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Free Noodles at UES Location of Xi'an Famous Foods, Meet Dominique Ansel, and More

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:

1) Xi'an Famous Foods Opens UES Location
When: Today, 11:30 a.m. 6 p.m.
Where: Xi'an Famous Foods
What: Follow Xi'an Famous Foods on a Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and get a free burger or noodle dish. This deal is part of the grand opening of the Chinese chain's UES location and will be available from 11:30 a.m. 6 p.m. 

2) Meet Dominique Ansel
When: Today, 12 p.m.
Where: Williams-Sonoma
What: Meet the cronut magician himself without spending hours waiting in line. Dominique Ansel will be at the Columbus Circle Wiliams-Sonoma a signing copies of his cookbook, Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes. Tickets cost $38 and include a copy of the book. 

3) Try Some Amphorae-Aged Wine
When: Today, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Anfora
What: Head to Anfora tonight for a tasting of amphorae-aged wines lead by wine director Joe Campanale. The tasting includes a lesson in ancient winemaking techniques and a discussion about amphorae-aged wine's place in modern wine programs. Tickets cost $55.

4) A New Kind of Soup Dumpling
When: Today, 10 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Shwick
What: Phumpling Co has a created a whole new food mash up, which combines pho and soup dumplings. Phumpings will make their debut today at Shwick. The phumplings will be garnished with basil, Sriracha, and hoisin and are available for $3 a piece or 3 for $7. 

5) Argentine Party Time
When: Tonight, 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Balvanera
What: Argentine restaurant Balavanera is throwing a fundraiser to support artist Mike Brown's mural. This soiree features $3 beer, $6 wine and complimentary empanadas. Donate to the mural's dedicated Kickstarter here.


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