Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five top dining events going on around the city:
1) Screening of The Best Thing I Ever Done
When: Sunday, 2:30 PM
Where: Brooklyn Heights Cinema
What: Per Slice, the Brooklyn Heights Cinema is showing The Best Thing I Ever Done, the excellent short documentary about Di Fara and Dom DeMarco, as a part of the Brooklyn Film Festival. Dom's daughter Margaret will be in attendance to answer questions (and the man himself might be there, too). You can also watch the whole thing online, but this one warrants a viewing on the big screen. Tickets are $10.
2) Birreria Opening Weekend
When: Saturday and Sunday nights
What: Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's hotly anticipated rooftop restaurant and beer garden is finally open. Chef Alex Pilas has prepared a menu of simple Italian foods, including sausages, pork shoulders, formaggi, salads, and vegetables. And to drink, there's beer and wine on tap, and a full bar selection. To get to the roof, enter on the 23rd Street side of the store, walk north and hang a left at the pasta restaurant, near the beer/books section, where there's a pair of elevators that will take you up there.
3) Pretzel-Making Class at Ardesia
Where: 510 West 52nd Street
When: 2PM - 4PM
What: Today, Mandy Oser's Hell's Kitchen wine bar is offering a soft pretzel-making class (people go crazy for them), along with beer, wine, and snacks. The event is $40 per person and space is limited, so e-mail them or call (212) 247-9191 to reserve a spot.
4) Beetlejuice at BeerParc
Where: The Eventi Hotel
When: Saturday, 7 PM
What: Jeffrey Chodorow's new beer garden at the Eventi Hotel starts its weekly movie series tonight with a screening of Beetlejuice. Watch the Tim Burton classic on their huge outdoor TV screen, while drinking beer, and eating Harold Dieterle's Thai fried chicken, or any number of other goodies from the big-name vendors on the plaza.
Where: Beach 86th St. at Rockaway Blvd
When: Saturday and Sunday, 7 AM - 7 PM
What: The new vendors at Rockaway Beach are now open for the season, including Rippers, the surf shack from Roberta's and The Meat Hook. Grab a burger and a boat drink, or head down the boardwalk and hit up Rockaway Taco or Motorboat and the Big Banana, the new fish fry shack from the owner of Vinegar Hill House.
Also of Note: Smorgasburg is running this afternoon until 5 PM, and Julian Medina's new Latin diner Coppelia is now officially open 24 hours a day, if you're out in Chelsea in the middle of the night and want a Cuban sandwich or some huevos rancheros. And if you're looking for a place for bunch today or tomorrow, check out Eater's guide to the hottest new brunch spots in NYC.
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