Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) The NYCWFF
When: Today and Tomorrow
Where: Various Locations
What: The NYCWFF has taken over the city once again. Many of the weekend's events have sold out, but a few choice events still have tickets available. You can still learn about Italian-American classics from the guys behind Torrisi Italian Specialties, dine on dim sum and dumplings with RedFarm's Ed Schoenfeld and Joe Ng, or enjoy a classic Italian porchetta sandwich with Porchetta's Sara Jenkins. Or, if you're really into the musical renderings of Train, head to Trucks & Train hosted by Andrew Zimmern and eat food from trucks like Korilla BBQ, AZ Canteen, and Big Gay Ice Cream. Check out the full list of events with tickets remaining here.
2) The Future of Jewish Food: A Talk & Tasting
When: Today, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: ABC Carpet & Home
What: Mile End Deli is teaming up with ABC Carpet & Home and Tablet Magazine to host a discussion on the future of Jewish Food. The panel features Josh Ozersky, Gail Simmons, the James Beard Foundation's Mitchell Davis, and Time Out New York's Food & Drink editor Jordana Rothman. There will also be a panel of deli owners, including Noah Bernamoff of Mile End in Brooklyn. Tickets are $50 and include a tasting of smoked meats and pickles from each of the participating delis and book signings with the panelists. Check out the full schedule here.
3) Hard Cider Revival
When: Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: New Amsterdam Market
What: The Second Annual Hard Cider Revival takes place tomorrow afternoon at the New Amsterdam Market. There will be special craft ciders from New York State cider makers available both for tasting and for buying. Marlow and Sons will be providing some tapas-style hors d'oeuvres, including grilled oysters with a spicy apple slaw, rabbit sausage with curried onions, and grilled Yukon Gold potatoes with onions and beef fat. Tickets are $40 for 6 tastings or $55 for 10, and you can buy additional tastes at the event for $7 a piece.
When: Today, 2 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Oenology Tasting Room
What: Williamsburg's Brooklyn Oenology is hosting another one of their oyster eating extravaganzas this afternoon in their Tasting Room. There will be all-you-can-eat locally sourced oysters available for $1 a piece as well as $1 discounts on glasses of their 2011 Cabernet Franc Rosé. It's the second to last Oysterfest of the year, so get over there while the getting is good.
5) United Noshes
When: Sunday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Hostelling International NYC
What: Jesse Friedman and Laura Hadden, the husband and wife team behind United Noshes, are on a multi-year mission to cook a meal from every member of the United Nations (in alphabetical order, of course). Tomorrow they'll serve up the 47th meal of the series: a feast from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There will be peanut stew, chicken in palmnut sauce, and fufu, and guests are invited to BYOB. The dinner is $15 per person, but for those feeling generous, there's the option to donate more to benefit the World Food Program USA, which provides emergency food, food security, and nutrition to people around the world.
Also of Note: Both locations of Smorgasburg are on for this weekend. The Hester Street Fair and The New Amsterdam Market are both open for business as well. Looking to try a new restaurant this weekend? Try the new Uptown outpost of Il Mulino, Andrew Carmellini and Luke Ostrom's new joint The Library at the the Public Theater, or Steve Hanson's massive new Strip House in Midtown. Or, if you're looking for the best of what the city has to offer right now, consult Eater's recently updated Guide to New York's 38 Essential Restaurants.