The Best Week

‘Tis the season we all laugh a little louder, smile a little easier and find comfort and kinship amongst family and friends. We’re hard pressed to offer a better week than the one that seasonal celebrations create, but we hope our efforts bring some added joy to this festive time of year. Direct from the pages of this issue, go ahead and have yourself a merry little Best Week.

Movie night! Hit the Netflix queue or scour the local Redbox and spend a day watching movies from our 10 Best Films of 2014. Keep things cozy and warm with a mug or two of glögg, a Nordic holiday warmer (recipe on page 41).

The weather outside may be frightful, but don’t let that deter you from maintaining a workout schedule. Benefit from a morning run. After work, keep the zen going. The Float Place offers repose and restoration in the form of tranquil isolation tanks.

Channel your inner Demi Moore à la Ghost with a pottery class at Art League of Long Island or try language lessons (more “class”y suggestions to suit a Resolution Revolution. If the resolve wavers, draw from Dr. Susan Bartell’s winning advice.

Do the holiday shopping while everyone else is at work. Our annual Gift Finder covers both the naughty and nice. Finish in time for happy hour at a Bohlsen Group restaurant for one of their creative cocktails by Master Mixologist Paulo Villela.

Neil Watson has been mixing the old with the new at Stony Brook’s Long Island Museum, resulting in the inaugural exhibit of the LIMarts group, part of the museum’s new direction. Grab some fine Italian cuisine at nearby Ruvo in Port Jefferson and let it all resonate.

It’s a good night for checking out the live music scene. Our Listening Bar has the local venues covered. Likewise, Huntington’s Paramount is never in short supply of options for a good night.

See the Tree, skate Wollman rink, maybe even dance on a piano at FAO Schwarz. Then seek repose at the lavish King Cole Bar in the St. Regis Hotel (full deets on page 30). End the night with the satirical stylings of Lane and Broderick in It’s Only a Play.