Good morning loves! I hope you all had a great weekend! I did, until the epic glassware shelf collapse of Feb 12th. I’m pretty sure you can figure it out but basically it means glass in the form of huge chunks, little splinters and even crystallized powder, all over the kitchen, oven, living room. I mean it went everywhere. And of course this happens at like 10pm, go figure. I am determined to make this week better! There are a bunch of events that I just know will perk me up, not to mention that it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow and I get to spend it with the best man in the world. <3
Feb 13 – Brooklyn Brew Dinner Pairing @ MexiQ, 37-11 30th Ave (bt. 37th & 38th St). Get some brew with your ‘Q, your MexiQ, that is! Brooklyn Brewery and Mexican BBQ joint MexiQ are joining forces for a Brooklyn Brew Dinner Pairing. From February 13th through the 18th, you can enjoy a four-course beer-tasting menu cooked up by Chef Jonathan Van Sleet, featuring delish dishes like warm winter veggies paired with a classic Brooklyn Lager, seafood salad with a Sorachi Ace, maple roasted duck & sweet potato hash with Mary’s Maple Porter, and a honey lavender cheesecake with a Brooklyn Blast (yep, beer for dessert!). All this deliciousness comes at ya for only $39—plus you get a free growler to bring some great brews home!
Screw Valentine’s Day Dinner @ DUO, 72 Madison Ave (bt. 27th & 28th St). If the sight of PDA-happy couples and pink candy hearts pisses you off, this is the dinner for you! Grab all your single ladies and head to DUO for their Screw Valentine’s Day Dinner, where the only couples around are a couple glasses of wine. Snuggle up to four fabulous courses, featuring delicious dishes like blue claw crab fritters, mango-topped tuna tartare, dug & fig ravioli with butterscotch glaze, capped off with a special chocolate tasting. A $65 ticket gets you all four courses and two glasses of vino, so grab your bachelor/ette buds and celebrate your single, sensational selves!
5-Course Meatball & Beer Pairing for 2 at The Meatball Factory, 231 2nd Ave (bt. E 14th & 15th St) at 5pm. Meatballs and Beer, Beer and Meatballs. No matter which way you put it, The Meatball Factory delivers…this time with a 5-course Meatball and Beer pairing for two. For just $35 you’ll get to taste five unique meatball recipes such as the chorizo/buffalo/pork/Manchego Latin Stallion in sauces just as creative, along with five craft beers. Better yet?! Those beers will be paired with your food by a beer expert, ensuring the best palate-pleasing experience possible. Still not sold? Oh, they’ve just thrown in some poutine and a homemade PB&J bar for dessert, too. Snag your tickets here and get ready for a finger-lickin’ good evening.
Wine & Cheese Pairing for 2 @ YN Bar, 227 Mott St (bt. Spring & Prince St) from 6-8pm. You can’t get more romantic than a wine and cheese tasting for two…unless you’re also in the perfect setting. And where can you find such a spot? At the YN Bar in NYC, of course! With its intimate atmosphere, be wined and dined with 2 amazing deals. For $45, enjoy a private wine and cheese pairing for 2 (oooh) and, for $25, experience wine and cheese from around the world (ahhh). But, the buck doesn’t stop there! Along with either of these amazing deals, you’ll be taught by YN’s wine concierge about how the wines and cheeses you’ll enjoy were created! Reservations are going fast, so purchase tickets here.
Feb 14 – “Aphrodesiac” Five-Course Dinner at The Pan American, 202 Mott St (Spring & Broome St). Aphrodite ain’t got nothin’ on Executive Chef Harry Stoehr. Tonight’s five-course V-Day-exclusive menu is perfect for even the prude of palette–the “Aphrodesiac” offerings will have you and your date feeling frisky even after the first course, a choice between the buttery Oyster Duo or sweet Roasted Figs with goat cheese. Try five of Stoehr’s culinary creations made with arousing ingredients for $90. Whether you like your food (or date) meaty, or you’ll stick to the vegetarian menu, get ready to be struck by Cupid’s arrow.
One if by Land, Two if by Sea Valentine’s Day Three Course Prix-Fixe, 17 Barrow St. (@ 7th Ave) at 5:30pm. Popping the question? Or, accidentally dumped “The One” and need to ask them back? Make it your most romantic Valentine’s Day dinner ever at One if by Land, Two if by Sea. They’re offering a $145/pp ($42 extra for sparkling wine/champagne) menu with mouthwatering options like Beef Wellington with sweet potato puree, aphrodisiac oysters and caviar, and more, all while you enjoy live piano music and take in the romantic atmosphere. So, call and snag a rezzie to impress!
Lasagna & Champagne Prix Fixe @ La Lanterna di Vittorio, 129 MacDougal St. (@ W. 3rd St) at 7pm. Fall in love with Greenwich Village’s hidden gem: La Lanterna di Vittorio’s idyllic enclosed garden. But it’s not just the space itself that makes this the ideal spot for lovestruck couples on V-Day…the whole deal is just $45 prix-fixe per person. And the five courses don’t skimp on the good stuff, either. Enjoy plates like sweet potato bisque, rucola con parmiggiano salad, their renowned lasagna, housemade strawberry shortcake and a champagne cocktail. Two seating times available at 7 and 10pm, so call and book your rezzie now!
2-for-1 Drinks This Valentine’s Day @ The Sunburnt Cow, 137 Ave. C (Bt. 8th & 9th St) at 8pm-2am. Complement your Cupid’s Day with 2-for-1 drinks, FREE Moojuice, the Ice Luge of Love (er, I guess you’ll just have to find out) and a menu of special bar bites at EV fave Sunburnt Cow. It’s the perfect way to celebrate your single self without spendin’ too much moo-lah. The fun starts at 8pm, so pregame with a bit o’ bubbly and mooooo-zy on over!
Feb 15 – Social Media Week: Foodie Social at Tammany Hall, 152 Orchard St. (Bt. Rivington & Stanton St) from 6-8pm. For those who spent V-Day solo, surround yourself with what you really adore—food. Except this time it’s for a fab cause: fighting hunger with foodie social network, Mopac! You’ll learn how to cook in a healthy but fun way AND finally be able to distract your gluttonous side from the temptations of fast-food advertisements. Plus, Charles Mathison, an expert in the foodie trade, will school you on the latest apps to encourage a healthy diet and lifestyle. So, bring your cell phone or computer and be ready to blog and snap Instagram photos while you treat yourself to drinks, dancing, FREE FOOD and many door prizes! Snag tix for the suggested $15 donation here!
$10 Tasting with Breckenridge Brewery & Bourbon TBD at Idle Hands Bar, 25 Ave B. (Bt. E 2nd & E 3rd St) from 7-10pm. Beer ‘n’ bourbon aren’t just for gramps! How does a measly $10 tasting of those two forces combined sound? Good? Good! Idle Hands Bar, with help from friends at Breckenridge Brewery & Bourbon TBD, brings you a Bourbon and Whiskey tasting WITH a Learning to Beer & Bourbon lesson that will educate you in your beer and bourbon decision making. You don’t have to drink that bottom-of-the-barrel whiskey here! Instead, indulge in drinks that’ll spark your buds and still satisfy that urge for a Friday night buzz. You’ll prob be snorin’ away like gramps afterwards, though.
Feb 16 – Global Fashion New York Cocktail Charity Soiree at Studio XX1, 59 W 21st St. (@ 6th Ave) from 6pm-1am. Dubbing the event, “Fashion and Philanthropy,” Global Fashion New York Inc and Fashionjunkii have collaborated to bring good fashion together with a good cause at Studio XX1. For $30/regular ticket and $100/VIP ticket (hors d’oeuvres, lounge seating and goodie bags included), you can talk catwalk over music and drinks while benefiting the Murungu Primary School project in Tanzania. Experience live fashion presentations and auctions first-hand while mingling with the experts. RSVP now to reserve your spot in the fashion nightlife and donate for a good cause, too!
Beatles Tribute Dinner at The James Beard Foundation, 167 W 12th St (@ 7th Ave S) at 7pm. Didja know? Today was a turning point in music history. Yep, on this day in 1964, the Beatles made a record-breaking debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. Nearly 5 decades later, chef Ron Eyester is bringing back memories as he prepares a special tribute dinner dedicated to the beloved Beatles. With Beatles-themed dishes like the “Eleanor Rigby” special, members of the James Beard Foundation can enjoy for $130 while non-members can, er, buy their love for $170. Call for a ticket (to ri-ide!) and enjoy his musically inspired Southern comfort recipes!
Feb 17 – Mardi Gras 2012 @ 230 Fifth, 230 5th Ave (26th & 27th St) from 6-11pm. Scrambling to make it to New Orleans in time for Fat Tuesday? Why waste your miles when you can party in paradise right on 5th Ave.? Fitness guru Andy Troy is holding his annual Mardi Gras party at 230 Fifth, the infamous part-penthouse lounge and part-rooftop bar where you want to be caught in a snuggie. The festivities start at 6pm, but get there early since past Mardi Gras bashes here have drawn 600+ partiers! You don’t have to flash your chest (ladies, ladies!) to get in because admission is free for all. Enjoy discounted hurricanes, Mardi Gras’ signature drink, and try to get as many beads as you can without embarrassing yourself.
Feb 18 – Capture the Charm of Prohibition Cocktails with a Master Bartender, locations TBA (after ticket purchase!), from 5-7pm. Go back to a time where drinking was illegal. (Don’t worry…not LITERALLY. We don’t have a time machine back to the ’20s.) Yep, although we take a delicious drink for granted these days, at one point in time it was verbotten…leaving thirsty peeps up to their own devices to make some creative concoctions. Master Bartender Brian Quinn, in association with Sidetour, will help you feel like the cat’s meow as you craft your own cocktails! Snag tickets here, and for $35/person and guzzle down the “hooch.” Even more “secretive”? The spot this event takes place is only revealed after purchase!
Beer Garden Fundraiser for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 2919 24th Ave (bt. 29th & 31 St) from 8-11pm. It’s a win-win situation as the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden mixes great beer with a great cause! Every guest gets a FREE beer and all proceeds of the $15 at-the-door donation go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It’s the perfect way to enjoy Astoria’s fave beer-swilling spot in the middle of winter…you’ll feel warm and fuzzy inside, too. Can’t make it? You can still donate here for this cause!
Feb 19 – The Coffee & Tea Festival NYC at 7W New York, 7 W 34th St. (@ 5th Ave) from 11am-5pm. Caffeine is an ever-present part of America’s a.m. routine. So, whether you’re a coffee or tea person, what could be better than a day dedicated to tasting different varieties of both? Wake up and smell the, er, coffee and tea at the completely free 6th Annual Coffee and Tea Festival. It’s a cool way to change your morning routine of two sugars and a little bit of cream!
Bad Ass Reds at New York Vintners, 21 Warren St. (Bt. Broadway & Church St) at 4pm. The drink often disguised as elegant and classy doesn’t always show its “naughty” side, but there are some rogue vinos out there that are now being exposed! New York Vitners is hosting a “Bad Ass” wine-tasting event to teach you just what makes a rebel wine. Taste seven different unique and different wines made by world-class producers and enjoy antipasto while you’re at it. For only $50, be prepared to impress your friends with your bad-ass knowledge of walk-on-the-wild-side wines.