Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) Beer Balls
When: Today, 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Where: The Alewife
What: This afternoon, the Alewife is hosting a meatball and craft beer festival. There will be creative versions of meatballs from several New York chefs and craft beers from over thirty different breweries. Tickets for both sessions are $40, and include unlimited beer tastings and ten meatballs.
2) Mother's Day Brunch
When: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: The Marrow
What: Harold Dieterle's new West Village restaurant, The Marrow, is offering a special prix fixe brunch in honor of Mother's Day. Take mom out for a three-course meal of lightly cured artic char, housemade tagliatelle, and olive oil cake for $30 per person. Take a look at the menu options here.
3) Pig Butchering Demo
When: Today, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Jimmy's No. 43
What: This afternoon, Jimmy's No. 43 will host a butchering demonstration led by Michael Klampfer, of Mosefund Mangalista Farm. Klampfer will break down half a Mangalista hog and discuss sustainable pig farming. Guests will also eat a lunch of charcuterie and various other cuts. Tickets are $25.
4) Crawfish Boil
When: Sunday, 12 p.m.
Where: The Redhead
What: The Redhead will host their second to last crawfish boil of the season tomorrow afternoon. Abita Brewing Co. will take over the taps with beer and other drink specials available all afternoon. The boil starts at noon and will last until there's no more crawfish. No reservations necessary.
5) Tri-Annual Spring Clam Shuck
When: Today, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: The Brazen Head
What: Boerum Hill dive bar the Brazen Head is throwing their annual Spring Clam Shuck this evening. There will be littleneck clams for $5 per half-dozen, $1 Blue Point oysters, an assortment of self-serve chowders, and $5 pints of Long Island beers. There's no cover, and as their motto says, "have a great shuckin' time."
Also of Note: Smorgasburg is open for business this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with vendors like Porchetta, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and Liddabit Sweets. The Hester Street Fair is on for this weekend as well. Also happening this weekend is the Frieze Art Fair, which features over 180 of the world's contemporary art galleries. This year's event also has some choice food and drink options, including Mission Chinese, Roberta's, and Frankies Spuntino. Looking to try a new restaurant this weekend? Check out Jean-Georges's new Latin spot ABC Cocina or Nolita Thai newcomer Uncle Boons. If you're headed out to the Hamptons this weekend, be sure to stop by some of the restaurants that are reopening for the 2013 summer season. Or you could always try to snag a table at one of the restaurants that won big at the JBF Awards earlier this week.