Say goodbye to Smorgasburg and the Queen’s Night Market
This weekend will be the last for Brooklyn’s outdoor food fest Smorgasburg, which sets up shop in Williamsburg on Saturdays and Prospect Park on Sundays. But food market fiends can still visit Smorgasburg in its imminent winter weekend locations, indoors starting November 3 at the Atlantic Center mall across the street from Barclays Center. This is also the final weekend of the year for the Queens Night Market, free-to-enter outdoor weekend food and art bazaar in Queens. Its last day will be Saturday, October 27, and a Halloween-themed party is expected.
A tapas bar and sandwich shop open, and a new pizzeria heads to Williamsburg
Nai Tapas is now open in new, two-story digs at 85 Second Ave., between East Fourth and Fifth streets in the East Village. The bar, which focuses on Spanish fare and hosts flamenco shows, was previously located in an underground spot on First Avenue. A new fast-casual sandwich spot, Artiserie Sandwich Boutique, has opened at 459 Lexington Ave. with subs, salads, rice bowls, soups, and breakfast. Plus, Rosa’s Pizza plans to swing open in Williamsburg this weekend at 374 Metropolitan Ave. The pizzeria will offer dine-in, takeout, and delivery, and its menu includes vegan and gluten-free options.
Henry at the Life Hotel has a new menu
Chef JJ Johnson is expanding the hours at his Henry at the Life Hotel to include breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. The daytime menu — in full below and available starting Friday, October 26 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — includes breakfast items like fig French toast and an “everything bagel roti” served with jerk-cured salmon and za’atar yogurt. Lunchtime brings two salads and an oxtail egg roll, as well as dishes like fried chicken, egg rice, grilled cheese, and a fried shrimp sandwich. Spritzes, martinis, wines, and beer are also on the new menu. Johnson — an Eater Young Gun and former chef at the Cecil and Minton’s in Harlem — took over Henry in August, serving food of the African diaspora.
Learn about all-things wine at this Brooklyn wine festival
Wine Riot is bringing tons of wine — and wine experts — to Brooklyn in a festival that aims to teach people about the drink. The event will feature 20-minute “crash courses” where attendees will compare and contrast wines during tasting sessions, as well as geographically diverse booths offering wine from all over the world. The festival is happening on November 2 to 3 at the Brooklyn Expo Center at 72 Noble St. Tickets are $65 and include unlimited wine tastings and educational courses.