The weather outside is once again unseasonably warm. I hope everyone managed to get outside and take advantage of it in some form or fashion. We have a couple of outdoor items in the Thursday Rundown for April 8, 2010, but if you all have any suggestions, please email us or send us your tweets to @BlackOakNights. Anyway, without further adieu, here is your rundown…
Outdoor Burgers – 11am to 9pm
Shake Shack (Madison Square Park): In case you have yet to dine on the tasty sirloin and brisket burgers at Shake Shack, allow me to introduce you to this New York delicacy. Located right by Madison Square Park at 23rd Street, New Yorkers in this area frequently line up around the block just to eat at this one of a kind burger stand. The lines may be especially long on a beautiful day like today. But hey, it’s an excuse to be outside, and afterwards you can follow the swarms of people that take their burgers to the park and tear into those bad boys like there is no tomorrow.
Rooftop Drinking – All Evening
Bookmarks (299 Madison Avenue): There is more than one place to get tipsy on a Manhattan roof. Bookmarks is the beautiful garden bar atop the Library Hotel. Bookmarks has been critically acclaimed for its view of the Manhattan skyline, as well as their tasty, dark, alcoholic cocktails. You won’t feel anymore on top of the world than you will at this place, and I’m not just saying that because I love it there!
Ladies Night – 10pm
Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street): Ladies, Thursday night is your night at Webster Hall. You really can’t beat this event when it comes to drinking, dancing and just having some good, all-around fun. Ladies from across New York City will be in attendance, taking advantage of the free entry for the fairer sex. Of course, where the ladies are, is where the fellas want to be, and you can bet their will be plenty of brothas in the building. Downstairs is where the hip-hop tunes, R&B jams and reggae mashups will be spinning on the 1’s and 2’s. But hurry up and get here, because they reach capacity early on in the night, and you don’t want to be left out in the cold—I mean heat—at this venue tonight.
Sweet Thursdays – 6pm
Honey (243 West 14th Street): The best thing about Honey is that they keep it simple. There’s no cover, there’s no drink minimum and there’s no line. It’s a simple and cozy spot, where you can enjoy drinks with your co-workers as you sit back in your seat and chill. Of course, you can get up and dance on the floor in the backroom, and there certainly will be plenty of people willing to join you. But for the ultimate, laid back, professional happy hour, you can’t beat the lounge/restaurant section at Honey.
Grown Folk Afterwork – 6pm
Tribeca (22 Warren Street): You’re grown, right? So why not be around other grown, yet young, black professionals like you at Tribeca Afterwork? This is a great mixer that combines professionalism with pleasure, and keeps the party live with plenty of great hip-hop music all evening long. Everyone is free before 7pm, and there will be a complimentary buffet for you employees just getting out of work.
Contacts & Cocktails – 6pm
Underbar (201 Park Avenue): If you are interested in green design and new technology, this is the social event for you. Industry professionals from those two fields will line up at Underbar to discuss the changing times and the frantic nature of the industry over cocktails, cocktails and more cocktails. I don’t know how informational any of these conversations may be, but I bet it’s quite easy to exchange contact information while getting slight tipsy and talking about technology designed to save the world. You can get more information and tickets for the event at: http://greentech.eventbrite.com/.
Overtime at 49 Grove – 6pm
49 Grove (49 Grove Street): 49 Grove wants to reward you for working so hard, so they are putting up an open bar from 7-8pm at no cost to you. The open bar includes vodka, cosmos and Bud Light. All you have to do is go to overtimenyc.com to RSVP, and you will get in for absolutely free. Otherwise, it’s $10 for ladies and $20 for gentlemen. Full disclosure, this may not be the most ethnically diverse event in the city tonight, but in our experiences, 49 Grove has always been a fun place to be no matter who’s in the building.