Best Weekend Food Events: Burgers, Wine on Wheels, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Dinner

Fleishers Craft Butchery Pop-Up
Northern Spy Food Co. (511 E 12th Street)
Friday through Sunday 

Fleishers Craft Butchery will host a burger-filled weekend in the old Northern Spy Food Co. space. Guests can grab three different kinds of burgers, including a classic hamburger, a 100 percent grass-fed burger, or a bacon, egg, and cheeseburger. The menu also includes beef-fat fries, kale salad, and drinks. Dishes range from $6 to $15. The pop-up will be open on Friday (5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.), Saturday (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.), and Sunday (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Thai Restaurant Week
Multiple locations
Friday through Sunday

Take advantage of the final days of Thai Restaurant Week for Songkran (Thai New Year) with lunch and dinner deals. Participating locations — which offer a variety of special off-menu regional dishes — include the Williamsburg and Time Square locations of Qi, and Room Service. Select dishes include spicy papaya salad with crispy salmon, and Chiang Mai curry noodles. The full lineup of restaurants (and offerings) is on the Songrkan Thai Restaurant Week website.

Alice in Wonderland-Themed Dinner
Court Tree Collective (371 Court Street, Brooklyn)
Friday, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Break out your best top hat or pinafore for an Alice in Wonderland-themed dinner ($77.87). Dishes include mock turtle soup, pork pie, and fried whiting. There will also be plenty of wine, cake, and — of course — tea. Don’t be late for this important date.

Wine on Wheels
City Winery (155 Varick Street)
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wheeling Forward will host its annual Wine on Wheels event with Yannick Benjamin, where guests can enjoy a three-hour wine tasting featuring over 200 wines. More than sixty New York-based sommeliers will attend and help educate guests on varietals, with five seminars planned throughout the evening. Seminar topics include the art of the blind tasting, sake, and natural wines. Tickets start at $95 for the grand tasting. Reserve your spot here.

Brooklyn Mac and Cheese Takedown
Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club (514 Union Street, Brooklyn)
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Sample Brooklyn’s best mac and cheese recipes (or make your own for a chance to win culinary prizes) at this all-you-can-eat affair. Contestants must make two trays of an original mac and cheese recipe. Those interested in participating can find more information here. Tickets are $20 for all the mac and cheese you can stomach. Get yours here.

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Open and Closed: Say Hello to Saxon + Parole, Goodbye to Stuffed Artisan Cannolis

Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know.

The Porch appears to be giving up its space in the East Village. A source says that an Indian restaurant will move in.
[EV Grieve]

Stuffed Artisan Cannolis, on the Lower East Side, is also giving up the ghost. The owners of Fredi Sandwich Bar are, reportedly, intending to turn it into Dorado Tacos.
[Bowery Boogie]

Sushein, one of those conveyor-belt sushi spots, has just opened in Tribeca. It’s not just any conveyor-belt sushi spot, though: It’s also kosher.
[Tribeca Citizen]

Saxon + Parole has finally arrived in the space formerly known as Double Crown. AvroKO is calling it a “twist” on your typical surf-and-turf joint.
[The Feast]

Williamsburg welcomes Walden, another cozy neighborhood joint with a focus on wine and small plates.
[Zagat Buzz]

Essex Street Market is now home to the butcher Heritage Foods USA, specializing in ethically raised heritage breeds, and Brooklyn Taco.
[Diner’s Journal]

The long-awaited La Mar Cebicheria Peruana is now open, serving up such Peruvian classics as cebiche and anticuchos.

The Three Hens is bringing nouveau American comfort food to Kips Bay. Dishes include Scotch egg with bacon vinaigrette, and tomato soup with fennel-chile oil and Thai basil.
[Grub Street]

Dig Inn Seasonal Market, the new incarnation of Pump Energy, makes its debut, with chef Daniel Angerer at the helm.
[Zagat Buzz]

Zucker, a Mediterranean-style bakery, has opened in the East Village. It offers baked goods and Stumptown coffee.
[EV Grieve]

The wait for neurogastronomy is finally over: Romera, the new Spanish restaurant in the Dream Hotel, has arrived, with its 11-course $245 menu.

Fleisher’s Grass-Fed & Organic Meats is bringing its pasture-raised beef, lamb, and pork, and free-range, organic poultry to Park Slope.

Movie theaters-slash-restaurants are, like, totally a thing now. IndieScreen has an international menu of edamame hummus, arancini, and tamarind wings with Gorgonzola.

The Lower East Side gets Southeast Asian street food with the Masala Wala, serving mughlai paratha (stuffed breads), halim (slow-cooked lamb and lentils), and biryani.