Best Weekend Food Events: Last Minute New Year’s Eve Ideas, Polar Bear Plunge Party, and Kanpai to 2017

New Year’s Eve Party
Porchlight (271 Eleventh Avenue)
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Porchlight is hosting a summer camp themed New Year’s Eve party. The party includes live bluegrass and country music along with cocktails like hot chocolate with bourbon and a vodka based “bug juice.” There will also be camp themed food including fondue, packed lunches, and grilled items served on a stick. Tickets are $170 and include all food, drink, gifts, and live entertainment; reservations here.

New Years Eve Beach Bash
Surf Bar (139 North 6th Street, Brooklyn)
Sunday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Feast on an all you can eat taco bar or drink up in beach attire during this New Years Eve bash. Tickets — $75 per person — can be reserved here.

’80s Retro Open Bar New Years Eve Party
Action Burger (292 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn)
Saturday, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Break out some ’80s attire and enjoy a three hour open bar and unlimited arcade games starting at $35. The bar also features a selection of board games and is offering food and drink packages for groups of two or more; RSVP for the ticket of your choice here.

Polar Plunge Breakfast and Beverages
Steeplechase Beer Garden (1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn)
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Steeplechase Beer Garden is offering a hot breakfast and cold beer for guests planning to take the traditional New Years Day plunge. Reservations are $40 and are inclusive of unlimited food, beer, and Bloody Mary cocktails; RSVP here.

Kanpai to 2017
Webster Hall (125 East 11 Street)
Sunday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Begin 2017 with a sake ceremony, sushi, and live entertainment. The party includes bites like mochi, golden curry udon, and over twenty different kinds of sake; reserve a $25 ticket here.


This Week in Food: St. Hubertus Dinner, Movember Meatballs, Oyster Shucking Class

St. Hubertus Dinner
Prime Meats (465 Court Street, Brooklyn)
Tuesday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Prime Meats is celebrating the patron saint of hunters with a menu dedicated to wild game. Offerings include pheasant, boar, and Scottish roe deer, with wine and cider pairings available. Reservations are $110 per person. Reserve your spot here.

Movember Ball
Refinery Rooftop (63 West 38th Street)
Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Refinery Rooftop is hosting a meatball competition with NYC chefs, including Harold Moore of Harold’s Meat and Three. The contest will be judged by the Meatball Shop’s Daniel Holzman and special guest judge Dominic Chianese (of The Sopranos). Admission includes unlimited tastings and an open bar. Reserve your $60 ticket here.

An Evening of Learning and Climbing
Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge (23-10 41st Avenue, Queens)
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Clif Bar’s director of environmental stewardship will lead a discussion on the company’s path toward sustainability. Afterward, guests can scale the walls at Brooklyn Boulders, too. Tickets ($10) include craft beer, bites, and an optional climbing pass. Secure yours here.

Anniversary Party
Treadwell Park (1125 First Avenue)
Thursday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Upper East Side beer hall Treadwell Park is hosting a one-year anniversary party featuring complimentary beer tastings and new rare beer offerings. The party will also include prize giveaways and snacks (think smoked-pork nachos).

Oyster Shucking Class
Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. LIC Market (5-43 48th Avenue, Queens)
Thursday, 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Co. is offering a hands-on oyster shucking class. The class ($45 per person) includes drinks from Bluepoint Brewing Co. as well as light bites. Reserve your spot here.


This Week in Food: Dirt Candy Takeover, Cocktails and Coloring Books, National Oyster Day

Dirt Candy Takeover
Huertas (107 First Avenue)
Monday, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Chef Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy will take over the pintxo menu board on Monday night at Huertas. The menu will include vegetarian bites like zucchini takoyaki, carrot sliders, and tomato tarts.

Cocktails + Coloring for National Coloring Book Day
Sky Terrace and Hudson Common (358 West 58th Street)
Tuesday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On National Coloring Book Day, get inspired with a drink in one hand and a colored pencil in the other. The Bar at Sky Terrace and Hudson Common will offer special rainbow sour cocktails — a white wine sangria with Bombay Sapphire, agave, watermelon, and pampelonne rosé — in celebration of the holiday. Those that order the drink will get a free coloring book to help them exercise their artistic talents.

Brooklyn Pizza: The Search for Authenticity

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

How did pizza become one of New York’s favorite foods? Pizza historian Scott Wiener — along with some of Brooklyn’s most beloved pizza makers — will try to get to the crust crux of the matter at the Brooklyn Historical Society. The night’s lineup of pizzerias includes a classic slice joint, a coal-fired pizza parlor, a Neapolitan pizzeria, and a modern pizza maker. Tickets are $12 for general admission. Reserve yours here.

Vins de Bordeaux Summer Thursday Party
Piora (430 Hudson Street)
Thursday, 9:30 p.m. until late

Sip on wines from France’s famed Bordeaux region while taking in a burlesque performance at this nighttime affair. Guests can also nosh on cheese from Murray’s and puff on Nat Sherman cigars while listening to an accordion player and a jazz band at Piora. Tickets are $35. Reserve yours here.

National Oyster Day

McCarren Hotel & Pool (160 North 12th Street, Brooklyn)
Friday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Celebrate National Oyster Day at McCarren Hotel & Pool with specials on the bivalves during dinner. What’s available? Cupcake oysters ($1) along with Hammersley Island Creek and Beausoleil oysters ($3). There will also be a fried Blue Point oyster po’ boy sandwich. The offer will be available at the hotel’s rooftop as well as at Oleanders.


Best Weekend Food Events: NYC Chilifest, Edible Games, and Beer Galore

New Guest Chef Sandwich, Genuine Superette, 191 Grand Street, Friday through the next couple of months

For a limited time, Genuine Superette is offering a new Wagyu brisket sandwich developed by Chicago chefs Paul Kahan and AJ Walker. The sandwich — which includes horseradish cream cheese, smoked onions, mustard, and lettuce — is served on a pumpernickel roll and is available for both lunch and dinner for $13.78.

New Brunch, The Bennett, 134 West Broadway, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m./11 a.m to 8 p.m.

Say goodbye to blizzards and grab a sangria, spritz, or mimosa cocktail at a brand-new brunch this weekend. Meaghan Dorman is offering eight new brunch cocktails to go along with a menu that includes a chocolate-sprinkle-and-butter sandwich, banana pancakes, and meatballs with fried eggs and polenta.

Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival, The Tunnel, 608 West 28 Street at 11th Avenue, Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sure it might be cold outside, but venturing out for beer, bourbon, and plenty of hot ‘cue has its obvious rewards. This event has all three  — 60 beers, 40 bourbons, and too many pounds of pork to count. A limited number of tickets ($99 per person) are available at the door for the second session, which starts at 5:30 p.m.

NY Chilifest, Chelsea Market, 416 West 16 Street, Sunday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The halls of Chelsea Market will be filled with something other than tourists this weekend. Chili fanatics are invited to sample tastes from over twenty different restaurants; Toro and The Brooklyn Star are just two stops on the fest’s trail. Rye cocktails and beer will also be available. Ticket options start at $50 for all-you-can-eat chili and $60 if you want to add booze; reserve them here.

Meal of Fortune, Babycastles Gallery, 137 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor, Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

Whether you’re a gamer or someone who enjoys edible art, this pop-up restaurant at Babycastles Gallery has something you won’t find most weekends. Chef Theo Friedman of Theory Kitchen, along with a few video and digital artists, came up with four courses of experiential dishes like a bowling alley with 3-D printed salt and pepper shakers that season food when they’re knocked over, and a conveyor belt that rolls out edible dice. Tickets are $37.40 per person — there are still some available for Sunday. Reserve them here.


Cool Off With Tea Cocktails, Read Up on Off-the-Radar Dining, and Visit a Peruvian Pop-Up This Week

Peru Show, Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue, Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Peruvian cuisine and cocktails are the focus at this week-long pop-up in Chelsea Market, which puts the focus on Peruvian chefs and national products like pisco. In addition to live music and shopping throughout the week, from Thursday to Saturday, guests can snag a dinner-and-show package for $45. The experience, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m., includes a main course, dessert, cocktail, and live entertainment; reserve your preferred date here.

Driving Hungry: Reading and Q&A with Layne Mosler, McNally-Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, Monday, 7 to 9 p.m.

If you’re seeking inspiration for a food-focused summer road trip, Driving Hungry author Layne Mosler is hosting a discussion on how to find great meals in the most surprising places. Mosler, along with Vintage editor Tim O’Connell, will dive into how to take advantage of what’s local and on-a-whim dining recommendations, all while touching on the author’s adventures as a taxi driver in search of exotic dishes and destinations. Following the discussion, guests will have a chance to take part in a Q&A session.

Free Owl’s Brew Happy Hour, 55 Gansevoort Street, Tuesday, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Owl’s Brew is hosting a complimentary happy hour featuring one cocktail for each of its four tea flavors. Each flavor will be paired with a select spirit — vodka, rum, tequila, or whiskey — and a selection of snacks such as meats and cheeses will be available too. Guests must RSVP in advance by emailing

Intro to Food Processing: Licensing and Selling, Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, 63 Flushing Avenue, Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m.

Is the next best condiment or homemade jerky currently sitting in your kitchen? If you’re considering a career in food production, guest speakers from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the FDA will lead a discussion on the state and federal regulations you’ll need to know before launching your business. This workshop will include a Q&A as well as a chance to network with other emerging food business owners. Tickets are $20; reserve them here.

Pop-Up Tapas Dinner, Oak Wine Bar & Cafe, 361 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, Friday, 7 p.m.

Enjoy a family-style tapas meal based on traditional Spanish recipes on a backyard patio at this new pop-up dinner series. The menu includes chorizo in cider, mussels, grilled calamari, and bread pudding for dessert, with wine pairings available for each tapas course for an additional charge. Reservation packages start at $50.


Why the Manhattan Cocktail Classic Opening Gala Is Worth Its Princely Sum

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic returns to the city this spring, from May 16 to 19. The annual event incorporates a series of parties, workshops, and dinner pairings designed to educate as well as entertain, and its kickoff is marked by the Opening Night Gala, held for the first time this year at Cipriani Wall Street in the FiDi. Tickets go on sale this afternoon for the three-hour black-tie engagement, but you’ve go to pay (handsomely) to play. Here’s what you can expect in return for the $225 admission — it might very well be worth it.

Although much of the MCC is geared toward insiders from the spirits and cocktail industry, the Gala is different. Billed as the ultimate cocktail party, it typically attracts upwards of 3,000 revelers, largely folks who want nothing more than great drinks and fun times. And this time the party’s shifted downtown from its traditional landing spot in the Great Hall of the New York Public Library.

The newly renovated Cipriani Wall Street is a stately, granite pillared structure that formerly housed the U.S. Customs House and National City Bank. It’s a vast space, sprawled across multiple floors, including a restaurant, a library, and a basement billiards room. Attendees gain access to all of it, including the outdoor terraces overlooking the epicenter of global finance — a far more affecting spectacle when sporting a black tie.

A new management team, led by CEO Michael Blatter, is running the show this year, promising an array of events with a broader range of appeal. “The Classic is a celebration of everything cocktails,” says Blatter, “from the celebrity bartenders who develop these liquid works of art…to the influential cocktail enthusiasts who have helped build the industry and fuel the growing abundance of cocktail bars throughout NYC.”

An image from the 2014 Manhattan Cocktail Classic. <a href="">See more photos from the 2014 MCC</A>.
An image from the 2014 Manhattan Cocktail Classic. See more photos from the 2014 MCC.

Why would the mixologists hog all the glory? We all should be patting ourselves on the back for being such a booze-soaked city. The Opening Gala affords plenty of time to congratulate yourself. Lasting from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m., the evening includes interactive mixing stations, live music, a bevy of catered small bites, and every category of alcoholic drink imaginable. It’s also an optimal opportunity to mingle with many of the distillers responsible for making it. (And after a few drinks, there will be much mingling to be had.)

If you can’t make a memorable date night out of this one, it just wasn’t meant to be. Or you drank way too much to remember.


Threes Brewing Launches Brewpub in Gowanus

When Threes Brewing opened their doors earlier this week, it brought more than just craft beer to the neighborhood. Brooklyn’s newest brewpub is also a sizable event space, offering live performances, a coffee bar, and a rotating pop-up eatery.

Of course, beer will remain a central theme, and owner Andrew Unterberg–along with two partners, Joshua Stylman and Justin Israelson–express an interest in unique styles of suds. Sour beers, for example, will play a prominent role on the menu here. Tart and tangy, and brewed in the tradition of Belgian Lambics, sours are fermented using wild yeasts and bacterias that impart a wicked, unpredictable funk. To reign in inconsistencies, they usually spend time aging in wine barrels for up to three years. Threes Brewing has a whole stash of funky beer sitting in barrels on the north fork of Long Island, slowly awaiting their introduction to the brewpub’s two dozen tap line system.

Those 24 handles include four dedicated to kegged wine, and an enviable assortment of local guest brews. There’s also a noteworthy collection of whiskey lined up behind the bar.

“We are a place where craftsman — like mad-scientist-poets — create illuminating beer, where music performances enliven, and art performances enlighten,” says Unterberg. Pretty lofty aspirations for a brewpub. But Threes clearly intends to be much more. “It is our aim to create a pillar, both as a responsible manufacturer and a community space, that will be here for years to come.”

Kicking off with a New Orleans-based brass band and a week’s worth of Roberta’s pizza is a great way to start. Threes Brewing opens daily at 4 p.m. and is a three block walk from the Union Street subway station.


Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day weekend is once again upon us, which means toasting complete strangers and kissing people because they’re Irish is mostly acceptable (mostly — no sexual harassment, now, ya hear?). Get out your green accessories and start testing your Irish luck — here are 10 great ways to celebrate.

Black Irish Ball, Macao Trading Co., 311 Church Street, Monday, 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy a late night party without the threat of bridge-and-tunnel buffoons, even if drinks here are more representative of the Far East than Ireland. This TriBeCa haunt will celebrate the occasion with live jazz and a burlesque show; reservations are required for the complimentary performance and can be made by contacting the restaurant directly.

Fáilte, 531 Second Avenue

With over 40 Irish whiskeys and live music, this watering hole is a favorite for St. Patrick celebrants looking to save a buck at an Irish pub. The bar features a $20 beer bucket special, $3 brews, and $5 Irish coffees, all great accompaniment to the bagpipe performances that’ll be taking place come Monday afternoon.

Irish to the Core Tasting Event, Dead Rabbit, 30 Water Street, Sunday, 1 p.m.

If you need a quick history lesson on Irish spirits, look to Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, who will serve up a sampling of five Emerald Isle liquors, including a honey liqueur, Irish cream, and single malt whiskey. Learn to make cocktails over a few Irish bites. Tickets are $40. Can’t make the class? The bar will also host a variety specials on St. Patrick’s Day, making it a great location to visit throughout the weekend.

Patrick McMullan’s 31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party, BPM, 516 West 42nd Street, Monday, 9 p.m.

If you’re still standing at 9 p.m. come Monday night, head over to this nightclub for late night Irish dancing and a special pot of gold cake courtesy of Cake Boss. Those who are first to arrive receive a complimentary beer, wine, or soda, and a DJ will spin tunes well into the early morning hours.

Shamrock Fest, Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, Saturday, noon
This massive Village dance hall is serving up four floors of debauchery. Starting at noon Saturday, guests will be able to grab a brew while ogling a live Irish band, leprechauns, and a live broadcast of the Ireland/France soccer match. Finger food and the sound of bagpipes should carry you through the afternoon. Additional information and ticket pricing can be found through the event’s website.

St. Paddy’s Pub Crawl, multiple locations, Friday, Saturday, Monday

If you’re looking to spend all day drinking with buddies, the Village Pourhouse and SideBar are two of many bars featured in a pub crawl centered around $2 drafts and $5 whiskey shots. The mobile drinking party will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Monday; additional information and the option to purchase pub crawl ticket packages can be found on the event’s website. - Let's make this a St. Patrick's Day to remember before we black out

The Lion, 62 West 9th Street

If you’re seeking a more refined celebration, check out John Delucie’s West Villager, where you’ll find the rock of cashel, a special cocktail to enjoy slowly. Named after an Irish castle, the drink is a mixture of Irish whiskey, Campari, amaro, and sweet vermouth.

The Windsor, 420 Park Avenue South/234 West 4th Street, Saturday, Monday

Both locations of this casual sports bar are extending their happy hour specials until 8 p.m. on Monday, which means $5 Guinness and Jameson shots for everyone. Chef Kristine Mana-ay’s menu also offers a twist on Irish classics, such as an Irish spring roll, along with traditional shepherd’s pie and corned beef. Saturday brings the Windsor’s annual St. Paddy’s Day party, with scads of food and drink specials.

Top O’ The Mornin’ Party, McFadden’s, 800 Second Avenue, Saturday

Wake up to the sweet smell of eggs and whiskey at this open bar, which runs from 8 a.m. until noon. Make your way through the breakfast buffet and then settle into a boozy weekend. Tickets are $35.

Zeppelin Hall, 88 Liberty View Drive, Jersey City, NJ, Friday through Monday

Starting Friday, this massive beer barn will play host to a weekend full of St. Paddy’s Day festivities, including live performances by the Irish band The Blarney Stones. The bar boasts over 50 beers on tap, while the kitchen is rolling out specials like an Irish reuben, bangers and mash, and a burger with Irish bacon, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut.



A Full Roster of Super Bowl Events

The Super Bowl’s debut in the Big Apple has the city’s restaurant industry abuzz with offers. From fan friendly events to bars that have more TVs than Best Buy, there are plenty of reasons to skip the home made onion dip and head out into the wild blue yonder for the game. But before you do, here’s a useful guide for the best places to explore this coming week.

Astoria/Long Island City, Queens, Sunday
The Strand Smokehouse, 25-27 Broadway, Queens

A good party involves plenty of beer and professional cooking. This barbecue and craft beer roadhouse has taken care of that, plus it’s offering buy backs via a pre-paid card system: 50 percent added value for any card purchased (cards range from $50 to $200; purchase a $50 credit, for instance, and receive $75 worth of food and drink). Stuff your face on a menu full of turkey legs, ribs, and pulled pork; wine on tap, spicy cocktails, and beers with funny names round out the drinks list. The game will be broadcast on a large screen projector, so an early arrival is suggested to ensure you catch all of the action — or at least the Full House reunion commercial.

Central Park
Tailgate Around the 5 Boroughs, Whiskey Park, 100 Central Park South, Sunday

Five delis — including Zito’s from Brooklyn and Tino’s Deli on Arthur Avenue — will compete in a battle for best sandwich in the boroughs. Guests can choose from three heroes with a side salad for $15, and bartenders will mix up cocktails like the Pigksin, a bacon-infused bourbon with maple syrup and orange bitters. The sports friendly lounge also has a pool table and eight big screen TVs.

East Village
Bar None, 98 Third Avenue, Sunday

Darts, cheap brews, and super friendly bartenders make this East Village party pad a go-to for Saints and Vikings fans during season. But since those teams aren’t in it anymore, everyone is welcome to take advantage of the bar’s generous drink specials. Cheap Bud and Bud Light are a mainstay here. Add in plenty of cheap grub like This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef nearby.

Gowanus/Park Slope
The Bell House, 149 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn

This indie venue is mostly known for its live musical and comedy shows like Point Break Live, but come Sunday, all eyes will be on the television. This free event is breaking out the beer cheese to go with $4 Sixpoint Brews starting at 5:30 p.m. Look for complimentary chili and wings at halftime.

Hell’s Kitchen
Friday Night Lights, Hudson Hotel, 356 West 58th Street, Friday

Sometimes big events aren’t just about the game — they’re about the cool people that come out to make appearances. Hosted by Rick Ross along with DJ Khaled and featuring NFL legends Warren Sapp and NY Giant Hakeem Nicks, this Friday night party celebrates Def Jam’s 30th anniversary with an evening of dance moves fitting enough for the end zone. MICK will be on hand to pump up the crowd Richard Sherman style, while Miller Lite will dole out its latest beer offerings. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased on the party’s website.

Madison Square Garden/Chelsea
The 50 Yard Lounge, One Penn Plaza, Wednesday through Sunday

The Super Bowl is bringing some unique events to the city, and it’s also transforming a commuter’s nightmare into an armchair quarterback’s paradise. From January 29 through Sunday, February 2, a collection of NFL greats like Cris Carter and Joe Theismann will join celebrity chefs like New York’s own Marc Forgione, Michael White, and Alex Guarnaschelli for tasting events like a burger bowl. There will also be a “Jets House” fan center as well as live musical performances throughout the experience. A full line up of chefs, football personalities, and ticket information can be found on the 50 Yard Lounge’s web site.

Stella 34, 151 West 34th Street, Sunday

If you find yourself at Macy’s on Super Bowl Sunday after an all day shopping affair (perhaps you’re being forced to compromise with your better half?) head immediately to Stella 34 Trattoria and relax with some rice balls. The restaurant overlooks the Empire State Building and “Super Bowl Boulevard”, while the Italian feast for $80 provides you unlimited food and drink. Snack on pizzas, calamari, and Super Bowl team themed sandwiches all night long. Craft beer, cocktails, and plenty of vino are also available in the package, which can be reserved through the restaurant’s website.

Midtown East
The Stag’s Head, 252 East 51st Street, Wednesday and Sunday

Starting the party early is completely fine during the week leading up to the Super Bowl. Head over to this craft beer cave where you’ll find a Seattle-Denver brewery showdown featuring ex-Buttermilk Channel chef Bruce Dillon grilling up Jersey Italian hot dogs. Additional tailgate treats like disco fries and mini franks in a blanket are also on the menu; they’re complimentary from 6 to 8 p.m. Representatives from both breweries will be on hand to guide tastings, flights, and discuss each beer. On Sunday, the bar will offer $2 Checker Cab Blonde mugs and half price wings as well. Reservations can be made in advance by contacting the bar directly.

Murray Hill/Kips Bay
Bottomzup Bar & Grill, 344 Third Avenue, Sunday

Let’s face it, if you’re under 25, enjoy polo shirts, and are out on Super Bowl weekend, you’re probably stumbling around this neighborhood — and not for the chicken curry. Instead of bar hopping, we suggest heading straight over to this tech savvy bar to charge up your iPhone, grab a portable radio, and watch the game on one of 45 flat screen TVs. The kitchen here specializes in regional tailgate foods like Juicy Lucy sliders and buffalo chicken empanadas, and it will be adding food and drink specials to represent Denver and Seattle. Additionally, the venue will host a raffle with prizes given out at the end of each quarter — you have the chance to win a flatscreen HDTV.

Tribeca/West Village

Celebrity Beach Bowl, Hudson River Park, Pier 40, Saturday, 10 a.m.

A little sand goes along way, especially when it’s February. Bringing together a trifecta of awesomeness — Hall of Famer Joe Montana, comedian Tracy Morgan, and model Chrissy Teigen — this free event is the epitome of an tailgater’s dream come true. The festivities include a concert by Paramore as well as a celebrity filled flag football game, with Food Network’s Andrew Zimmern hosting the halftime show.