Best Weekend Food Events: Oiji’s Honey Butter Chips, Big Apple Barbecue, La Nuit en Rosé

25-Cent Nuggets
The Nugget Spot (230 East 14th Street)
Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

What’s better than cheap, delicious finger food on a summer Friday? This afternoon, the Nugget Spot will offer 25-cent nuggets until close. All seven different styles of chicken nuggets on the menu will be available — including Southern Belle, Cap’n Crunk, Cheese n’ Chong, Sriracha Nugs, Tso Tswag, Buffalo, and Skinny Nuggs.

Free Falafel Bar
Nanoosh (111 University Place, and other locations)
Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

All five Manhattan locations of Nanoosh are celebrating International Falafel Day with a free falafel tasting bar. Guests can choose from a selection of toppings like hummus, tahini, and habañero sauce to kick things up a notch.

Big Apple Barbecue
Madison Square Park (Fifth Avenue at 23rd Street)
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The country’s top pit masters will meet up in Madison Square Park this weekend for the annual Big Apple Barbecue party. This year’s lineup includes a new entrant (Dallas’s Hutchins BBQ) along with returning favorites like Sam Jones of North Carolina’s Skylight Inn and Billy Durney of Red Hook’s Hometown Bar-B-Que. VIP ticket packages start at $275 and allow guests to skip the line at all barbecue stands. Get your tickets here.

Honey Butter Chip Pop-Up
Oiji (119 First Avenue)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Craving some sweetness on the go? Oiji is offering honey butter chips with ice cream from their take-out window. Get this sweet, salty, crunchy treat for just $10.

La Nuit en Rosé
Hornblower Infinity Cruise Ship (Pier 40 at 343 West Street)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sample over 150 different rosés from France, Italy, and California at this walk-around tasting. The event includes a brief cruise along the Hudson River, as well as food and entertainment. Reserve a ticket, starting at $95, here.


This Week in Food: Anzac Day, Nuggets and Sake, and Le Grand Cercle Wine Tasting

Foodstand Food Book & Film Club: The Brooklyn Grange
Brooklyn FoodWorks (630 Flushing Avenue, Second Floor, Brooklyn)
Monday, 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Learn more about New York’s small food businesses and enjoy a screening of Brooklyn Farmer, which highlights urban farming in New York City. The Farm on the Roof author and Brooklyn Grange co-founder Anastasia Cole Plakias will be on hand to sign copies of her book and participate in a Q&A. A selection of food and drinks will also be available. Tickets are $11.54 and include food and drink. Reserve yours here.

Anzac Day
The Musket Room (265 Elizabeth Street)
Monday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

To celebrate Anzac Day, the Musket Room is offering a special New Zealand happy-hour deal. All New Zealand beers will be half-priced, and Chef Matt Lambert is whipping up special off-menu meat pies ($13).

Nugget Blossom Bash
The Nugget Spot (230 East 14th Street)
Tuesday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Nuggets and sake? Yep, at the Nugget Spot, you can enjoy both at the Nugget Blossom Bash. The tasting — which features ingredients inspired by Japanese cuisine — includes roasted cod with white miso, a Japanese-style rice ball with pickled daikon and carrot, a chicken-coconut karaage nugget, and a tofu nugget with gojuchang glaze. All nuggets will be paired with TY KU sake. Tickets are $40. RSVP at the Nugget Spot.

Italian Liberation Day Special Tasting Menu
Cacio e Vino (80 Second Avenue)
Tuesday through May 3

Celebrate Italian Liberation Day with a weeklong tasting of Sicilian food and Stemmari wine. Guests can enjoy a four-course prix-fixe meal with wine pairings for $55 (gratuity and tax not included). The menu includes arancini, stuffed sardines, Sicilian-style pizza, pastas, and pork spare ribs.

Le Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux Grand Wine Tasting
Pier A Harbor House (22 Battery Place)
Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Toast the wine (and winemakers) of Bordeaux with a selection of 2015’s best vintages at Pier A Harbor House. Guests can also purchase wines directly from winemakers, and light bites will be available during the tasting. General admission tickets are $45 — get yours here.


This Week in Food: Tattoos, Tequila, Dim Sum Dinner, and Free Beer

Dim Sum Dinner
Vic’s (31 Great Jones Street)
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Chefs from Cookshop, Rosie’s, Hundred Acres, and Vic’s are teaming up for a special, one-night-only dim sum dinner. The traditional cart service includes dishes like labne with flatbread, crab with green chiles, and monkfish cheeks poached in brown butter. Dinner is $68 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Reservations can be made by contacting Vic’s.

Kosher USA Book Talk
American Jewish Historical Society (15 West 16th Street)
Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Learn about the history of kosher food and taste some Passover treats from Breads Bakery. Author Roger Horowitz will discuss Kosher USA, a book that details, among other things, Coca-Cola’s and Jell-O’s attempts to break into the kosher-food world. Tickets are $10 for general admission, which includes sweets like cupcakes and chocolates. RSVP here.

Tattoos & Tequila Pop-Up
Burger & Lobster (39 W 19th Street)
Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Looking to show off some new ink this spring? Burger & Lobster has a free tattoo promotion just for you. Guests who get the Burger & Lobster logo (size restrictions apply) tattooed somewhere on their body will receive a free tequila shot… plus free food and drink at the restaurant for the remainder of 2016. Tattoo artists from Rising Dragon Tattoo Parlor will be on site, so you can get your ink and freebies right away.

Top of the List Tasting
The Vine Event Space (851 Avenue of the Americas)
Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Grab a glass of wine from some of America’s top producers — including California’s Cakebread and Silver Oak wineries — at this walk-around tasting. Then, feast on bites from restaurants like Tía Pol, Gramercy Tavern, and Casa Mono, among others. General admission tickets start at $85 and include unlimited wine tasting, food, and a one-year subscription to Wine & Spirits. Reserve your spot here.

Beer and Popcorn Pop-Up
Gild Hall (15 Gold Street)
Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Need to make a pit stop between flicks at the Tribeca Film Festival? Grab some complimentary Pipcorn popcorn and Bira (choose from the white ale or blonde lager) at Gild Hall this Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


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.


Hold a Steady Stein, Try Blind Wine Tasting, and Toast New York State This Weekend

Battle of the Halls Oktoberfest Celebration, Clinton Hall and West End Hall, 90 Washington Street and 2756 Broadway, Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. till late both days

Grab a stein and try to outlast the competition at these sister beer halls, which are both holding competitions this weekend. German beers like Radeberger, Weihenstephan, and Hofbrau will be available, with prize giveaways for the winners. There’s also a cornhole championship taking place at Clinton Hall on Saturday for those of us too distraught to watch our fantasy team any longer.

Claire Ptak Ice Cream Party and Brunch, Achilles Heel and Estela, 180 West Street, Brooklyn and 47 East Houston Street, Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. until late/11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. brunch

London based baker and food writer Claire Ptak is flying across the pond for a weekend collaboration with locals Andrew Tarlow and Ignacio Mattos. On Friday, Ptak will host an ice cream party (with flavors like fig leaf and roasted quince) and will sign copies of her latest book The Violet Bakery Cookbook. Specialty cocktails will also be available, along with a live DJ and dance party. On Saturday, Ptak heads to Soho for a brunch collaboration at Estela, focusing on baked goods like bacon and egg buttermilk biscuits, cinnamon buns, and chocolate sandwich cookies with parsnip ice cream. Guests can secure a reservation or walk in for both events.

Wine on Wheels, Papillon Bistro, 22 East 54th Street, Friday, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Improve your sense of taste this weekend as sommelier Yannick Benjamin and Wheeling Forward, an organization that supports the disabled, will host the second annual Wine on Wheels consumer blind tasting challenge. With a focus on the casual wine drinker, Benjamin and fellow sommeliers will offer over 20 wines representing the most common varietals as well as give tips on insider tasting techniques. The guest who is the most accurate upon completion of the blind tasting will receive a case of wine. Tickets are $55 and can be secured here.

NYC Craft Coffee Festival, Villain, 50 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sample over twenty different coffees from specialty roasters like Irving Farm and get to know more about what makes up your favorite morning blend. Additional coffee shops scheduled to participate include Sweetleaf and Cafe Grumpy, while plenty of pastries from Underwest Donuts and others are also included in the cost of a ticket. Secure one for $35 here.

Cheers NY, Industry City, 37th Street and 2nd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 8 p.m/12 to 3 p.m.

Learn more about the local cheeses, wines, and beers that are being made in New York State at this two day festival, which features an additional marketplace stocked full of Brooklyn’s best menu items. There’s also an outdoor biergarten and games section. Ticket options start at $10 and can be reserved here.


What’s Happening This Week: Le Taste of France, East River Moon Festival

Thursday, September 27
Trader Joe’s Protest. Demanding “meat without drugs,” Consumers Union and other advocacy groups will hold a press conference/action outside of Trader Joe’s Union Square store on Thursday, September 27, from 11 a.m. to noon. They will deliver more than half a million petition signatures to Trader Joe’s from consumers nationwide who want the store to stock only meat and poultry raised without antibiotics.

Enlightenment Wines’ Tasting, Enlightenment Wines’ unfiltered natural fruit wines and herbal meads are made from locally sourced ingredients and typically unavailable in retail stores. For two Thursdays in a row, they will be opening up their archive of limited-edition bottles for pouring by the glass at a pop-up wine bar in Williamsburg on 254 South 2nd Street.

Saturday, September 29
Le Taste of France. New York’s first-ever two-day exhibition dedicated to French cuisine will be held for two days at Pier 54 on Saturday to Sunday, September 30. From the crepes and ciders of Brittany to the pastis and bouillabaisse of Provence, there will be food, a French flea market, live music, and even a French bulldog show. Participating chefs and personalities include chefs Jacques Pepin, Marc Murphy, Christian Delouvrier, Jean-Louis Dumonet, Jacques Sorci, Claude Godard, and Food Network personality Karine Bakhoum. Tickets start at $30.

Sunday, September 30
East River Moon Festival. There will be a moon festival celebration at the New Amsterdam Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. It will feature a traditional lion dance performance, with paper lions ceremoniously awakened by NYC Council Member Margaret Chin, Asian-inspired market fare from regular vendors and special guest chefs, a dumpling making demo by Wai Hon Chu from Wholefoods Culinary Center, and paper lantern making for children with the Museum of Chinese in America. Red paper lanterns will be provided to all participants, and free refreshments will be available, including mooncakes from Chinatown’s Lung Moon Bakery, five-spice duck tartlettes from Runner and Stone, and berry-pumpkin cookies from Black and Blanco.

First Annual Pickle Palooza. On Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Greenwich Village Country Club, attendees will be able to taste an array of pickles and pickle-inspired foods including Japanese teriyaki pickle balls and pickle back shots for the alcohol enthusiasts. Guests will also be able to enjoy live music and participate in a pickle-eating contest. Horman’s Best Pickles and Brooklyn Brine will be among the exhibitors with beers provided by Pabst Blue Ribbon, the official event sponsor.