This Week in Food: Cookbook Launch Parties, Fall Deals, Kosher Food Talk

At the Night Market featuring Incensed by Ed Lin
The Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street)
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Feast on Taiwanese street food and get a book signed by Incensed author Ed Lin. Guests will also get to check out the Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Chinese Food in America exhibition. Tickets ($36 for non-museum members) are all inclusive. Get yours here.

Book Launch: El Quinto Pino Cooks Cúrate

El Quinto Pino (401 West 24th Street)
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Chef Katie Button of Asheville’s Cúrate is celebrating the launch of her cookbook (which shares the name of her restaurant) with a tapas party at El Quinto Pino. Button will also sign copies of her book, which is included with admission (along with all food and drink throughout the evening).

Cooking Class at La Gamelle
La Gamelle (241 Bowery)
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m

Fall has arrived! Chef Michael Burbella will teach a class on how to prepare two very autumnal dishes: roasted butternut squash soup and roasted chicken with vegetables. Afterwards, sip a glass of wine with your fellow students. Tickets ($65) also includes a half-priced meal for two at a later date.

Orange October Thursdays at Nanoosh
All Nanoosh Locations

Need to warm up in this chilly weather? Wear orange to any Nanoosh location on a Thursday and you’ll get a free fall soup. This month’s lineup includes tomato, Moroccan lentil, and a seasonal soup of the day. No purchase necessary.

Roger Horowitz, From Treyf to Safe: Kosher Certification in the U.S.

JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Avenue)
Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Led by the Culinary Historians of New York, this panel discussion examines the rise of kosher foods and the history of kosher certification in the U.S. Find out how kosher designation set an example for food safety regulations and labeling in the food industry. Before the discussion, snack on classic kosher foods.



This Week in Food: Eataly Discussion, Good Beer, Brooklyn Ice Cream Tasting

Mac & Cheesy Movie Night: Smokey and the Bandit
Huckleberry Bar (588 Grand Street, Brooklyn)
Monday, 9 p.m.

Movie Mondays are back at Huckleberry Bar — and this time, there’s free mac and cheese (with a drink purchase). The classic Smokey and the Bandit closes out this month’s muscle car madness series. Toast the cheesy goodness of comfort food and Seventies flicks with the bar’s $5 beer-and-a-shot special.

How To Eataly Book Discussion
Rizzoli Bookstore (1133 Broadway)
Wednesday, 12:30 p.m.

Dino Borri, Eataly’s purchasing director, will lead a discussion on the ins and outs of Italian food. Find out how to discover the very best ingredients when perusing markets, and get fresh insights into some of the book’s 100 recipes. The discussion is free to attend.

Intro to Green Roofing
Brooklyn Grange (Brooklyn Navy Yard Bldg. 3, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn)
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Gwen Schantz, badass urban farmer and COO of the Brooklyn Grange, will lead a class on the basics of green roofing. To help you get started on your own rooftop garden, after her talk attendees will move up to the rooftop farm for a sunset tour and Q&A. Tickets are $40. Reserve yours here.

Good Beer
180 Maiden Lane
Thursday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Beat the heat with a cold brew and goodies from Beecher’s Handmade Cheese and Gramercy Tavern at Edible Manhattan’s walk-around tasting. Tickets are $65, and include all food and drinks. Reserve yours here.

Brooklyn Screams for Ice Cream!

Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn)
Thursday, from 7 p..m. to 9 p.m.

What better way to celebrate summer than with a ton of ice cream? Ice cream makers will gather — toting cones, sundaes, and sandwiches, of course — along with historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman, for this event at the Brooklyn Historical Society. There will be tastings from Ample Hills and Van Leeuwen. Reserve your $12 ticket here.


Best Weekend Food Events: Free Salad, A Taste of Congo, Musical Brunch

Chopt Gives Day
Chopt (1450 Broadway)
Friday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Chopt welcomes guests to its newest location with free salad and wraps for diners who donate to the restaurant’s charitable partner, Safe Horizon. This offer is valid while supplies last.

A Taste of Congo
Brooklyn Foodworks (630 Flushing Avenue, 2nd Floor)
Saturday, 7 p.m.

Enjoy a five-course tasting menu inspired by Congolese cuisine. Chef Grace Odogbili will prepare dishes like wild fish in chili sauce and the national dish of Congo, moambe, a chicken dish cooked in tomato and peanut sauce. Tickets are $65 in advance and include beverages, but you can also BYOB. Reserve your spot here.

Musical Brunch Featuring Song Yi Jeon
National Sawdust (80 North 6 Street, Brooklyn)
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (final seating is at 12:30 p.m.)

Rider offers guests the chance to enjoy avocado toast and lox fries over live music at this new weekly brunch series. This Sunday, South Korean singer and composer Song Yi Jeon perform her own original music. Brunch admission is $10 for adults — children 13 and under are free — and does not include food and drink. Reserve your seat here.

2016 Taste of Jewish Culture Street Fair
Sixth Avenue, between 48th and 49th
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Black Seed Bagels, Breads Bakery, and Michael Solomonov’s Dizengoff are just a few of the participating restaurants that will offer a modern take on classic Jewish fare at this annual street festival. The event will be hosted by Soren & Jolles (comedy duo Tracy Soren and Jessie Jolles) and features live Klezmer music and dancing throughout the day.


Rossopomodoro’s Pizza Deal is Fit for Partying

All you can eat pizza is usually a terrible idea. You’re most likely drunk. The pie is most likely sweating under a hot lamp in a slick of grease. It’s a safe bet that you’re going to eat too much just to get bang for the buck, and to ever so slightly regret it in the morning.Well, the $20 Rossopomodoro limitless pizza deal is nothing like that.

“I think of it not as all-you-can-eat pizza,” says Damon Kornhauser, who is in charge of overseeing the pizza quality at the restaurant, “but more as “limitless” or “endless.”

The rules: the whole table has to participate. You select a list of pizzas from the menu. They’re brought out one (or two for big groups) at a time, and once you’ve finished the pizza — “crust counts!” — the next one arrives.

“It’s actually a tradition in Italy,” says Kornhauser. “Especially around this time of year. It’s a great sociable way to share food with friends and family and try different things, so we thought, we could do it to celebrate the holidays – and our one year birthday!

“People seem to really like it so far. We started it on Sunday and we’re doing through the holidays (#12daysofpizza). It’s a great opportunity to try lots of different pizzas.”

Though this is a good chance to try more exotic options like the festive favorite Broccoletta, (topped with shredded Brussels sprouts, cured pork belly and an Italian version of béchamel sauce, made with the whey from fresh buffalo mozzarella), don’t underestimate the simple delights of a the great margherita, drizzled with exceptional olive oil. Every pizza, (including a great gluten-free pizza) is cooked to order by a master chef who came from Italy along with the wood-fired oven.

“We have great teams of pizza chefs ready to go, because things can get hectic back there,” says Kornhauser. “Pizza chefs work in teams. There’s the pizzaiolo, the head chef. He’s the one making the dough, spreading it and topping it. Then there’s a fornaio, who brings over the peel (the pizza paddle) gets the pizza and cooks it. It takes about 90 seconds to cook a pizza because they’re so thin, so things move fast, and when you’re juggling three or four pizzas in the oven, rotating them so that they cook evenly — well, it’s a real skill.”


Best Weekend Food Events: SantaCon, Cookie Takedown, and Bottomless Pizza

Santacon, Multiple Locations, Saturday

Whether you think throwing back a few beers is naughty or nice, the jolliest bar crawl in town returns to Manhattan and Brooklyn once again this year. A full line up of participating bars, tickets, and the suggested route to jump in on – or avoid entirely –  can be viewed here.

Zero Food Waste Pop Up, miLES, 103 Allen Street, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Though the holidays are a time to celebrate food on the table, they’re also the time to think about the leftovers and what happens to food waste. This educational pop up will unite New Yorkers who are helping to reduce food waste, with demonstrations and interactive workshops planned throughout the day.

2015 Brooklyn Cookie Takedown, Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, 514 Union Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, 12  to 2 p.m.

Before putting out a few cookies for Santa, treat yourself to gingerbread, chocolate chip, and plenty more at this month’s holiday installment of the takedown series. Tickets are $20 for two hours of all you can eat cookies; reserve them here.

Bottomless Pizza, Rossopomodoro, 118 Greenwich Avenue, Sunday through December 24

Looking to feast before hibernating for the winter? For $20 per person, guests can enjoy unlimited pizza from any one of Rossopomodoro’s ten menu options. Tables will receive one pizza at a time and must eat their entire pie before the next one can be ordered. Pizza varieties range from traditional margherita, four cheeses, and one with brussesl sprouts, fonduta, and guanciale. The offer excludes tax, gratuity, and beverages, and all guests at the table must participate in order to receive the bottomless deal.

Cluster: Food Presents Family Meal, Exhibit C, 88 Eldridge Street, Sunday, 7 to 10 p.m.

Chef Evelyn Garcia of the late Kin Shop and chef Jayson Galiza of Cookshop are throwing a communal dinner — “New York to Malaysia”— designed for the food, drink, and tech community. Tickets are $64.29 per person and can be secured here.


Best Weekend Food Events: MOFAD Opening, Pierogi Day, and Boorito Halloween Deal

Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) Lab Opening, MOFAD Lab, 62 Bayard Street, Brooklyn, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 12–8 p.m./10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The city’s first museum dedicated to the needs of foodies is now open — and showcasing the story behind smells for its first exhibit. “Flavors: Making It and Faking It” urges attendees to interact with food odors they know too well (and perhaps create new scents along the way). MOFAD Lab also offers guests the chance to sample MSG in tablet form to get a better understanding of umami, not to mention several historical artifacts and video presentations designed for food lovers. General admission for adults is $10, and additional information about the museum, including membership, can be found on its website.

Swiss Water Coffee Pop-Up, 300 Lafayette Street, Friday through November 8, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Thinking about switching from regular to decaf? If the thought scares you, consider a conversation and cupping demonstration that may persuade you to take the leap of faith. The decaffeinated celebration includes live demonstrations, art inspired by coffee, and free tastings of  espresso, cold brew, and other styles of coffee.

Pierogi Day, East Village Meat Market, 139 Second Avenue, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Show the pierogi some love by heading out to the East Village for an unlimited free tasting of the Ukrainian specialty. Local businesses including Veselka will offer varieties like potato, cheese, short rib, and pumpkin for hungry customers. Attendees will also be able to snag pierogies to take home, too, if they don’t feel like chowing down in public.

“Boorito” Halloween Deal, all Chipotle locations, Saturday, 5 p.m. to close
Need a friendly place to grab a bite that will accept your Pizza Rat costume for the artistic genius that it is? All Chipotle locations will offer three-buck burritos, salads, bowls, and tacos to guests who arrive dressed in a costume that has an added “this doesn’t quite fit stylistically” element — think fake mustache or random eye patch.

Ho Foods Taiwanese Pop-Up, The Old Bowery Station, 168 Bowery, Sunday, 5–6:15 p.m.
Grab one of the remaining spots at this one-day affair, which offers a $40 five-course menu full of Taiwanese specialties. Beef noodle soup, sweet sausage with sticky rice, and preserved egg with tofu are a few warm dishes you’ll find, with cocktails and nonalcoholic drinks available for purchase. Reserve a seat here.


Here’s Where to Find Luxury at Lunch: Prix-Fixe Menus for Less Than $50

New York is chock-full of fancy restaurants with wallet-busting menus. But if you go at lunchtime, you can often get yourself a real deal.

The lunch tasting menu at Bouley (163 Duane Street; 212-964-2525) is abundant and totally worth it at $55 for five courses (and it comes with plenty of amusing extras to make you feel extra-posh). Start with a smoked salmon blini, maybe move onward to the Chatham sea bass with peas and fava beans, then a melt-in-the-mouth Kobe-style beef cheek with pillowy blue-kale gnocchi, strawberries with almond ice cream, and a chocolate soufflé.

Uptown (get your jackets on, gentlemen), head over to Jean-Georges (1 Central Park West; 212-299-3900), where a very special lunch can be yours for $48 for two courses (or three for $72). To put this in context, the same plates at dinner are $128 for three courses. Enjoy peekytoe crab risotto, foie gras brûlée, or sautéed veal scallopini with Flying Pig ham, mushrooms, and lavender.

If Italian abundance is more your style, check out the $49 four-course tasting menu at Babbo (110 Waverly Place; 212-777-0303), currently featuring baby artichokes and grilled heritage pork loin. Or reserve a table at Del Posto (85 Tenth Avenue; 212-497-8090) and indulge in a $49 four-course lunch that’s full of tempting choices: pork and veal agnolotti, or halibut with Moroccan spices and toasted almonds. Decisions, decisions. Don’t miss the pecorino romano cake with honey and preserved cherries.

For $47, you can head to Marea (240 Central Park South; 212-582-5100) for a two-Michelin-star lunch (two courses). How about Pacific jack mackerel, prosciutto, celery, and tomato, followed by tagliata featuring Creekstone Farm sirloin, bone marrow panzanella, and braised romaine? Or push the boat out all the way and sample the five-course seafood tasting menu, which is $80 ($140 with wine).


Share Lobster Rolls, Craft Beer, and Cocktails With Loved Ones This Week

Pairing Wine With Food, We Olive & Wine Bar, 116 Smith Street, Brooklyn, Monday, 6 p.m.

If you’re looking to move past the old “white with fish, red with steak” routine, consider the next step in pairing pointers. Attendees will learn what to look out for when considering a wine and food duo while tasting an array of select vintages and select wine bar foods. Tickets are $35; reserve them here.

Complimentary Newlyweds Dinner, BKB, 321 East 73rd Street, Tuesday, 5 p.m.

In celebration of nationwide marriage equality, BKB is offering a free dinner for two for those who are tying the knot between June 26 and July 3, 2015. Dinner includes two appetizers and two entrees of choice as well as a round of drinks. Chef Eric Miller’s menu focuses on local seafood such as Montauk pearls, lobster rolls, and crab cakes. To redeem the offer, newlyweds can book their reservation online and include #LoveWins in their notes. The reservation will be honored within those dates or will still be valid for a future date. Diners must provide a time-stamped photo from the wedding or a copy of the dated marriage license upon arrival at the restaurant.

Good Beer Passport, multiple locations, Wednesday

In celebration of July being “good beer month,” fans of liquid carbs can purchase a beer passport valid from July 1 through September 7, which nets you one craft beer at each participating location. With over 35 participating bars and breweries including Blind Tiger Alehouse and Gun Hill Brewing Co., you’ll have plenty of time to work your way through a draft a day while exploring parts of the city in search of the perfect pint. As part of the experience, passport holders will receive special Tuesday tasting invites at select participating locations during the redemption period. Tickets start at $37 and allow guests to choose their pickup location of choice; reserve your trip around the world (in beers) here.

Advanced Cocktail Theory, Huckleberry Bar, 588 Grand Street, Brooklyn, Thursday, 7 p.m.

Guests looking to impress at summer soirees can take advantage of Huckleberry Bar’s cocktail classes, which take place every Thursday. For $45, guests receive three drinks in addition to a 90-minute clinic on how to stir, shake, and spice your way to glory. Budding bartenders can reserve a spot by emailing

Veggie Burger Madness, Superiority Burger, 530 East 9th Street, Friday, 6 p.m.

Opened from Thursday to Monday, Brooks Headley’s veggie burger shop is already drawing lines of curious bystanders, so a summer Friday may be your best bet to grab one and get on with your life. The all-vegetarian menu includes a quinoa-based burger, tofu wrap, and a sloppy joe sandwich; there’s also sides like a burnt-broccoli salad.


How to Score Free Beer at Luke’s Lobster

An authentic Maine lobster roll is tough to beat. The success of Luke’s Lobster (multiple locations), which just opened its thirteenth Northeastern eatery, is a testament to the enduring allure of New England’s culinary staple. But with a new happy-hour deal, the popular seafood shack has stumbled upon a way to amplify something awesome into something legendary: free beer.

Luke’s has always offered optional chips, soda, and pickle with its three signature rolls (lobster, crab, and shrimp) for a $3 upcharge. Recently, though, the chain started running a special from 4 to 7 p.m. daily, during which you can sub a draft beer for that non-alcoholic beverage. And not just any old cup o’ suds; Luke’s specializes in craft offerings from Maine, naturally.

With only half a dozen lines at its Park Slope location, Luke’s currently devotes no fewer than five taps to beers from the land of lobster. This is in addition to several canned selections from Maine’s Baxter Brewing, including a refreshing session IPA brewed with green tea. If you must keep it local, the solitary non-Maine tap typically runs off-centered ales from Brooklyn’s own Grimm. A maritime-themed flight, served on a plank, allows you to sample your way through most of it.

But the best way to maximize Luke’s happy hour is with the $23 Taste of Maine platter. It consists of a half-portion of each of the three signature rolls, two crab claws, a pickle, Cape Cod potato chips, and a twelve-ounce pour of your choosing. For lovers of light, easy-drinking ales, pair it with the Allagash White — an undeniable crowd-pleaser and the restaurant’s biggest seller, by far. Hopheads will prefer the slightly bitter finish of Peeper Ale by Maine Beer Co., and if you have a more caramelized, malt-craving palate, request the Export from Shipyard.

Lobster lovers wading below the drinking age can still enjoy a notable array of alcohol-free offerings from the Pine Tree State. Ginger Spicy Brew from Maine Root Handcrafted Beverages is a standout. It’s a crisp tongue-tickler built around a sturdy foundation of herbaceous spice.

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This Weekend’s Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC – 3/27/2015

It’s Friday and a weekend full of opportunities awaits. Here are five of the best eating and drinking events taking place over the next two days.

Goodbye Party, Eataly Vino, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m./noon

Start stocking up on wine for outdoor-dinner-party season. Through April 5, Eataly’s wine shop is offering 20 percent off all bottles and cases in stock before its temporary closing. Guests who make a purchase will also receive a ticket for future use and receive 20 percent off a bottle of Vino Libero at the new expanded wine store.

Big Mozz Smorgasburg Launch Party, Nick’s Pizza Bar, 365 Third Avenue, Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

In advance of its Smorgasburg debut, mozzarella maker Big Mozz is testing out a few dishes and seeking feedback. So it’s throwing a party where the menu includes mozzarella pops, sandwiches, and a mozzarella bomb — cheese filled with roasted garlic pesto inside a mini bread bowl with vegetable toppings. All food and drink is available for purchase, and mozzarella and pesto sauce will be available to take home by the pound. Guests are required to make a reservation.

Brandy Smackdown: Cognac vs. Armagnac, Le Du’s Wines, 600 Washington Street, Saturday, 4 p.m.

Not all after-dinner drinks are created equal. Spirits enthusiast Leo Comercio will discuss four estate-distilled brandies that showcase what to look for when considering cognac and armagnac. The complimentary tasting includes two selections from each category.

Gastronomie 491 Anniversary Party, Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue, Sunday, noon

This specialty grocery store celebrates its third anniversary on the Upper West Side this weekend, and it is throwing a bash complete with food tastings and prizes. The store will also reopen its gelato counter to welcome in warm weather while a Brazilian samba band serenades the crowd.

Puppetsburg, Dunham Gallery, 7 Dunham Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, 3 p.m.

This show rewards both parents and children at the same time. The performance includes craft work for the kids, and craft cocktails next door for the adults, courtesy of Donna. Guests who make a purchase for the puppet show, which begins at 4 p.m., can show their tickets to receive two-for-one drinks at the cocktail bar afterwards.