Best Weekend Food Events: MOFAD at Night, The Art of Roti Making, and Cassoulet Cookoff

MOFAD at Night
MOFAD (62 Bayard Street, Brooklyn)
Friday, 6:45 p.m.

MOFAD’s Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant will extend its viewing hours and is inviting guests to enjoy bites from local restaurants and two beers from Brooklyn Brewery. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved here.

Dominique Ansel X Jeremiah Stone & Fabian Von Hauske Collaboration

Dominique Ansel Kitchen (137 7th Ave S)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to Monday until sold out

Dominique Ansel and Wildair chefs Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske teamed up to create an apple pie corn dog, which will be available this weekend only. The treat is made of roasted parsnip ice cream and caramelized apple coated in an almond biscuit and cornmeal batter. The dessert dogs – $7 each – ┬ácomes topped with apple cider caramel and crispy sweet potato chips flakes.

The Art of Roti Making
Big Belly Roti Shop (1290 Amsterdam Avenue)
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn how to make authentic roti at this hands on workshop, which includes lunch and a beverage of choice (wine, beer, or soft drink). Tickets are $20 per person; rsvp here.

Sunday Jazz Brunch
Delilah (155 Rivington Street)
Sunday, 12 p.m.

Delilah debuts a jazz brunch this Sunday highlighted by endless bloody marys or mimosas with a choice of entree. The menu offers scrambled eggs with chorizo, scallion and manchego, penne rigate carbonaro with peppered beef bacon, and lamb sliders. Brunch is $35 per person.

Cassoulet Cookoff
Jimmy’s No. 43 (43 East 7th Street)
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Warm up with a selection of unlimited cassoulets (French bean and meat stews) or try your hand at pleasing the crowd with your own recipe. Drinks will be available for additional purchase and those interested in participating can email to register; reserve a $20 ticket in advance here.


Where to Brunch This Weekend: Toloache Thompson, Crown, Corlette NY, and The Sparrow Tavern

With a three-day weekend in sight for some of us, spending an hour or three at brunch is an even more enticing proposition than usual — especially if it leads into playoff football or a night of debauchery. Here are a few places that can help your day get off to a great start.


Toloache Thompson, 205 Thompson Street, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.

For $19.99, fill up on bloody marys, vampiros, or margaritas for an hour and a half in Julian Medina’s classy Mexican dining room. The brunch menu offers a few twists on brunch classics like steak and eggs — which come with guacamole and a mole cheese enchilada here — as well as a pork carnitas sandwich. Entrees range from $12 to $19 and can be ordered in addition to the bottomless brunch offer.

Bottomless Jazz

Crown, 24 East 81st Street, Sunday, 11:30 a.m.

Starting this Sunday, the Upper East Side will be a bit more lively courtesy of the Mimi Jones Band and unlimited bellinis. For $45, guests can opt for a bottomless prix fixe brunch that includes those bellinis, mimosas, an entree, and sides served family style. Choose from a selection of items like ricotta pancakes and an egg white frittata; the restaurant’s a la carte menu is also on hand should you be craving John DeLucie’s burger instead.


Corlette NY, 193 A Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m./noon

Offering Caribbean specialties, this Bedford-Stuyvesant brunch spot is a good location for anyone on a budget. Diners can select from sweets like cocoa bread french toast or a protein packed jerk salmon dish. There’s also a selection of four dollar taco plates with fillings like octopus and chimi churri steak if you’re looking for a lighter bite. Entrees are all less than $14, which means you can pick up a starter for the table (like panko crusted wings, for instance) without worrying about who pays what when the check comes.


The Sparrow Tavern, 24-01 29th Street, Queens, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.

Though walking by this dimly list Astoria bar might tempt you to seek food elsewhere, don’t judge a place by its outward appearance — especially in the outer boroughs. The homely space has a serious cocktail list — the central coast michelada is a solid brunch starter — along with a comfort food-focused menu. A cilantro egg sandwich, speck and eggs, and slow cooked lamb ribs are a few of the dishes you’ll find; you’ll probably need to save room for sweet potato fries if you’re looking to soak up all the partying you did from the night before.