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The Weekend It List: Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Your time off is precious.

We happen to spend our on-the-clock hours combing through the many options NYC has to offer, so let us help you maximize those days off. Every week, we distill the very best the weekend has to offer.

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drink it.

If decorating your apartment like a Hallmark holiday
Photo Credit: Industry Kitchen

If decorating your apartment like a Hallmark holiday movie is appealing but not -- because, storage space those other 11 months -- there is another way. And it comes with cocktail concoctions.

Behold creations such as the Frozen Peppermint Slide, a giant shareable cocktail with Baileys, candy canes, peppermint bark and pretzel rods, which is served at Industry Kitchen against a chalet-inspired backdrop of twinkling lights, trees (plural) and a life-size reindeer family. May we repeat: life-size reindeer family.

And this dynamic diorama is just one among many, as bars convert and pop-ups pop up. Across the city, your options range from elegant (snow-dusted branches, fuzzy pillows) to cozy (fleece blankets, fireplaces), kitschy (cue the "All I Want for Christmas Is You") to grumpy (Krampus karaoke, surly Santas). Too much? You got it. But only for a limited time.

eat it.

Amazon has gotten plenty of ire from New
Photo Credit: Amazon

Amazon has gotten plenty of ire from New Yorkers recently, but if the path to HQ2 were, say, to be paved with pastrami ... we're listening.

To mark(et) the season 2 premiere of the Prime series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," which is set in 1950s Manhattan, the folks at Amazon are reanimating a slice of our more savory history: the Carnegie Deli. The pastrami purveyor, which shuttered in late 2016 after nearly 80 years, returns for eight days, starting Saturday. The mini-menu includes 1958 prices, so that you can nab a Maisel (pastrami sandwich) and Dr. Brown's for less than two bucks. Add a black-and-white cookie, and your tab goes up 50 cents.

Reserved tables are very New York -- i.e., gone already -- but some seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, plus there's a takeout counter and a photo booth to occupy you while you wait for the special sauce to be spread on your sandwich.

discover it.

Artist Don Freeman, his son Roy tells us,
Photo Credit: Museum of the City of New York

Artist Don Freeman, his son Roy tells us, loved New York City. Forty years after his death, the Corduroy creator is getting a whole lot of love back, via an extensive exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York.

"He always wanted to come to New York, that was his big dream," Roy says. "He loved the spirit, the diversity, the humanity, and just life as it is in New York."

"A City for Corduroy: Don Freeman's New York" unfolds across three sections -- City Life, Stage Life and Corduroy and Friends -- so that fans of the overall-sporting bear can also fall for the many other illustrations (a girl playing on a fire escape, a backstage look at Broadway's "Carousel") born of his adopted hometown. The characters in his children's books also reflect the city; where else could Maestro Petrini, the Metropolitan Opera mouse, or Hattie, the Lyceum Theatre bat, work?

vent it.

Office worker by day, death metal karaoke singer
Photo Credit: Sanrio

Office worker by day, death metal karaoke singer by night. We all have to purge the fury of feeling like a cog in The Machine somehow.

Here's a shortcut to the commitment of nightly clubbing: Aggretsuko, the Sanrio character who's been channeling her work woes via the above template since 2015, invites you to her Den of Rage. The adorable red panda -- and star of this year's Netflix series -- is in Manhattan all weekend. And she wants to hear your most primal scream.

Full disclosure: She's here to hawk her book "The Aggretsuko Guide to Office Life," a timely release with tips on navigating all those upcoming holiday parties.

No more howling into your pillow.

bring it.

While Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, we
Photo Credit: Breads Bakery

While Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, we are already smelling the sugary scent of a traditional treat. And sufganiyot, Israeli doughnuts stuffed with jelly or custard, can make any gathering sweeter.

"There are certain holiday items like hamentaschen and sufganiyot that we love so much, and the holiday isn't long enough to satisfy that urge so we extend it," says Yonatan Floman, CEO of Breads Bakery, which is among those already starting to sell the holiday delicacy.

Floman's childhood saw sufganiyot with strawberry filling and doused in powdered sugar, and so Breads offers the classic -- in addition to chocolate, vanilla and halva. Boerum Hill's Mile End Deli goes more traditional too; at the UES' Padoca, your options are raspberry and gooey dulce de leche. 

For Floman, the doughnuts offer a taste of nostalgia: "I remember in the '80s eating sufganiyot every Hanukkah."

Whether or not they're rooted in your past, one thing is true for all: Get your box early.


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