Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
When: Sunday, 2 p.m.
Where: Astoria VFW Hall
What: Astoria's got your Mardi Gras festivities covered: everything from a big brass band, to jambalaya, the obligatory king cake, and even face painting for the bolder partygoers. Your first drink (beer and wine) is included in the the price of a ticket.
2) Oscar Screenings
When: Sunday Evening
Where: Lots of places
What: There are many options for Oscar viewing parties in this city including the huge screens at Gotham West Market, Sons of Essex which will be serving $7 prosecco all night, and Prospect Heights favorite, The Vanderbilt, which will be awarding prizes for correct Oscar predictions.
[Photo: The Vanderbilt]
When: Today, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Meet at Bavaria Bierhaus
What: For $45 you can get four drinks and a whole lot of the Bard. The New York Shakespeare Exchange is leading a pub crawl where they will visit four bars, drink and watch excerpts performed from Shakespeare's plays.
4) Brunch at Marco's
When: All weekend
What: Hot spot Marco's is serving their first brunch this weekend. The menu features the usual suspects with a few twists: buckwheat pancakes, a pancetta sandwich, wood-grilled oysters, and fried eggs with cotechino.
5) Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity
When: Today and Tomorrow, noon to 6 p.m.
Where: The Drawing Center
What: Many of Ferran Adrià's drawings are still on display at The Drawing Center. In addition to the sketches, which include an illustrated history of cooking and several dish ideas, there are photos from the restaurant and a film titled 1846. More info is available over on Eater National.
Up Your Steak Game : If you're thinking of eating at a steakhouse this weekend (or ever) Eater's Guide to Navigating the Steakhouses of New York City should be required reading. It's a primer to the history, the unspoken rituals, and tips like how to avoid being overcharged for wine.