Slurpfest, Dessert Goals, Sunday Roast at The Shakespeare

October 9, 2016 2:13 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

The Big Chocolate Show

Chocolatiers, artisans, chefs, mixologists, pastry chefs, and cocoa producers from Europe, North America, and South America will showcase chocolate creations for attendees to sample all weekend. On Saturday, join classes to learn how to pair chocolate with wine, how to evaluate chocolates like a professional, and more; on Sunday, watch chocolate-making demonstrations. $45 per person. 

Saturday, Oct. 8 & Sunday, Oct. 9
The Terminal Stores
269 Eleventh Ave. (between 27th & 28th streets)

New York Wine and Food Festival 

The massive food and drink festival, featuring New York’s most beloved chefs, returns for more tastings, cooking classes, intimate dinners, and epic parties. You can choose to attend a late-night party with Koreatown classic dishes, sit down for a dinner with chef Alex Stupak, or join a burger bash, where star chefs will compete to create the ultimate burger to impress celebrity judges. 

Thursday, Oct. 13–Sunday, Oct. 16

Dessert Goals

In celebration of all things sweet, Dessert Goals will bring together some of the city’s most popular sweets shops. More than 20 vendors, including Wowfulls (Hong Kong egg waffles with ice cream), Boba Guys (bubble tea), Mochidoki (ice cream-filled mochi), and Mini Melanie (dessert truffles) will serve their signature treats. Attendees can also take workshops, watch dessert-making demos, and grab free goodies at a candy shop. $15 per person.

Sunday, Oct. 23
Noon–6 p.m.
Dobbin St
64 Dobbin St., Brooklyn (between Wythe & Nassau avenues)

Celebratory Menus at Porter House

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Columbus Circle steakhouse is offering special dishes reflecting its history. During the week of Oct. 3, the restaurant will serve unique porterhouse dishes, like Colorado Lamb Porterhouse and Monkfish-Pancetta Porterhouse. The week of Oct. 10 will feature grilled meat and seafood platters, while the week of Oct. 17 will feature large-format roasts (standing rib, crown roast of heritage pork, saddle of lamb) carved tableside. For the final week of October, Porter House will serve dishes with rich ingredients like white truffles, caviar, foie gras, and wagyu beef.

Through October 31
Porter House
10 Columbus Circle (between 58th & 60th streets)

New Menu at Ganso Yaki

Japanese-American chef Rick Horiike, the new executive chef at Ganso Yaki, brings a new dinner menu of Japanese comfort food and Western-Japanese dishes that developed in Japan after World War II. The options include Wafu Stroganoff, with linguini, miso-braised beef, and karashi mustard; Ebi Chili, panko-crusted tiger shrimp served with a chili-garlic dipping sauce; and Roast Chicken marinated in sake and shio koji (fermented rice malt mixed with sea salt). 

Ganso Yaki
515 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn (at Third Avenue)

Sunday Roast at The Shakespeare

The British gastropub is bringing a treasured tradition to New York: the Sunday roast. The meal consists of roasted meat (beef, chicken, pork, or a vegetarian main), vegetables, roasted potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, and traditional English sauces. A side of broccoli, carrots, cauliflower with cream sauce, and potatoes—crisped just so on one side—round out the hearty platter. $19 per person.

The Shakespeare
24 E. 39th St. (between Madison Avenue & Park Avenue South)

Rosh Hashanah Menu at Padoca Bakery 

In anticipation of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, Padoca Bakery is serving, for a limited time, a menu of holiday classics like chocolate babka, round challah bread, and honey cake. Year-round Padoca serves Brazilian-inspired treats, like its signature Romeo and Juliet babka, with guava and cheese. Items are available in-store and for preorder.

Through Wednesday, Oct. 12
Padoca Bakery
359 E. 68th St. (between Second & First avenues) 

Italian Goods Counter at LaRina

LaRina, an Italian restaurant in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, has launched a retail counter to offer chef Silvia Barban’s homemade pastas. Varieties include squid ink bucatini, buckwheat conchiglie, black pepper ravioloni filled with mascarpone; and chickpea flour tagliatelle. The counter will also sell about 30 specialty products from Italy, such as extra-virgin olive oil, aged balsamic vinegars, and cherry tomatoes from Corbara.

LaRina Pastifico and Vino
387 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn (between Clermont & Vanderbilt avenues)

Special Menu at Hakkasan 

To celebrate its first opening in London 15 years ago, the modern Chinese restaurant Hakkasan is launching an “Only At” menu at each of its eleven locations around the world, featuring ingredients and flavors unique to each region. At its New York location, the restaurant is serving crispy pork belly with mustard; chilled Alaskan king crab with fresh fruit in a fish and lemon sauce; and stir-fry dover sole with yellow oyster mushrooms; in addition to special desserts and cocktails. 

311 W. 43rd St. (between Eighth & Ninth avenues)

Fall Cocktails


The West Village cocktail bar Analogue is serving a new menu of fall-spiced cocktails, such as rye-based Crane’s Fiction, with a housemade pumpkin cordial, cinnamon syrup, whole egg, and Benedictine; Chip Off the Old Block, with Bourbon, Calvados apple brandy, Cynar liqueur, Luxardo apricot liqueur, lemon juice, and an apple chip; and Dorian Gray, with Scotch, dry vermouth, pear liqueur, rosemary maple syrup, lemon, bitters, and freshly grated nutmeg. 

19 W. Eighth St. (between Fifth Avenue & Macdougal Street)

Green Fig and Social Drink & Food 

Israeli restaurant Green Fig has debuted the Drunken Pumpkin, with spiced rum, pumpkin spice Kahlua, and vanilla extract, shaken. Next door to the restaurant, the rooftop bar Social Drink & Food is serving the Outcider, a take on a margarita with apple cider, tequila, lime juice, agave, and triple sec, topped with a cinnamon stick and a lime wheel. 

Green Fig
Social Drink & Food
570 Tenth Ave. (between 41st & 42nd streets)

Fall at James Beard House

Hosting over 200 dinners a year, the historic Greenwich Village townhouse will highlight three New York City-area chefs this fall. On Oct. 7, Angie Mar (The Beatrice Inn) will serve an all-beef dinner pairing different breeds and cuts with fruit like plums and Yaka cherries; on Oct. 22, Greg Vassos (Brick Farm Tavern, Hopewell, New Jersey) will feature a farmhouse supper with proteins supplied by Double Brook Farm, in dishes like Ossabaw pork with Honeycrisp apples, turnips, fermented cabbage, and sage; and on Oct. 25, Noah Schwartz (Noah’s, Greenport, New York) will highlight the East End’s local bounty with dishes like cedar-roasted maitake mushrooms and North Fork Oysters Four Ways. $175 to $210 per person.

James Beard House
167 W. 12th St. (between Sixth & Seventh avenues)

Cheese and Greek Wine at Murray’s Cheese

(Courtesy of Molyvos)
(Courtesy of Molyvos)

Kamal Kouiri, the wine director at Molyvos, will host a class at Murray’s Cheese highlighting Greek wine pairings with cheeses. Kouiri has developed knowledge of more than 74 grape varietals on his many trips each year through Greece. $85 per person.

Saturday, Oct. 8
4:30 p.m.–6 p.m.
Murray’s Cheese
254 Bleecker St. (at Leroy Street)

Taste of the Seaport

The seventh annual Taste of the Seaport fall festival will bring together over 40 vendors from the Seaport District, as well as live entertainment and family-friendly activities. Proceeds support the arts and enrichment programs at PS 397 and PS 343. $35 to $40 for five tastings.

Saturday, Oct. 15
11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Front Street (between Fulton Street & Peck Slip)


(Courtesy of LuckyRice)
(Courtesy of Luckyrice)

If you love ramen, check out Slurpfest. Organized by Luckyrice, the tasting event gives guests 13 minutes to try each ramen dish—that’s the average time it takes to devour a bowl of noodles in Japan. For this second iteration of the event, four ramen shops from southern California will showcase their fare. $100 per person.

Thursday, Oct. 20
Astor Center
399 Lafayette St. (at East Fourth Street)


Over 10 chef stations, 20 of the region’s ciders, and plenty of fall veggie sides will comprise the outdoor grilling event that celebrates pork. The party kicks off Cider Week NYC. $55 to $75 per person for all you can eat and drink.

Saturday, Oct. 22
Noon–4 p.m.
24-20 FDR Dr. Service Rd. E. (near East 23rd Street)

Serving Up Smiles

Proceeds from the Serving Up Smiles tasting event will benefit the enCourage Kids Foundation, serving to improve the lives of children with chronic, serious, or life-threatening illnesses or injuries. Participating restaurants include Butter, El Toro Blanco, and Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse, among others. $200 per person.

Monday, Oct. 24
CURRENT, Chelsea Piers
Pier 59 (at West 18th Street)

Broadway Bites

(Courtesy of Urbanspace
(Courtesy of Urbanspace)

Returning to Greeley Square this fall is Broadway Bites. The outdoor pop-up market brings together more than 25 local restaurants and food artisans, including Dundu (West African cuisine), Mr. Bing (Chinese street crepes), and Zha (Pan-Asian street food).

Wednesday, Oct. 12–Friday, Nov. 18
11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Greeley Square Park (at 33rd Street & Broadway)

Celebration at Esperanto

Bolinhos. (Courtesy of Esperanto)
Bolinhos. (Courtesy of Esperanto)

Esperanto, in the East Village, celebrates its 17th anniversary with $17 entrees and 30 days of giveaways through Nov. 1. A final party on Nov. 4 will feature a two-hour open bar, live music, and a raffle with a grand prize.

Through Friday, Nov. 4
145 Ave. C (at Ninth Street)

Fall Dishes at Robataya

Tonkatsu and sukiyaki rolls. (Courtesy of Robataya)
Tonkatsu and sukiyaki rolls. (Courtesy of Robataya)

The fall menu at East Village restaurant Robataya welcomes the season with specials such as Ichijiku Goma Tofu (fig sesame tofu), grilled uni topped with salted seaweed, and a seasonal whole fish from Japan, such as pike mackerel. New menu additions include Sukiyaki and Tonkatsu rolls, which capture the essence of the popular dishes but in roll form.

231 E. Ninth St. (between Second & Third avenues)

Omakase at Nare Sushi

Executive chef Nakamichi “Mitch” Shinohara of Japan’s acclaimed Sushi Haru, a restaurant that has been in his family for generations, has just opened Nare Sushi in Midtown East. His 12-piece omakase features ingredients selected to focus on seasonality. $55 per person.

Nare Sushi at The Galleria
115 E. 57th St. (between Park & Lexington avenues)

New Street Food at Simit & Smith

Simit & Smith, which serves street food from Istanbul and the Mediterranean, has added new items to its menu for the fall. The Doner Durum and Doner Sandwich feature thinly sliced, marinated entrecôte kebabs, either wrapped in piadina or served on flatbread. Other new additions include Menemen, classic Turkish scrambled eggs cooked with caramelized onions, peppers, tomatoes, and parsley; gluten-free Pizza Contadino, with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil; Antep Lahmacun, a Turkish flatbread with minced meat, spices, onions, sumac, and lemon; and Gozleme, hand-rolled crepes filled with potato or spinach and feta, grilled to order.

Simit & Smith
1400 Broadway (between West 38th & 39th streets)