Mission Chinese Food Cookbook Launch, Long Island Restaurant Week, Wine and Burgers

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
November 4, 2015 1:29 pm Last Updated: November 6, 2015 11:29 am
Chilled Egg Custard with Sea Urchin and Salmon Roe, from Bowien's cookbook. (Courtesy of Ecco)
Chilled Egg Custard with Sea Urchin and Salmon Roe, from Bowien’s cookbook. (Courtesy of Ecco)

‘The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook’

James Beard Award-winning chef Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese Food has made a name from his inventive spins on classic Chinese dishes. Now Bowien has published a cookbook, “The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook,” featuring recipes for his signature American-Chinese mashups. The chef will first host a cookbook launch party, where he will discuss the book with chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain and Lucky Peach editor-in-chief Chris Ying. Attendees get a signed copy of the book and a meal from Mission Chinese Food, along with two drinks.

Later in the week, Bowien will appear at the 92Y to talk about the restaurant’s beginnings in San Francisco and his experience as a restaurateur, with Lucky Peach co-founder and editor Peter Meehan.

Launch Party with Anthony Bourdain
Monday, Nov. 9
6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
The Powerhouse Arena
37 Main St., Brooklyn
Tickets: $70
powerhousearena.com

In Conversation with Lucky Peach
Friday, Nov. 13
7 p.m.
92Y
1395 Lexington Ave.
Tickets: $32
92y.org/event/mission-chinese-food

Enjoying momos at last year's Momo Crawl. (Sahadev Poudel)
Enjoying momos at last year’s Momo Crawl. (Sahadev Poudel)

Momo Crawl

Momos are hearty dumplings commonly eaten in Himalayan countries, including Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. For the fourth year, food event organizer Jeff Orlick is hosting the Momo Crawl, a one-day tour of Himalayan restaurants in Jackson Heights, Queens, home to the largest Tibetan and Nepalese community in the city. Momos will cost only $1 each at participating restaurants. In the evening, eaters will get to vote on their favorite momo, and the winner will be awarded the Momo Trophy.

Saturday, Nov. 14
2 p.m.–6 p.m.
Diversity Plaza
37th Road & 73rd Street, Queens
momocrawl.com

Brooklyn Bounty: A Historical Feast

The Brooklyn Historical Society has a prized possession in its collection: a handwritten recipe book from the 19th century. For its fifth annual fundraiser, the society will have chefs cook dishes from the book of traditional Dutch dishes, while giving them a modern twist. The event also promises music and a live auction.

Tuesday, Nov. 10
7 p.m.–10 p.m.
26 Bridge
26 Bridge St., Brooklyn
Tickets: $200
bit.ly/1Nfdor4

Nerai Charity Dinner

Upscale Greek restaurant Nerai is hosting a charity dinner to benefit Floga, an organization that helps support children diagnosed with cancer in Greece. The dinner will feature a five-course tasting menu, imported Greek wines, and live music. There will also be a charity raffle with prizes, like a three-day trip to the Bahamas and a 60-inch flat screen TV.

Monday, Nov. 16
6 p.m.–10 p.m.
Nerai
55 E. 54th St.
Tickets: $600 table for two, $1,200 table for four
nerainyc.com

Napa Valley Somms and Sliders

Burgers and wine is the new ultimate pairing. Eighteen wineries from the Napa Valley have teamed up with New York restaurants to offer unique burger-and-wine combinations. Look for burgers from restaurants like 5 Napkin Burger, The Cecil, The Lambs Club, and The Gander. Attendees can also sample more than 40 different wines.

All proceeds will go to Citymeals-on-Wheels, an organization that delivers meals to the homebound elderly.

Tuesday, Nov. 10
6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
The Bowery Hotel
335 Bowery
Tickets: $65
thechefsconnection.com/event/napa-valley-somms-sliders

Attendees at the Brooklyn Crush Festival in May. (Courtesy of New York Wine Events)
Attendees at the Brooklyn Crush Festival in May. (Courtesy of New York Wine Events)

Brooklyn Crush Wine and Artisanal Food Festival

If you’re a true wine connoisseur, New York Wine Events has the affair for you. At the Brooklyn Crush festival, you can sample over 200 different wines, while nibbling on artisanal foods made in Brooklyn. Jazz band The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn will entertain the crowd with live music.

If you’re feeling extra hungry, you can order full-portion meals from Filipino restaurant Manila Social Club, Latin American fusion tapas restaurant Miti Miti Taperia, sandwich shop Fedoroff’s Roast Pork, and Italian charcuterie shop Ends Meat.

Saturday, Nov. 14
Afternoon session: 3 p.m.–6 p.m.
Evening session: 8 p.m.–11 p.m.
Industry City: Building 4
34 35th St., Brooklyn
Tickets: $75
newyorkwineevents.com

The Hornblower Infinity cruise ship. (Nathalie Zaro)
The Hornblower Infinity cruise ship. (Nathalie Zaro)

Village Voice Holiday Spirits Cruise

Celebrate the holiday season early with a cocktail cruise around Manhattan. For the third year, the Village Voice newspaper will offer spirits from more than 25 distilleries and wineries, from local companies like Atsby Vermouth, Breuckelen Distilling, Queens Courage Gin, and Brooklyn Winery, to imported brands like Scorpion Mezcal.

The cruise will also include a buffet dinner. A portion of the proceeds will go to Lifebeat, an organization that educates youth on HIV/AIDS prevention.

Thursday, Nov. 19
6 p.m.–10 p.m.
The Hornblower Infinity Cruise Ship
Pier 40 at West Houston Street
Tickets: $55 general admission, $70 VIP
villagevoice.com/holidayspirits

Long Island Restaurant Week

If you’re looking for a nice weekend getaway from the city, consider making it out to Long Island for Long Island Restaurant Week, when more than 200 restaurants across Long Island will be offering a three-course prix fixe dinner for $27.95. Participating restaurants range from Brasserie Americana in Great Neck, which will serve classic French entrees like Beef Bourguignon and Chicken Cordon Bleu; to the Italian small plates joint, Spuntino Wine Bar in Westbury; and new American restaurant The Living Room, in East Hampton, which will serve entrees like Swedish meatballs and red wine-marinated octopus.

Through Sunday, Nov. 8
Various locations
$27.95 dinner
longislandrestaurantweek.com

Dinner With Three Chefs

In the name of fighting pancreatic cancer, three top chefs are joining hands to cook an intimate dinner. Chef Michael Ferraro, of Delicatessen on the Lower East Side, lost his mother to the disease two years ago. He, along with chef Julian Medina of Mexican bistro Toloache, and pastry chef François Payard of FP Patisserie, will serve a four-course dinner featuring dishes inspired by their family recipes. All proceeds will go to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Tuesday, Nov. 17
7:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
Delicatessen
54 Prince St.
Tickets: $125
eventbrite.com

Pizza from Patricia's in Morris Park, the Bronx. (Courtesy of Bronx Borough President's Office)
Pizza from Patricia’s in Morris Park, the Bronx. (Courtesy of Bronx Borough President’s Office)

Savor The Bronx Restaurant Week

Explore the culinary scene in the city’s underdog borough, during the Fifth Annual Savor the Bronx Restaurant Week. Over 40 restaurants are participating, from Italian eateries in the Little Italy neighborhood on Arthur Ave., to Latin American joints like Mamajuana Cafe, Cabo, and Don Coqui on City Island, off the eastern coast of the borough. The event is organized by the Bronx Tourism Council to showcase the borough’s best dining destinations.

Lunch prix fixe menu is $16.41, while dinner is $20.15. Some restaurants will also offer a 15 percent discount on checks above $20.

Through Friday, Nov. 13
Various locations
$16.41 lunch; $20.15 dinner
ilovethebronx.com