Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) New York City Winter Wine Festival
Where: Best Buy Theater in Times Square
When: Sunday, 3 - 11 PM
What: A massive wine tasting, with over 200 selections from around the world. The event will also feature hors d'oeuvres and live jazz music. General admission tickets are $89 and can be purchased online. Check out photos from last year's event here.
2) Eat, Drink, and Bloody Mary Contest at Ellabess
Where: 153 Elizabeth Street
When: 2 - 5 PM
What: A bloody Mary throw down with over 15 restaurant teams competing against each other for the Drinkers' Choice trophy. Participating restaurants include: Ditch Plains, Employees Only, Fatty Crab, Freemans, Peels, Marc Forgione, The Wren, and dell'anima. Sliders and snacks will also be provided. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online.
3) Josh Beckerman's Chinatown Walking Tour
Where: Manhattan Chinatown
When: Sunday at 3PM
What: New York's one and only foodie magician will give a tour of his favorite Chinatown restaurants, with stops at places like Vanessa's, Mei Li Wah, and Shanghai Cuisine. Regular tickets are $80, and VIP tickets are $120 (those include a Malaysian dinner after the tour). Josh will be giving these tours every Sunday for the next two months.
4) Eat at an Underrated Restaurant
Where: All over NYC
When: Last week, we asked Eater readers to name the most underrated restaurants in New York, and both the comment section and the tipline were flooded with responses. There were little known restaurants, forgotten classics, spots that may have received attention at some point in the past but still never get the love they deserve. If you want to explore some of these reader favorites, take a look at our Map with 20 of the top picks, or check out the full list of 85 recommended restaurants.
Where: 79 North 11th St.
When: Sunday, Noon - 5 PM
What: Smorgasburg's pared-down winter market returns to the Brooklyn Brewery this Sunday. This week's vendor lineup includes: Commerce Bakery, Noshi, Danny Macaroons, and Solber Pupusas.
Also of Note: 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 Alison Eighteen, Fort Reno Provisions, Bowery Diner, The New Acme, Mercado on Kent in Williamsburg, or Talde in Park Slope. Or, just consult the recently updated Eater Heat Map.
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