The time has come! Well, almost. We are moving in 1 day! One day, I’m nervous, stressed out, and seriously excited. I get a full, new kitchen, a new neighborhood, a lot of new turf to cover & restaurants to try out. Unfortunately first I need to pack, move and unpack, which isn’t much fun. But while I’m doing that I hope that all of you foodies can have some fun attending at least one of the great events happening in NYC, from Shecky’s!
Jan 30 – Slow Wine Guide Celebration at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St (bt. 6th & 7th Ave) from 6:30-8pm. To celebrate the launch of Slow Food’s first ever Slow Wine guide, Slow Food has teamed up with 60+ Slow Wine producers to bring you over 140 different sips guaranteed to delight a large variety of palates. Forty bucks general admission ($35 if you’re a Slow Food member) will get you all the taste testing your mouth can handle for 90 mins, along with your own copy of the Slow Wine guide and a keepsake wine glass. Food offerings will also be provided to ensure your Monday night booze-fest doesn’t turn into too much of a Tuesday morning “Lord, help me.”
What to Drink Now @ Corkbuzz, 13 E. 13th St (bt. 5th Ave. & University Pl) from 7-9pm. Sure, you may follow the latest trends in fashion, but do you know what’s hot right now in the wine world? If your knowledge of vino is less than up-to-date, Corkbuzz is here to help with their What to Drink Now wine class. Savvy sommeliers will let you in on which esoteric grape is the rage right now, which region is a wine-making hot spot, and ideal occasions and cuisines for experimenting with new faves. Snag a $75 ticket here to get in on all the tasty trends!
Jan 31 – A Night of Macallan at Scotch Club NYC, 196 Mercer St (bt. Bleecker & e. Houston St) from 7-9pm. Have a tasty Tuesday courtesy of Macallan Scotch tonight at the Scotch Club NYC! Join fellow scotch sippers at tonight’s tasting and indulge in a Macallan 12-year at the cocktail hour, followed by the Macallan Fine Oak series, featuring 15-year to 25-year aged scotches and a surprise special batch. To ensure that you don’t wake up with a Hump Day hangover, they’ll also be carving up a full leg of imported Iberico and Serrano Ham to soak up some of those spirits, as well as other culinary delights. Grab a $100 ticket here for this scrumptious scotch event. Cheers!
The Brooklyn Slur Happy Hour at The Shanty, 79 Richardson St (bt. Leonard & Lorimer St) from 7-9pm. Enjoy a fun, laid-back Happy Hour at The Shanty, a full-service bar at The New York Distilling Company. Hosted by the Slow Food NYC movement (Learn more about it here), you’ll have the chance to discuss your event ideas, learn how to get involved or just have a relaxing drink with people looking to unwind. Make sure you’re there in time for the 8pm distillery tour and tasting and you’ll be singing the praises of celebrated mixologist Allen Katz all the way home to “that other island.”
Unlimited Beer & Food at Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N. 11th St. (Berry St & Wythe Ave) from 7:30-9pm. Let’s be real here. Somethin’ like $38 doesn’t normally even cover a night of dining and drinking. Let alone fulfill your tab. Well, luckily, come January 31st, punctuate your work-week drag with a fun two-and-a-half-hour window of unlimited craft brews, local food and general debauchery. Sip away the night while you enjoy demos and talking points from beer experts. Snag the deal here, and be happy to know your money will also go to helping farmers upstate who were hit by the hurricane.
Feb 1 – “Sexy in the City” Valentine’s Series at Kamasutra Lounge, 30 W. 52nd St (bt. 5th & 6th Ave) from 6-10:30pm. Pop-up restaurants. Pop-up Dylan’s Candy Bar on 42nd Street. And now…a pop-up lingerie and spa shop! Just in time for some V-Day primping, pamper yourself with massages, manis, eyelash extensions and more at “K Lounge” along with a sampling of sweets and cocktails. Admission is free and groups can get special packages by calling 718.924.0238, so put your sweetie on hold for the evening, round up your gals, and dial away for a night of pre-V-Day fun and fashion.
Learn Cooking Knife Skills at Camaje, 85 MacDougal St (Bt. Houston & Bleecker St) from 6:30-9pm. Find the dizzying array of knife options available at Macy’s to be Manhattan’s biggest mystery after why the line at Ruby Tuesday’s is longer than the one at The Lion on a Friday night? Fret no more. Instead, take a two-and-a-half-hour class at Camaje where you can slice, dice and julienne all your confusion away. Learn the difference between sharpening and honing and which knives you really need in your kitchen and which you can do without. Get your tickets for $75 here and get ready to feast on the world’s most delicious meal of gazpacho and perfectly chopped fruit salad ever witnessed on this side of the Mason Dixon.
Bourbon & Beer at Idle Hands, 25 Avenue B (Basement Level) (bt. 2nd & 3rd St) from 7-10pm. What’s an equation for the perfect low-key night that won’t bust your wallet? “5 beers + 1 whiskey or bourbon + 1 order of tater tots with off-menu dipping sauce=$10” would be correct. Enjoy a laid-back evening at East Village fave Idle Hands, where you can sample a three beer tasting flight from 21st Amendment brewery. Now that’s the kinda math we like.
Meat and Beer Dinner at Bierkraft, 191 5th Ave (bt. Berkeley Pl & Sackett St) from 7-10pm. Custom iPhone cases. Custom ice buckets. It seems only natural that customized beers tailored to your dinner menu should come next. And it did. Behold: a five-course beer and meat dinner where carnivorous diners and beer enthusiasts can rejoice in the likes of steak and kidney paired with Oblong Strong Rye Ale. Tickets are a bit pricey at $100 (get ’em right here!), but, hey, bragging rights are eternal.
Feb 2 – Portuguese Wine Tasting at The Ace Hotel Bar, 20 W. 29th St (@ Broadway) from 6:30-8:30pm. The esteemed Douro Boys, a.k.a. the movers and shakers of Portugal’s wine culture will be offering some of their favorite picks at The Ace Hotel Bar this Thursday. Enjoy two hours of unlimited wine tasting from 6:30pm-8:30pm for $75 or splurge for a $95 ticket and get a special VIP hour from 5:30-6:30pm with some grub along with plenty of wine. Get your tickets here and don’t forget to say “Obrigada, obrigada very much” to your boss when he tells you that you can duck out of work early.
Beer and Chili Session & Lesson at Whole Foods Market (Bowery Culinary Center), 95 E. Houston St (bt. Bowery & Chrystie St) from 7-8:30pm. Like beer? Like chili? If you answered “yes” to both of those questions between swigs of a pumpkin stout and bites of a spicy chile con carne, stop everything you’re doing and buy tickets for a beer and chili lecture slash taste testing feast at the Bowery Culinary Center at Whole Foods Market. Bruce Sterman, Chef/Owner of Manhattan Chili Co. and Kelly Taylor, of beloved local brewery, Kelso of Brooklyn, will guide you through the intricacies of the flavor explosions in your mouth. Get your tickets for $35 here while they’re hot (albeit, lacking delicious melted cheddar cheese on top)!
Meet the Winemaker: Evening Land Vineyards at New York Vintners, 21 Warren St (bt. Broadway and Church St) from 7-10pm. Ever wondered who’s the face behind your bottle of vino? At New York Vintners, you’ll get the chance to meet the lovely folks of Evening Land Vineyards with a top-notch wine and food pairing menu (purple sweet potato risotto, ’nuff said). Get your tickets here for $95 and be sure to wear pants that aren’t too constricting.
Feb 3 – Sea of Pink Soiree at TriBeCa Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses St (bt. Greenwich and Hudson St) at 7:30pm. Get girlie, get your drink on and start doing good! Commemorate the life of the late Lauren Colgan, who battled cystic fibrosis and said she wanted everyone to wear pink so that she could look out onto a sea of pink. Aside from rocking pink and enjoying an open bar, you can also expect hors d’oeuvres, raffles and dancing. All this while you take in stunning views of the Hudson River and the Empire State Building! To support a great cause, splurge on $100-$150 tickets here and benefit necessary research to make strides in finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.
Feb 4 – Eat, Drink and Bloody Mary Contest at Ellabess, 153 Elizabeth St. (@ Kenmare St) from 2-5pm. Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary. You just have to say it three times if you want a ghost to appear in your bathroom mirror, but you’ll need to say it a few more times today if you want to try all of the 16 tomato-vodka concoctions stirred up at the “Eat, Drink, & Bloody Mary” Contest at 2pm. Host venue Ellabess invites patrons to sip on spicy drinks from the city’s best bartenders and cast their vote for the winner of the Drinkers’ Choice award. The judges’ll pick one winner, too. A $30 ticket gets you sample-size cups of each Bloody Mary recipe, mini burgers and brunch snacks. Come thirsty!
Savory Edition Class at The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost St (bt. Leonard St & Manhattan Ave) from 2-4pm. Mmmm pie. Learn to make one you can eat for dinner (not dessert) at The Brooklyn Kitchen this weekend. Chef Millicent Souris is dishing out lessons to put together a Herbed Chicken Pot Pie, a recipe from her new cookbook Let them Eat Pie. You’ll start with a perfect crust made from scratch and work till you can almost taste it. For $65 a spot, warm up during this savory pie class and take home a recipe you’ll want to make over and over again.
New York City Winter Wine Fest at Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway (@ 7th Ave) from 3-11pm. Don’t whine because you have nothing to do this weekend when the New York City Winter Wine Fest is on! The Best Buy theater is getting jazzed up for the annual event where 200+ wines from vineyards from around the world are up for grabs to taste. If you’re into day drinking, shell out $79 for a ticket to session 1 from 3-6pm, or wait till later for session 2 from 8-11pm. While you’re sipping white or red and drunk-munching on hors d’oeuvres, Nu Jazz artists, Four80East, will grace the winos with their presence for the last hour of each time slot.
Feb 5 – Super Bowl Party with Big Blue Cocktails/Shots at Southern Hospitality, 1460 2nd Ave (bt. 76th & 77th St) starting at 6:30pm. Tonight’s game may be all about the Northeast, but Southern Hospitality is offering some, er, southern hospitality for Giants fans! Go VIP or Super VIP at the UES location and score free Big Blue Shots every time the Giants Score and/or if you’re wearing a G-Men jerze. Hungry? Grab deals on dinner, too. If you’re more around Midtown for Game Day, their Hell’s Kitchen location is offering $100 for top-shelf open bar and family style dinner.
Super Bowl Sunday @ The Tea Set Bistro, 235 W. 12th St. (bt. 7th Ave. S. & Hudson St) from 6:30-8pm. Didn’t even know today was Super Bowl Sunday? If you think Eli Manning and Rob Gronkowski miiight be Bachelorette contestants from a few seasons back, you belong at The Tea Set Bistro. They’re providing a more tranquil, football-free setting, with Champagne Tea (only $40 per person) and a two-tiered tray of classy finger foods (also $40 per person) like sandwiches, pastries and macaroons until 8pm. It’s the perfect way to spend Super Bowl Sunday…not celebrating Superbowl Sunday.