Battle of the Burger, Broadway Jazz Fest, Tipsy Tea Brunch

July 28, 2016 11:49 am Last Updated: October 11, 2018 9:53 am

Upcoming food and drink events in New York City:

Olympics Opening Ceremony Party

Avua Cachaca's hand-crafted cachaca, a distilled spirit made from fresh sugarcane juice. (Natasha Moustache)
Avua Cachaca’s hand-crafted cachaca, a distilled spirit made from fresh sugarcane juice. (Natasha Moustache)

The Rio Olympics are right around the corner, and Avuá Cachaça, one of the only exclusively Rio-made cachacas (a sugarcane juice spirit) available in America, is hosting an opening ceremony viewing party at Salvation Taco. The restaurant and lounge will be offering $10 drink specials, including cocktails such as the Race to Rio, with Avuá Amburana Cachaça, lemon, and demerara, and the Fresca Colada, with Avuá Prata Cachaça, strawberry, coconut, lime, and pineapple.

Friday, Aug. 5
6 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
Salvation Taco
145 E. 39th St.

NYC African Food Festival

Experience a taste of African culture at the first NYC African Food Festival. The two-day event will feature authentic African dishes and drinks along with African-inspired foods from around the world, with over 25 participating restaurants and chefs including Pierre Thiam and Grace Odogbili. Guests can also enjoy cooking demos and samples, a fashion tent showcasing African designers, and live entertainment from both diaspora and Africa-based artists. Tickets start at $20 per day.

Saturday, Aug. 13 & Sunday, Aug. 14
Brooklyn Navy Yard
63 Flushing Ave.

Battle of the Burger

New York City’s best burgers will face off in Time Out New York’s annual Battle of the Burger. Attendees will sample their way through the city’s top 20, as voted by Time Out New York readers (and to be revealed in their Aug. 17 issue), and wash it all down with unlimited beer from Budweiser. $50 per person.

Thursday, Aug. 18
Session 1: 5 p.m.–7 p.m.
Session 2: 8 p.m.–10 p.m.
South Street Seaport
19 Fulton St.

Flushing Night Out

Flushing Night Out, a community-funded night market organized by the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, will be held at the Flushing High School grounds on select Friday nights this summer. The over 30 participating vendors include C Bao, Dosa Hutt, House of Mac, Lezzetli Mediterranean Ice Cream, and Snowdays. The market will also feature live entertainment and a DIY village, where visitors can make unlimited crafts for $1 per person. Free entry.

July 29, Aug. 12 & Aug. 26
6 p.m.–11 p.m.
Flushing High School
35-01 Union St.
Flushing, Queens

Broadway Jazz Fest at The Lambs Club

The Lambs Club has launched its Broadway Jazz Fest brunch series for the summer. On select Sundays through September, customers can enjoy a brunch menu curated by chef Geoffrey Zakarian while listening to performances by the stars of Broadway shows from “Motown” to “Waitress.” Next up in the series is “Something Rotten” on Sunday, Aug. 7. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. $68 per adult, $35 per child under 12.

Through September
11 a.m.–3 p.m.

The Lambs Club
132 W. 44th St.

Tipsy Tea Brunch at Tanner Smith’s

Boozy brunch meets afternoon tea at Tanner Smith’s new Tipsy Tea Brunch. The brunch features a choice from three Tipsy Teapots, such as the Rosie Lee with Hendrick’s Gin, lavender-infused tea, cane sugar, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and Champagne ($40 for two cocktails), or a choice of brunch cocktails, wine, or beer. Entrees include the Avocado Smash, with poached eggs, avocado, shaved radish, and grilled sourdough bread, and the Shrimp N Grits Skillet, with cheese grits and shrimp gravy. Brunch is served with live swing music.

Saturdays & Sundays
11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Tanner Smith
204 W. 55th St.

New Menus at Temerario

Chef Mario Hernandez’s eatery specializing in Cuernavacan street food has debuted new lunch, brunch, and cocktail menus. Lunch offerings include tortas, street-style tacos, and the Temerario Burger, with chile ash brioche, short ribs, Negro Modelo morita glaze, and mansano cream, served with crispy fries. The new brunch menu features Huevos Con Huanzontle with Huanzontle corn omelet, roasted tomato salsa, and avocado. Their new summer cocktails include the Dear Carnal with Reposado tequila, Vieux Pontarlier absinthe, house ginger beer, lime, pineapple juice, and simple syrup.

198 Eighth Ave.

Weekend Brunch at Social Drink and Food

Weekend brunch is now available at Social Drink and Food, an outdoor rooftop terrace restaurant and bar in Hell’s Kitchen. The menu, presented by 24-year-old chef and Tel Aviv native Gabriel Israel, features modern Israeli street food alongside brunch classics. Among the classic items are Skirt Steak and Eggs, and Challah Bread French Toast with roasted bananas. Street food options include Shakshuka, eggs baked in a spicy tomato sauce with feta and pita, and the Complete Malawach Sandwich, fried flatbread enfolding an egg simmered with tea and spices for 12 hours, vegetables, and hummus, served with tomato coulis on the side. Each $18 dish is served with a complimentary Watermelon Bellini, but additional brunch drinks are also available for $4.

Saturdays & Sundays
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Social Drink and Food
570 10th Ave.

Sunday Lunch at Emily

The Emmy Burger, with Fleisher's dry-aged beef, Emmy sauce, caramelized onion, Grafton cheddar, and cornichon. (Emily Bolles)
The Emmy Burger, with Fleisher’s dry-aged beef, Emmy sauce, caramelized onion, Grafton cheddar, and cornichon. (Emily Bolles)

The Clinton Hill pizza spot’s now offers chef Matt Hyland’s Korean-style duck wings, with a sauce made from gochujang, butter, garlic, and rice wine vinegar, with a side of buttermilk mint ranch for dipping. The wings join the Emmy Burger, with Fleisher’s dry-aged beef, Emmy sauce, caramelized onion, Grafton cheddar, and cornichon, on the new lunch menu.

Noon–3 p.m.

919 Fulton St.

Seasonal Brunch at Wallflower

Wallflower’s recently appointed executive chef, Derrick Paez, has introduced new, seasonal items to the brunch menu. Additions include Cookies & Coffee Milk, with Rhode Island coffee milk and homemade cookies; Caramelized Bread Pudding, with drunken cream, Nutella, and housemade strawberry jam; and Toad in the Hole, with egg, pimento cheese, double-cut bacon, and roasted fingerling potatoes.

Saturdays & Sundays
11 a.m.–3 p.m.

235 W. 12th St.

The Kati Roll Company’s New Lassis

Lassis in Mixed Berry, Kesar Pista, Mango, and Orange Blossom flavors. (Courtesy of The Kati Roll Company)
Lassis in Mixed Berry, Kesar Pista, Mango, and Orange Blossom flavors. (Courtesy of The Kati Roll Company)

Indian eatery The Kati Roll Company has added two new flavors of lassi, a refreshing Indian yogurt drink, to their menu. The Kesar Pista, flavored with saffron and pistachio, and the Orange Blossom, reminiscent of a creamsicle, have joined their popular mango and mixed berry lassis.

The Kati Roll Company
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