Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) Kutsher's Tribeca 1st Anniversary Benefit Concert
When: Sunday, seatings at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Where: Kutsher's Tribeca
What: Tomorrow evening, Kutsher's Tribeca will celebrate its first anniversary with a special dinner and concert. The three-course meal will feature signature Kutsher's dishes. Basya Schechter will be performing live all night long. The event will also serve as a benefit for victims of Hurricane Sandy, with 15% of the proceeds being donated to relief efforts. Adults pay $72 and kids under 10 get in for $36. Call 212-431-0606 to reserve a spot.
2) Cookies and Sweets with Saltie
When: Today, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Brooklyn Kitchen
What: This afternoon, Brooklyn sandwich shop Saltie will take over the Brooklyn Kitchen for a hands-on cooking class. Caroline Fidanza, former head chef at the Diner/Marlow empire, and Rebecca Collerton will share recipes for their signature sweets, including galettes filled with seasonal fruits and squash pockets. Students will go home with a handout of all the recipes from the class. Tickets are $55.
3) Brunch at Brinkley's Station
When: Today and Tomorrow, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Brinkley's Station
What: Brinkley's Station, the new gastropub from Tom and Anthony Martignetti, kicks off brunch service this weekend. The menu includes breakfast dishes like the messy breakfast sandwich with home fries, smoked salmon scrambled eggs, and vanilla french toast, plus some lunch options like burgers, sandwiches, and salads. There is also an assortment of Bloody Marys on the menu if you prefer your mid-day meal in liquid form. Check out the full menu here.
4) Brunch Comes to Ngam
When: Today and Tomorrow, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What: Some more brunch news to report: Ngam will now be offering brunch on weekends. The menu will feature classic brunch fare will a Thai twist with dishes like scrambled eggs with sweet turnips, french toast made with a Thai tea batter, and chicken wings and waffles with ginger and orange marmalade. As per usual, the ingredients used are all farm fresh thanks to Farmers Web.
5) Drink Up at Hudson Lodge
When: Every Day, 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Where: The Hudson Hotel
What: Just in time for the winter season, the Hudson Hotel unleashes the Hudson Lodge, a ski-resort-themed bar in the middle of Manhattan. The tented terrace comes complete with taxidermy, candles, lush fur blankets, and maybe even some manmade snow. A menu of hearty dishes like Mexican hot chocolate and salted caramel fondue and chipotle brisket chili, plus beverage offerings including hot buttered rum toddys and caramel apple cider will be available between 4 p.m. and midnight every day.
Also of Note: Both locations of Smorgasburg are on for this weekend for the final market of the year. The New Amsterdam Market is open tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual Union Square Holiday Market is open today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with food vendors like Momofuku Milk Bar and Wafels and Dinges. Looking to try a new restaurant this weekend? Try Daniel Delaney's new Williamsburg brick-and-mortar restaurant BrisketTown, the new sandwich shop from the guys of the Artichoke pizzeria mini chain, Chubby Mary's, or Heather Tierney's new vegetarian cafe and juice bar The Butcher's Daughter. Or, if you're in need of somewhere new to grab a drink this weekend, do consult Eater's recently updated Cocktail Heatmap. Like eating at trendy places? Check out Eater's gallery of New York's Cutesy Seafood Shacks.