (page 40).

If you make Thursday lunches a time to catch up with friends, the weekend starts that much earlier. Work your way around the Island taste testing highlights from our Great Sandwich Survey (page 131).

Work’s done and it’s time to hit the town. We’ve got you covered for today, next week… in fact, a whole month of date nights, girls’ nights, guys’ nights or an evening with a group. Our Diners Club (page 100) is a full list of Friday night delights put together by your favorite insiders.

Improve your wine palate today (primer on page 146). Learn about the art of the blend with Bedell’s reds or compare aging notes with Macari and Lenz merlots. Hungry? Our annual 18 Things to Eat (page 142) is the perfect complement.