Hester Street Fair
The Hester Street Fair on the Lower East Side is open for the 2016 season. Sixty vendors spanning food, fashion, art, and design will display their wares. There will be themed events like a tomato canning party, watermelon day, and an ice cream social, and hands-on workshops, like a class on fermentation with chef Laila Gohar. Food vendors this year include Scarr’s Pizza, EN Japanese Brasserie (Japanese fried chicken), and Spur Tree (Jamaican and Asian fusion cuisine).
Saturdays & Sundays, through Oct. 29
11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Corner of Essex & Hester streets
Enjoy a prosciutto-and-Parmesan-themed dinner at West Village Italian restaurant Rosemary’s. The 5-course menu will incorporate cured meat and cheeses exclusively from Parma, Italy, with dishes like Tortellini with prosciutto consomme and melon; Prosciutto-Wrapped Trout with sage and lemon; and Parmigiano-Reggiano Crusted Pork Shoulder with fennel, rosemary, and orange. $95 per person with wine and beer pairings.
Tuesday, May 24
18 Greenwich Ave.
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Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at this grand food party by the East River. There will be live music, outdoor grilling with celebrity chefs, and classic American food like lobster rolls, hot dogs, fish fry, grilled cheese, and burgers, served by vendors like Luke’s Lobster, Jimmy’s No. 43, Harry Hawk Schnack Burgers, and more. For drinks, there will be craft beer and hard cider. $10 to $75 per person.
Saturday, May 28 & Sunday, May 29
Stuyvesant Cove Park (at 23rd Street)
(RED) is raising awareness and money to fight AIDS with a monthlong series of food events. There will be ticketed dinners, as well as special one-day deals at participating restaurants. The highlight event is the (RED) Supper, featuring top chefs who will prepare a multicourse meal. Among the chefs are Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Dominique Ansel, and Angela Dimayuga. $100 per person.
Wednesday, June 1–Friday, June 10
Supper: Thursday, June 2
6 p.m.–10 p.m.
Brookfield Place, Floor 43
230 Vesey St.
Tocqueville Wine Dinner
French restaurant Tocqueville is hosting a dinner featuring local wines from Red Hook Winery. Chef Julien Wargnies will serve four courses made with local summer produce, to pair with each wine. Pairings include Cold Smoked Trout with Red Hook chardonnay; Violet Hill Farm chicken with Red Hook merlot; and Green Tomato Tart with Cato Corner Farms blue cheese ice cream with a Red Hook Late Harvest riesling. $135 per person.
Wednesday, June 1
1 E. 15th St.
Citymeals on Wheels Benefit
The theme for this year’s Citymeals on Wheels (a nonprofit serving home-bound elderly) benefit is ¡Qué Rico! Celebrating Latino Cuisine and Culture. Participating chefs, including Carolina Bazán, Julian Medina, Alex Stupak, Daniel Boulud, Marc Forgione, Wolfgang Puck, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, will cook up a Latin-flavored feast. $600 to $2,500 per person.
Monday, June 6
45 Rockeller Center Plaza
Schmackary’s Ice Cream Sandwich
At the popular cookie shop, you can now choose any two of Schmackary’s creations to combine with a layer of vanilla bean gelato, for a DIY ice cream sandwich treat. Among the more than 60 different cookie flavors are Cookies and Cream, Lemon Poppy, Funfetti, and Peanut Butter Cup. $6.25 each.
362 W. 45th St.
193 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn
KOA Wagyu Ramen
The Japanese-Chinese noodle restaurant KOA is now serving the fanciest ramen dish in town. The dish features imported Japanese charcoal-grilled Kobe Wagyu steak, topped with truffle and 24-karat gold leaf, Shantan broth (made with chicken and pork), seasonal greens, and white asparagus. It will set you back $180.
12 W. 21st St.
Italian restaurant Petaluma will launch a Seafood Fridays series, featuring freshly caught local whole fish, and seafood towers of shrimp, lobster, clams, and oysters. If the weather is nice, you can enjoy the seafood dishes on the outdoor patio.
1356 First Ave.
This Astoria restaurant serving Southern cuisine has a whole new menu under the direction of a new executive chef, Jonathan Lemon. Highlights include Coffee and Molasses-Cured Baby Back Pork Ribs; biscuits made with duck fat, according to Lemon’s grandmother’s recipe; Crack Mac-n-Cheese with sharp cheddar, pimento, and cornbread crumbs; and Cider Braised Pork Shank with cheese grits.
Along with the new menu, the restaurant is also launching specially themed evenings, with live music from Thursdays to Saturdays and a Chicken-n-Waffles and Champagne night on Wednesdays.
32-07 30th Ave.
Rice Milk Gelato at Rice Cream Shoppe
The rice pudding shop Rice Cream Shoppe is now serving a gelato made from rice milk, a special vegan and gluten-free treat anyone can love. It currently comes in Fior di Rosa (cream flavor) and Dark Chocolate with chocolate chip bits.
Rice Cream Shoppe
195 Bleecker St.
Lunch Menu at Sushi Seki
The sushi restaurant Sushi Seki has launched a lunch menu for Monday to Friday. The “teishoku” set meal includes a soup, a protein, rice, and housemade pickles. Entree options include Yuzu Miso Cod, Tonkatsu “Pork Cutlet,” and Assorted Vegetables with onigiri rice balls, fried bean curd, and konnyaku (yam cake).
Hell’s Kitchen location
365 W. 46th St.
Solomon & Kuff Brunch
The Harlem rum hall Solomon & Kuff is open for brunch, where a DJ will be spinning reggae music for a party atmosphere every third Sunday of the month. Menu items include Porridge with rum raisins, banana, and coconut; Caribbean Shrimp Toast with scrambled eggs and chili pepper jam; and Portland Breaky with eggs and jerk chicken sausage.
Brunch is served every weekend, with a prix fixe menu and an option of bottomless rum punch or mimosas.
Solomon & Kuff
2331 12th Ave.