5 Things to do in NYC This Weekend: NYCTourist.com’s Guide to New York City Events and Attractions

5 Things to do in NYC This Weekend: NYCTourist.com’s Guide to New York City Events and Attractions

It's time to get ready for the weekend New York City. NYCTourist.com Reveals 5 things to do in the Big Apple over the next few days like concerts, events and must-see attractions.

There are countless things to do in New York City every day, like sightseeing, shopping, seeing a show or trying out a new restaurant, and this weekend is no exception. Concerts, shows on Broadway, events and attractions are all on this menu this weekend, and that’s a pretty extensive menu considering it’s restaurant week too. NYCTourist.com recommends 5 things to do in NYC this weekend for tourists or townies.

Check out Restaurant Week
Restaurant week in NYC started this Monday, and there are tons of restaurants all over the city attending. Restaurant Week is actually more than a week, and extends through February 8th, but this weekend is the perfect time to start testing out the many menus in different New York City restaurants. Some of the top suggestions for restaurants to visit this weekend are the A Voce, Bar Boulud, Brasserie Ruhlmann, Esca and Telepan. NYC Tourists can try out the menu at several restaurants over the course of their stay and a get a quality meal at one of New York’s finest restaurants for a little cheaper than normal. For the most part, expect three-course lunches for $25 and dinners for $38 per person, and definitely expect a large crowd eager to check out the same spots. Now is the perfect time to start scouting out some options for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner in NYC too!

Go see a Band
As usual, the music scene is poppin’ this weekend. Check out some of the concerts in New York City this weekend like the Gin Blossoms at Paramount Theatre on Friday night. Also all on Friday night at Bowery Ballroom, catch Lucius, Mission of Burma or Nude Beach throughout the night. Umphrey’s McGee will be at Beacon Theatre, and the beautiful Barry Manilow is at the St. James Theatre Friday and Saturday night. Saturday night also brings Selena Gomez to the Best Buy Theatre, Strawberry Fields at B.B. King Blues Club, followed by The Smithereens and Pretty in Pink at Union Hall Brooklyn. This is not a full list of all the concerts around the city this weekend, but clearly there are quite a few options for every genre of music lover.

Go to a show on Broadway
Some of the best shows to see on Broadway right now are still the top hits like Wicked, Chicago The Musical, The Book of Mormon, Annie, The Lion King and Mamma Mia! For something new that won’t be here as long, check out The Mystery of Edwin Drood. This Broadway revival has received great reviews for its wit and entertainment. The Other Place playing at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre just opened on Broadway a week ago, and Laurie Metcalf has gotten tons of positive feedbacks from critics. It's possible to find last-minute Broadway tickets at a great price to all of the top Broadway hits, or even to the Off-Broadway hits, to make seeing a show possible this weekend.

Take a Tour in NYC
Right now is an ideal time for New York City tours. There aren’t nearly as many people crowding the boat tours or walking in front of the camera on the Central Park or Brooklyn Bridge photo tours. Warm up on a bike tour of the city, or let the heated bus tours take care of that. Now might be the time to enjoy THE RIDE NYC. The heated boats tours and dinner cruises are nice this time of year, and if this isn’t the weekend for one, definitely check out the options for Valentine’s Day, coming up in just a few short weeks. The boat tours do fill up for that romantic night, so check them out now and don’t miss a chance to wow her with an unforgettable night.

Stay for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Some people get time off for MLK Day, and if you’re one of them, stay through Monday and check out the Martin Luther King Jr Day parade in NYC this year on January 21, 2013. The parade goes down 5th Avenue from 61st to 86th street, starting at 10:30am. After the parade, or on any other day, follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther King JR on a historic Harlem Walking Tour. On Monday night, the JCC presents their annual event - Artist’s Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Symphony Space and there will also be concerts like the 27th annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Come Share the Dream presented by the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Both events are free, but space is limited, so it’s first come, first serve.

There’s a lot going on in New York City this weekend, from entertainment to memorializing one of the Nation’s most famous Civil Rights Leaders. Be a part of all the excitement this weekend in New York City! Find NYC hotel deals for a last minute getaway, or if this is just the weekend to start planning the next trip to the Big Apple.