Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) Brunch at élan
When: Today and Tomorrow
What: élan is launching brunch service this weekend with a menu that includes smoked salmon croque monsieur, blintzes with sweet ricotta and egg dishes alongside signature dishes from the dinner menu like the chicken pot pie and General Tso's sweetbreads.
2) Goat Roast
When: 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
What: Popular ramen joint Dassara is holding a goat roast this weekend in its backyard today. You can get a plate of goat and a beer for $16 or unlimited food and drink for $30.
When: Today, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Rockaway 97th St Boardwalk
What: This all day event features South American incarnations of corn with tortilla making demos and you can get corned themed street food from Caracas Arepas Bar, Rockaway Taco and Cosme. There will be a ticketed dinner at 6:30 will be prepared by Ignacio Mattos of Estela, Jair Téllez of Laja and Fany Gerson of La Newyorkina. This menu will also feature corn, using maíz criollo provided by Masienda.
4) Literary Happy Hour
When: Today and Tomorrow, 6:00 p.m.
What: Have a nice reading voice and want a free drink? Contrada, the new restaurant that took over the old Calliope space, is having a patrons read short sections from Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities. Each reading is filmed and posted on Youtube, with the aim to string them all together at the end into a unique audiobook. And, yes, the reader gets a free drink for his/her efforts.
5) Brunch at Fung Tu
When: Today and Tomorrow, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Fung Tu
What: Fung Tu's also starting up brunch service this weekend, serving a menu that's a perfect respite for those that are bored with the standard menu offerings. Try fried koshihikari rice porridge, China-quiles, or chicken with steamed buns and Chinese sausage gravy alongside dinner favorites like pork belly egg rolls and fried rice with brisket and rhubarb. They will be serving cocktails as well including an asian riff on a bloody mary spiced with sriracha Sichuan oil and a cofee drink made with cold-brew coffee, absinthe, and coffee liqueur.