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.


This Weekend’s Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC – 4/10/2015

If you now know every line of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, it’s time to get out of the house. Here are this weekend’s five best food and drink events.

Gotham on a Plate, The New School, 66 West 12th Street, Friday and Saturday, 9:15 a.m./10 a.m.

Interest in food has never been greater, but what does the future hold when it comes to our eating habits? This two day conference features six panels, each covering topics like food history, food policy, and the impact of the media on the food business. Featured speakers include William Grimes of the New York Times and Lidia Bastianich; several professors of food studies from various institutions are also scheduled to attend. Tickets are $99 for the general public — free for New School students with a valid ID — and cover either day; reserve your seat through The New School website.

NYC BBQ Cookoff, Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island, Saturday, noon

Instead of breaking out your own grill, consider learning from a few pros this weekend. For $12 — and $5 for kids — guests can enjoy a selection of ribs, chicken, and pulled pork as part of a competitive cook off. The event will be held rain or shine, and tickets are available at the door.

Brooklyn Mac and Cheeze Takedown 2015, Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, 514 Union Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, noon

Mac and cheese season is almost over with warm weather around the corner, so why not celebrate with one last bash? This event brings together home cooks hell bent on demonstrating their mac and cheese chops. Tickets are $20 and include all the food you can eat. Drinks will be available for purchase at the bar.

Game of Thrones Viewing Party, Professor Thom’s, 219 Second Avenue, Sunday, 5 p.m.

Still having issues coming to terms with King Joffrey’s death? Or maybe you want to pour one out for the fallen members of the Stark clan? Instead of crying to your flatscreen, consider attending Professor Thom’s annual Game of Thrones party. For $45, guests receive access to a party that includes a three-hour open bar, costume contest, raffle, and prizes. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available through the bar’s website.

Edgemere Farm & Playland Motel Present: A Spring Celebration!, Playland Motel, 97-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Queens, Sunday, 6 p.m.

It’s not quite surf and taco season yet, but this party is a good reason to visit the Rockaways this weekend. Chef Patrick Quinn of The Cookout Food Truck will serve a menu of grilled polenta, braised lamb, and blood orange salad for Sunday night supper. Two additional dishes and dessert are also included. Reservations include one complimentary drink; tickets are $25.

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This Weekend’s Five Best Food Events – 10/31/2014

Plans all set for Halloween? Avoid feeling like a zombie the rest of the weekend by checking out these five events.

NYC Craft Beer Autumn Festival, Lexington Avenue Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue, Friday and Saturday

Dress like a beer nerd and enjoy offerings from 75 craft breweries at this two-day event, which includes seminars from top suds-makers and food offerings from vendors like Morris Grilled Cheese. A craft concierge center will also be in place to help attendees find their perfect brew or consider branching out. Tickets start at $55 for select sessions and can be purchased through the festival website.

Dia de los Muertos Boozy Brunch, Horchata, 470 Sixth Avenue, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.

After waking up in your costume, heal your hangover with chilaquiles, quesadillas, and all-day happy-hour specials on sangria and frozen margaritas. For $30, guests can opt to feast on the new boozy brunch deal, which includes two hours of unlimited drinks, an entree, and guacamole with chips.

Day of the Dead: Funeral Foods, Bowery Culinary Center — Whole Foods, 95 East Houston Street, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Exploring the role of food as comfort during times of hardship, this class concentrates on how to prepare a few American funeral food staples: deviled eggs, fried chicken, and chocolate cake. Instructor Wai Chu will discuss the symbolic relevance of each dish. Tickets are $40.

The Mac Off, Littlefield, DeGraw Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, 5 p.m.

For $15 in advance and $20 at the door, guests can stuff their faces with a wide variety of mac-and-cheese, as professional and amateur chefs compete for prizes and affection. Attendees can expect to see some wacky combinations as they sample all the mac-and-cheese they can eat; a complimentary beer is included, too.

Colonial Harvest Dinner, Chapter One, 33 Greenwich Avenue, Sunday, 6:30 p.m.

Kicking off the restaurant’s new heritage dinner series, diners are invited to chow down on an all-American menu inspired by the New World’s culinary beginnings. Chef Warren Baird will prepare dishes like roasted venison, sunchokes, and a sweet corn “Indian” pudding, all based on the popular diet of the colonial days. Dinners are $32 per person before tax and gratuity, and also include hard cider. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the restaurant.


Hometown Bar-B-Que’s BBQ Brisket Plate, One of Our 100 Favorite Dishes

Dish no. 34: BBQ brisket plate with a lamb bahn mi and queso mac and cheese from Hometown Bar-B-Que (454 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn; 347-294-4644)

Hometown Bar-B-Que’s pitmaster Bill Durney is good at watching over things. A former celebrity bodyguard, Durney eventually decided the heat of the fire was more enjoyable than that of the paparazzi, and he sought out the advice of renowned pit gurus, like famed Texas barbecue man Wayne Mueller, to learn the art of smoking. Durney’s New York joint features a number of regional specialties: ribs from Illinois and pulled pork from North Carolina, for instance. But the best way to navigate the menu here is to drive straight to the heart of Texas. The Lone Star State-inspired brisket melts in your mouth, the crispy bark adding nice texture. Add in a side of spicy queso mac and cheese, whose creaminess helps temper that dry rub. However, dining here is all about being aggressive, and a empty looking plate needs a wild card side. Still hungry? Impossible. But you might want to throw in a lamb belly bahn mi, anyway– the smoky meat is topped with cilantro and served on a crunchy baguette.

In advance of our 2014 Best of NYC issue, we’re traipsing through the boroughs and divulging our favorite dishes of the year. They’re presented here as a countdown, but we’re listing them in no particular order. Consider this a guide to what’s good to eat in this town right this very second.

See the map of our 100 Favorite Dishes.



Where Was I Eating? Gastro Bar @ 35th

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Congratulations to cathnyc who guessed Gastro Bar. I was eating the mac and cheese 3 ways (American, Spanish, New York).

The restaurant, located inside the TRYP Hotel, specializes in eclectic Spanish-inspired tapas. The mac and cheese was great, but my most favorite dish from them had to be the orange blossom nougat with pop rocks.

Email me your mailing address and we’ll be sending you a free cookbook in the mail. As for everyone else, stay tuned for another round next week.