Bacon Festival, Alta Linea Brunch, and Blues BBQ

By Daksha Devnani, Epoch Times
August 13, 2015 10:38 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm


Zeppelin Hall’s Summer Bacon Festival

Whether you like your bacon crispy, salty, sweet, or wrapped around beef, there is something for everyone’s palate at the annual summer bacon festival hosted by Zeppelin Hall. Executive chef Franco Robazietti has created 14 decadent offerings, like Bacon Bacon BBQ Nachos with pulled pork and pickled onions, Bacon Oysters Rockafeller, and the giant Bacon Pretzilla served with three dipping sauces. There will also be a bacon-laced dessert to top off your meal, along with 50+ European and American craft brews on tap.

Aug. 13–23, 88 Liberty View Dr., Jersey City


Corn Frittata. (Courtesy of Alta Linea)
Corn Frittata. (Courtesy of Alta Linea)

Brunch at Alta Linea

This could be your brunch as you dine al fresco at the High Line—breakfast paninis, yogurt and cherry-cashew granola, seasonal summer squash and sweet corn frittata, and more! Alta Linea, the seasonal, outdoor restaurant at The High Line Hotel, has debuted a modern Italian menu for your next brunch meetup. Guests will enjoy dining alongside a bubbling fountain while sampling classic cocktails like spritzes and negronis.

Every Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.The High Line Hotel Garden-180 10th Ave. at 20th Street.


(Courtesy of Surf City)
(Courtesy of Surf City)

Oyster Bar at Surf City

Surf City has just debuted its Oyster Bar, featuring Ceviche, Clams, and Oysters on the Half Shell, Lobster Guacamole, and more from executive chef Franco Robazetti. Surf City has three indoor and three outdoor bars with city views and a sandy beach, serving wine and 75 beers on tap. On top of that, they also have a dedicated tropical frozen drink bar to keep the festivities going long into your summer evenings.

This weekend (Aug. 14–16) and next (Aug. 21–23), Surf City will hold a Shrimp Tsunami event with 12 types of shrimp dishes, from Buffalo Shrimp to Shrimp Chili.

Weekdays: Opens at 4 p.m.
Weekends: Opens at noon.
1 Marin Blvd., Jersey City, N.J.

Hot-Sauce-Making Workshop

Hot sauce enthusiasts, don’t miss this workshop with Brooklyn Grange’s head farmer Ben Flanner, who will teach you all the tricks of the hot sauce trade. Every year thousands of bottles of hot sauce are churned from Brooklyn Grange’s farm fresh peppers. During the workshop you will get an overview of what goes into each batch, from the quick harvest to determining heat levels to making a shelf-stable sauce with minimal processing. Have you ever wondered about the differences between green and red sauce? Here’s your chance to learn all.

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 6 p.m.– 8 p.m. Brooklyn Grange Flagship Farm – 37-18 Northern Blvd., Long Island City.Tickets: $35

(Courtesy of Hudson River Blues BBQ)
(Courtesy of Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ)

Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ

Enjoy a warm summer evening with some of New York City’s best BBQ restaurants, including Butcher Bar, Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, as they pair up with some of America’s best blues and roots musicians at the Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ Festival. Artists include Otis Taylor Band, Jarekus Singleton, and more!

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2 p.m.– 9 p.m. Pier 26 in Tribeca. Free admission.

(Courtesy of Revolving Dansk)
(Courtesy of Revolving Dansk)

Hot Dog and Whiskey Tasting

Did you know there’s a whiskey distillery in the Navy Yards, close to the heart of DUMBO? Revolving Dansk will show you around for a whiskey tasting, paired with its signature polse—all natural Danish dogs that are to your average hot dog what prosciutto is to bacon. There will be bourbon, chocolate whiskey, moonshine, and many more whiskeys to try as you search for your favorite drink n’ dog combination.

Saturday, Aug. 15, 1 p.m.–10 p.m. Kings County Distillery—63 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn. Free Admission.