New York

Christen a New Luxury Ship with REVVEL, a 3-Day Festival with COVID Safety in Mind

All aboard the Scarlet Lady for a music festival featuring Major Lazer, pool party with Trixie Mattel, premium dining, and lots more.

In partnership with Virgin Voyages, Thrillist is hosting a limited-series event next month that is sure to float your boat. REVVEL is a three-day floating playground that will take place on the new luxury ship, Scarlet Lady, from September 16-18 while docked at Manhattan’s Pier 88. Kicking off on a Thursday and running until Saturday, set sail for an IRL adventure while onboard this boutique hotel at sea.

“We have been waiting more than a year to bring Scarlet Lady to NYC to showcase our amazing new brand and offer a taste of the Virgin Voyages experience to our sailors on the East Coast,” said Nirmal Saverimuttu, Chief Commercial and Experience Officer at Virgin Voyages. “We are excited to be working with Thrillist to build out a never-before-seen at sea experience.”

Dine at one of six exciting restaurants offering unlimited food and drink led by Michelin-starred chefs like Brad Farmerie (Saxon and Parole, PUBLIC) and Matt Lambert (Musket Room) with cuisines ranging from New American (Wake) to Mexican fare at Pink Agave. Guests can expect a multi-day cultural experience without leaving the shores of NYC-and all with the option to step back on dry land at any time.

The week’s main events include the Feeling Nauty Drag Pool Party hosted by drag performer Trixie Mattel and the Bushwick nightlife institution, House of Yes, and will feature a champagne toast and drag show. In addition, the REVVEL Music Festival will be headlined by Major Lazer Soundsystem (and surprise guests) with the option to dance at three distinct music venues with varying musical vibes.Tickets start at $100 and can be purchased separately for each event or as part of the following VIP experiences for two guests-the XL Sea Terrace for $1000 or Rockstar Quarters for $1200-which include cabin lodging or luxurious suites.

In addition to a packed line-up of curated festivities, sailors can also expect the same attention to detail when it comes to the safety of guests. With absolute safety in mind, the majority of all events were designed to take place outdoors and are in compliance with State, County, and CDC requirements. Along with proof of vaccination when registering, all attendees must take a COVID-19 rapid test within 36 hours and show negative results upon arrival at Pier 88.

“We are so excited to join forces with Virgin Voyages to create an innovative event series that will pave the way for how brands can safely bring IRL experiences back into people’s lives,” said Meghan Kirsch, Chief Content Officer at Thrillist.

In addition, Thrillist will continue to monitor our ever changing landscape of COVID-19-check the website for more information and updates on our safety protocols.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Tae Yoon was born and raised in Queens, and is the Editor of Thrillist New York.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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