Weekend Picks:

New York City Beer Week

New York City Beer Week brings eight days of parties, tastings, and festivals all over the city. At East Village bar Jimmy’s No. 43, a selection of more than 20 Trappist beers will be available to sample, in addition to complementary food like a whole roasted hog and vegetarian dishes. $65 per person. 

Saturday, Feb. 25
12 p.m.–3 p.m.
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. Seventh St. (between Second & Third avenues)
East Village
JimmysNo43.com

At the Brewer’s Choice event in Brooklyn, more than 30 local and out-of-state craft breweries will pour special brews for the event, such as Brewery Ommegang, Gun Hill Brewing Company, Alpine Brewing Company, KelSo Beer Co., and Peekskill Brewery. Brisket, cheeses, and a variety of dishes and bites will be provided by Sigmund’s Pretzels, Murray’s Cheese, Fine and Raw Chocolate, Prime Meats, and more. $80 per person.

Wednesday, March 1
6 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Food Science Academy of LIU Brooklyn
1 University Plaza (at Flatbush & DeKalb avenues)
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
NYCBeerWeek.com

Carnival of Venice at Machiavelli 

Baccala Mantecato, dry-salted codfish mousse served on polenta crostini. (Courtesy of Machiavelli)
Baccala Mantecato, dry-salted codfish mousse served on polenta crostini. (Courtesy of Machiavelli)

To celebrate the Carnival of Venice, Italian restaurant Machiavelli is serving a special menu through Feb. 25, with items such as Insalata di Granchio alla Veneziana, crabmeat salad with scallions, radicchio, and citronette; Casunzei Ampezzani, a specialty of the Dolomite region, with mezzaluna pasta stuffed with red beets and ricotta, coated in a butter and poppy seed sauce; and Branzino Royale con Radicchio e Teroldego, sautéed filet with radicchio in Teroldego wine sauce.

Wines from the Tre Venezie region in northeastern Italy will be served. Guests will be treated to live jazz piano music and are encouraged to dress in medieval garb and masks, à la the Venetian Carnival. 

Friday, Feb. 24–Saturday, Feb. 25
Machiavelli
519 Columbus Ave. (at West 85th Street)
Upper West Side
MachiavelliNYC.com

Upcoming Events:

Po’ Boys to Go at Massoni

Inside the Arlo NoMad hotel, chef Dale Talde’s Massoni restaurant has a to-go counter called Bodega. For Fat Tuesday, the counter will be offering a special po’boy sandwich, with blackened shrimp, roast beef, pastrami aioli, lettuce, and tomatoes. $15.

Tuesday, Feb. 28
Bodega at Arlo NoMad
11 E. 31st St. (between Fifth & Madison avenues)
NoMad
MassoniNYC.com

Mardi Gras Ball at Treadwell Park 

Beignets. (Courtesy of Treadwell Park)
Beignets. (Courtesy of Treadwell Park)

For Mardi Gras, beer hall Treadwell Park is throwing a grand party, featuring New Orleans eats like boudin balls, muffaletta sandwiches, beignets, king cakes, and jambalaya made with Carolina Reaper peppers. Drinks for the evening will include six specialty beers from the Abita Brewing Company, based in Abita Springs, Louisiana, and a station serving the official New Orleans cocktail, the sazerac (rye whiskey, absinthe and bitters). Triad Brass will provide music, and guests are encouraged to dress up for the “best dressed” costume contest. 

Tuesday, Feb. 28
6:00 p.m.–10 p.m.
Treadwell Park
1125 First Ave. (between 61st & 62nd streets)
Upper East Side
TreadwellPark.com

Puccini-Inspired Menu at Giovanni Rana

Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina will be presenting a special menu of dishes inspired by Giacomo Puccini’s operas and his birthplace of Tuscany. For three evenings, the restaurant will serve dishes alongside performances by singers who have starred in New York City Opera productions. Dishes include raviolo filled with Tuscan style ribollita, polenta taragna sauce, and crispy cavolo nero; chicken marengo girasole filled with sautéed chicken and mushrooms; and sweet ravioli filled with panettone.

Tuesday, Feb. 28 to Thursday, March 2
6:30 p.m.
Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina
inside Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Ave. (between 15th & 16th streets)
RanaNYC.com

Celebrating 25 Years at Oceana 

Baked oysters. (Courtesy of Oceana)
Baked oysters. (Courtesy of Oceana)

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Oceana will be serving unique oysters and beverages to pair. Every day for 25 days, a different oyster will be featured. A special beer made with Bluepoint oysters in collaboration with Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., called the Oceana Oyster Stout, will be poured. A half dozen oysters and a pint is $30. On Mondays, the restaurant will pour a special vintage wine, $25 per glass. 

Through Saturday, March 4
Oceana
120 W. 49th St. (between Sixth & Seventh avenues)
Theater District
OceanaRestaurant.com

Dessert Goals

Taiyaki, Japanese fish-shaped waffles, stuffed with ice cream. (Asia Coladner)
Taiyaki, Japanese fish-shaped waffles, stuffed with ice cream. (Asia Coladner)

Dessert Goals returns for a two-day festival all devoted to sweet treats. Vendors will include Coolhaus (ice cream sandwiches), Mochidoki (ice cream-filled mochi), Baonanas (banana pudding), Taiyaki NYC (Japanese fish-shaped waffles filled with ice cream), and more. Complimentary cups of Intelligentsia coffee will be provided. A free candy shop and salt bar (to cleanse the palate between desserts) will be on-site. Each ticket holder will be given a one and a half hour time slot to purchase the array of desserts available. General admission tickets available from March 7 for $15. 

Saturday, March 25 & Sunday, March 26
Dobbin Street
64 Dobbin St. (between Norman & Nassau avenues)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
DessertGoals.com

Cienfuegos Goes All-Vegan

Mushroom and Tomatillo Croquetas. (Courtesy of Cienfuegos)
Mushroom and Tomatillo Croquetas. (Courtesy of Cienfuegos)

Cienfuegos, the East Village cocktail lounge, has gone all-vegan. Restaurateur Ravi DeRossi, who owns 15 establishments around New York City, is in the process of making all of his restaurants vegan, in consideration of animal welfare and the environment.

Chef Josh Moore, formerly of Maialino, is at the helm at Cienfuegos, making all-vegetable renditions of Cuban classics, such as the Ropa Vieja, a mound of charred cabbage, bell peppers, shiitake mushrooms, leek purée, and toasted rice in rum, served on radicchio leaves; sweet plantains coated with a coffee gastrique and served with ancho chili-ginger aioli; Mushroom and Tomatillo Croquetas topped with kumquat jam; and Arroz con Frijoles (rice with beans), a medley of spicy, sweet, and tart with cipollini onion, black beans, avocado, pico de gallo, and pineapple chunks.  

For dessert, you could go the chocolatey route, with a smooth chocolate mousse, accompanied with coconut whipped cream and Oreo bits; or the lightly sweet route, with Arroz con Leche, a rice pudding-like treat, flavored with spiced rum and orange. The cocktail menu, with a focus on rum, no longer includes honey, nor sugars and spirits that have been processed with animal products.

Cienfuegos
95 Avenue A (between Sixth & Seventh streets)
East Village
CienfuegosNY.com

Whiskey Flights at Rarities 

Whiskey flight at Rarities. (Courtesy of Rarities)
Whiskey flight at Rarities. (Courtesy of Rarities)

Rarities, a reservation-only lounge located inside the Lotte New York Palace hotel, is now offering a whiskey tasting menu with rare bottles. Wine and beverage director Justin Lorenz will guide guests through the menu and educate them on flavor profiles and methods of making whiskey. The menu includes Highland Park 30-year scotch, Laphroaig 32-year scotch, and Mortlach 25-year scotch. Tastings from $65 to $270.

Rarities
Lotte New York Palace 
455 Madison Ave. (between 50th & 51st streets)
RaritiesNYC.com

Special Bowls at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que 

The Black and White bowl. (Courtesy of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que)
The Black and White bowl. (Courtesy of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que)

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is making their signature barbecued meats available in bowl form. For lunch and dinner, diners can order the Black & White bowl (at the Brooklyn location) with black beans and rice; and the Greens ‘N Sweet bowl (at the Harlem location) with whipped sweet potatoes and simmered collard greens. You pick the meat: barbecue pulled pork, beef brisket, or pulled chicken. Each order comes with mixed salad, a Creole deviled egg, and grilled cornbread. The restaurant will also serve a bowl and soup combo, with the daily homemade soup. $9.95 for bowls, $13 for bowl and soup.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
700 W. 125th St. (at 12th Avenue) 
Harlem
604 Union St. (between Third & Fourth avenues)
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
DinosaurBarBQue.com

New Brunch Menu at Pampano

Pampano sangrias. (Courtesy of Pampano)
Pampano sangrias. (Courtesy of Pampano)

Chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval’s contemporary Mexican restaurant Pampano is serving a new brunch menu. Offerings include Chilaquiles con Huevo, scrambled eggs and crispy tortillas in roasted tomato sauce, with refried pinto beans; Hamburguesa Pampano, a grilled ground sirloin hamburger with manchego cheese, guacamole, and roasted garlic aioli, served with fries and mixed greens; and Omelette de Rajas o de Chorizo, with Monterey Jack cheese and your choice of poblano peppers or chorizo, served with potatoes and brioche toast. 

Saturdays & Sundays
Pampano
209 E. 49th St. (between Second & Third avenues)
Midtown East
RichardSandoval.com/Pampano

Bottomless Brunch at Charrúa

Uruguayan restaurant Charrúa has launched a bottomless brunch on weekends. Guests can enjoy two hours of unlimited mimosas, beer, and sangria, along with an entree dish, for $26. The food options include variations on the national sandwich, the chivito, like El Canadiense, with filet mignon, bacon, mozzarella, ham, eggs, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, and more; El Cheto, with portobello mushroom, mozzarella, caramelized onions, carrots, and chimichurri sauce; and El Choripan, a street food classic with sausage, lettuce, tomato, and chimichurri sauce. 

Saturdays & Sundays
12 p.m.–4 p.m.
Charrúa
131 Essex St. (at Rivington Street)
Lower East Side
CharruaNYC.com