Best Weekend Food Events: Cafe Bustelo Pop-Up, Hello Kitty in Times Square, and a Queens Beer Run

Café Bustelo Pop-Up, 168 Bowery, Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Grab a free cup of Café Bustelo espresso before taking in live performances, scheduled throughout the weekend. The temporary coffee shop is also offering cups of decaf and regular brews as well as complimentary Wi-Fi and charging stations for guests on the go.

West Village Eats, Grove Street between Hudson and Bedford streets, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Twenty West Village restaurants are offering a selection of their signature dishes for hungry adults in search of a fun streetside festival, while kids can enjoy cookie decorating, an edible garden, and face painting. Proceeds from the event will help provide funding for students at a local West Village elementary school. Tickets also grant guests access to the West Village Eats Cocktail Trail, which offers drink specials at bars including Daddy-O. Reserve your tickets, which start at $38, right here.

Freaktoberfest, Coney Island Brewery, 1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturday, 4 to 9 p.m.

Need a cheap drink after spending all that money on a killer Pizza Rat costume? Kicking off a week of freaking fun activities, Coney Island Brewery will be pouring seasonal brews like its honey stout, with guests who arrive in costume receiving half off their first beer.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Pop-Up, Times Square, 1560 Broadway, Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cat ladies unite! The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is appearing in New York and bringing plenty of cat face cookies for its first time on the East Coast. Located next to the Sanrio Times Square pop-up shop, the four-wheeling feline-friendly kitchen is also offering macarons, mini cakes, and gifts for purchase.

Ale I See Run, Rockaway Brewing Company, 46-01 5th Street, Queens, Sunday, 12:15 p.m.

Go on the ultimate beer run in Long Island City, with stops at four breweries, P.S.1, and Silvercup Studios. This four-mile, travel-at-your-leisure jaunt includes brews at Big Alice Brewing, LIC Beer Project, and Transmitter Brewing before landing at the finish line at Rockaway Brewing. Tickets ($50) include beer samples from participating breweries, a Rockaway pint, and a T-shirt, with food available for purchase; reserve your spot here.



Who would want to kill Hello Kitty? Certainly not us. But for many Japanese artists, their country’s obsession with all things childish and cute (or kawaii) can be stifling. Using neo-pop artist Yoshitomo Nara’s photo of a gravestone adorned by Hello Kitty statues as the show’s touchstone, the exhibit Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art features work by 16 emerging and mid-career artists who aim to confront these cultural stereotypes. The exhibit includes Makoto Aida’s Harakiri School Girls, a cartoon of bloody schoolgirls covered in their own entrails (yeah, really not cute), and Chiharu Shiota’s installation Dialogue With Absence, a painted wedding dress combined with tubes pulsing with red-dyed water to represent a woman’s “dreamlike, unconscious state of anxiety.” Another reason to visit Japan Society: Now through June 30, 50 percent of all ticket and admission sales will go to their Earthquake Relief Fund.

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. Starts: Jan. 13. Continues through June 12, 2011