Joy of Sake, New York Coffee Festival, Sweet September

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
August 29, 2016 7:08 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Upcoming food and drink events in New York City: 

The Poet's Passion Cocktail. (Center Bar)
The Poet’s Passion Cocktail. (Center Bar)

Dorothy Parker Cocktails at Center Bar

To celebrate the birthday of early-20th-century writer Dorothy Parker, Center Bar is serving a special cocktail menu, with all the drinks created by top female mixologists and featuring New York Distilling Company’s Dorothy Parker Gin. The drinks include the Know-It-All with gin, grapefruit juice, lime juice, Campari, Combier Liqueur de Rose, and saffron bitters; Poet’s Passion with gin, peach liqueur, passion fruit, lime, and peach bitters; and Close Harmony with gin, blanc and dry vermouth, Dolin Véritable Génépy des Alpes Liqueur, and lavender bitters.

Through Sunday, Aug. 28
Center Bar
10 Columbus Circle

Foraging for nasturtium plants. (Courtesy of Agern)
Foraging for nasturtium plants. (Courtesy of Agern)

Foraging Tours With Nordic Restaurant Agern

Foraging in the wild for fresh, local ingredients is a well-known element of Nordic cuisine. Agern’s chef de cuisine Joseph Yardley is now leading monthly public tours around the tri-state area to hunt for edibles on beaches, forests, and meadows, after which he will prepare a meal for the group to eat onsite. On Sept. 11, the tour will forage along the beach at Sandy Hook.

Through November

Mango Chile Paleta from La Newyorkina. (Courtesy of La Newyorkina)
Mango Chile Paleta from La Newyorkina. (Courtesy of La Newyorkina)

Sweet September

Throughout the month of September, over 20 restaurants, bakeries, and dessert shops will serve special desserts to benefit Citymeals on Wheels. The sweet treats include chocolate chip cookies at Jacques Torres Chocolate, mango chile Mexican ice pops at La Newyorkina, and a sticky date cake with salted crème fraîche gelato at Colonie. 

Participating locations

The BreakFestival

Cookout NYC and the breakfast-focused blog Extra Crispy are hosting a Labor Day weekend festival dedicated to breakfast. New York City restaurants like Pies-N-Thighs, Inday, PappaRich, Kossar’s Bagels and Bialys, and Butter & Scotch will gather and showcase their best breakfast dishes. Cocktails, cider, and beer will also be available. Attendees may join in eating contests while the Hudson Horns provide entertainment. $45 per person.

Saturday, Sept. 4 & Sunday, Sept. 5
Stuyvesant Cove Park
East 23rd Street & East River

Black Chef Series 

In this Monday chef series ending Sept. 19, notable African-American chefs will prepare a meal for an intimate group of diners. A portion of the proceeds will benefit City Harvest, dedicated to collecting excess food from restaurants, grocers, bakeries, manufacturers, and farms and delivering it to the hungry. The next dinner features the cooking of chefs Chris Scott and Kwame Williams. $65 per person.

Through Monday, Sept. 19
6:30 p.m.
2143 Fredrick Douglass Blvd.

(Courtesy of Joy of Sake)
(Courtesy of Joy of Sake)

Joy of Sake

This epic sake tasting festival will feature more than 400 different sakes, many not available in the United States. Japanese restaurants around the city such as Sushi Nakazawa, O Ya, Morimoto, 15 East Restaurant, EN Japanese Brasserie, and Sakagura will provide food pairings. SakaMai and Noreetuh will be serving fresh poke bowls from a poke bar. $95 per person.

Friday, Sept. 16
6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St.

Exploring coffee at last year's New York Coffee Festival. (Courtesy of New York Coffee Festival)
Exploring coffee at last year’s New York Coffee Festival. (Courtesy of New York Coffee Festival)

New York Coffee Festival

This three-day celebration of all things coffee will include an exhibit of over 70 different coffee vendors, include Devoción, Ally Coffee, Califia Farms, Nobletree Coffee, Toby’s Estate, and more. Visitors may enjoy coffee tastings, a latte art workshop, coffee-infused cocktails, demonstrations from baristas, live music, and savory bites from New York eateries. $20 to $60 per person.

Friday, Sept. 16 to Sunday, Sept. 18
69th Regiment Armory
Lexington Avenue & 26th Street

Kingsley's Bloody Mary. (Courtesy of Kingsley)
Kingsley’s Bloody Mary. (Courtesy of Kingsley)

Build-Your-Own Bar at Kingsley

For brunch, new American restaurant Kingsley has launched a “build your own bloody mary and maria” bar. Starting with a base of housemade tomato juice, diners may choose from toppings and garnishes including bacon strips, sausages, pretzels, cheeses, herbs, vegetables, and more. $14.

Saturdays & Sundays
Noon–4 p.m. 
190 Avenue B

Rummy Worms. (Courtesy of Monarch Rooftop)
Rummy Worms. (Courtesy of Monarch Rooftop)

Boozy Candies at Monarch

Embrace your inner child with liquor-infused candies at Monarch in Midtown. Choose from Tipsy Teddy Bears, gummy bears steeped in champagne or rosé; Rummy Worms, gummy worms soaked in rum; and Fish Out of Water, Swedish Fish bathed in vodka in blue jello shots. 

71 W. 35th St.

Saffron risotto with osso buco. (Courtesy of MAMO)
Saffron risotto with osso buco. (Courtesy of MAMO)

New Menu at MAMO

The SoHo southern Italian restaurant is serving a slate of new late summer dishes, including Wild Sea Bass with fingerling potatoes, Stuffed Rabbit Rolls with spinach and foie gras, and new desserts like Sorbetto al Limone and Mousse al Cioccolato. New summer cocktails include housemade Limoncello; the Amorena, with Glenmorangie Single Malt Whisky, basil, cherry liqueur, and Anisette liqueur; and the Valentina, with Nolet’s Dry Gin, lemon juice, egg white, lavender bitters, and Velvet Falernum.

323 West Broadway

New Breakfast Dishes at Urbanspace Vanderbilt

The vendors at the Urbanspace Vanderbilt food hall have added new breakfast dishes to their menus. Mile End Delicatessen is serving a $5 bodega special, a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich (with coffee), until Labor Day. The popular burger spot Hard Times Sundaes is offering a breakfast burger with a 4-ounce beef patty, eggs, bacon, and cheese on a poppy seed kaiser roll.

Urbanspace Vanderbilt
230 Park Ave.