Great Big Bacon Picnic, Harvest in the Square, Oktoberfest

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
September 19, 2016 12:36 pm Last Updated: September 20, 2016 10:01 am

Upcoming food and drink events in New York City:

NYC Honey Fest

Held at Rockaway Beach every year, the Honey Fest has returned with all things bee-related. Attendees can enjoy honey from farms in the tri-state area, shop beeswax cosmetics, and learn from educational demos. Children can also participate in face painting and bee hat making, and watch honey-extraction demos. 

Saturday, Sept. 17
11 a.m.–5 p.m.
8601 Shore Front Parkway
Boardwalk 86th, Rockaway Beach

Oktoberfest at Treadwell Park

This Upper East Side beer hall will celebrate Oktoberfest with special dishes you can pair with its selection of German regional beers: the Giant Schnitzel with potato wedges; the Treadwell Park Wurst Sampler, with Schaller & Weber’s bratwurst and knackwurst, served with sauerkraut and warm potato salad; and the Berliner, a traditional German doughnut filled with raspberry jam. There will be a beer stein-hoisting contest with prizes for the winners.

Through Friday, Oct. 14
Treadwell Park
1125 First Ave. (at 62nd Street)

Trofie Basil Pesto. (Courtesy of Da Tommy Osteria)
Trofie Basil Pesto. (Courtesy of Da Tommy Osteria)

Vegetarian Dinner at Da Tommy Osteria

West Village’s Da Tommy Osteria will collaborate with the Green Thumb Farm in Long Island to present a six-course vegetarian dinner featuring organic produce. Dishes will include Beets Carpaccio, with heirloom beets, aged goat cheese, herb salad, and balsamic vinaigrette; Zucchini Cake with Parmesan fondue and truffle; and Trofie Basil Pesto, the signature dish of chef Tommaso Roncari, featuring Genovese-style pesto, with potatoes and string beans. $45 per person ($25 for organic wine pairings).

Monday, Sept. 19
7 p.m. 
Da Tommy Osteria
14 Bedford St. (between Downing Street & Sixth Avenue)

Harvest in the Square

To benefit Union Square Park, chefs from Union Square’s restaurants will prepare a grand dinner with produce from the Union Square Greenmarket. Participating restaurants include Blue Water Grill, The Gander, Breads Bakery, Laut, Union Square Cafe, Union Fare, The Pavilion, Junoon, and more. Pairings with regional wines and microbrews will be available. $125 to $150 per person.

Thursday, Sept. 22
7 p.m.
North Plaza, Union Square Park

Great Big Bacon Picnic

This bacon fest will feature over 100 restaurants, food trucks, brewmasters, and distillers. Participating chefs will create bacon-filled dishes, while craft beers and spirits will be available for imbibing. Restaurants will include Kavala Estiatorio, P.J. Clarke’s, Xixa, Kingsley, Tres Carnes, Veselka, Roni-Sue’s Chocolates, and many more. $79 to $249 per person. 

Saturday, Sept. 24 & Sunday, Sept. 25
Old Pfizer Factory
630 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn

(Victoria Morris)
(Victoria Morris)

Gluten-Free Cake at Maman

The popular French bakery Maman is offering its first ever gluten-free option, thanks to a collaboration with Erin McKenna’s vegan, gluten-free bakery. Maman’s Banana Chocolate Marble Cake is made with ripe bananas, agave, and chickpea and fava bean flour. $3.95 per slice.

Quality Meats' char siu short ribs. (Courtesy of Quality Meats)
Quality Meats’ char siu short ribs. (Courtesy of Quality Meats)

Short Rib Meals at Quality Meats 

Quality Meats executive chef Antonio Mora has created two large-format meals featuring short rib, inspired by late night ventures to the Lower East Side’s Great N.Y. Noodletown and Katz’s Delicatessen. The Chinatown includes char siu short ribs with housemade pickles and steamed buns. The L.E.S., with corned beef-style short ribs, is served on rye bread with half-sour pickles, Russian dressing, and sauerkraut. $54 per person, minimum 2 people.

Quality Meats 
57 W. 58th St. (between Fifth & Sixth avenues)

Morgenstern’s Soft Serve by Chef Paul Liebrandt

Chef Paul Liebrandt (formerly of The Elm and Corton) has created limited-edition soft serve flavors for Morgenstern’s ice cream shop. The flavors are Cuba Liebrandt, with rum ice cream and Coke sorbet with lime zest (until Sept. 18); PLLV, salted caramel and tahini ice cream with sesame seeds (from Sept. 19 to 25); and Tour Pine’Our, sunchoke ice cream and strawberry hibiscus sorbet with toasted hazelnuts (from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2).

Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream
2 Rivington St. (between Bowery & Chrystie Street)

Union Fare Brunch

Union Fare, the recently opened restaurant and bakery, is now serving brunch. Executive chef Yvan Lemoine’s creations include the Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich with apple sausage, egg, and cheese on a cinnamon roll with bacon glaze; Brunch Bolognese with lamb ragu, nori, bonito flakes, egg, and shaved Parmesan; and Grain Bowl, whole grains and beans with pollo pibil, guacamole, salsa, crema, and fried eggs.

Union Fare
5-7 East 17th St. (between Broadway & Fifth Avenue)

Teisui's yakitori skewers. (Jason Greenspan)
Teisui’s yakitori skewers. (Jason Greenspan)

A la Carte Menu at Teisui

Japanese yakitori (grilled chicken) restaurant Teisui has launched an a la carte menu to complement its multicourse tasting menu. Diners can choose from a variety of yakitori skewers: from chicken breasts, tails, and gizzards to chicken meatballs. Nigiri sushi options include uni, bluefin tuna, yellowtail, and salmon. Also available are rice bowls with uni, yakitori, or sashimi.

246 Fifth Ave. (entrance on 28th Street)

Kimpton Ink48's hotel room overlooking the river. (Courtesy of Kimpton Ink48 Hotel)
Kimpton Ink48’s hotel room overlooking the river. (Courtesy of Kimpton Ink48 Hotel)

Sip and Splash on the Hudson River

In partnership with Manhattan Kayak Company, Kimpton Ink48 Hotel is offering guests exclusive access to the Hudson River with coastline kayak tours and stand-up paddleboard tours. Packages include a visit to the hotel for a wine hour after the water activities. $40 to $80 per person.

Through Sept. 30
Pier 84 at the Hudson River

(Courtesy of Loosie's Kitchen)
(Courtesy of Loosie’s Kitchen)

Waffle Croque Madame at Loosie’s Kitchen 

Loosie’s Kitchen in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is serving the ultimate brunch sandwich: the Waffle Croque Madame. Country ham and cheese are sandwiched between two waffles, then topped with béchamel sauce and a sunny side up egg. $15.

Saturdays & Sundays
Noon–4 p.m.
Loosie’s Kitchen
91 S. Sixth St., Brooklyn (between Berry Street & Wythe Avenue)