Harlem Havana Music and Cultural Festival, Eataly Pizza Specials, Movies at Surf City

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
August 19, 2016 5:10 am Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Upcoming food and drink events in New York City:

La Fonda del Sol's Cuba Ya Libre (right) and Pineapple Mojito cocktail. (Courtesy of La Fonda del Sol)
La Fonda del Sol’s Cuba Ya Libre (right) and Pineapple Mojito cocktail. (Courtesy of La Fonda del Sol)

Harlem/Havana Music and Cultural Festival

As part of a culinary and cultural exchange between Harlem and Havana, this festival celebrates all things Cuban, with participating Harlem restaurants creating special Cuban-inspired dishes and cocktails. Restaurants including Ginny’s Supper Club, Red Rooster Harlem, Sylvia’s, La Fonda del Sol, Tastings Social Presents Mountain, and more will serve Cuban classics like ropa vieja, oxtails and plantains, pollo a la criola, and tostones with black-eyed pea salsa. Jazz saxophonist César López and Afro-Cuban dance company Compañía de Danzas Tradicionales de Cuba JJ, among others, will perform during the festival. 

Through Sunday, Aug. 21

The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory under the Brooklyn Bridge. (Courtesy of Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory)
The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory under the Brooklyn Bridge. (Courtesy of Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory)

Celebrating National Park Service With Ice Cream

The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory is hosting an ice cream social to mark the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. Ice cream flavors include Strawb-Ellis Island, Joshua Peach Tree & Cream, and Rocky Mountain Vanilla Chocolate Chunk. Attendees can participate in games and activities all day. Bill Nye the Science Guy will host an interactive experience and Questlove will be the DJ for a set in the evening.

Monday, Aug. 22
1 p.m.–10 p.m.
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1

Patio Parties at Del Frisco’s Grille

During the last weekends of summer, Del Frisco’s Grille in Rockefeller Center is hosting outdoor fun with games like rosé pong, life-size Jenga, and giant Scrabble. Diners can enjoy burgers, appetizers, and a different keg each week. The weekend of Aug. 20 will feature Radiant Pig Craft Brews, while the weekend of Aug. 27 will feature labels from Ballast Point Brewery.

Through Sunday, Aug. 28
Del Frisco’s Grille
50 Rockefeller Plaza

Escondidinho de Camarao (shrimp pie). (Courtesy of Merchants River House)
Escondidinho de Camarao (shrimp pie). (Courtesy of Merchants River House)

Olympics Specials at Merchants River House

Facing the Hudson River and offering a view of the Statue of Liberty, the Merchants River House invites diners to enjoy the final days of the Olympics with Brazilian fare. The special offerings include starters, such as coxinha, or traditional chicken croquettes; and cocktails, such as The Torch, made with gin, grapefruit juice, St. Germain, mint, and prosecco.

Through Wednesday, Aug. 31
Merchant Rivers House
375 South End Ave.

Pound and Pence's Capifruta cocktail. (Courtesy of Pound and Pence)
Pound and Pence’s Capifruta cocktail. (Courtesy of Pound and Pence)

Olympics Menu at Pound & Pence

The British pub Pound & Pence is offering a slate of special dishes to celebrate the Rio Olympics. Highlighting Brazilian fare, they are serving Bolinho de Tilapia (Brazilian tilapia fritters) and Picanha Steak, a popular Brazilian cut of beef, while also offering international plates such as Sesame-Crusted Tuna Steak and Indian Chicken Curry. Special cocktails include the Caipifruta, made with Leblon cachaça, Montenegro amaro, puréed passion fruit, and lime.

Through Wednesday, Aug. 31
Pound & Pence
55 Liberty St.

The outdoor dining area at Surf City. (Courtesy of Surf City)
The outdoor dining area at Surf City. (Courtesy of Surf City)

Movies on the Beach at Surf City 

Surf City, located right across the river in Jersey City, will be screening hits like “Taxi Driver,” “Men in Black,” and “Blade Runner” on Wednesdays, weather permitting, through the end of August. While you watch, nosh on summery dishes, such as seafood paella, lobster mac and cheese, and grilled Mayan shrimp. 

Through Aug. 31
Surf City
1 Marin Blvd., Jersey City, N.J.

La Marina's Grilled Free Range Chicken banh mi. (Asia Coladner)
La Marina’s Grilled Free Range Chicken banh mi. (Asia Coladner)

La Marina Summer Menu

The Inwood spot has a new menu to savor the final days of summer. Executive chef Ian Friedman has created dishes such as Grilled Free Range Chicken Bánh Mì, topped off with pickled carrots, watermelon radish, cilantro, cucumber, guasacaca sauce, and chipotle aioli; Gambas al Ajillo, shrimp prepared with garlic, chili, dry white wine, lemon, and butter, and served with Spanish-style saffron rice; and Sixteen Hour Brisket, smoked grass-fed beef served with mac and cheese, braised collard greens, and cornbread. The chef has chosen drink pairings to enhance the dishes.

Through Wednesday, Sept. 5
La Marina
348 Dyckman St.

Pizza alle Vongole. (Courtesy of Eataly)
Pizza alle Vongole. (Courtesy of Eataly)

Eataly Flatiron Pizza Specials

Eataly Flatiron chefs are serving pizza specials in all of their ground floor restaurants through mid-September. The choices include La Piazza’s Mini Calzoni, a folded pizza with a crust made of fried Wild Hive Farm rye dough, stuffed with kale, spinach, fontina, and Parmigiano Reggiano, and wrapped with Prosciutto di Parma; the Manzo’s Calzoncini Napoletani, a fried calzone with salame, prosciutto, mozzarella, ricotta, and Parmigiano Reggiano; and Il Pesce’s Pizza alle Vongole, made with housemade mozzarella and Long Island little neck clams cooked in white wine and mixed with red onion and oregano, on Ligurian focaccia.

Through Sunday, Sept. 11
Eataly Flatiron
200 Fifth Ave.

A bento lunch box at Natsumi Tapas. (Nicho Nugraha)
A bento lunch box at Natsumi Tapas. (Nicho Nugraha)

Natsumi Tapas Lunch Menu

The Japanese-Italian joint Natsumi Tapas is now serving weekday lunches. The new menu offers sushi options such as Spicy Tuna Roll; salads such as Tofu Shiitake salad with house dressing; pasta, like the Chicken Katsu Penne with tomato, basil, and Parmesan, served with focaccia and house salad; and bento box style combination plates, such as Chicken Teriyaki, served with vegetable tempura, miso soup, sushi roll, and a house salad.

Natsumi Tapas
323 Third Ave.

Cemitas El Tigre tacos. (Courtesy of Cemitas El Tigre)
Cemitas El Tigre tacos. (Courtesy of Cemitas El Tigre)

Tacos and Trivia at South Street Seaport

On Tuesdays, you can grab tacos and beer at South Street Seaport while playing rounds of trivia. Cemitas El Tigre will serve three chicken or pork tacos for $10 and Sixpoint Brewery will offer buckets of Sixpoint for $25.

Tuesdays, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
South Street Seaport
Fulton Market Building
19 Fulton St.

Dante's burrata toast with sea salt and honeycomb. (Sacha Bell)
Dante’s burrata toast with sea salt and honeycomb. (Sacha Bell)

Dante Breakfast

This decades-old Greenwich Village cafe is now serving breakfast on weekdays. With Dante’s new Australian owners, the menu has taken a Down Under turn, featuring the Australian cafe staple of toast with ingredients loaded on top. The burrata toast with sea salt and honeycomb is a play on textures: oozing cheese with a sticky, taffy-like blob of honeycomb. The n’duja toast takes a nod from the cafe’s Italian history, with some fennel pickles to balance the spicy sausage, while the heirloom tomato toast pairs sardines with pickles and red onion. The housemade banana bread, studded with nuts and crispy at its crust, is served with a spread of ricotta and honey.

79-81 Macdougal St. 

A champagne cocktail at L'Amico. (Courtesy of L'Amico)
A champagne cocktail at L’Amico. (Courtesy of L’Amico)

Meet the Craftsman at L’Amico

L’Amico’s series highlighting beverage craftspeople is back after a hiatus. Every other Monday, the restaurant invites a brewer, winemaker, or artisan to chat about their work and pour their signature beverages. Upcoming guests include Eve’s Cidery, Forge Cellars, Orchard Hill, and Owney’s Rum. $20 per person.

849 Avenue of the Americas

The bar area at Ai Fiori. (Courtesy of Ai Fiori)
The bar area at Ai Fiori. (Courtesy of Ai Fiori)

Ai Fiori Late Night Happy Hour

Michael White’s Michelin-starred Italian restaurant is now launching a late-night happy hour, when the restaurant will give a 25 percent discount on all wines by the bottle. Ai Fiori’s wine list, curated by wine director Colin Thoreen, consists of over 1,500 labels from Champagne, Burgundy, Piemonte, Tuscany, and more.

9 p.m.
Ai Fiori
400 Fifth Ave., Second level