Sweet September, Mad. Sq. Eats, and New York Oyster Week

By Daksha Devnani, Epoch Times
September 10, 2015 12:18 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Coming Up


Sweet September by Citymeals-on-Wheels

Dessert lovers can indulge in a whole month of sweet treats with Sweet September, a fundraising initiative to support Citymeals-on-Wheels. Through Sept. 30, participating restaurants will donate a portion of their sales from designated Sweet September desserts to Citymeals, an organization delivering meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers. Citymeals Executive Director Beth Shapiro said 100 percent of the donations will go toward preparing better meals for its patrons. The treats, available at 40 participating restaurants, include: ’21’ Club’s Classic ’21’ Profiterôles;  Junior’s Apple Crumble Cheesecake; Aureole’s Lemon Meringue with sablé, lemon confit and strawberry basil sorbet; Jacques Torres Chocolate’s Chocolate Chip Cookies; and more.

Through Wednesday, Sept. 30
Various Locations

Mad. Sq. Eats

Now in its eighth year, Mad. Sq. Eats has taken over Madison Square Park for its semi annual pop-up market featuring restaurants and food artisans. Presented by UrbanSpace and the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Mad. Sq. Eats brings diverse cuisine from vendors like KOA Restaurant, Jicama NYC, Momofuku Milk Bar, Cheesesteaks by The Truffleist, Arancini Bros., Bar Suzette Créperie, and more.

Friday–Thursday, Sept. 4–Oct. 1
11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Madison Square Park (Between Fifth Avenue & Broadway and 24th & 25th streets)

Brooklyn Oyster Riot. (Julie Qiu)
Brooklyn Oyster Riot. (Julie Qiu)

New York Oyster Week

The fourth annual New York Oyster Week returns, providing foodies with tasty delicacies from oyster friendly restaurants like Oceana, The Sea Grill, Ed’s Chowder House, The Leadbelly, Eataly, and more! The week’s events and dining series support its mission to celebrate the oyster’s role in the history, culture, cuisine, economy, and ecology of New York. Event highlights include the Annual Brooklyn Oyster Riot, Oyster Cocktails, ShuckEasy, AHOYsters, and OystoberFest.

Thursday–Sunday, Sept. 10–20
Various Locations

Past Taste Williamsburg Event. (Courtesy of David Katz)
Past Taste Williamsburg Event. (Courtesy of David Katz)

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint

This block party-style tasting event highlights North Brooklyn’s local flavor with stalls from over 40 restaurants, bars, breweries, and wineries—including Anella, Bakeri, Odd Fellows Ice Cream, Pasar Malam, Pies ‘N’ Things, and more. Now in its sixth year, the event will benefit the Northside Town Hall’s building project in the former Engine 212 Firehouse at 134 Wythe Ave.

Sunday, Sept. 13, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
East River State Park
Tickets: $35 to $85

Chef Andy Nusser of Tarry Lodge. (Courtesy of Edible Garden)
Chef Andy Nusser of Tarry Lodge. (Courtesy of Edible Garden)

Family Dinners with Mario Batali’s Chefs

Chef Andy Nusser of Tarry Lodge and chef Anthony Sasso of Casa Mono will bring their culinary spin to the final event in the three-part series Family Dinners with Mario Batali’s Chefs. The al fresco garden-to-table dinner will feature a three-course menu using fresh, seasonal ingredients, alongside live cooking demonstrations, and hands-on gardening and crafting activities.

Sunday, Sept. 13
5 p.m.– 7.30 p.m.
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
Tickets: Adults – $85, Children – $35

Brunch at Dirt Candy

The new brunch menu at Dirt Candy will make its debut this weekend providing loyal customers and new diners alike with brand new dishes featuring chef Amanda Cohen’s whimsical vegetable preparations. The menu includes dishes like red pepper fritters, filled with red pepper jam; tomato biscuits with basil butter and green tomato jam; corn French toast with yellow corn jelly and bourbon corn butter; and carrot granola with carrot marmalade and labneh. Brunch cocktails will include the Bloody Carrie—bloody mary with grilled carrot and mezcal—and the Jealous Mary—bloody mary with green tomato juice.

Every Saturday and Sunday, 11.30 p.m.–2.30 p.m.
Dirt Candy
86 Allen St. (Between Grand & Broome Street)

On The Horizon

(Courtesy of Le Pain Quotidien)
(Courtesy of Le Pain Quotidien)


Le Pain Quotidien and FEED Supper

Le Pain Quotidien is partnering with FEED for its second annual supper campaign to help raise 2 million meals by World Food Day. With a series of communal tables around the country, they will provide 250,000 meals to families in American and around the world. Your ticket will give you access to a three-course family-style meal, wine and beer, and special limited-edition LPQxFEED gift bag.

Wednesday–Friday, Sept. 16 to Oct. 16
6.30 p.m. for cocktails, 7 p.m. for dinner
Tickets: $100


Harvest in the Square. (Courtesy of Union Square))
Harvest in the Square. (Courtesy of Union Square))

Harvest in the Square

The 20th annual Harvest in the Square returns to Union Square with signature dishes by chefs from renowned restaurants in the district. Dishes will be made using fresh produce from the Union Square Greenmarket, paired with local wines and microbrews. All the proceeds from the event will go towards the beautification of the Union Square Park and building community programs.

Thursday, Sept. 17
7 p.m.–9 p.m.
Union Square Park
Tickets: $125


YouTuber Maangchi shares authentic Korean recipes that inspire home cooks and chefs alike. (David Seguin)
YouTuber Maangchi shares authentic Korean recipes that inspire home cooks and chefs alike. (David Seguin)

Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking

YouTube star Maangchi has inspired home cooks and chefs alike with her authentic Korean recipes. She will join chef Hooni Kim, of Danji and Hanjan, for a discussion on Korea’s familiar and unfamiliar cuisine—from Bulgogi and Kimchi to Korean Fried Chicken. After the event, Maangchi will sign copies of her cookbook, “Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking.”

Friday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m.
Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
Tickets: $32