Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) New Amsterdam Market Gift Shop & Soda Fountain
Where: 213 Water St.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 11 AM - 6 PM
What: The seasonal market at the South Street Seaport is hosting a gift shop this weekend, with a number of artisanal foods for sale like Mast Brother chocolate, Bees' Needs honey, and jams and preserves from Anarchy in a Jar. The event will also feature a soda fountain from Bent Spoon and P & H Soda with floats, egg creams, and hand-mixed sodas. On Saturday at 6:30 PM, Gregory Cohen will give a talk about the artisan soda movement. Admission is free, but it you want to attend the talk, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Brunch at Isa and Bowery Diner
Where: Isa, 348 Wythe Street; Bowery Diner, 241 Bowery
What: Mathieu Palombino's Bowery Diner kicks off brunch this weekend, with a menu of things like fried eggs with Blue Point oysters and hashbrowns, pancakes, waffles, French toast, and doughnuts. Taavo Somer's Williamsburg restaurant Isa also starts brunch, with a menu of dishes like boudin noir with eggs, duck leg with sweet potatoes, and bread pudding with maple ice cream. Check out their groovy brunch menu here.
3) Thai Cooking Class at Ngam
When: Sunday, 4 - 6:30 PM
Where: 99 3rd Avenue
What: This new East Village restaurant will be hosting a "Thai For Your Loved Ones" class taught by chef Hong Thaimee, who previously worked at Perry Street and Spice Market. Learn to make dishes like tom yum koong, stir fried mussels, pad Thai, and Thai fruit salad. The class is $90 per person, and guests will receive recipes from the chef to take home with them. Call 212-777-8424 to make a reservation.
4) Try a Vegetarian Tasting Menu
Where: All over the city
What: Earlier this week, Eater compiled a guide to the best vegetarian tasting menus around New York City — Eleven Madison Park, Devi, Pure Food & Wine, Jean Georges, Adour, and Bouley were all represented. If you've ever wanted to see what fine-dining chefs can do without meat or fish, consider trying one of these menus this weekend.
5) The Art of Chocolate with Julie Elkind
When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: Casa Nonna, 310 west 38th Street; BLT Steak, 106 East 57th Street
What: A chocolate-making class for beginners from the executive pastry chef of Casa Nonna, Julie Elkind. Learn to make bonbons, chocolate-covered fruit, and more. Saturday's class is at BLT Steak, and Sunday's is at Casa Nonna. Both classes are $100 per person; call 212-752-7470 (Sat.) or 212-736-3000 (Sun.) to make a reservation.
Also of Note: All nine Tour de France restaurants are serving specials dishes to celebrate their "Stinky Cheese Week." Smorgasbrewery returns to the Brooklyn Brewery on Sunday. If you're hungry for pizza this weekend, consult Eater's guide to 12 pies to eat before you die. For new restaurants to try, consider Empellon Cocina, Alison Eighteen, Fort Reno Provisions, or The New Acme. Or, just consult the recently updated Eater Heat Map.
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