Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) Ice Cream Fest at Smorgasburg
Where: 27 North 6 Street
When: Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM
What: There's a huge ice cream fest going on at Smorgasburg today. The weekly Brooklyn food fair will host stalls from: Ronnybrook, Blue Marble, La Newyorkina, CHOZEN, Steve’s, Kelvin Slush, People’s Pops, Good Batch, and Early Bird Ice Cream. The usual collection of non-ice cream vendors will also be in attendance.
2) First Catch Herring at New Amsterdam Market
When: Sunday, 11 AM - 4 PM
Where: 100 Peck Slip
What: The weekly market at the South Street Seaport is holding the first of its "market specials" series, bringing together chefs and purveyors. On Sunday, they'll feature the crew from Russ & Daughters who will be serving New Catch Herring along with its traditional garnish of chopped onions and cornichons. P & H Soda Co. will be offering their homemade pop, and Dutch performance artist/culinary ambassador Marja Samsom will be serving poffertjes, a battered sweet treat.
3) Beer and BBQ at Hudson Terrace
Where: 621 West 46th Street
When: Sunday, 1 - 4 PM
What: This swanky bar, lounge, and event space is hosting a barbecue with live music and over 30 beers to try. A $50 ticket gets you five samples of beer, an entree, and a side dish.
4) Ciao Andiamo's Salumeria Tour and Picnic in Central Park
Where: Starts at Salumeria Rosi, 283 Amsterdam Ave.
When: Saturday, 12:30 PM
Ciao Andiamo, an Italian learning center, is hosting a salumi-themed event this afternoon. The first stop is Cesare Casella's very fine Italian restaurant/charcuterie parlor Salumeria Rosi, where guests will sample cured meats, aged cheeses, and antipasti. After that, the tour heads to Central Park for a picnic, with a discussion about Italian food. Tickets are $50.
5) Belgian Independence Day Festival at MexiQ
Where: 37-11 30th Ave, Queens
When: All weekend
What: This Astoria mexican restaurant and bar is celebrating Belgian Independence Day by offering a variety of rare and out-of-production Belgian beers plus sausages, cheeses, and mustards.
Also of Note: The Bell House is hosting an ice cream takedown, but tickets are all sold out. Mexicue just opened its first brick and mortar store front in Midtown, and Neely's Barbecue Parlor is now open on the Upper East Side. For more barbecue options, consult our guide to NYC barbecue, and if you're looking for some place to go to brunch this weekend, take a peek at our hot new brunch map.