’s TripPicks This Week: Monday, Jan. 23 – Monday, Jan 30

Photo: Kurman Communications/Flickr is an innovative planning tool that tailors recommendations for places to stay, eat and play to your specific tastes. It also allows you to share your great experiences with people who have the same interests as you; people in your “tribes.”’s TripPicks This Week feature empowers you to discover and take advantage of great events, openings and exhibits throughout the city each week.

Here are some exciting events and sites to check out this week in Downtown New York, courtesy of Visit the site or download the app for more upcoming events.

Photo: Michele Ursino / Flickr
Photo: Michele Ursino / Flickr

1. Restaurant Week
Check site for participating restaurants
Monday, Jan. 23 – Friday, Feb. 10

Restaurant Week gives New Yorkers and visitors a chance to dine at restaurants that would normally be reserved for very special occasions. With lunch and dinner deals this sweet, every day is going to be a celebration. Many new restaurants have come on board this year and we are making special trips to Freud NYC, Quality Eats and High Street on Hudson. 3 course lunch $29; dinner $42.

Photo: Kurman Communications/Flickr
Photo: Kurman Communications/Flickr

2. Lunar Year Cocktail Bash
The Bowery Hotel (East Village)
Friday, Jan. 27 at 9:30 PM

Celebrate the Year Of The Rooster with Luckyrice, munching on noodles and dumplings in an “Edible Wonderland” and then — limited to 888 guests — sipping on a elaborate cocktails inspired by Asian flavors for an Epicurean Cocktail Feast. $88.

Photo: Rega Photography/Flickr
Photo: Rega Photography/Flickr

3. A Ballet Tribute to David Bowie
The Joyce (Chelsea)
Tuesday, Jan. 24 – Sunday, Feb. 5 (check site for showtimes)

Contemporary ballet dance company, Complexions pays tribute to David Bowie with Star Dust. A sight to behold. Tickets start at $51.

Photo: Oinonio/Flickr
Photo: Oinonio/Flickr

4. Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony
Sara D Roosevelt Park (Chinatown)
Saturday, Jan. 28 from 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM

We hope year of the Rooster — a sign known for its resourcefulness, courage, loyalty, hard work and talent — promises to bring those same qualities to 2017. Join the festivities, drumming, lion dancers and firecrackers, at the 18th Annual New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival. FREE.

Photo: Wade Simmons/Flickr
Photo: Wade Simmons/Flickr

5. Scotch and Poetry
Analogue (Greenwich Village)
Wednesday, Jan. 25 starting at 5:00 PM

January 25, 1759 marks the birthdate of 18th-century Scottish poet Robert Burns. To celebrate, Analogue is offering a special Scotch flight, which will feature a Highland single malt Dalmore 12 Year with rich coffee and spice notes; the complex, nutty sherry-cask-aged Balvenie 12 Year Doublewood from Speyside; and the heavily peated, smoky Ardbeg 10 Year from Islay. $40.