LIC Flea, Thai Restaurant Week, Bacon and Beer Classic

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
April 10, 2016 9:17 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Ramen Lab Pop-Up

Ramen Lab, the ramen joint operated by noodle maker Sun Noodle, is hosting Joe Ng, chef at Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Zen Box Izakaya. Ng will serve his unique ramen creations inspired by his background in architecture, including the Veggie Trio Abura Ramen, a broth-less bowl of al-dente noodles with yuzu, tempura cauliflower, and portobello mushrooms; the Tonkotsu Kimchi Ramen, with a potent, gingery broth; and Chuka Kamo Shoyu Ramen, a comforting chicken broth noodle soup inspired by Cantonese noodle dishes, topped with middle neck clams, slices of chicken chashu, and XO sauce.

Tuesday, April 5–Saturday, April 23
Ramen Lab
70 Kenmare St.

The Hakata Tonkotsu ramen. (Clay Williams)
The Hakata Tonkotsu ramen. (Clay Williams)

Roots of Ramen at Ganso Ramen

Ganso Ramen is hosting a special series, Roots of Ramen, that explores the different regional ramen traditions in Japan. Seven special bowls will be available for two days at a time. They include the Tokyo Tsukemen, a style of chewy noodles that is dipped into a warm soy-sauce-based chicken broth; Hakata Tonkotsu, a specialty of southern Japan that is made with pork bone broth; Kyoto Paitan, with thick chicken broth and flat linguini-like noodles; and Sapporo Miso, a northern Japanese ramen with white miso, fresh corn, and wavy noodles.

Friday, April 8–Sunday, April 24
Ganso Ramen
25 Bond St., Brooklyn

Kanom Jiin rice noodles from Qi Bangkok Eatery near Times Square. (Courtesy of Qi)
Kanom Jiin rice noodles from Qi Bangkok Eatery near Times Square. (Courtesy of Qi)

Thai Restaurant Week 

The Thai New Year, or Songkran Festival, is celebrated from April 13 to 15. Twenty Thai restaurants around the city will honor the holiday with special Songkran dishes or prix-fixe menus. The kickoff event, to be held at the Astor Center on April 12, will include a cooking demonstration by chef Evelyn Garcia and a traditional water blessing ceremony.

Monday, April 11–Sunday, April 17
At participating restaurants

The Root & Bone chicken biscuit. (Courtesy of Root & Bone)
The Root & Bone chicken biscuit. (Courtesy of Root & Bone)

Root & Bone Battle of the Chicken Biscuits 

Celebrate the best of Southern comfort food with chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth of Root & Bone. They will partner with a team of chefs from North Carolina restaurants to serve variations on the chicken biscuit sandwich. The chefs are Chris Coleman of The Asbury, Blake Hartwick of Bonterra Dining & Wine Room, Paul Verica of Heritage Food and Drink, and Ashley Boyd of 300 East. $5 for each sandwich. 

Friday, April 15
4 p.m.–7 p.m.
Root & Bone
200 E. Third St.

(Courtesy of Khe-Yo)
(Courtesy of Khe-Yo)

Lao New Year Dinner at Khe-Yo

Enjoy a traditional Lao New Year dinner at the Tribeca Laotian restaurant Khe-Yo. Chef Phet Schwader will prepare a spread of dishes, including Mok-Pa, wild blue catfish steamed in banana leaf; Dohm-Kem, black soy and ginger-braised Berkshire pork belly with quail eggs; and Gaeng No Mai Sai Yanang, bamboo stew with baby prawns. 

Monday, April 11–Saturday, April 16 
157 Duane St.

Baconfest at Zeppelin Hall

It’s time for a bacon extravaganza at the Jersey City beer hall. For the month of April, Zeppelin Hall will serve a special menu of bacon dishes like the Bacon World Tour Monster, a sandwich with grilled Paesano bread and 10 different types of bacon (smoked pork belly, black forest bacon, Irish bacon, and pancetta among them); the Bacon Pretzilla, a gigantic soft pretzel wrapped in bacon and served with honey mustard, Bavarian sweet mustard, and Obatzda cheese dip; and the Bacon Tomahawk Rib-Eye, with three pounds of Pat LaFrieda rib-eye steak wrapped in two pounds of applewood smoked bacon.

During happy hour, bacon strips will be served for free.

Through Saturday, April 30
Zeppelin Hall
88 Liberty View Dr.
Jersey City, N.J.

Dogfish Head Happy Hour at Eataly

On Record Store Day, an annual celebration of independent record stores, the brewery Dogfish Head will host a music-filled happy hour event at Eataly. Music from brewery founder Sam Calagione’s curated album, “Music To Drink Beer To, Volume Two,” will be playing, featuring hits from artists like Outkast, Johnny Cash, and Lee Dorsey. Dogfish Head and Eataly’s beer selections will be available. 

Tuesday, April 12
5 p.m.–7 p.m.
La Birrera at Eataly
200 Fifth Ave.

A scene from La Boheme. (Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera)
A scene from La Boheme. (Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera)

Metropolitan Opera Guild Dinner Series

In a three-part series, chef and opera fan Carl Raymond will discuss food as a backdrop to the musical works that will be performed during The Met Opera’s 2015–2016 season. In each session, Raymond will talk about dishes that were inspired by opera, and provide modern-day recipes for the dishes. The first session, From Rome to Paris, explores the Roman cuisine of “Tosca” and the cafe culture during bohemian-era Paris, where “La Bohème” took place. The Cuisine of Venice and the Mediterranean explores the spice trade during Verdi’s “Otello” and “Simon Boccanegra,” while Dining with the Queen discusses Tudor-era Great Britain, the setting for Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena,” “Maria Stuarda,” and “Roberto Devereux.” Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. $28 for each session, $75 for all three.

Tuesdays through April 26
Opera Learning Center
Samuel B. and David Rose Building at 70 Lincoln Center Plaza

Queens Dinner Club

Astoria chef Jonathan Forgash and Queens food writer Joe DiStefano have teamed up to create the Queens Dinner, a series of local dinners featuring the unique global cuisines offered in Queens. The first dinner will take place at Tangra, an Indian–Chinese restaurant in Sunnyside. The feast will include dishes like Manchow Soup, Chili Chicken, Fish with Hot Garlic Sauce, and Kulfi for dessert. $40 per person.

Thursday, April 14
7 p.m.
3923 Queens Blvd., Sunnyside

Raw milk cheeses. (Courtesy of Jessica Sennett)
Raw milk cheeses. (Courtesy of Jessica Sennett)

Raw Cheese Tasting

Cheese lovers, get ready. Enjoy a tasting featuring raw milk cheeses from Saxelby Cheesemongers, paired with beer and wine recommendations. Cheese maker and chef Jessica Sennett will also pair the cheeses with seasonal dishes, like roasted heirloom potatoes, chicken of the woods mushrooms, garlic confit, and fresh spinach with raw regional washed rind; Apple Parsnip Soup with caramelized onions and raw regional hard cheese; and Panna Cotta with sorrel and rhubarb syrup, served with cheese crisp and raw regional blue cheese. $35 per person. 

Saturday, April 16
4 p.m.–6 p.m.
61 Local
61 Bergen St., Brooklyn

LIC Flea and Food Market

The Long Island City Flea and Food Market is back. The outdoor market brings together food vendors like Oconomi, which serves okonomiyaki, or Japanese pancakes; Jessy’s Empanadas; and Butcher Bar’s wood smoked barbecue. The market also hosts vintage and artisanal shops.

Every weekend through Sunday, Oct. 30
11 a.m.–6 p.m.
5-25 46th St. (at Fifth Street & 46th Avenue), Long Island City

Garlic marinated chicken and yellow rice. (Courtesy of Besame)
Garlic marinated chicken and yellow rice. (Courtesy of Besame)

‘Sugar Ray’ Play at Besame

A production of the play, “Sugar Ray,” about the life of legendary boxer Sugar Ray Robinson, will be performed at the Harlem restaurant Besame. The play is directed by Woodie King Jr. and stars Reginald L. Wilson. The restaurant was owned by Sugar Ray during the 1950s and 1960s. A prix fixe dinner will also be served. $49 per person. 

Through Tuesday, April 26
2070 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.

Attendees at last year's Wine and Spirits tasting event.  (Courtesy of Wine and Spirits Magazine)
Attendees at last year’s Wine and Spirits tasting event. (Courtesy of Wine and Spirits Magazine)

Wine and Spirits Top of the List

Wine and Spirits magazine is hosting its eighth annual tasting event, highlighting over 100 wineries that made it onto its annual list. Savory and sweet bites will also be served, from restaurants and artisan purveyors that have made it onto the magazine’s NYC 50 list this year.

Thursday, April 21
6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Eventi Hotel
Second Floor 
851 Avenue of the Americas

Chock-full of bacon at the CitiField Stadium. (Courtesy of Bacon and Beer Classic)
Chock-full of bacon at the CitiField Stadium. (Courtesy of Bacon and Beer Classic)

Bacon and Beer Classic

For one weekend at CitiField, enjoy all the bacon and beer you can get your hands on. Over 50 different bacon-inspired dishes from local chefs, in addition to 100-plus craft beers from local breweries, will be served. There will be a bacon eating contest and games like Giant Jenga and a bungee run. $69 to $139 per person.

Friday, April 22 & Saturday, April 23
CitiField Stadium
123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Queens

Kurry Qulture's lamb chops. (Courtesy of Kurry Qulture)
Kurry Qulture’s lamb chops. (Courtesy of Kurry Qulture)

Kurry Qulture Spring Menu

The Astoria Indian restaurant has launched a new menu to welcome the spring season, with popular street food dishes like the Pav Bhaji, vegetables in a tomato gravy served with buttered bread rolls; Mung Sprout and Peanut Chaat; and Crispy Okra fried with cilantro and masala. You can enjoy al fresco dining in the restaurant’s backyard on warm evenings, under tree branches hung with lanterns.

Kurry Qulture
36-05 30th Ave., Queens

Louie and Chan's Lobster Toast. (Courtesy of Louie and Chan)
Louie and Chan’s Lobster Toast. (Courtesy of Louie and Chan)

Louie and Chan Launches Brunch

The Lower East Side cocktail bar and restaurant is now open for brunch. Enjoy dishes like the Lamb Burger, braised with San Marzano tomatoes and stacked with smoked mozzarella, pickled chilies, chive aioli, and tobacco onions; Carne e Uova, with short-rib pastrami, poached eggs, hollandaise, and a side of roasted fingerling potatoes; and Lobster Toast, Maine lobster, and avocado on dark rye sourdough bread with pea sprouts and baby greens.

Louie and Chan
303 Broome St.