Just in time to for the New Year, the Meatpacking District’s Holiday Hangover program kicked off this week to help you ease into 2017. While not a plan for curing a literal hangover (think plenty of water and a few nibbles of toast for that), this Hangover initiative is a way of extending the festive holiday spirit through the bleak days of January that are now upon us. We all know The Meatpacking District is home to some of the best restaurants and watering holes in Manhattan, and there may be no better time to try them than now, when New Yorkers finally have the city to themselves. You can enjoy select drinks at participating restaurants who have pledged to give a portion of the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) the non-profit dedicated to defending individual liberties, free speech, and voting rights among other causes. Restaurants participating in the Hangover program include: Bagatelle, 1 Little W 12th St: Bill’s Burger & Bar, 22 9th Ave; Brass Monkey, 55 Little W 12th St; Bubby’s, 73 Gansevoort St.; Dos Caminos, 675 Hudson St.; Dream Hotel (at the Lobby Lounge), 355 W 16th St; Foragers Table, 300 W 22nd St; Fig & Olive, 420 W 13th St; High Street on Hudson, 637 Hudson St; Kola House, 408 W 15th St; Megu, 355 W 16th St; Sons & Daughters, 85 10th Ave; Toro, 85 10th Avenue; Troy Liquor Bar, 675 Hudson St; and Untitled at the Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort St.
And speaking of the Whitney, when you’re in the area you might want to check out the museum’s Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016 exhibit (through February 17th), which looks at how artists have rethought cinematic mainstays like the screen, projection, and darkness to create new ways of experiencing the moving image. The exhibition is located on the fifth-floor Neil Bluhm Family Galleries, and includes a film series, shown on the third-floor Susan and John Hess Family Theater.