Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) Brooklyn Beefsteak
Where: The Bell House
What: In the early 1900s, New York politicians used to host all-you-can-eat-and-drink steak and ale dinners to win over voters. Tomorrow, the Bell House is holding an event to commemorate those feasts. Unlimited piles of steaks and McSorley's Ale will be on offer, and there will be music from the Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Company. There are two seatings, and tickets are $50.
2) Dine Out Irene
Where: Throughout the city
What: Over 100 restaurants will donate 10% of their profits from meals on Sunday to JustFood and GrowNYC, two organizations that are helping support farmers whose land was ravaged by Hurricane Irene. Participating restaurants include: Balaboosta, Betto, the Fatty restaurants, Gramercy Tavern, Little Giant, Marc Forgione, Red Farm, Red Rooster, and The Waverly Inn. Check out the full list here.
3) Hammer & Claws Blue Crab Fest
Where: The Tunnel, Chelsea
When: Saturday and Sunday
What: A huge Maryland blue crab feast, with many, many fresh crustaceans, plus craft beer, burgers, dogs, and sides. The event is being organized by Joshua Morgan, formerly of Choptank, with proceeds going to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. There are two seatings today (afternoon and evening), and one tomorrow (afternoon). Tickets are $118, and must be ordered online. Check out a video about the feast here.
4) Mad. Sq. Eats
Where: Madison Square Park
When: All weekend
What: This biannual outdoor market is now open in Worth Square next to Madison Square Park, featuring food from Momofuku Milk Bar, Roberta's, Calexico, Junoon, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Fatty Snack, Sigmund Pretzel Shop, and others. There will be plenty of doughnuts, pig's head sandwiches, pastrami sliders, and coffee for all. The market is open from 11 AM - 9 PM every day from now until October 21. Check out photos of the event here.
5) The Feast of San Gennaro
When: All day Saturday and Sunday
What: This is the second and last weekend for the annual Italian street fest. In addition to old-school vendors selling things like zeppoles and sausages sandwiches, this year's fest features booths from a group of hot Manhattan chefs and restaurateurs. The offerings include: ribs and nachos from Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, braciole sandwiches from Rubirosa, gelato from Stellina, frito pie from L'Artusi, squid salad from Frankie's Spuntino, pork-tonnato sandwiches from The John Dory, cheddar falafel from the Little Wisco restaurants, and beef sandwiches from BYGGYZ, which is Dewey Dufresne's forthcoming sandwich shop. Be prepared to wait in line for the fancy stuff.
Also of Note: Wine Riot, a huge traveling wine event, is today. Tickets for that are $50. The Vendys and Le Fooding are also today, but tickets are all sold out for both events. Smorgasburg is open today, and the New Amsterdam Market will be open tomorrow. For a new restaurant to try, consider Saxon & Parole, La Mar Cebicheria, or Jung Sik. For late night eats, take a look at Eater's list of NYC's best after-hours specials. 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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