Bronx Food and Wine Festival, Blues BBQ, Olympics Menus

August 5, 2016 11:11 am Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Upcoming food and drink events in New York City:

Goffle Farm Turkey
Goffle Farm Turkey “Steak” with Tuscan kale, heirloom cherry tomatoes, and salsa verde. (Courtesy of Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas)

Farm-to-Table Dinner at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

The modern wine and Italian tapas bar is holding a farm-to-table fundraiser for City Green, a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing urban farms and gardens in northern New Jersey. The five-course dinner, headed by executive chef Josh Bernstein, will feature local, seasonal dishes starring ingredients from City Green’s gardens, such as Local Burrata, with Winterbor kale pesto and cherry tomato honey; Goffle Farm Turkey “Steak,” with Tuscan kale, heirloom cherry tomatoes, and salsa verde; and Nelson Carrot Cake, with ginger cream and candied red bell radishes. Each dish will be paired with wine from Spuntino’s extensive worldwide wine list. $80 per person.

Tuesday, Aug. 9
6:30 p.m.

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas
70 Kingsland Rd.
Clifton, N. J.

Bronx Food and Wine Festival

Eat nYc’s Bronx Food and Wine Festival is headed to the Bronx Zoo. The event will offer bites and sips from local restaurants, distilleries, breweries, and wineries, and a selection of treats from other local artisans. Honorary awards will be presented for the best Bronx chef and restaurant. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit Food Bank for New York City. $75 to $100 per person.

Friday, Aug. 12
5 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Bronx Zoo, Dancing Crane Pavilion 
2300 Southern Blvd.
The Bronx

Secret Summer Cocktail Festival

New York’s only farm-to-bar cocktail festival is returning. Secret Summer will offer craft cocktails made with fresh ingredients from urban farms, featuring brands including Woodford Reserve, Fentimans, Finlandia Vodka, and Polar Seltzer. Guests can pair their drinks with food from local vendors, such as Eddie’s Pizza and Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, enjoy performances ranging from aerialists to musicians, and participate in activities from a ping-pong garden to a live graffiti installation. $75 to $150 per person.

Sunday, Aug. 14
4 p.m.–10 p.m.
The Foundry
42-38 Ninth St.
Long Island City, Queens

Children play bean bag toss at last year's event. (Lindsay Morris)
Children play bean bag toss at last year’s event. (Lindsay Morris)

Great Food Truck Derby

Feast among the potato fields at Edible East End’s Great Food Truck Derby, which brings more than 15 New York City and Long Island food trucks to the Hayground School. Food options include Blondies Bake Shop, Pizza Luca, Chiddy’s Cheesesteaks, and Island Empanada, alongside beverages from vendors like Brooklyn Brewery and Sweet’tauk Lemonade. The event will coincide with the Hayground School Community farmers market and programming for families and children, and will benefit the Hayground schoolyard projects in the region. $65 to $100 per adult, $20 per child (12 and under).

Friday, Aug. 19
4 p.m.–7 p.m.
Hayground School
151 Mitchell Lane
Bridgehampton, N.Y.

Crowds gather on the pier at the Blues BBQ 2015. (Courtesy of Hudson River Park)
Crowds gather on the pier at the Blues BBQ 2015. (Courtesy of Hudson River Park)

Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ

Enjoy a day of food and music on the waterfront at Hudson River Park’s 17th annual Blues BBQ. The festival will pair favorite New York City BBQ restaurants, like Arrogant Swine and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, with top Blues and Roots musicians, such as Gaye and the Wild Rutz and Cash Box Kings. Free admission.

Saturday, Aug. 20
2 p.m.–9 p.m.
Pier 97 at Hudson River Park

NY Whisky Cruise 2016

Join the Whisky Guild aboard the Spirit of New York Cruise Ship for their NY Whisky Cruise 2016. Attendees will sample their way through spirits from around the world, led by distillers, brand ambassadors, and industry experts in attendance, and enjoy a buffet dinner and dessert including fresh salads, meat, cheese, seafood entrees, and pastries. $137 to $172 per person.

Thursday, Aug. 25
7 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Chelsea Piers, Pier 61
11th Avenue & West 21st Street

Manhattan by Sail Offers Culinary Sails

Manhattan by Sail has launched a summer dinner series on the water, featuring the restaurants Delicatessen, The Meatball Shop, and The Lucky Bee. On select Monday evenings, diners will enjoy customized, one-night-only menus aboard the 158-foot 1854 Clipper City schooner, as they tour the southern tip of Manhattan on a two-hour sail. The next Culinary Sail, on Aug. 22, will feature a seafood menu from Delicatessen. $100 per person.

Select Mondays through September
7 p.m.–9 p.m.
The Battery, Slip 2

Sweat Sessions at the Meatpacking District

Get in shape at the Meatpacking District’s Sweat Sessions, a free, outdoor summer fitness series. Most Tuesday nights through August, brands such as Ash Fit, Lululemon, and Bari Studio will teach three 45-minute classes, from yoga to boot camps, at Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park. Afterward, participants are invited to Samsung 837 for complimentary healthy bites and sips from local businesses.

Selected Tuesdays through Aug. 30
6 p.m., 7 p.m. & 8 p.m.
14th Street Park
West 14th Street & 10th Avenue

The Bittersweet Symphony. (Courtesy of Treadwell Park)
The Bittersweet Symphony. (Courtesy of Treadwell Park)

Olympics Beers and Summer Beer Floats at Treadwell Park

Craft beer hall Treadwell Park is offering a special international beer menu to celebrate the Olympic Games. The menu available through Aug. 21 will highlight brews from Italy to Norway, along with a rotating selection from the Brazilian brewery Way Beer featuring Amazonian fruits like caju, the “cashew apple,” and gabiroba, a spicy fruit. Treadwell Park has also launched a summer series of beer floats, including The Big Island with Avery Liliko’i Kepolo and Caribbean coconut gelato, and The Bittersweet Symphony with Firestone Walker Easy Jack (IPA) and Pacific Northwest raspberry sorbet.

Treadwell Park
1125 First Ave.

Olympics Menu at SushiSamba

The Brazilian-Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant is celebrating the Rio Olympics with screenings of the games and Brazilian-inspired cocktails and cuisine. SushiSamba will offer three twists on a caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail made with cachaça, or sugarcane liquor, including the Kaffirinha Sorbet Sparkler with kaffir lime sorbet, cachaça, and sparkling wine floater. Guests can complement their cocktails with Brazilian street food and sweets, such as Bolinhos de Bacalhau, a fritter-like morsel made with sea bass, purple Peruvian potatoes, and aji amarillo (a thick-fleshed chile); and Pasteis de Caipirinha, a flaky tart baked with nata (Brazilian custard) flavored with cachaça and lime juice and zest.

Through Aug. 21
4 p.m.–7 p.m.
11 p.m.–close
SushiSamba West Village
87 Seventh Ave. S. 

Chef Lynn's Broadway Beets sandwich on an Amy's Bread roll.
Chef Lynn’s Broadway Beets sandwich on an Amy’s Bread roll.

Broadway Beets Sandwich at Amy’s Bread Sandwich

The Broadway Beets sandwich, created by chef Lynn Bound of Feinstein’s/54 Below, is the next feature in Amy’s Bread’s Chef Sandwiches for Good charity program. The sandwich is made with roasted beets, pickled vegetables, Camembert cheese, and baby kale served on an Amy’s Bread New York State Whole Wheat Seeded Sandwich Roll spread with Arethusa sea salt butter. A portion of proceeds from each sandwich will benefit Broadway Barks, an annual dog and cat adoption event that helps over 25 animal shelters and rescue groups.

Through Aug. 31
Amy’s Bread
All locations

Heavy Hitters Series at Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream

Morgenstern’s is collaborating with chefs Mario Batali, Marco Canora, Carlos Mirarchi, April Bloomfield, and Andrew Tarlow for a monthlong series featuring an exclusive new ice cream flavor every week. The series includes Mario Batali’s Molto Mario’s Modena Creamsicle, with sour cherry sorbet and mascarpone ice cream; Carlo Mirarchi’s Vamos a la Playa, with lime, coconut, and cilantro; and Andrew Tarlow’s Irishman’s Peach Cobbler, with yellow peaches and sweet Thai basil. Proceeds from the series will benefit the Food Book Fair.

Through Sept. 4
Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream

2 Rivington St.

The Grapefruit Shush (left) and Lemon Shush (right) cocktails. (Rodrigo Lizarraga)
The Grapefruit Shush (left) and Lemon Shush (right) cocktails. (Rodrigo Lizarraga)

New Cocktails at El Original TX-MX

The Hell’s Kitchen eatery has launched two new “Shush” (shandy and slushie) cocktails for Traveler Beer Company’s National Refreshment Day on July 28. The Lemon Shush is made with Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy, housemade pineapple-lemon honey, and bitters, and the Grapefruit Shush is made with Traveler Grapefruit Shandy, lime juice, and housemade mint simple syrup.

Through Sept. 5
El Original Tx-Mx
735 10th Ave.

Boozy Popsicles at Pampano

A new line of boozy, spiced popsicles is now available at Pampano’s. Beat the summer heat with flavors like Frozen Margarita with tequila, tamarind, and hibiscus juice, and Mezcal with mezcal, pineapple juice, and sea salt.

Through Sept. 30
209 E. 49th St.

Late-Night Breakfast at Boilermaker

Satisfy late-night cravings at Boilermaker, now serving up a full breakfast menu from midnight to closing. Offerings include a variety of stacked pancakes, from Buttermilk to Red Velvet to S’Mores; an Egg Sandwich on a toasted potato bun with truffle aioli; and cocktails like the Benton’s Old-Fashioned with bacon-infused Four Roses Bourbon Yellow Label, maple syrup, and angostura bitters.

13 First Ave.