Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) Blue Moon Bash
Where: 125 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn
When: Sunday, 3 - 8 PM
What: Southpaw is hosting a benefit for Ray Bradley of Bradley Farm and Kira Kinney of Evolutionary Organics, whose farms were damaged by Hurricane Irene and the storms that followed. There will be beer provided by Brooklyn Brewery and food tastings from a number of local restaurants, including Palo Santo, The Vanderbilt, Flatbush Farm, Amy's Bread, and Court Street Grocers. The event will also feature performances by a number of local musicians. Tickets are $20.
2) New Vendors/Shorty Tang's at Smorgasburg
Where: 27 N. 6th St, Williamsburg
When: Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM
What: There are only three more Smorgasburgs left for 2011. This week the Brooklyn food fair is hosting a few new vendors, including Brooklyn Cured (they're serving stuffing balls), S'more Bakery (s'mores) and Charlito's Cocina (charcuterie). The crew from Shorty Tang & Sons will also be back this week, selling those legendary cold sesame noodles.
3) Schnitzel Fest at Loreley
Where: 7 Rivington Street, Lower East Side
When: All weekend
What: The Lower East Side location of this popular beer garden is serving 11 special schnitzels from now until November 10. Varieties include: Balkan schnitzel, schnitzel Cordon Bleu, Indian schnitzel, and schnitzel with hunter sauce.
4) Chefs For Impact Benefit Dinner
Where: 9 Crosby Street, Soho
When: 5 PM on Sunday
What: Chefs from Dell'Anima, L'Artusi, Mehtaphor, Imperial No. 9, Graffiti and Colonie will prepare a six-course meal in the penthouse of the Mondrian Hotel. The dinner includes a cocktail reception and a performance by the Ellen Kaye Band. Tickets are $250, but all of the proceeds go to benefit Impact Network, a non-profit group that helps build schools in rural Africa.
5) Celebrate Chinese Food Week
What: All week on Eater, we've been highlighting the best Chinese restaurants in New York. The weather this weekend is going to be perfect for eating dumplings, Peking duck, wonton soup, and congee. If you want to hit up some of the essential Chinese establishments of NYC, consult the Ultimate Chinese Food Glossary and the takeout treasure recommendations from chefs, or consider one of the Wok Star restaurants.
Also of Note: The New Amsterdam Market is tomorrow. Nitehawk Cinemas is now serving booze inside the theater, in addition to food. For a new restaurant to try, consider Prima Strada, Whitehall, Littleneck in Gowanus, the new Bowery location of Forcella, or Steve Hanson's Kibo, For more dining ideas, take a look at the recently updated Eater Heat Map. And, if you're looking for a place to grab a cocktail, check out Eater's Cocktail Heat Map.
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