Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) Brooklyn Ice Cream Takedown
When: Sunday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Bell House
What: The king of the takedowns, Matt Timms, is hosting another event, and this time it's all about ice cream. At the Brooklyn Ice Cream Takedown, guests will get to taste over thirty ice creams from local amateur ice cream makers and vote for their favorite. Expect unorthodox flavors like black pepper, jalapeños, and bacon. Tickets are still available online for $15.
2) Wines of Summer
When: Today, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: New York Vinters
What: Beat the heat this afternoon with a class dedicated to summer wines. Guests will enjoy a tasting of eight wines and some light antipasto while learning what to drink, where to drink it, and the best foods to pair each wine with. There will also be some discussion of organic, biodynamic, and naturally produced wines. Tickets are $75.
3) Park Jam
When: Sunday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
What: Take advantage of the sun in Roberta's back garden tomorrow afternoon during their Park Jam rap party. There will be beer, there will be sangria, and there will be pizza. Expect live performances from DJs like Grey Sky Appeal, Taj, and Esh the Monolith as well.
4) Food Truck Rally
When: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Grand Army Plaza
What: It being the first weekend of the month and all, the Food Truck Rally returns to Grand Army Plaza tomorrow. Over fifteen food trucks will be parked outside the entrance of Prospect Park, including Crif Dogs, the Kimchi Taco Truck, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, and more.
5) Weekend Happy Hour
When: Today & Tomorrow
Where: Back Forty
What: The East Village location of Back Forty is bringing Happy Hour into the weekend. Discounted beverages and small bites like rosemary french fries, sliders, and chicken wings are available on Saturdays from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. And if the weather holds up (like it is this weekend), you can grab a table out in their back garden.
Also of Note: Smorgasburg is open for business this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with vendors like Red Hook Lobster Pound, Dough, and Hash Bar. The Hester Street Fair is on for this weekend as well. Looking for somewhere to eat this weekend? Check out Trading Post, a new three-floor restaurant in the Seaport, or consult Eater's Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens Heatmaps. Or, check out Eater's recently updated Brunch Heatmap for some stellar mid-morning options.