Happy 2012 All!! Sorry I’ve been absent the past week, I was taking a much needed vacation. Now I feel completely behind & a little stressed, but I’ll get over that. The new year always gets me a little crazy. Thinking about what’s to come, what I’m doing in life, what I can achieve in the year. Hoping to achieve all New Year’s resolutions! I hope you all had a great holiday, mine was pretty great. I love being with the whole fam. Anyway…as I ramble on you could all be planning your week ahead! I’m a day late but I figure better late then never right? Enjoy all!
Jan 3 – Tap Attack @ Bar Great Harry, 280 Smith St. (@ Sackett St) from 2-10pm. The Brooklyn Brewery is taking over Bar Great Harry with a Tap Attack today! The brew masters are tapping 10 of their best beers at the Brooklyn bar, pouring out pints of Winter Ale, 2007 Black Chocolate Stout, 2009 Monster Ale, Mary’s Maple Porter and more. The beers will be available at normal price starting at 2pm, but will be discounted between 6-10pm, perfect timing for an after-work brew! So head down to Bar Great Harry for some great beers tonight!
Farm to Table Organic Food & Wine Class at New York Vintners, 21 Warren St (bt. Church St & Bway) from 6:30-8:30pm. If boxed wine and street meat is your pairing of choice, it’s time to step it up! Get classy with an evening of good eats and good wine at the Farm to Table Organic Food & Wine Class at NY Vintners! Executive Chef Ryan Smith is serving up a tasting menu of delicious meats and sides made solely of sustainable ingredients. A $50 ticket gets you not only an organic three-course meal, but also pairings of six organic wines courtesy of Certified Sommelier Dylan York. And hey, even if this class doesn’t magically turn you into an all-star all-natural chef, you’ll still leave with a tummy full of yummy and some wonderful wine recommendations!
Jan 4 – Bread Baking Basics @ Le Pain Quotidien, 65 Bleecker St (bt. Broadway & Lafayette) from 5:30-8:30pm. Do you go bananas for the delish baked goods at Le Pain Quotidien? Us, too! Well, the amazing aromas of the popular bakery will be wafting out of your own oven after you take this Bread Baking Basics class! Seasoned baker and former French Culinary Institute instructor Karen Bornarth will teach you some simple dough recipes for wheat and white bread, and show you how to bake up fancier fare like craft baguettes, raisin-nut loaves, thin-crust pizza and more! Shape, knead and, most importantly, taste the breads of your labor, and bring a bag of baked goodies home with you. Grab a $55 ticket here and get baking!
Drink n’ Draw at the 3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Ave (bt. Meadow & Stagg St) from 8-10:30pm. This is wayyy more fun than your high-school art class. Get your weekly dose of awesomeness at Drink n’ Draw tonight at 3rd Ward! The premise is simple: they provide the model, beer and music, and you bring your sketching skills, creativity and some tools to draw with. Throw back a few brewskis as you make like Picasso and draw whatever your little artistic heart desires. The session is only $15, but if you bring a buddy, it’s $10 each! So get down to the Brooklyn bar and get drawing tonight!
Pub Quiz Trivia @ Common Ground, 206 Ave A (bt. 12th & 13th St) at 9pm. Escape the cold and cuddle up on a cozy couch beneath a twinkling chandelier for a few rounds of friendly competition at Common Ground’s Pub Quiz Trivia tonight! Hope you paid attention in class because the bar’s posing tough questions in six topics ranging from sports to science and everything in between. Tonight’s winner can celebrate with a $50 bar tab, with $25 consoling the runner-up. The fun starts at 9pm, but come early to grab seats!
Jan 5 – Wine & Cheese 101 – with Murray’s Cheesemongers – Wines of Burgundy at City Winery, 155 Varick St (@ Vandam St) starting at 7pm. Celebrate the end of the work week (well, almost!) with the classic combo of cheese and wine tonight at City Winery! The winery’s coupling up with Murray’s Cheese, NY’s oldest cheese store, for a whirlwind tour of the wine and cheese world. Tonight, they’re focusing on Burgundy and will explore which tasty cheeses are the perfect match for the French vins. With Murray’s expert mongers and City Winery’s sommeliers to guide you, indulge in tangy goat cheese with citric whites and nutty aged fromage paired with full, vibrant French reds. Snag a $60 ticket here for this wonderful wine night!
Jan 6 – Turntables on the Hudson: The Lift at Cielo, 18 Little W. 12th St (bt. 9th Ave & Washington St) from 10pm-4am. It might not involve food but sure sounds like a fun Friday night! If you’re looking to raise your hands in the air (and wave them like you just don’t care), head toward Cielo. Nickodemus, Wiseacre and Jeremy Sole will be spinning and, with their, er, track record, you won’t want to miss any sets. Admission is $20 at the door but if you email firstname.lastname@example.org, you can slide in for $10, so make sure you RSVP! For more information, check out their website here.
Jan 7 – Russian Christmas at the Russian Tea Room, 150 W 57th St (bt. 7th and 6th ave) at 6:30pm. Sure, Christmas may be over for most, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep the festive fun going! Head to the iconic Russian Tea Room for a Christmas celebration, complete with a traditional three-course Russian Orthodox dinner. Throw back some vodka (duh!) during the welcome tasting, then indulge in an authentic Russian menu, with luxe dishes like borsht, blini with red caviar and “Potato Vareniki” (potato and black truffle-stuffed Russian ravioli—yum!). There’s even vodka in the dessert! $105 gets you the three-course dinner and the vodka tasting, so call to make a reservation for this tasty, traditional Russian Christmas. S Rozhdestvom!
Cheeky Bastard Saturdays @ Yotel, 570 10th Ave. (@ 42nd St) at 10pm. ‘Partaayyy!‘ seems to be the theme of 2012, if you’re in with throwing down head over to the ultra modern Yotel. Getcha freak on tonight at Cheeky Bastard Saturdays at Yotel! The hotel hosts their weekly disco + electro dance party tonight with bumping beats provided by guest DJ Baio of Vampire Weekend, Galloping Horses and some surprise special guests. Enjoy a vodka open bar from 10-11 pm, then take to the floor to dance the night away. The party’s free until midnight with RSVP, so score a spot here for a hot Saturday night out!
Jan 8 – **This next event in no way shape or form has anything to do with food or drinks but is too much to miss out!** The 11th Annual No Pants Subway Ride! Break out your boxers, briefs and barely-there bottoms because it’s time for the 11th annual No Pants Subway Ride! Join Improv Everywhere, the pranksters behind “Frozen Grand Central”, in an international celebration of silliness as you hop on the subway and drop trou en masse. The idea is simple: random passengers board the train sans pants, behave normally and, other than an obvious lack of pants, are bundled up in winter coats, hats and scarves. If you want to participate in all the pant-less fun, the meeting point and starting time will be released here. Your morning commute’s about to get wayyy more interesting at the No Pants Subway Ride!
4th Annual Cassoulet Cook Off at Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 E 7th St (bt. 2nd & 3rd Ave) from 1-4pm. Baby it’s cold outside, so warm up with some steaming French stew at the 4th Annual Cassoulet Cook Off today at Jimmy’s No. 43! Amateur and professional chefs alike can enter this cold-weather cook-off, focused on the cassoulet, a rich, slow-cooked bean stew. Wannabe competitors can enter with their own stick-to-your-ribs recipes here to be critiqued by a panel of judges, or culinarily-challenged folk can fork over $20 at the door to taste 10-15 different cassoulets and cast their vote for the people’s choice award. Winners will take home Wusthoff Knives and Analon Cookware, and proceeds will benefit GrowNYC’s Hurricane Farm Relief. See more info here!
Sunday Supper at Corkbuzz, 13 E 13th St (Bt. 5th Ave. & University Pl) starting at 7pm. Looking to add wine lovers to your circle of friends? Head over to Corkbuzz for Sunday Supper tonight! The new wine bar is hosting a family-style prix fixe dinner with wine pairings once a month. Grab a seat at the communal table and indulge in great food while getting to know fellow wine enthusiasts. The $100 price tag per person includes the delicious dinner, wonderful wine and even tax and gratuity. Secure your spot here for this sensational Sunday Supper as there’s only room for 18 guests!