This Week in Food: Sour Ales, LUCKYRICE Festival, New Taste of the Upper West Side

Cascade Brewing’s Sour Ale Event
As Is (734 Tenth Avenue)
Tuesday, 6 p.m. until close

Cascade Brewing (of Portland, Oregon) is bringing its sour ales to Hell’s Kitchen’s brand-new beer bar, As Is. The event marks the first time Cascade’s sour ales have been available on tap in New York, and a selection of Cascade’s bottled beers will also be available.

Lady Jay’s Social Club
Morris-Jumel Mansion (65 Jumel Terrace)
Wednesday, 8 p.m.

Head to the Morris-Jumel Mansion for a Roaring Twenties–style party complete with food, cocktails, and casino games. The museum’s recent conservation work will also be unveiled. Tickets start at $100 and include access to an open bar, bites, and casino game credits. Reserve yours here.

LUCKYRICE Festival’s New York Feast
Industry City (233 37th Street, Brooklyn)
Thursday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Fill up on regional Asian bites including specialties from Vietnam, Laos, and China at the annual LUCKYRICE festival. This year’s event — hosted by Dale Talde — includes tastings from more than thirty chefs ranging from fine-dining restaurants to under-the-radar, mom-and-pop delights. The V.I.P. lounge includes one-hour early access to the event as well as a dumpling bar, cocktails, and seating. Tickets start at $88 for general admission and can be reserved here.

New Taste of the Upper West Side’s Surf and Turf Event

O’Shea Schoolyard (Columbus Avenue and West  77th Street)
Friday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Dive into summer-inspired bites from more than 45 restaurants and chefs including April Bloomfield, who will debut a few sample bites from her upcoming restaurant. Guests can also enjoy bites from new neighborhood-area restaurants like Playa Betty and Han Dynasty, with old favorites like Shake Shack returning this year. Ticket offers start at $92.50 for a pair. Reserve them here.


Where to Celebrate the Final Days of Oktoberfest in NYC

With larger than life Bavarian pretzels, specially brewed beer, and polka music, Oktoberfest has once again descended upon our fair city. But with festivities already underway and running well into October, finding the right party can be harder than squeezing into a pair of lederhosen after a plate of blood sausages. That’s why we’ve highlighted the best remaining deals and events. You just have to focus on carrying a handful of steins.


Zum Schneider’s Munich on the East River, Solar One, 24-20 FDR Drive, October 3 through 5 and October 10 through 12

Strong men contests, cotton candy, and a stein to bring home make this Oktoberfest celebration one of the most family friendly events in NYC. Add in German beers, haxn, and a live oompah band, and you’ve got yourself a date on the waterfront. Tickets start at $25 (cash only), and will be sold at the door on the day of the event. VIP tickets are available online.

NYC Oktoberfest, Stone Street between William and Pearl Streets, October 4, 12 p.m.

Twelve businesses unite on the Financial District’s most raucous block to celebrate the official end of Oktoberfest. Restaurants like Bavaria Bier Haus will grill up smoked sausage, currywurst, and crispy pork belly-waffle sliders; there will also be live Bavarian music and a brewing demonstration by Bitter & Esters. Beers will be provided by Erdinger Weissbräu and Sixpoint Brewery, with a selection of non-German bites also on hand for those bored with brats.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Hudson's seasonal pop up Crab and Claw
Celebrate Oktoberfest at Hudson’s seasonal pop up Crab and Claw

Crab and Claw’s Lobstoberfest, Hudson, 356 West 58th Street, October 11

Pretzels with beer cheese sauce and three different kinds of lobster rolls dominate this holiday celebration with a nautical twist, which runs until October 30. Twelve beers, including a special batch from Brooklyn’s own Kelso Brewery, fill the bar. On October 11, the venue will feature live music, free samples, and beer tastings, too.

Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival’s Oktoberfest, Studio Square, 35-33 36th Street, Queens, Sunday October 19, 2 p.m.

Andrew Zimmern returns to serve as MC for the Food and Wine Festival’s Germanic shindig. Schnitzel and strudel from chefs like Daniel Boulud and Wolfgang Ban will be paired with a selection of beers. The party will also feature drinking games and a band playing traditional music; grab your tickets before the party.

Giant pretzels pair well with giant beers. It's science.
Giant pretzels pair well with giant beers. It’s science.

Restaurant Deals

Ambrose Beer Garden, 18 Fulton Street

Throughout the month of October, this South Street Seaport beer garden and its next door sibling Ambrose Hall are offering a new seasonal beer list that includes pours like Coney Island’s Freakoberfest. Guests might want to stop by during Ambrose’s happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., as a stein hoisting competition will run every day through the end of the month. The champion will be crowned on October 31, and those who win the daily competition will receive a complimentary commemorative stein. Look, too, for sausages sourced from Upper East Side butcher Schaller and Weber.

Ardesia Wine Bar, 510 West 52nd Street

Chef Amorette Casaus’ weisswurst — accompanied by sauerkraut and sweet mustard — will be available for $13 throughout the month of October. Guests can also add on a pint of Victory Brewery’s Oktoberfest-style Fiestbier for an additional $5.

Artisanal Bistro and Wine Bar, 2 Park Avenue

Oktoberfest beer and cheese pairings are available until the 31st at this Murray Hill restaurant. Chef Terrance Brennan’s kitchen is also cooking up a few German delicacies on a special menu to mark the occasion, with cheese experts on hand to assist guests in choosing good dairy.

Blue Ribbon Brasserie Brooklyn, 250 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn

Through October 5, the Brooklyn branch of the Blue Ribbon franchise is offering a variety of German dishes courtesy of native son Chef Martin Brock. Cheese spaetzle, warm pretzels with obatzda dip, and plenty of Paulaner beer can be found on the menu.

Colicchio & Sons, 85 Tenth Avenue

After working up an appetite on the Highline, diners can head to this nearby restaurant for an Oktoberfest meal, which includes seasonal beer pairings and housemade sausages served with sauerkraut, warm potato salad, and pretzel bread. Look for three American beers on the list: Ommegang Brewery’s Harvest Ale Scythe & Sickle, Victory Brewery’s Oktoberfest Fiestbier, and Smuttynose Brewery’s Pumpkin Ale. The main course is offered for $48, with optional beer pairings for $12 per person.

Kegs are open at Loreley! Stop by for beer pairings and more!
Kegs are open at Loreley! Stop by for beer pairings and more!

Loreley, 7 Rivington Street

With events like Sausage Fest on October 4 and a beer pairing dinner on October 9, this Lower East Side retreat is one of the liveliest destinations to eat and drink the night away in lederhosen. There’s also an Oktoberfest Halloween party, and deals like the first beer of the evening free on select dates. A full line up of festivities and the option to purchase tickets can be viewed on the restaurant’s website.

Radegast Hall and Biergarten, 113 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn

Through October 4, this Williamsburg biergarten is offering a special menu along with stein-holding competitions and live music. The expansive German beer list includes favorites like Erdinger and Hofbrau.

The Standard Biergarten, 848 Washington Street

The German brewers behind Bitburger created a special beer exclusively for this perenially packed destination. Dubbed The Standard Brahaus Licher Oktoberfest, the brew is now available, and has a touch of caramel and toasted grain.

Zum Stammtisch, 69-46 Myrtle Avenue, Queens

One of New York’s old-school German drinking dens, this Glendale restaurant is the perfect place for a plate of schnitzel and crisp German lager. The restaurant is offering a special $60 four-course holiday menu and will feature live music on select dates; reservations are currently being accepted.



Free Beer and Soviet Cooking in This Week’s Events

Spring fever? Shake up your routine. Here are a few events worth checking out this week.

Boozedays, Briskettown, 359 Bedford Avenue, Tuesday, 5 p.m.

Free beer goes a long way in undoing the stress of a long day, and Daniel Delaney’s renowned brisket pit is pouring a free keg every Tuesday starting at 5 p.m. Drink until the well runs dry while you tuck into heaping piles of pork ribs, sausage, and sides.

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking, Tenement Museum, 108 Orchard Street, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

James Beard award winning author Anya von Bremzen will share recipes and perspectives on the food of her childhood, focusing on the political and the emotional meaning of food in the former Soviet Union. The event is free; purchasing a copy of the book allows you to reserve two seats (otherwise, seating is first come, first served). Additional information regarding advanced reservations can be found on the Tenement Museum’s website.

Heritage Radio Network Presents: Boozey Bees, Brooklyn Winery, 213 North 8th Street, Brooklyn, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Taste a unique spirit several different ways: Veteran bartenders Joe Campanale, Aaron Polsky, and Adam Schuman will put together a series of cocktails made with NY honey whiskey from Catskills Provisions. Your $30 ticket also includes snacks, and a DJ will provide the soundtrack.

Barrier Tap Takeover, Miles, 101 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn, Thursday through Wednesday

Long Island based Barrier Brewing Co. is taking over a Bushwick bar and pouring seven of its original brews — including brown ale, a German style kolsch, and an extra pale ale. The bar will offer seven types of grilled cheese — such as prosciutto, brie, and sweet hot mustard — to pair with the brewery’s line up.

And today is St. Paddy’s Day. Check out our list of spots to celebrate and our favorite Irish pubs in NYC.


Drink Cheaply at Jalopy Tavern, Havana Central, and Shoolbred’s

Just two days and change until another summer weekend, so it’s time to celebrate with a cheap drink. Here are three spots where you can accomplish just that.

Jalopy Tavern, 317 Columbia Street, Brooklyn

From 4 to 8 p.m., receive $1 off any drink (excluding beer/shot combos) at this Brooklyn Heights bar, located next door to the Jalopy Theater. With a selection of $2 Rolling Rocks and $3 Yuenglings (before happy-hour pricing), customers might have enough liquid courage to join a fiddle class next door–or at least attempt to catch a live performance.

Havana Central, 151 West 46th Street

In midtown and need to cool down in your suit? This Cuban restaurant offers a $7 Grand Marnier margarita on Wednesday at its Times Square location. From 4 to 7 p.m., you’ll also find $6 mojitos and margaritas, $7 sangria, $4 beers, and $5 glasses of house wine. If you avoid Times Square at all cost, the Upper West Side outpost runs its own specials from 3 to 7 p.m.

Shoolbred’s, 197 Second Avenue

Sometimes seeing double can be a good thing. Two-for-one beer and well drinks available until 8 p.m. in a one-of-a-kind space make Shoolbred’s a worthy stop when you’re trekking through the East Village. Patrons can take advantage of the European-heavy beer selection, including Scotland’s Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA, along with seasonal cocktails like the Pimm’s Cup. Groups can grab tables under the awning or pull up a chair inside and gaze at the pictures of old men with mustaches that decorate the wall.



Budweiser Releasing Limited-Edition Zip Code Beers

Budweiser will be launching three limited-edition beers in the United States next month named for the zip codes of the places where they were developed. The beers, named for zip codes in Los Angeles (91406), St. Louis (63118), and Williamsburg, Virginia, (23185), are the winners of a Budweiser contest, titled “Project 12.”

Project 12 started in the early spring when Budweiser’s 12 brew masters across America were asked to write a unique beer recipe worthy of the Budweiser name. After internal discussion and input from approximately 10,000 festival attendees at the Budweiser Made in America music festival in Philadelphia, six of the recipes were chosen to be brewed in small batches.

A breakdown of the beers:

Los Angeles: a deep-amber lager with 6 percent alcohol by volume (ABV)

St. Louis: a deep-golden pilsner with 6 percent ABV

Williamsburg, Virginia: a bourbon cask lager with 5.5 percent ABV

The limited-edition sampler pack will be available for sale starting on October 29.