Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) Eight Nights of Latkes
When: Starts Tonight
Where: Kutsher's Tribeca
What: Kutsher's is putting a Jewish-American spin on Hanukkah again this year with a special Eight Nights of Latkes celebration. Starting tonight, the restaurant will feature a different iteration of latkes each night, including creations like pastrami reuben latkes with spicy brown mustard and BLT latkes topped with veal bacon, grilled romaine, and roasted tomatoes. One order includes two potato pancakes for between $10 and $14.
2) Pickle Party
When: Today, 3 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Tomorrow, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Oenology
What: This weekend, Brooklyn Oenology is throwing a pickle party. Many of Brooklyn's finest pickle purveyors will be present, including Brooklyn Brine Co. and McClure's, offering samples of their goods. The local pickles will also be paired with a shot of whiskey and some beef jerky for a unique take on the pickle back. There will be $13 flights of pickle back pairings for those looking to taste a few different combos, as well as beef jerky snacks.
3) Oyster Happy Hour
When: Today, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Back Forty
What: This afternoon, Back Forty is offering a special Oyster Happy Hour deal. There will be $2 oysters galore and beers will be poured at happy hour prices. The full regular happy hour menu will be available as well.
4) Not So Silent Night
When: Today, 8 p.m.
What: Lair is hosting a holiday party tonight to help raise money for Sandy relief efforts. The festivities include an open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres, and live DJ music. Tickets are $60. Party dresses and bow ties welcome.
5) Cripple Creek Live! Pop-Up Cocktail Bar
When: Sunday, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Where: Lit Lounge
What: Tomorrow night, Damon Boelte (Prime Meats) and Aaron Polsky (Amor y Amargo) are kicking off their new mixology endeavor under the name of Cripple Creek. The bartending duo will experiment with cocktails, making "some of their past hits as well as a few new collaborations." There will be live music and potentially some special guest appearances. Wristbands (aka tickets) are $40, which gets you a taste of each of the eight or nine cocktails.
Also of Note: The New Amsterdam Market is on for this weekend with some special guests: local microfinance borrowers, including El Poblano Farm, Morris Kitchen, Maupston, Raaka Chocolate. The Hester Street Fair's Holiday Market is back this weekend with food vendors like Cuzin's Duzins, Oaxaca Taqueria, and Bite Me Cheesecakes. Looking to try a new restaurant this weekend? Try Willow Road, a stylish new bar and restaurant in Chelsea, Gabe Stulman's new West Village Izakaya Chez Sardine, or the new sushi spot on 21st Street Sen. For those looking to try one of New York's hottest restaurants, do consult Eater's recently updated Manhattan and Brooklyn Heatmaps. Or, if you're trying to plan ahead, check out Eater's guide to Where to Eat on Christmas Day in New York City.