Food and Drink Events This Weekend: Feb. 10 to 12

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
February 9, 2017 1:31 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Weekend Picks:

Couples Cooking Classes at ICE 

(Courtesy of Institute of Culinary Education)
(Courtesy of Institute of Culinary Education)

The Institute of Culinary Education has a whole lineup of classes for couples to make a romantic dinner together. In the “Romantic Italy” class, instructors will teach how to make regional Italian dishes, like fresh pasta filled with pecorino de Pienza, grilled treviso salad, and vernaccia poached pears, while lovers of Indian cuisine can sign up for the “Indian Favorites” class, featuring rogan josh, Goan shrimp curry, pakora and tamarind chutney, and more. A class on Valentine’s Day cupcakes will teach couples to make treats like red velvet cupcakes and vanilla chiffon with rose petal buttercream cupcakes.

Friday, Feb. 10–Tuesday, Feb. 14 
Institute of Culinary Education
At Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty St.
Battery Park City

Red Light Ramen Pops Up at Ramen Lab 

Chef Justin Carlisle's tonkotsu ramen. (Kevin J. Miyazaki)
Chef Justin Carlisle’s tonkotsu ramen. (Kevin J. Miyazaki)

James Beard award nominee Justin Carlisle is bringing his popular ramen from Milwaukee to New York City. His tonkotsu pork broth ramen and mushroom miso ramen served at Red Light Ramen will be available for a limited time at the Lower East Side’s Ramen Lab, a shop run by noodle maker Sun Noodle. The ramen comes with toppings like pork, bamboo shoots, egg, and greens.

Through Saturday, Feb. 18
Ramen Lab
70 Kenmare St. (between Mulberry & Mott streets)

Valentine’s Day Celebrations


The legendary Italian restaurant Patsy’s—known as a favorite spot for Frank Sinatra, Al Pacino, George and Amal Clooney, and Jennifer Lopez—is open for Valentine’s Day. The options include tortellini bolognese with veal meat sauce; stuffed pork chop with vinegar peppers; and broccoli di rabe affogati, sautéed with whole garlic cloves and olive oil. 

236 W. 56th St. (between Eighth Avenue & Broadway)
Midtown West

Black Tap 

The Valentine's Day shake. (Courtesy of Black Tap)
The Valentine’s Day shake. (Courtesy of Black Tap)

Black Tap is making a special milkshake for the holiday: a red velvet cake batter shake, topped with a slice of Magnolia Bakery red velvet cake, rimmed with vanilla frosted heart-shaped sprinkles, and garnished with whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle. $19.

Tuesday, Feb. 14
All Black Tap locations

The Stinger 

The Honey Rum Punch. (Noah Fecks)
The Honey Rum Punch. (Noah Fecks)

Chef Todd English’s cocktail bar is serving discounted cocktail specials on Valentine’s Day, such as a choice of two cocktails for $22, and a tasting of three cocktails with a platter to share for $46. Singles needn’t feel left out either: gather your friends to share the Cupid’s Sting honey rum punch bowl, made with aged Bacardi rum, lime juice, honey, Peychaud’s Bitters, and housemade black tea demerara syrup ($52). The bowl is served with a side of chocolate truffles.

Tuesday, Feb. 14
The Stinger
300 W. 44th St. (between Eighth & Ninth avenues)
Midtown West

Ristorante Morini 

Tiramisu. (Anthony Jackson)
Tiramisu. (Anthony Jackson)

Snag a table at Chef Michael White’s Upper East Side Italian restaurant and you can feast on a four-course menu of dishes like housemade tagliatelle pasta with Parmigiano and black truffles; broiled black cod with charred kale, Manila clams, and tomato-pancetta ragu; and tiramisu with mascarpone mousse, lady finger, espresso, and amaretto. $115 per person.

Tuesday, Feb. 14
Ristorante Morini
1167 Madison Ave. (between East 85th & East 86th streets)
Upper East Side

Vinyls and Vines at Nerai

Midtown Greek restaurant Nerai will be hosting a music and wine event, featuring jazz musicians Petros Klampanis and Christos Rafalides. Guests will get to enjoy Greek wines, spirits, and cocktails, along with a spread of mezze. Seatings at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 24
55 E. 54th St. (between Park & Madison avenues)
Midtown East

Charcuterie Masters 

More than 20 artisanal charcuteries from across the country will convene for Charcuterie Masters. Attendees can sample different styles of meat products, in addition to special dishes prepared by chefs Hugue Dufour (M. Wells Steakhouse), Will Horowitz  (Ducks Eatery, Harry & Ida’s Meat and Supply Co.), and Alfonso Zhicay (Casa del Chef Bistro), and pitmaster Josh Bowen (John Brown Smokehouse). Wine, craft beer, and cider pairings will be available. $60 to $100 per person. 

Saturday, Feb. 25
6 p.m.–10 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd. (between Linden Place & Leavitt Street) 

Roots of Southern Cooking Dinner at Root & Bone

Southern-inspired restaurant Root & Bone is launching a series of special dinners inspired by old cookbooks that have defined Southern cooking. The Fat Tuesday dinner will focus on Creole cuisine and Jazz Age cocktails, taking a page from “The Picayune’s Creole Cook Book” (1901). The dishes include crawfish bisque, gumbo filé, Creole jambalaya, and more. $50 per person.

Tuesday, Feb. 28
Root & Bone
200 E. Third St. (between Avenue A & Avenue B)
East Village

Winter Cocktail at Wallflower

Cafe Mendoza cocktail. (Asia Coladner)
Cafe Mendoza cocktail. (Asia Coladner)

To warm up during this cold season, Wallflower in the West Village has concocted a new cocktail called Cafe Mendoza. Head bartender James Lombardino mixes together Cardenal Mendoza brandy, demerara syrup, Branca Menta mint liqueur, Bittermens New Orleans coffee liqueur, cream, and a whole egg for a creamy, comforting drink. $15. 

235 W. 12th St. (near Greenwich Avenue)
West Village

Love Bird Sandwich at Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

The Love Bird sandwich. (Courtesy of Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken)
The Love Bird sandwich. (Courtesy of Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken)

During February, Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken is serving a massive sandwich: fried chicken, lettuce, tomato, pickled cucumbers, melted mozzarella cheese, and truffle mayonnaise, topped with truffle oil and truffle salt-tossed sweet potato fries. $8.95.

Through Feb. 28
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
28 E. First St. (at Second Avenue)