Spring Craft Beer Festival, Doughfest, and St. Patrick’s Day Specials

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
March 11, 2016 5:43 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

St. Patrick’s Day Specials

Zeppelin Hall 

This New Jersey beer hall is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Irish classic dishes like Corned Beef and Cabbage, Bangers and Mash, Guinness Beer Bratwurst, and Potato Bacon Soup. Wash it all down with Zeppelin Hall’s variety of lagers, ales, IPAs, stouts, and hard ciders. On Saturday, March 12, Irish band The Parnell Trio will provide live music. 

Friday, March 11 to Thursday, March 17
Zeppelin Hall
88 Liberty View Drive
Jersey City, N.J.

(Courtesy of Mini Melanie)
(Courtesy of Mini Melanie)

Mini Melanie Guinness Chocolate Truffles

Mini Melanie, the bakery from pastry chef Melanie Moss (formerly of Blue Hill at Stone Barns), is celebrating with special emerald jewel-shaped chocolate truffles. They are made of dark chocolate, chocolate cake, and reduced Guinness syrup.

Available online

Schmackary’s St. Patty’s Day Cookies

The popular cookie shop is making two special holiday cookies: the Lucky Charmed, a sugar cookie with Lucky Charms cereal sprinkled on top of marshmallow frosting; and the Dirty Leprechaun, a dark chocolate cookie filled with green mint chips and a heavy helping of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Available online and in stores
362 W. 45th St.
193 Beford Ave., Brooklyn

Tullamore D.E.W. Cocktail Hour at The Dead Rabbit

The Irish whiskey brand, Tullamore D.E.W., is serving a complimentary cocktail hour on St. Patrick’s Day at the renowned bar The Dead Rabbit. Whiskey cocktails, straight whiskey, and whiskey and beer pairings will be available for free from 3 to 4 p.m. that day, to celebrate brand ambassador Tim Herlihy’s completion of a 30-day, country-wide Irish pub tour.

Thursday, March 17
3 – 4 p.m.
The Dead Rabbit
30 Water St.

OddFellows' whiskey ice cream flight. (Courtesy of OddFellows Ice Cream)
OddFellows’ whiskey ice cream flight. (Courtesy of OddFellows Ice Cream)

OddFellows Ice Cream

OddFellows Ice Cream is celebrating with an Irish whiskey boozy ice cream flight. Until the end of April, ice cream lovers can try these three ice creams for $10: Dead Rabbit Irish coffee ice cream made with Clontarf 1014 Irish whiskey (inspired by an Irish coffee served at The Dead Rabbit bar); Knappogue Castle 12-year single malt Irish whiskey ice cream; and Little Boo Boo Bakery burnt marshmallow ice cream infused with Knappogue Castle 12-year.

until end of April
OddFellows Ice Cream
75 East 4th St.
175 Kent Ave., Brooklyn

Donuts to be served at the Dough Fest. (Courtesy of Time Out)
Donuts to be served at the Dough Fest. (Courtesy of Time Out)

Time Out Doughfest

Are you a donut aficionado? Time Out magazine’s Doughfest is the tasting event for you. Enjoy doughnut creations by Mike’s Donuts, The Doughnut Project, Underwest Donuts, Leske’s Bakery, and Orwashers Bakery, coupled with complimentary cold brew coffee by Sweetleaf Coffee and Tsingtao beer. $37 per person.

Saturday, March 19
Marquee New York
289 10th Ave.

Cocktail Magic

Some of the city’s best cocktail bars, such as The Dead Rabbit, Attaboy, Dutch Kills, and End of the Century will convene to serve up their unique concoctions. Enjoy the beverages with savory bites by Roberta’s Pizza. Local magicians will provide entertainment, and Vampire Weekend’s bassist Chris Baio will be DJing. $124.50 to $159.50 per person.

Saturday, March 19
10 p.m.–1 a.m.
Weylin B. Seymour’s
175 Broadway

Wine and Wishes

This is the 13th year the Make-A-Wish Foundation is hosting its benefit wine and food tasting event. Enjoy wines from around the world, and dishes by the city’s top chefs. $275 to $1,500 per person.

Wednesday, March 23
Chelsea Piers, Pier Sixty

Last year's Spring Craft Beer Festival. (Courtesy of Spring Craft Beer Festival)
Last year’s Spring Craft Beer Festival. (Courtesy of Spring Craft Beer Festival)

Spring Craft Beer Festival

Over 100 of the finest brews, from over 50 craft brewers from around the country, will be featured at this beer extravaganza. Brewers include Sea Dog Brewing Co., Fire Island Beer Co., Crabbie’s, and Angry Orchard. Food will be available for purchase. $45 per person.

Saturday, April 2
Session 1: 12:30 p.m.–4 p.m.
Session 2: 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m.
Belmont Park Racetrack
2150 Hempstead Turnpike
Elmont, N.Y.

Known as the 'Picasso of Pastry,' pastry chef Pierre Herme. (Courtesy of Relais Desserts)
Known as the ‘Picasso of Pastry,’ pastry chef Pierre Herme. (Courtesy of Relais Desserts)

Around the World in 80 Sweets

Sample desserts from the best pastry chefs in the world. Eighty chefs from Relais Desserts, an exclusive organization of top pastry masters, will present their creations, including ‘the Picasso of Pastry,’ Pierre Hermé; James Beard Award winner François Payard; and Best Chocolatier of France 2010, Xavier Berger. The sweet delectables will be paired with cocktails and savory bites by chefs Geoffrey Zakarian, Marcus Samuelsson, and Bill Telepan. All proceeds will benefit City Harvest.

Monday, April 4
6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Eventi Hotel
851 Avenue of the Americas

The Montauk Fishburger. (Brendan Minto)
The Montauk Fishburger. (Brendan Minto)

Montauk Monday’s at Seamore’s

Every Monday, seafood-centric Seamore’s will serve a special Montauk Fishburger, made of rarely used cuts from underappreciated fish species. Developed by Le Bernardin chef Eric Ripert, the burger is served on a toasted brioche bun, and topped with shaved fennel, oven-roasted tomatoes, and aioli. Get it with a Montauk Brewing Co. Driftwood Ale for $24. 

Every Monday
390 Broome St.

Piattini, or shared plates. (Courtesy of Gotham Bar and Grill)
Piattini, or shared plates. (Courtesy of Gotham Bar and Grill)

Italian-American at Gotham Bar and Grill

Gotham Bar and Grill’s executive chef Alfred Portale will be serving a special Italian-American menu inspired by his heritage during March and April. The four-course prix-fixe includes Frittelle de Bacalao, salt cod fritters with aioli; Seafood Risotto with ruby red shrimp, calamari, arugula, and Calabrian chile; and Bollito Misto, with poached beef short ribs, chicken breast, housemade cotechino sausage, and winter vegetables. Dessert is the classic tiramisu. The dinner comes with a complimentary glass of Majolini Franciacorta Sparkling. $85 per person.

Available through April 30
Gotham Bar and Grill
12 E. 12th St.

Kobrick Coffee’s Cocktail Menu

A new cafe space has opened at coffee roasting company Kobrick Coffee. The cafe will feature coffee cocktails like Three Hour Kyoto Negroni, featuring Kobrick’s single-origin Kenya coffee brewed with a Yama Cold Brew Tower; the Old Slip Cocktail, with aero-pressed Sulawesi coffee, bourbon, and bitters; and the Mexican Jumping Bean, with Reposado tequila, a shot of Tiger Stripe ristretto espresso, Amer China China liqueur, and agave nectar.

Kobrick Coffee Bar
24 Ninth Ave.

The bar at Abajo. (Courtesy of Abajo)
The bar at Abajo. (Courtesy of Abajo)

An All-New Abajo

Abajo, the Tribeca lounge located downstairs from the Añejo restaurant and bar, has been rebooted with a whole new food and drinks menu. Enjoy unique cocktails like the Tequila Mule with Milagro Silver, ginger syrup, lime, and club soda; or the Oaxaca Negroni with Epsolon Reposado, Botanist Gin, Campari, Barolo Chinato, and cola nut extract. A new agave spirit service will also let guests choose their spirit of choice to go with a variety of freshly squeezed juices and sangritas. 

Pair the drinks with sharing plates of Fried Guacamole with grasshopper salt and salsa árbol; Sticky Mole Ribs with mole poblano and pickles; or Carrot Esquites with corn butter, lime aioli, epazote (a Mexican herb), cotija cheese, and burnt jalapeño.

Abajo at Añejo
301 Church St.

Faro's Local Grain Porridge. (Bradley Hawks)
Faro’s Local Grain Porridge. (Bradley Hawks)

Late Winter Dishes

In the final days of winter, warm up with these new menu items at Faro, Maite, and Fung Tu. Faro is serving a Freekeh Soup made with ancient grains, garlic, shallots, leek, chicken stock, and house-cultured horseradish buttermilk; and Local Grain Porridge, featuring wheat berries, corn, oats, emmer, and rye from upstate New York, black truffles, sunchoke, and whey. 

Maite is serving a Basque Fish Stew, a tomato-based stew with sea bass, shrimp, clams, and scallops in a charred bread and apple aioli. Meanwhile, every Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Fung Tu is serving Noodles in Soup and Fried Rice as specials, paired with beer for $15.

436 Jefferson St., Brooklyn

159 Central Ave., Brooklyn

Fung Tu
22 Orchard St.