Although the NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show takes up a good portion of the March 21-23 weekend, there is still plenty of down time to enjoy one of the country’s most exciting areas. The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers/New Jersey (AASP/NJ) encourages all attendees and vendors to take advantage of the Friday, Saturday and Sunday night attractions that are all within a 10-minute drive of the show. NORTHEAST 2014, presented with support from Platinum Show Sponsor BASF and Gold Sponsor Ford Motor Company, takes place March 21, 22 and 23, 2014 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center of Secaucus, NJ.
Among the hundreds of events and sights to take in throughout the area, AASP/NJ has selected the following 15 as part of an exclusive “NORTHEAST-endorsed” list. From family-friendly fun to great concerts to memorable sporting events, a world of area entertainment awaits NORTHEAST attendees.
1. Times Square
The Crossroads of the World.
2. Chelsea Piers
(between 17th and 23rd St., NYC; 212-336-6800; www.chelseapiers.com)
The Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex is a 28-acre waterfront sports village. The complex features a variety of sports and entertainment venues, with activities ranging from golf to ice skating.
3. Pilsener Haus & Biergarten
(1422 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ; 201-683-5465; www.pilsenerhaus.com)
Offering over 20 premium imported drafts, 50 European and American craft beers by the bottle,
and a traditional biergarten menu in a warm, old-time setting. With great beers, food, and a regular
schedule of live music, it’s a true European style biergarten for everyone.
4. Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre, March 22
(2124 Broadway, New York, NY 10023; 212.465.6500; www.beacontheatre.com) The legendary Southern rock band celebrates their 45th anniversary with 14 shows at the Beacon.
5. Rutt’s Hut
(417 River Rd., Clifton, NJ; 973-779-8615; www.ruttshut.com)
A must for out-of-state visitors, this New Jersey eatery is known for its deep-fried hot dogs (known as “rippers”) and mustard-based relish made with cabbage, onions and carrots. An indulgent treat well worth the drive.
6. Harness Racing @ Meadowlands Racetrack
(50 State Route 120, East Rutherford, NJ 07073; www.thebigm.com)
Enjoy the finest in harness racing at the “Big M.” Racing date: March 22; Post time 7:15pm.
7. Jersey Boys @ August Wilson Theatre
(245 W. 52nd St., NYC; 212-560-2194 www.jerseyboysinfo.com)
Broadway’s biggest success story takes you behind the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Follow the rags-to-Rock-to-riches tale of four blue-collar kids working their way from the streets of Newark to the heights of stardom. Featuring such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Oh, What a Night” and more.
(645 Washington Avenue, Carlstadt, NJ; 201-896-8900; www.kilroysnj.com)
Just north of the NORTHEAST show, Kilroy’s offers a full menu of sports bar favorites and delicious signature dishes, along with a full sushi menu. With 40-plus beers on tap, signature cocktails and 100 flat screen TVs, Kilroy’s is your ultimate destination for dining, sports, and nightlife!
9. Holsten’s Brookdale Confectionery
(1063 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ; 973 338-7091; http://www.holstens.com)
Don’t stop believing and you can sit in the famous booth last occupied by Tony Soprano in the last scene of the acclaimed HBO series The Sopranos. While you’re at it, enjoy the delicious homemade candy and ice cream.
10. The Book of Mormon @ Eugene O’Neill Theatre
(230 West 49th St., NYC; www.bookofmormonbroadway.com)
The creators of South Park bring you this critically acclaimed, sidesplitting satire.
11. The Spotted Pig
(314 West 11th St., NYC; 212-620-0393; www.thespottedpig.com)
This hip, late-night Village spot offers one of the tastiest burgers around. They serve dinner seven nights a week from 5:30pm to 2am.
12. NHL Hockey @ Prudential Center
(165 Mulberry Street, Newark, NJ; 973-757-6000; www.prucenter.com)
Devils vs. Rangers March 22 (7pm). Devils vs. Maple Leafs March 23 (7pm)
13. 1 2 3 Burger Shot Beer
(738 10th Ave. between 50th & 51st, NYC; 212-315-0123; www.123burgershotbeer.com)
Folks on a “restricted budget” “relive their fraternity years” at this “rowdy” Hell’s Kitchen sports bar where the namesake “deal” – $1 sliders, $2 shots, $3 beers – is almost “impossible to beat.”
14. Dave And Buster’s
(234 W. 42nd St., 3rd Floor NYC; 646-495-2015; http://www.daveandbusters.com/)
There’s only one place where you can eat new American, fun gourmet food AND drink your choice of fun, innovative beverages AND play the biggest and best arcade games around-all under one roof!
15. Harmon Cove Outlet Center
(20 Enterprise Ave., Secaucus, NJ; 877-OUTLET2 / 201-348-4780; www.harmonmeadow.com)
This outlet mall boasts dozens of stores including Perry Ellis, Van Heusen and Lenox. Open seven days a week.
NORTHEAST 2014, the flagship event of AASP/NJ, is celebrating its 37th year as the East Coast’s preeminent automotive services trade show. For more information on NORTHEAST 2014, visit www.aaspnjnortheast.com, the NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show on Facebook, the NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show YouTube page (www.youtube.com/user/AASPNJNORTHEAST) or on Twitter @AASPNJNORTHEAST / #NORTHEAST2014.