Trip.com 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.”

Trip.com’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 Trip.com:

Photo: Stacy Spensley / Flickr
Photo: Stacy Spensley / Flickr

1. Giving Back on Thanksgiving
Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers (Chelsea)
Tuesday, Nov. 22 (Check site for available time slots)

Apart from a delicious family meal, Thanksgiving is about being thankful and giving back. One way is to help others enjoy that same delicious Thanksgiving meal. Feeding NYC is a grassroots organization that prepares and deliver over 40,000 Thanksgiving meals. You can donate monetary funds, start a fundraiser, or, something even more precious, offer your time. Volunteers can choose from various time slots and responsibilities that include packing, loading and delivery of meals.

Photo: Lee Uehara/Courtesy of City Bike Coach
Photo: Lee Uehara/Courtesy of City Bike Coach

2. Pedal Pilgrim, Pedal
23rd Street and the East River (Kips Bay)
Thursday, Nov. 24 at 8:00 AM

We are not sure if preparing for the big Thanksgiving meal includes a hearty pancake breakfast and dressing up as a turkey, but we are definitely game for the Pilgrim Pedal bike ride through Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Riders are encouraged to dress themselves and their bikes in Thanksgiving themed costumes for a chance to win prizes. $30 fee includes a pancake breakfast at a Brooklyn diner.

Photo: Nicole Wong/Flickr
Photo: Nicole Wong/Flickr

3. Vegetarian Thanksgiving
Nix (Greenwich Village)
Thursday, Nov. 24 from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Pardon a turkey and go for a Thanksgiving meal at Nix where the vegetarian four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu will feature sunchoke ravioli, butternut squash soup, a pot pie with truffled cauliflower, carrots, rutabaga and herbed bechamel — and includes pumpkin pie or a pear tart. $62 per person.

Photo: Fabien G/Flickr
Photo: Fabien G/Flickr

4. Post-Thanksgiving Original Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour
Southwest corner of Delancey and Essex Streets, in front of the Chase Bank
Friday, Nov. 25 at 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM

Try not to stuff yourself to the gills this Thanksgiving if you want to tag along on Big Onion’s Post-Thanksgiving Original Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour. Samplings from local markets and shops, the this food crawl will highlight the cultural and culinary history representing the Dominican, Jewish, Italian and Chinese communities of the Lower East Side. Tickets start at $22.

Photo: Haifeez/Flickr
Photo: Haifeez/Flickr

5. Arab Cinema Week
Cinema Village (Union Square)
Friday, Nov. 18 – Thursday, Nov. 24

Come see the best new films from the Middle East that offer nuanced perspectives of the issues affecting the region. Highlights include Hany Abu-Assad’s The Idol and the remarkable documentary Whose Country? from Mohamed Siam. Free and paid events — tickets start at $15.

Photo: Joe Abbruscato/Flickr
Photo: Joe Abbruscato/Flickr

6. Dead Rabbit Team’s New Bar
Blacktail (Battery Park)
Nightly from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Before heading to our families for the annual turkey dinner, some of us will stop off at the local bakery to pick up a pie, while others will stop off at the local bar to down a few drinks. For those that need a little greasing before the big dinner, swing by Blacktail, the new bar from the folks behind Dead Rabbit, that pays homage to American bars in Cuba during Prohibition.

Photo courtesy of City WInery
Photo courtesy of City WInery

7. Post-Turkey Burlesque
City Winery (South Village)
Saturday, Nov. 26 11:30pm to 1:00 AM

Sapphire Jones along with Wasabassco’s favorite burlesque and strip-tease performers Amanda Whip, Delysia La Chatte, Medianoche, Nasty Canasta, Raquel Reed, Stormy Leather, Sydni Deveraux, and Tiger Bay are hosting a very sensual post Thanksgiving Recovery Special at City Winery that will tickles the senses and prepare us for the week ahead. $22.