Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) Memorial Day Bash
When: Saturday & Sunday
Where: Bungalow Bar
What: The Rockaway's beloved Bungalow Bar is back in action just in time for the unofficial beginning of summer, and they're throwing their annual Memorial Day Bash to celebrate. The back deck will be open, a limited menu will be available, drinks will be flowing, and there will be live music all weekend long. Also of note: In Good Company Hospitality Group is releasing a short documentary telling the story of how Hurricane Sandy impacted the Tubridy family (owners of Bungalow Bar) and the Rockaways in general in the six months following the superstorm. It will be out on Monday.
2) Brunch at Lafayette
When: Starts today, 10 a.m.
What: As previously noted, Andrew Carmellini and friends are finally rolling out brunch at Lafayette this weekend. Expect waffles with Nutella, smoked salmon Benedicts, soft scrambled eggs, and brunch cocktails. The new menu will be served between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Take a look at the full menu here, but whatever you do, don't look it directly in the eyes.
3) Summer Kickoff Party
When: Today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Hester Street Fair
What: Time to dust off those ping-pong paddles. The Hester Street Fair is hosting their Memorial Day weekend Ping Pong Tournament and Summer Kickoff Party today during normal market hours. As the name suggests, there will be ping-pong and prizes for the champions. Interested parties can either reserve a spot by emailing email@example.com, or simply walk-up and hope to get lucky. There will also be food from the newest Hester Street Fair vendor, Ducks Eatery, as well as from Khao Man Gai NY and Exchange Alley.[Photo]
4) Arrested Development Dinner
When: Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Where: Three Letters
What: To celebrate the return of Arrested Development, Clinton Hill's quirky French restaurant Three Letters is serving up an eight-course tasting menu tomorrow evening. The special menu is $45 per person, and includes dishes inspired by characters and jokes from the show, including corn balls, "Lucille Bluth's Breakfast" (vodka rocks and a cracker), Carl Weathers' stew and frozen, chocolate-dipped bananas, of course. Tomorrow also just happens to be the day the new season premieres on Netflix.[Photo]
5) Everything Rosé
When: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Corkbuzz Wine Studio
What: Tomorrow afternoon, Corkbuzz Wine Studio is hosting a seasonal wine class devoted to rosé wines. Guests will get to taste several wines, learn what foods they pair well with, and how they're made. Tickets are $50.
Also of Note: Smorgasburg is open for business this weekend from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with vendors like Hash Bar, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and Blue Marble Ice Cream. Roberta's is providing the food and the drink for the season premiere of Tiki Disco at the Knockdown Center from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow. Looking to try a new restaurant this weekend? Then check out the the latest Bromberg brother venture, Blue Ribbon Beer Garden, or try the East Village's newest wine bar Maiden Lane. For anyone heading out to the Rockaways this weekend, be sure to stop by the Rockaway Beach Concessions and support those restaurants affected by Hurricane Sandy. Catching a flight out of town this Memorial Day weekend? Know before you go with Eater's Airport Dining Guides.