Upcoming food and drink events in New York City:

Red Sauce Sundays at Sessanta

If you’re feeling nostalgic for home-style Italian-American classics, head to Sessanta on Sundays. The restaurant has launched a new “Red Sauce Sundays” menu consisting of red sauce drenched dishes like Mozzarella in Carrozza, buffalo mozzarella and mortadella in a delectable fried sandwich; Polpette di Melanzane, eggplant meatballs; Chicken alla Parmigiana, featuring a massive cutlet; and Pork Braciole, a stuffed pork dish that melds tender pork (with its generous amount of porky fat still intact) with rapini and caciocavallo cheese. An added bonus: The meal starts off with chef Paul DiBari’s glorious garlic bread, topped with plenty of olive oil, shaved Parmesan, and herbs. You’ll be tempted to keep munching on these.

Sessanta
60 Thompson St. (between Broome & Spring streets)
SessantaNYC.com

Pickle Day

Enjoy pickled goodies from more than 20 picklers and tasty treats from local restaurants at this day-long celebration in the Lower East Side. Participants include The Pickle Guys, McClure’s Pickles, Crooked Carrot, Wassail, The Meatball Shop, Roni-Sue’s Chocolates, and Red Hook Lobster Pound. Hobby picklers can enter their homemade creations in a contest judged by chefs and food journalists.

Sunday, Sept. 25
Noon–5 p.m.
Orchard Street (between Delancey & East Houston streets)
PickleDay.nyc

Il Buco's pig roast. (Courtesy of Il Buco)
Il Buco’s pig roast. (Courtesy of Il Buco)

Pig Roast at Il Buco

Sagra del Maiale, the outdoor pig roast hosted by Italian restaurant Il Buco, is returning for another year. The heritage pork from Flying Pigs Farm, slow-roasted over an open fire, will be served with crispy cracklings, pasta alla Genovese, panzanella salad, ricotta fritters with saba, and more. Proceeds will go to relief efforts for the recent earthquake in central Italy. $35 per person ($10 for wine). 

Sunday, Sept. 25
Noon–6 p.m. 
Il Buco
47 Bond St. (between Bowery & Lafayette Street)
IlBuco.com

Attendees at the Chile Pepper Festival. (Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden)
Attendees at the Chile Pepper Festival. (Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden)

Chile Pepper Festival

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is hosting a festival devoted to chili peppers. Attendees can taste a variety of hot sauces, chili-infused chocolates, chili condiments, chili-speckled desserts, and spicy pickled goods. Gardeners will give educational lessons on chili peppers, and kids can pot their own pepper plants. Six bands from different musical traditions will provide live music. $20 per person.

Saturday, Oct. 1
10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Ave., Brooklyn
BBG.org

Chefs participating at last year's benefit event. (Courtesy of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation)
Chefs participating at last year’s benefit event. (Courtesy of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation)

Lemon: NYC

To benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises money for research on childhood cancers, more than 20 star chefs from across the country will join host and chef Alex Guarnaschelli of Food Network for a benefit dinner featuring their signature dishes. $250 per person.

Tuesday, Oct. 4
6 p.m.–9 p.m.
Metropolitan Pavilion (between Seventh & Sixth avenues)
125 W. 18th St.
AlexsLemonade.org

Slice Out Hunger’s $1 Slice Night

Some of the city’s best pizzerias will throw a grand pizza party to benefit City Harvest and Food Bank for New York City, to help support hunger relief. Participating pizzerias will include Emily, Joe’s Pizza, Lombardi’s, Patsy’s, Ribalta, Sam’s Restaurant, Prince Street Pizza, Bruno Pizza, and more. $1 per slice; tickets available at the door.

Wednesday, Oct. 5
6 p.m.
The Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua
The Lower Hall
155 Sullivan St. (between West Houston & Prince streets)
SliceOutHunger.org

Wine Classes at Del Frisco 

Every Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m., the wine team at Del Frisco offers a one-hour class on wine-related topics. The Sept. 24 class features Spanish wines, comparing “classics” to “trailblazers.” Wine tastings and savory food pairings are provided. $40 per person.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
1221 Sixth Ave. (between 48th & 49th streets)
DelFriscos.com

(Courtesy of Paulaner)
(Courtesy of Paulaner)

Oktoberfest at Paulaner

Beer hall Paulaner NYC is celebrating Oktoberfest with brewery tours, fresh-brewed seasonal beer, and a new food menu. The menu consists of traditional Bavarian fare like Mini Meatloaf with potato-cucumber salad; Whole Roasted Duck with pretzel dumplings and braised red cabbage; Sauerbraten with braised red cabbage and spätzle; Wies’n Hendl, half roasted chicken with fries; and Obatzda, a housemade cheese spread, served with a freshly baked pretzel. Special packages with an open bar and party kegs are also available.

Through Sunday, Oct. 30
Paulaner NYC
265 Bowery (between Stanton & East Houston streets)
PaulanerNYC.com

(Courtesy of Zeppelin Hall)
(Courtesy of Zeppelin Hall)

Oktoberfest at Zeppelin Hall

Zeppelin Hall in Jersey City is celebrating Oktoberfest with special Bavarian dishes like schnitzel, sauerbraten (German pot roast), and a wurst platter with an assortment of German sausages. To wash it all down, the beer garden offers over 50 beers on tap. Festivities include live German bands on Friday and Saturday nights, in addition to beer stein hoisting contests.

Friday, Sept. 30–Friday, Oct. 28
Zeppelin Hall Restaurant and Biergarten
88 Liberty View Dr., Jersey City
ZeppelinHall.com

Breakfast at Agern 

Agern, the Nordic restaurant inside Grand Central Terminal, is now serving weekday breakfasts. Options include savory porridges like oatmeal with poached egg, fried pork sausage, and bean salad; Danish toasts like arme riddere (grilled toast) with pear compote and whipped cream; housemade Nordic dairy dishes like skyr (Icelandic yogurt) and ymer (Danish soured milk); and Agern Eggs Benedict with smoked pork loin, salt-baked celeriac, and apple. 

Monday–Friday
7 a.m.–10 a.m.
Agern
Grand Central Terminal 
89 E. 42nd St.
AgernRestaurant.com

An instructor at La Scuola, Eataly's cooking school. (Courtesy of Eataly)
An instructor at La Scuola, Eataly’s cooking school. (Courtesy of Eataly)

Midday Classes at Eataly 

Eataly is now offering a slew of cooking classes during the day, teaching the basics of Italian cuisine. Attendees can pick from classes that range from making meatballs to tiramisu. Italian language classes introduce the food and culture of particular regions of Italy, as well as serve a classic regional dish to sample. $35 for cooking classes, $75 for language classes.  

Eataly Flatiron
200 Fifth Ave. (between 23rd & 24th streets)
Eataly.com 
The B Michael cocktail. (Courtesy of Vinateria)
The B Michael cocktail. (Courtesy of Vinateria)

Cocktail Special at Vinateria 

Vinateria in Harlem celebrated Fashion Week with a special “B Michael” cocktail: spiked lemonade with rosemary-infused vodka, fresh lemon juice, agave, and a sprig of rosemary, in honor of the local celebrity and eponymous fashion designer. The cocktail will be offered through the end of the month. $5.

Through Sept. 30
Monday–Friday 
5 p.m.–7 p.m.
Vinateria
2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (between 119th & 120th streets)
VinateriaNYC.com

Lunch at Schilling 

The Austrian-Mediterranean bistro Schilling is now serving lunch. Dishes on the new menu include Pork Knuckle Sandwich with fresh sauerkraut, Gruyère, and dijonnaise on a pretzel bun; Grilled Branzino (sea bass) with farro risotto, wild mushroom purée, and smoked beets; and Tagliatelle with brown-buttered corn, bacon, and serrano peppers.

Monday–Friday
Noon–3 p.m.
Schilling Restaurant
109 Washington St. (between Carlisle & Rector streets)
SchillingNYC.com

Lunch Special at Jams 

Jams, the restaurant helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef, Jonathan Waxman, is now offering a special “3 for $30” menu during lunch service (starter, main, and dessert course), featuring an array of farm-fresh ingredients. For the main course, choose from gnocchi with burst cherry tomatoes, roasted corn, and Parmesan; baked meatballs with locally milled corn polenta, smoked tomato sauce, and sautéed broccoli rabe; and Jams chicken with Goffle Road Poultry Farm chicken and salsa verde. For dessert, there’s peach berry crumble with vanilla ice cream and milk chocolate pot de creme.

Monday–Friday
11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Jams (at 1 Hotel Central Park)
1414 Sixth Ave. (between 57th & 58th streets)
JamsRestaurant.NYC