Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) The Summer BBQ Blowout Festival
Where: City Winery, 155 Varick Street
When: Saturday, 1 - 4 PM
Today, City Winery and Finger on the Pulse are holding a huge backyard barbecue with dishes from Noah Bernamoff of Mile End, Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar, Thomas Kelly and David Schillace of Mexicue, Daniel Holzman of The Meatball Shop, Oliver Kremer and Tyler Lohman of Dos Toros, and others. Music will be provided by Midnight Magic, DJ Autobot (Flosstradamus), Computer Magic, NewVillager, PUNCHES, Ducky, and the Snacky Tunes DJs. General admission Tickets are $60, which includes two free drinks.
2) Central Park Picnics from Public Fare
Where: Delacorte Theater, Central Park
When: All weekend
What: Danny Meyer's restaurant at the Public Theater at The Delecorte in Central Park is offering pre-packaged picnic boxes, which range from light snacks ($10 -$15) to bigger meals that include sandwiches, salads, and desserts (one box for two is $32). You can grab these, and then have a picnic on The Great Lawn, just a few minutes walk away. In the mornings from 8 - 10 AM they are also offering a free cup of coffee with a breakfast sandwich or pastry. Call ahead to place an order, (646) 747-5354.
3) The Some Like It Cold Competition
Where: The Huckleberry Bar, 588 Grand Street
When: Sunday, 5 - 8 PM
What: The Huckleberry Bar in Williamsburg is holding a cold soup competition, featuring gazpachos, veloutés, borchts, and other chilled delicacies. It's free to compete and $10 to judge, eat, and enjoy Plymouth Gin cocktails. All proceeds go to The Claque, a theater production company.
Where: 27 North 6 Street
When: Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM
What: If you haven't checked out Williamsburg's hot new food market, there's one extra reason to go today: Stone Barns will be operating a stall, and you can enter to win a free trip to check out the property up in Pocantico Hills and lunch at Blue Hill.
5) Pay a Final Visit to the Original Location of M. Wells
Where: 21-17 49th Avenue
When: Saturday and Sunday for brunch
What: This week news broke that beloved Quebecoise diner M. Wells will be closing at the end of the month, to relocate sometime in the future. If you've never been, or just want to visit the fist location one last time, this is a great weekend to do so. They're serving their usual brunch/lunch 10 AM - 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner on Saturday, but reservations are most likely booked in the evening, so do call ahead.
Also of Note: The weather's going to be great this weekend for both the Dekalb Market and the food stalls at Rockaway Beach. For a drink, consider groovy new cocktail parlor Bearded Lady. If you're looking for a new restaurant to try, check out Ellabess or Betto, and for brunch, take a peek at Eater's map of hot new brunch spots. If you're out having some cocktails tonight, hit up one of the restaurants on Eater's list of New York's best drunk food eats, and, if you're feeling adventurous, perhaps you might enjoy a meal at one of New York's 10 "secret" restaurants.
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