Taste of Tennis, SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival, Caribbean Reggae at The Hall

August 10, 2016 7:10 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Upcoming food and drink events in New York City:

Chef Juan Talledo prepares lechón (roasted pig) at the 2014 Sumaq Peruvian Food Festival. (Courtesy of Sumaq)
Chef Juan Talledo prepares lechón (roasted pig) at the 2014 Sumaq Peruvian Food Festival. (Courtesy of Sumaq)

SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival

The sixth annual SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival, held in partnership with the Peruvian Society of Gastronomy at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, will host over 15 exhibitors from New York, New Jersey, and Peru. The list includes Peruvian chefs like Javier Olano, Juana Cuno, and Juan Talledo. The two-day event will feature over 60 authentic Peruvian dishes, cooking demos, raffle giveaways, and live Peruvian folk and Latin music performances. $15 to $20 per adult, $7 to $10 per child. Ticket includes museum admission.

Saturday, Aug. 13 & Sunday, Aug. 14
10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Blvd.
Garden City, N.Y.

Tempura Matsui's new $230 omakase menu. (Courtesy of Tempura Matsui)
Tempura Matsui’s new $230 omakase menu. (Courtesy of Tempura Matsui)

New Menus at Tempura Matsui

The Michelin-starred tempura restaurant is celebrating its first year in New York City with three new seasonal omakase (chef’s choice) menus. Starting with sakizuke, or a seasonal starter, and ending with dessert, courses include Tempura, battered and fried seasonal seafood (sometimes even a whole lobster) and vegetables on white rice; Mushimono, a steamed seafood egg custard; and Sunomono, a vinegar-based dish, made with seafood and vegetables. Newly appointed chef Kiyoshi Chikano, from Nadaman Sapporo, has joined chef Shin Kato at the restaurant. $140 to $230. 

Tempura Matsui
222 E. 39th St.

Fried Artichokes. (Courtesy of Landmarc)
Fried Artichokes. (Courtesy of Landmarc)

Late Night Menu at Landmarc

Marc Murphy’s Landmarc at Time Warner Center is now serving exclusive late night bites, cocktails, and beers from 10 p.m. to midnight. The new late night menu features dishes like Fried Artichokes, Pommes Diablo with crispy potatoes and spicy aioli, and Poutine with Bordelaise dip, to be paired with craft beers on tap or a unique libation whipped up by Landmarc’s mixologists each night.

Landmarc at Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle, Third Floor

The Usagi Hatake dish. (Jason Greenspan)
The Usagi Hatake dish. (Jason Greenspan)

Summer Menu at Teisui

Teisui’s new summer menu is the first change to its seasonal, 10-course tasting menu since its opening. Changes include a new amuse bouche, the “Chicken Sandwich,” with braised chicken, daikon, carrot, Japanese pickles, micro celery, on sweet meringue, complemented with plum sake; a new Hassun course, a traditional Japanese assortment, with Junsai (Akita mountain caviar), Hokkaido uni and watershield, hamachi with ponzu sauce, Japanese pate (chicken blended with egg), and water octopus with miso and vinegar; and an intermission—the Tomorokoshi Mousse, a teacup of soy milk panna cotta with fried brown rice and sweet corn, adorned with a housemade focaccia wafer and Russian Osetra caviar. $150.

246 Fifth Ave.

The Summer Fling sandwich. (Steve Hill)
The Summer Fling sandwich. (Steve Hill)

New Sandwich at Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken has debuted its August sandwich of the month, the Summer Fling, in both its NYC and Las Vegas locations. The Italian-inspired sandwich is made with Blue Ribbon’s signature crispy fried chicken, fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, basil, and sweet balsamic mayo. $8.95.

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken NYC
28 E. First St.

Brunch and Happy Hour at Cherry Point

Cherry Point is now serving brunch on the weekends, with offerings like sticky toffee buns with ice cream, cornbread pancakes with fresh berries and goat cheese caramel, and smoked corned beef hash with poached eggs and fermented chilis. The restaurant has also launched a happy hour, Monday to Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring $4 draft beers; the $8 Bosque Fernando cocktail, made with mezcal, Byrhh, fresh lime, and hopped grapefruit bitters; and $10 grilled oysters served with a glass of wine or a can of Montauk Summer Ale.

Cherry Point
664 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn

Pao de queijo. (Courtesy of Padoca Bakery)
Pao de queijo. (Courtesy of Padoca Bakery)

Olympics-Inspired Pastries at Padoca Bakery 

The Brazilian-inspired bakery, Padoca, is baking a special pastry to ring in the Olympic Games. The PDQ Carioca is an updated version of the traditional pão de queijo, or cheese bread, made with chopped green olives sprinkled within. Green olives are a common bar snack in Rio de Janeiro. 

Through Sunday, Aug. 21
Padoca Bakery
359 E. 68th St.

Olympics Specials at Virgil’s Real BBQ 

The barbecue joint has several new menu specials celebrated the Olympics. Order the Gold, two hot dogs and a bottle of Magic Hat #9 beer for $10; the Silver, a Magic Hat for $5; or the Bronze, the restaurant’s signature Trainwreck Fries with melted cheddar and jack cheeses, smoked bacon, scallions, pickled jalapeños, and ranch dressing for $5. 

Through Sunday, Aug. 21
Virgil’s Real Barbecue
152 W. 44th St.


The Rio cocktail, made with VeeV Açai Spirit, aged rum, mango purée, passion fruit purée, and lime. (Courtesy of The Lambs Club)
The Rio cocktail, made with VeeV Açai Spirit, aged rum, mango purée, passion fruit purée, and lime. (Courtesy of The Lambs Club)

Olympics Menu at The Lambs Club

At chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s The Lambs Club, you can view the games while enjoying Brazilian-inspired fare from Monday to Saturday. Some of the special menu items include Bolinhos de Bacalhau, salt cod fritters with piquillo pepper sauce; Pão de Queijo, a Parmesan cheese bread served with spicy marinara; and the Rio cocktail, with Veev Açai liqueur, aged rum, mango purée, passion fruit purée, and lime. Tuesdays will feature live bossa nova, while a Brazilian DJ will be spinning on Wednesdays.

Through Aug. 20
The Lambs Club at The Chatwal 
132 W. 44th St.

Taste of Tennis

Ahead of the U.S. Open, Taste of Tennis is bringing together the world’s top tennis players and the country’s best chefs for a series of special events. The grand gala on Aug. 25 will feature chefs Marcus Samuelsson, Jonathan Waxman, Floyd Cardoz, and more, while players like Billie Jean King and Rafael Nadal will make guest appearances ($275). On Aug. 26, you can watch the finals match of the Mylan World Team Tennis tournament while snacking on chef-prepared dishes. Four top chefs will also compete in a doubles match ($100).

Grand gala
Thursday, Aug. 25  

7 p.m.–10 p.m.
W New York
541 Lexington Ave.

Finals match
Friday, Aug. 26

1 p.m.–4 p.m.
West Side Tennis Club
1 Tennis Place, Queens

Tuome Happy Hour

The Asian-inspired American restaurant by chef-owner Thomas Chen has a new happy hour menu. Choose from snacks like crispy deviled eggs with garlic chili sauce and herbs; “Quack on Brioche,” with duck confit and daikon relish; and tempura chicken wings with General Tso honey and basil. Liquid offerings include beers, wines, and a small cocktail menu with items such as Fire in the Sky, made with sake, Thai chili, and yuzu, a sour Japanese citrus fruit. 

6 p.m.–7 p.m.
536 E. Fifth St.

Cocktail Hour at Freud

On weekdays, Freud, the brasserie with an Austrian flair helmed by Michelin-starred chef Eduard Frauneder, is serving a new cocktail menu with creations like Sigmund’s Spritz with Aperol, orange, lemon, mint, and prosecco; Vestal Virgin with tequila, St. Germain, watermelon, and lime; and Sublimation with rum, passion fruit, lime, and prosecco. You can accompany your drinks with bar bites like lamb with marjoram, caraway, and cucumber ketchup and $1 oysters with apple balsamic mignonette.

4 p.m.–7 p.m.
506 LaGuardia Place

(Clockwise from top) Beef Patties, Oxtail Stew, Hot Pepper Shrimp, and Jerk Platter. (Courtesy of The Hall at MP)
(Clockwise from top) Beef Patties, Oxtail Stew, Hot Pepper Shrimp, and Jerk Platter. (Courtesy of The Hall at MP)

Caribbean Jerk & Reggae Fest at The Hall

Jam to reggae music while noshing on Caribbean fare by chef Michael Psilakis. A lineup of national and local reggae bands are set to perform at Psilakis’s Brooklyn event space, The Hall. The Jamaican jerk platter includes Jerk Chicken Thighs, Jamaican Hot Pepper Shrimp, Caribbean Style Rice Pilaf, and Callaloo ($37). $15 entry per person. 

Through Saturday, Sept. 3
6 p.m.

The Hall
470 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn

Barbecued meats at Brother Jimmy's. (Alexander Stein)
Barbecued meats at Brother Jimmy’s. (Alexander Stein)

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, Beer, and Bourbon

Learn some barbecue pitmaster skills from Brother Jimmy’s corporate executive chef Eva Pesantez. She’ll serve Southern dishes from her cookbook and new dishes she has created for the fall, such as grilled mac and cheese. Event attendees will also get to sample bourbon cocktails and beer. $40 per person.

Tuesday, Aug. 16
Brother Jimmy’s Murray Hill
181 Lexington Ave.