NYC Restaurant Week, National Cheesecake Day, Ciderfeast

July 22, 2016 10:23 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Panorama Festival

Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, Sia, and many other musicians will take to the stage at the Panorama Festival. The food line-up isn’t bad either. Among the many dishes awaiting concert-goers are the Animal Style Burger from The Beatrice Inn, Fried Soft Shell Crab from Contra and Wildair, Chicharones Tacos from The Black Ant and Temerario, and Cookie Dough McConnell’s Ice Cream Sandwich from Maman. $125 (one day) to $369 (all three days) per person.

Friday, July 22–Sunday, July 24
Randall’s Island

NYC Restaurant Week

NYC Restaurant Week is back, with over 370 restaurants around the city offering discounted three-course, prix fixe meals. Participating restaurants include Gotham Bar and Grill, Fig & Olive, Morimoto, and Club A Steakhouse. $29 for lunch, $42 for dinner.

Monday, July 25–Friday, Aug. 19

Dan’s ClambakeMTK

Next up in the Dan’s Taste of Summer series is an oceanfront food and drink fest, featuring surf and turf dishes from restaurants in both New York City and the Hamptons. The event will be hosted by food personalities Marc Murphy and Eden Ginshpan. A portion of ticket sales will go to the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation and The Retreat. $150 to $250 per person.

Saturday, July 30
7:30 p.m.–midnight
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
290 Old Montauk Highway
Montauk, N.Y.

National Cheesecake Day at Eileen’s Special Cheesecake

Eileen's Special Cheesecake offers 41 flavors of cheesecake, one for each year in business. (Courtesy of Eileen's Special Cheesecake)
Eileen’s Special Cheesecake offers 41 flavors of cheesecake, one for each year in business. (Courtesy of Eileen’s Special Cheesecake)

Eileen’s Special Cheesecake, home of the “Best Cheesecake in America,” according to Food & Wine magazine, will be celebrating National Cheesecake Day on July 30 with half-price cheesecake in stores. The bakery offers 41 flavors, one for each year it’s been in business. Try their best-sellers, the classic Strawberry, a cotton-soft plain cheesecake with a sweet and syrupy strawberry topping; and Salted Caramel, with the same base enrobed instead in a crackly layer of brûléed sugar. Other delicious options include the decadent Red Velvet, fragrant Mango, and over-the-top S’mores, the 2016 flavor of the year.

Eileen’s has a rich history—after the events of 9/11, which destroyed the bakery’s kiosk between the Twin Towers, Eileen and her team continued to bake for Ground Zero rescue workers for the following six months.

Saturday, July 30
10 a.m.–7 p.m.

Eileen’s Special Cheesecake
17 Cleveland Place

5 Boro Pizza Challenge

Pizza enthusiast Joe Cutrufo is organizing a citywide pizza-eating competition in the style of The Amazing Race, as a fundraiser for Transportation Alternatives. Participants will race to eat a slice from each borough and document them on Instagram—all without using cars. The challenge ends with prizes and an after-party. $25 per person.

Saturday, July 30
11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Washington Square Arch
Washington Square Park (at Fifth Avenue)

12th Annual Hayground Chefs Dinner

The 12th Annual Hayground Chefs Dinner, a fundraiser for Hayground School, will feature chefs including Tom Colicchio (Craft Restaurants), Josh Capon (Lure Fishbar and Bowery Meat Co.), and Elizabeth Falkner, as well as a live auction. This year’s dinner will celebrate the school’s 20th anniversary, as well as honor chef Claudia Fleming of North Fork Table & Inn and Toni Ross, co-owner of Nick & Toni’s and co-founder of Hayground School. $1,200 per person.

Sunday, July 31
5 p.m.
Jeff’s Kitchen at Hayground School
151 Mitchell Lane
Bridgehampton, N.Y.

NYC Summer Ice Cream Blizzard

Ice cream sandwiches await at the Summer Ice Cream Blizzard event. (Courtesy of Grand Bazaar NYC)
Ice cream sandwiches await at the Summer Ice Cream Blizzard event. (Courtesy of Grand Bazaar NYC)

Cool off with artisanal ice cream from around the city at Grand Bazaar NYC, the Upper West Side’s weekly market. The market’s 100+ curated vendors will be joined by ice cream makers including Ice & Vice, Victory Garden, Melt Bakery, and Mochidoki. All profits from the market will go to four local public schools. Free admission.

Sunday, July 31
10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Grand Bazaar NYC
100 W. 77th St.


Arts+Crafts Inc.’s food, beer, and wine festival is returning for the fourth year in a row. The festival will offer more than 45 craft beers and artisanal wines to pair with bites from local vendors and live music. $25 to $50 per person.

Saturday, Aug. 6
2 p.m.–8 p.m.
Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza
1368 Fulton St.


Cookout NYC’s sophisticated outdoor cider festival will feature over 30 regional, national, and European ciders from over a dozen makers, including Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider, Shacksbury, Austin Eastciders, Aspall, and Ciders of Spain. Attendees can pair their drinks with plenty of grilled meat and vegetarian options. $55 to $80 per person.

Saturday, Aug. 6
Noon–9 p.m.
Solar One at Stuyvesant Cove Park
500 E. 23rd St.

Shuko Summer Pop-Up

The Union Square restaurant is headed to the Hamptons. Shuko will be offering a 2 1/2-hour multi-course tasting menu, featuring favorite dishes and sushi selections, in East Hampton. The traditional Japanese restaurant uses seasonal ingredients sourced both locally and internationally. $200 per person.

Saturday, Aug. 13
Highway Restaurant & Bar
290 Montauk Highway
East Hampton, N.Y.

Smorgasbird Sandwich at Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

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The July Sandwich of the Month, the Smorgasbird, has returned to Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken. The double-decker consists of two chicken cutlets, caramelized pineapple, shredded lettuce, tomato, pickles, Blue Ribbon special sauce, and Game Day Fries. These are no ordinary fries; they come with BBQ pulled chicken, aged cheddar, sour cream, smoked bacon, and pickled peppers. Finally, all of this is stacked on a toasted bun. Finish the sandwich in under five minutes for a chance to win more fried chicken. Five dollars from each purchase go to the MS Society.

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
28 E. First St.

The Ribbon’s Anniversary Menu

The Bromberg Brothers’ first Upper West Side restaurant is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a new menu available through Labor Day. Offerings include deviled eggs, a raw bar, Blue Ribbon’s fried chicken, and specialty cocktails such as the Chicarito, with mezcal, peach nectar, and jalapeño-inflused tequila. 

Daily through Labor Day
4 p.m.–7 p.m.

The Ribbon
20 W. 72nd St.

Churro Waffle at Pampano

Available at brunch and by request all day long by those in the know, the churro waffle ($12) is the latest mashup in town. Chef Lucero Martinez pours churro batter into a Belgium waffle iron, then tops the churro waffle with cinnamon sugar and a scoop of vanilla or dulce de leche ice cream. The finishing touch is a drizzle of maple agave syrup.

209 E. 49th St.