Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) Bushwick Block Party
When: Today, 12 p.m to 12 a.m.
Where: 261 Moore St, Brooklyn
What: Remember that intense video the Roberta's guys put out a few weeks ago? Well, the big day is finally here. Roberta's 3rd annual Bushwick Block Party is taking over the streets in an all out extravaganza. There will be free slices of margherita pizza, live music from acts with names like Andrew W.K., Wild Yaks, and Gang Signs, a "waterworld" setup, and photo booths. Vendors, including Momo Sushi Shack, Aracini Brothers, Heritage Food, Brooklyn Star, and Crif Dogs, will selling food and craft beer all afternoon long.
2) A Taste of NYC at Catalpa
When: Today and tomorrow, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Randall's Island Park, Randall's Island
What: Catalpa, the two-day music festival featuring performances from over 40 artists including Snoop Dog, The Black Keys, and Girl Talk, is taking over Randall's Island this weekend. The music may be a big draw, but the lineup of participating food vendors is pretty strong too. The list includes Momofuku, Baohaus, Luke's Lobster, Crif Dogs, Brooklyn Star, and Coolhaus. Tickets are available for single day access (Saturday or Sunday) or for full weekend access.
3) 31 Days of Riesling at ABV
When: Today and tomorrow
Where: ABV, 1504 Lexington Ave
What: The hip Uptown wine bar ABV is wrapping up the month-long celebration of 31 Days of German Riesling with style. To highlight the grape, they're serving a flight of three rieslings for $18 all weekend long. All three wines are also available solo, by the glass throughout the weekend.
4) The Total Bushwick Immersion
When: Today, 12 p.m to 6 p.m.
Where: Various locations in Bushwick, Brooklyn
What: Brooklyn Brewery and Brooklyn Based have teamed up for a day-long drinking extravaganza in Brooklyn. This neighborhood-wide bar, food, and shopping crawl will feature cheap eats and drinks from local bars and restaurants, including Northeast Kingdom, Miles, Arancini Brothers, Pine Box Rock Shop, and more. RSVP here to see what else this crawl has in store. Spoiler alert: there are a few secret ways to get your hands on free Brooklyn Brewery beers.
5) Pig Roast & Clambake at LIC Market
When: Today, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Tomorrow, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: LIC Market 21-52 44th Dr, Long Island City
What: LIC Market is celebrating its second anniversary with a pig roast and clambake blowout. Choose between a roast suckling pig with black beans, rice, and tamales, or a clambake on a plate featuring mussels, prawns, chorizo, clams, and corn. Both meals cost $25 per person. And if that's not enough, they're offering a lobster or short-rib dinner for $22. There will also be drink specials, including buckets of beer, mimosas, and pitchers of sangria. No reservations necessary.
Also of Note: Smorgasburg and the Hester Street Fair are both on for today. The New Amsterdam Market is open tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is hosting a second special meat cutting demo and discussion with Adam Tiberio of Tiberio Custom Meats. Looking to try a new restaurant this weekend? Try the brand new Murray's Cheese Bar in the West Village or the recently opened supper-club-turned-restaurant Comodo. If it's good cheap eats you're after this weekend, consult Eater's guide to 12 of New York's Cheap Eats Destinations. Or, if you're searching for a place to watch the Olympics while eating some good food, check out Eater's guide to Olympics specials around the city.
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