Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, Taste of Bushwick, City Harvest Summer in the City

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
June 3, 2016 2:06 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm
Lobster roll from Red Hook Lobster Pound. (Courtesy of Smorgasburg)
Lobster roll from Red Hook Lobster Pound. (Courtesy of Smorgasburg)

Smorgasburg at South Street Seaport

Smorgasburg returns to South Street Seaport, this time inside the recently renovated Fulton Market building. Food vendors include Lumpia Shack (Filipino snacks), Red Hook Lobster Pound (lobster rolls), Home Frite (Belgian fries), and Wowfulls (Hong Kong egg waffle treats). On Sundays, local food and specialty goods purveyors will set up shop at the Fulton Stall Market.

11 a.m.–8 p.m.
19 Fulton St.

(Courtesy of Food Loves Tech)
(Courtesy of Food Loves Tech)

Food Loves Tech

This three-day expo will explore the future of food through interactive installations; panels featuring experts like chef Jose Andres and tech guru Gary Vaynerchuk; presentations by different food and innovation companies like AeroFarms (vertical farming), C-fu FOODS (proteins made from insects), and SmartyPans (a pan that reads calories in real time); and a three-course supper. $50 to $150 per person.

Friday, June 10–Sunday, June 12
269 11th Ave.

(Courtesy of Eric Schwortz Photography)
(Courtesy of Eric Schwortz Photography)

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

The annual outdoor festival devoted to barbecue returns to Madison Square Park, with pitmasters from around the country participating, such as Joe Duncan of Bakers Ribs in Texas; Ed and Ryan Mitchell, formerly of Ed Mitchell’s Que in North Carolina; John Wheeler of Memphis Barbecue Co. in Mississippi; and Pat Martin of Martin’s Bar-B-Que in Tennessee. $125 and $275 per person.

Saturday, June 11 & Sunday, June 12
11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Madison Square Park 
Madison Avenue (between East 23rd & 27th streets)

A performance during the 2014 Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge Festival. (Courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge)
A performance during the 2014 Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge Festival. (Courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge)

Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge

While watching 550 athletes compete in a 15-mile outrigger race in the waters of downtown Manhattan, enjoy food, music, and a traditional Hawaiian luau at Pier 26. Food trucks will be serving dishes, while a beer garden will provide refreshments. The Hokule’a, the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s canoe that has been navigated across the world’s oceans, will be on display.

Saturday, June 11
Festival: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Luau: 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
Hudson River Park at Pier 26

A Harlem Classic burger with fries and Red Velvet Shake. (Courtesy of Harlem Shake)
A Harlem Classic burger with fries and Red Velvet Shake. (Courtesy of Harlem Shake)

Mr. or Miss Harlem Shake Competition

The Harlem restaurant Harlem Shake is looking for a local resident who represents the spirit of the community to become the Mr. or Miss Harlem Shake for this year. The winner, selected by customers’ votes, will get free burgers for a year, a cash prize of $500 to keep, and $1,000 to a local charity, a headshot on the restaurant’s Wall of Fame, and a chance to represent the restaurant at the annual African American Day parade. 

Application deadline: Sunday, June 12

Bar Hugo

At Bar Hugo, a rooftop bar overlooking the Hudson River, the nonprofit Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) will host a happy hour event featuring delicious sweets from C-CAP alumna and chef Jennifer Edwards, and samples of The Drop, a new rosé wine. Guests can also buy raffle tickets to win prizes. $65 to $75 per person.

Monday, June 13
Bar Hugo
525 Greenwich St.

Undiscovered Queens 

Food historian Francine Segan will give a talk about the diverse and delicious culinary offerings of Queens. She will be joined by food writer Joe DiStefano and director of the Queens Tourism Council Rob MacKay. There will be sample dishes from Queens eateries like Arepa Lady (Venezuelan, Colombian), The Nest (Guyanese), and Thai Rock (Thai). $45 per person.

Tuesday, June 14
7 p.m.
1395 Lexington Ave.

Taste of Bushwick

Taste of Bushwick is an annual festival featuring the best of the neighborhood’s dining scene. Participating restaurants include Faro, BK Jani, FINE & RAW Chocolate Factory, Maite, Fair Weather Bushwick, Montana’s Trail House, Syndicated, and more. Bruce Cost Ginger Beer, Braven Brewing Company, and Dromedary Bar are among those who will provide beverages. Proceeds go toward supporting the local nonprofit theater, Bushwick Starr. $40 to $50 per person (group tickets available).

Tuesday, June 14
6:30 p.m.–9 p.m.
Boar’s Head warehouse
24 Rock St., Brooklyn (enter at Bogart Street)

City Harvest’s Summer in the City

Food rescue organization City Harvest is hosting a tasting event with chefs from some of the city’s most beloved restaurants and eateries, including High Street on Hudson, Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Co., David Burke Kitchen, mokbar, Breads Bakery, Root and Bone, Doughnut Plant, and more. This year’s culinary hosts include Nick Bennett, Janine Booth, Angie Mar, and Questlove, who will curate surprise treats. $150 to $500 per person.

Wednesday, June 15
6:30 p.m.–10 p.m.
IAC Headquarters
555 W. 18th St.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que's Pork Sandwich. (Daniel Krieger)
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s Pork Sandwich. (Daniel Krieger)

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Pop-Up at Coney Island

For the summer and fall season, New York’s popular barbecue restaurant Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will be serving its classic sandwiches, pork ribs, and chicken wings from a pop-up concession stand on Coney Island near the Nathan’s Famous restaurant. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que souvenirs will also be on sale. 

Through Tuesday, Nov. 1
1208 Surf Ave., Brooklyn

Mejillones (mussels) en Escabeche Montaditos. (Ashley Sears)
Mejillones (mussels) en Escabeche Montaditos. (Ashley Sears)

Donostia Happy Hour

This summer, Donostia, a Basque bar and restaurant, is introducing a happy hour special with two-for-one pintxos (small bites) and potes (drinks) at a discounted price. The menu includes Montaditos (bite-sized sandwiches), Banderillas (skewers), and the Conservas Combinado Plate, a selection of Espinaler conservas (canned Spanish seafood like mussels, clams, and tuna belly). Drinks include a selection of beers, ciders, vermouth, and Spanish white and red wines. 

5 p.m.–7 p.m.
155 Avenue B

Benoit Happy Hour

Alain Ducasse’s Parisian bistro Benoit is serving a “L’Apero” happy hour, with a menu of rillettes, French cheeses, tapenades with crudités, and mini croque monsieurs. A selection of wines will be available for under $10.

5 p.m.–7 p.m. (2 p.m. on Fridays)
60 W. 55th St.