September 11, 2009

Fun Foodie Things to Do in NYC This Weekend

It's finally Friday and there's lots of events going on this weekend (with some continuing through to the end of next week).  Whether you like craft beer, $24 meals, cheese, or a picnic in the park (by celebrity chefs), there's something going on this weekend in NYC for you!

For beer lovers, Friday (today!) is the start of a week-long celebration of craft beers.  NY Craft Beer Week is in its second year - we went to a few events last year and they were very popular!  Many microbreweries from NY and beyond will be showcasing their beers.  Highlights include the Zagat's House Specials (beer paired dinners ranging from $40 at a few restaurants to $350 at PerSe); Beer Passport ($35) which lets you grab a pint at any of the 83 participating bars for only $2; and the Gotham Cask Festival (this weekend only!) showcasing great cask beers at three locations around Manhattan.

It's been 400 years since Henry Hudson sailed up the Hudson river.  As part of the celebrations, Taste of New Amsterdam is featuring $24 meals at various restaurants (including BondSt Sushi and Petite Abeille).  The deals continue until the end of next week. 

Head up to Central Park - East Meadow this Saturday for Le Bal NYC, an event featuring French dancing as well as food by Omnivore New York (a collaboration between chefs from NYC and France).  Celebrity chefs including wd~50's Wylie Dufresne and Momofuku's David Chang have contributed to the Bento Boxes that will be handed out to the public.  Sounds like one terrific picnic in the park!  The event runs on Sat, from 2-6pm in Central Park-East Meadow (enter at 5th Ave and E 99th St).

If you like cheese and/or beer, head out to this Sunday's Brooklyn Cheese Experiment where amateur chefs and home brewers showcase their cheese-based dishes and home-brewed beers.  Early-bird tickets are only $20 ($25 at the door) and gives you the opportunity to taste and vote for your favorites.  The festivities happen this Sun, from 1-5pm at The Bell House (149 7th St in Park Slope, Brooklyn). 

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