Chocolate Expo, Kids Food Festival, NY Drinks NY

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
February 26, 2016 11:36 am Last Updated: February 26, 2016 4:07 pm

Leap Year Birthday Deals

The bar at BLT Steak. (Courtesy of BLT Steak)
The bar at BLT Steak. (Courtesy of BLT Steak)

BLT Prime and More

Four restaurants under ESquared Hospitality—BLT Prime, BLT Steak, The Wayfarer, and Casa Nonna—will offer a special deal for people born in a leap year on Feb. 29. Parties of two or fewer will get 50 percent off their check, while parties of three or more get 25 percent off.

Monday, Feb. 29
BLT Prime, 111 E. 22nd St.
BLT Steak, 106 E. 57th St.
The Wayfarer, 101 W. 57th St.
Casa Nonna, 310 W. 38th St.

Villa Italian Kitchen

Pizzeria chain Villa Italian Kitchen, started by Neapolitan immigrant Michael Scotto in 1964, is giving away a free slice to people born on Feb. 29. Villa serves Neapolitan-style, Sicilian-style, and stuffed pizzas.

Monday, Feb. 29
Villa Italian Kitchen locations

Jue Lan Club's Braised Oxtail Buns. (Melissa Hom)
Jue Lan Club’s Braised Oxtail Buns. (Melissa Hom)

Jue Lan Club Lunch Prix Fixe and Dim Sum

Modern Chinese restaurant Jue Lan Club is serving a lunch prix-fixe menu, priced at $20.16, to celebrate the new year. The three-course menu includes dishes like Soy Ginger Glazed Salmon, Flank Steak with “chinochurri” sauce and taro fries, and Chicken Satay.

The restaurant has also started a dim sum brunch menu on weekends, with classic dim sum dishes and chef Oscar Toro’s unique creations like Chinese Sausage and Egg Dumplings.

Monday–Friday, 11:30 a.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.
Jue Lan Club
49 W. 20th St.

The interior of Momofuku Ko. (Gabriele Stabile)
The interior of Momofuku Ko. (Gabriele Stabile)

Momofuku Ko Serving Lunch

Chef David Chang’s upscale tasting menu restaurant is now open for lunch service. Similar to its dinner menu, the dishes will change frequently based on market availability. $195 per person.

Noon–3:30 p.m.
Momofuku Ko
8 Extra Place

The interior of Bagatelle. (Bagatelle)
The interior of Bagatelle. (Bagatelle)

Chef’s Table at Bagatelle

On weekdays, this lively French restaurant in the Meatpacking District will begin serving traditional French classics that are not usually on its menu. For one table per night, chef Sebastien Chamaret will cook dishes like Cuisses de Grenouilles a la Provençale (pan-seared frog legs, tomato, and garlic confit sauce), Chausson d’Escargot de Bourgogne (snails in puff pastry and parsley-pastis sauce), and Cuissot de Sanglier Grand Veneer (braised wild boar shanks). $68 per person, with additional $60 for wine pairings.

Monday–Friday, starting Feb. 29
1 Little W. 12th St.

A Bloody Mary cocktail. (Courtesy of the Bloody Mary Mix Down)
A Bloody Mary cocktail. (Courtesy of the Bloody Mary Mix Down)

Bloody Mary Mix Down

This annual bloody mary cocktail-making contest is back. Bartenders in the five boroughs and Long Island will showcase their recipes in preliminary rounds. The top three winners will then move on to the final competition at the New York City Hot Sauce Expo in April, where he or she will face off with the winner of California’s Bloody Mary Mix Down.

Brooklyn round: Monday, Feb. 29, 8 p.m.
Over the Eight Bar
594 Union Ave., Brooklyn

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The wine room at Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen. (Steve Hill)
The wine room at Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen. (Steve Hill)

Une Soiree Beaujoloise

Join winemakers Jean and Agnès Foillard, Camille Lapierre, and Valentin Montanet for an exquisite meal that is part Lyonnaise bouchon and part pig roast. Dishes, served family-style, will be paired with wines from Lapierre and Foillard. $125 per person.

Tuesday, March 1
7 p.m.–11 p.m.
Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen
35 Downing St. 

Good Spirits

Some of the city’s best mixologists will prepare cocktails for your enjoyment at this event organized by Edible Manhattan magazine. The drinks will be paired with food by eateries like Bustan, Dirty Burger, Orwasher’s Bakery, and Royce Chocolate. Mixologists hail from bars like Louie and Chan, The Penrose, and Wassail. $60 per person.

Thursday, March 3
6 p.m.–9 p.m.
608 W. 28th St.

Kids Food Festival

The Kids Food Festival seeks to reduce childhood obesity by hosting fun activities that educate families and children on how to eat healthily. This year, the festival will be held at Bryant Park, where children can enjoy free cooking demos and live performances. For $25, they can take cooking classes with top chefs, such as Daniel Holzman (The Meatball Shop), Thiago Silva (Catch), and Claus Meyer (co-founder of Noma). In the evening, the whole family can enjoy Family Date Night with live performances, dinner bites, and dessert at the Celsius cafe at Bryant Park ($20 per person).

Saturday, March 5 & Sunday, March 6
Bryant Park activities: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Family Date Night: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
40th–42nd streets (between Fifth & Sixth avenues)

A cassoulet dish. (Courtesy of Back Forty West)
A cassoulet dish. (Courtesy of Back Forty West)

Cassoulet Fest

The SoHo restaurant Back Forty West is hosting its sixth annual cassoulet festival, where chefs from around the city will share their take on the southwestern French dish. Participating chefs include Back Forty West’s Mike Laarhoven, Jon Nodler of High Street on Hudson, Shanna Pacifico of Extra Fancy, and acclaimed Tuscan Italian chef Cesare Casella. New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik will also be speaking at the event. $87 per person, including wine pairings.

Sunday, March 6
6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Back Forty West
70 Prince St.

Chocolate Expo

The biggest chocolate event in the Northeast, the Chocolate Expo, is back. At the Long Island Cradle of Aviation Museum, chocolates of all kinds will be available for sampling. Small bites and alcohol pairings will also be served. Famous TV chefs Tony Albanese (“Cupcake Wars”), Scottish Francis (“MasterChef”), and Barret Beyer (“Hell’s Kitchen”) will also give cooking demonstrations. $15 for adults, $10 for children (ages 2 to 12).

Sunday, March 6
10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, N.Y.

A previous NY Drinks NY event. (NY Drinks NY)
A previous NY Drinks NY event. (NY Drinks NY)

NY Drinks NY

Celebrate the best of New York wineries with a grand tasting of over 300 locally produced wines. The annual event is organized by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, which promotes the wine industry in New York (the third largest in the country). $45 per person.

Tuesday, March 8
6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Altman Building
135 W. 18th St.