Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
When: Today & Tomorrow, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Hudson Common
What: Josh Ozersky is taking over Hudson Common this weekend as he hosts a miniature Meatopia. There will be a "Whole Animal Lounge" out on the patio, which involves bison, beef, and pork stations paired with craft beer and special cocktails. Inside the restaurant area, there will be "classic Meatopia dishes" like spicy fried chicken and duck gumbo. Tickets are still available, and can be purchased online for $75.
2) Hammer & Claws
When: Today & Tomorrow
Where: The Tunnel at the Terminal Stores Building
What: Hammer & Claws, a three-hour Maryland blue crab buffet, is taking place in the Tunnel at the Terminal Stores building this weekend. Roughly 40,000 live crabs have been brought in from the Chesapeake Bay, steamed, and will be served with all-you-can-eat corn on the cob, potato chips, hot dogs, cornbread, and unlimited amounts of beer. There are three seatings over the course of the weekend, and each costs $95 for adults and $50 for kids.
3) Taste the West Village
When: Today, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Yard at P.S. 41
What: Outdoor culinary festival Taste the West Village is back for its fifth year with over 30 participating neighborhood restaurants. There will be samples available from places like The Meatball Shop, The Marrow, Corkbuzz, and 5 Oz. Factory as well as kid-friendly activities, giveaways, and a live band. Tickets will be sold on-site this weekend which supplies last. All proceeds go to P.S. 41.
4) New York Beer Fest
When: Today, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Randall's Island
What: The first ever New York Beer Festival is taking over Randall's Island later today. There will be over 60 breweries pouring unlimited beer samples, and dozens of food trucks will be selling food all afternoon. Tickets are available online for $50, or $65 for VIP access, which gets you an extra hour of food and beer.
5) Last Hog Days of Summer
When: Today, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Arrogant Swine
What: Arrogant Swine is hosting one last Hog Days of Summer barbecue party in Greenpoint this afternoon. Like all their other events this summer, this will be a celebration of traditional North Carolina barbecue and heritage pig farming. A whole hog from Tamarack Hollow Farm will be slow-smoked and served with the proper garnishes and sides. There will also be all-you-can-drink craft beer from Founders Brewery and a live bluegrass band. And this time around, as a last hurrah, there will be a special beer bacon dessert. Tickets are $41, or $51 for VIP access. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Just Food NYC.
Also of Note: Smorgasburg is open for business this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with vendors like Pizza Moto, Takumi Taco, and Dough, but the Hester Street Fair is closed this weekend. Looking to try a new restaurant? Head to Pagani for dinner, grab a drink at Henry, A Liquor Bar. in the Hudson Hotel, or get your taquito fill at the new Mexican snack stand Taquitoria. And if it's ramen you're after, check out Sietsema's guide to his 12 favorite bowls.
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