Taste of the Nation, Wine Spectator Grand Tour, and Hot Sauce Expo

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
April 15, 2016 7:10 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Dim Sum Dinner at Vic’s

Chefs from Cookshop, Rosie’s, Hundred Acres, and Vic’s—restaurants under owners Victoria Freeman and Marc Meyer—will team up for a dim-sum-style service, complete with mobile carts. Small plates will be served, like Labneh with nigella seeds, sea salt, and flatbread; Maine Crab with green chilies; and Monkfish Cheeks poached in brown butter. $68 per person.

Tuesday, April 19
Seatings: 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
31 Great Jones St.

Chef Michel Nischan. (Tom Hopkins)
Chef Michel Nischan. (Tom Hopkins)

Wholesome Wave Benefit Gala

The nonprofit Wholesome Wave. created by James Beard Award-winning chef Michel Nischan to improve access to healthy produce in underserved communities, is hosting its first benefit gala. The five-course dinner, honoring famed chef Jacques Pépin, will be prepared by chefs Nischan, Tyler Florence, Seamus Mullen, Carmen Quagliata, and Jacques Torres. Courses include Pork Cappellacci with charred ramps and Parmigiano-Reggiano; Seared Wild Salmon with wilted greens and ancient grains; and Chocolate Napoleon with fresh raspberry. $375 to $550 per person.

Wednesday, April 20
6:30 p.m.
The Yale Club of New York City
50 Vanderbilt Ave.

Queen Majesty Hot Sauce won last year's Screaming Mi Mi Award. (Courtesy of Hot Sauce Expo)
Queen Majesty Hot Sauce won last year’s Screaming Mi Mi Award. (Courtesy of Hot Sauce Expo)

Hot Sauce Expo

The ultimate event for spice lovers is returning. The weekend will be filled with eating contests: spicy tacos, guacamole, chicken wings, and pizza, among others. The expo will feature hot sauces from around the world, and the best (including Caribbean-style, fruit-based,and Louisiana-style categories) will be crowned a Screaming Mi Mi award. $10 to $100 per person.

Saturday, April 23 & Sunday, April 24
Brooklyn Expo Center
79 Franklin St., Brooklyn

Passover Specials

Back Forty West

Celebrate Passover at this SoHo restaurant, featuring dishes of the Sephardic Jewish tradition from countries like Morocco, Syria, and Iraq. The meal will be served family style, with selections like Fava Bean Falafel, Tunisian Charred Chicken Livers, and Lamb Tagine with prunes and saffron. $95 per person.

Friday, April 22 & Saturday, April 23
Back Forty West
70 Prince St.

Fung Tu's Passover Gnocchi with Herring. (Michael Tulipan)
Fung Tu’s Passover Gnocchi with Herring. (Michael Tulipan)

Fung Tu

This popular Chinese-American restaurant is serving Passover specials fusing Eastern European Jewish, Italian, and Chinese cuisines. Dishes include Char Siu Brisket and Boiled Potato Gnocchi in a tomato-herring sauce with matchstick potatoes.

Fung Tu also has a new tasting menu. The six-course menu includes Chilled Crab with black garlic, avocado, ponzu, and kaffir oil; Stir-Fried Squid with “morcilla” (Spanish blood sausage), snow peas, and housemade chili oil; and Fried Chicken with potato gratin and soy-hoisin butter. $65 per person.

Friday, April 22—Saturday, April 30
Fung Tu
22 Orchard St.


Chef Einat Admony’s Middle Eastern restaurant Admony will celebrate the holiday with “Top Chef” winner Ilan Hall. Together, the chefs will create a five-course dinner with wine pairings for the second night Seder. The evening will also include live music and prize-giving. 

Sunday, April 24
6:30 p.m. 
214 Mulberry St.
For reservations, email info@balaboostanyc.com

The crowd at the Queens International Night Market in Corona Park, Queens. (Courtesy of Queens International Night Market)
The crowd at the Queens International Night Market in Corona Park, Queens. (Courtesy of Queens International Night Market)

Queens International Night Market

The outdoor market featuring street eats from international cuisines is returning. Vendors include Teinei Ya (pork belly and okonomiyaki), Hong Kong Street Food, Samosa Queens, Romanian-Hungarian Twister Cake, YourPanadas (empanadas), and Tastes by Tinka (Southern fried fish). All items capped at $5. 

Saturdays from April 23
6 p.m.–midnight
New York Hall of Science
Corona Park, Queens

Utensils used in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. (Junya Mori)
Utensils used in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. (Junya Mori)

Tea Ceremony at Kosaka

Learn the history behind the Japanese tea ceremony. Tea master Souheki Mori will teach you how to enjoy a tea ceremony properly, while explaining the meaning behind traditional teaware. Sweets from Kyoto will also be served. $50 per person.

Sunday, April 24
1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
220 W. 13th St.

Chefs prepare dishes at last year's No Kid Hungry benefit event. (Galdones Photography)
Chefs prepare dishes at last year’s No Kid Hungry benefit event. (Galdones Photography)

Taste of the Nation

Taste of the Nation will benefit a campaign by No Kid Hungry to implement free breakfast programs in schools across the country. The benefit dinner will include dishes prepared by chefs Daniela Soto-Innes of Cosme, Missy Robbins of Lilia, Sam Mason of Oddfellows Ice Cream, and Leah Cohen of Pig & Khao. Every dollar goes to feeding 10 meals to a child. $250 to $400 per person.

Monday, April 25
6 p.m.–9 p.m.
225 Liberty St.

Attendees at the previous Wine Spectator event. (Shannon Sturgis/Wine Spectator Magazine)
Attendees at the previous Wine Spectator event. (Shannon Sturgis/Wine Spectator Magazine)

Wine Spectator Grand Tour

Enjoy fine wines from more than 240 wineries around the world. All the bottles have been rated 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator magazine. Attendees can mingle with the winemakers and feast on a buffet meal. $325 per person.

Tuesday, April 26
7 p.m.–10 p.m.
New York Mariott Marquis
1535 Broadway

A Q&A Residential Hotel's bedroom suite. (Courtesy of Q&A Residential Hotel)
A Q&A Residential Hotel’s bedroom suite. (Courtesy of Q&A Residential Hotel)

Tribeca Film Festival Food Deals

Movie buffs who are planning to attend the Tribeca Film Festival can look forward to some sweet dining deals. The nearby Q&A Residential Hotel is offering a package deal where guests can enjoy a $150 gift card to a local restaurant and passes to two film screenings and two Tribeca Talks panel discussions. $600 and up

Meanwhile, the festival’s official hotel partner, Gild Hall, will provide sips of Bira, an Indian craft brew, each Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. during the festival. The hotel will also offer tastings of Pipcorn, an artisanal popcorn brand from Brooklyn. 

Thursday, April 14–Sunday, April 24

Donguri's Seared Wagyu Steak. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Donguri’s Seared Wagyu Steak. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Donguri Spring Menu

Japanese restaurant Donguri is serving a special springtime tasting menu, with dishes like Clear Soup with top neck clams and broccoli rabe; Seared Wagyu Steak; Vinegared Grilled Saltwater Eel and Cucumber; and the chef’s selection of Whitefish Tempura. $150 per person.

Through May 31
309 E. 83rd St.

Añejo's Meatball Torta. (Courtesy of Añejo)
Añejo’s Meatball Torta. (Courtesy of Añejo)

Añejo Tribeca’s Express Lunch Menu 

Añejo Tribeca is now serving a $13 “express lunch” menu for your Mexican food cravings. Enjoy a selection of tortas or tacos with yucca fries, chips and salsa, a market salad, and a soft drink. Options include an Eggplant Milanesa torta with crispy eggplant and pumpkin seed babaganoush; beer-battered Mahi Mahi torta with jalapeño slaw; and Chicken “Estilo al Pastor” tacos served with pineapple and avocado salsa.

11:30 p.m.–4 p.m.
Añejo Tribeca
301 Church St.

(Courtesy of Wallflower)
(Courtesy of Wallflower)

Foie Gras Bagels From Wallflower

Get a luxurious twist on the New York bagel. Wallflower, a French restaurant in the West Village, is now serving a foie gras bagel for brunch, with heavy cream and pickled ramps. $13.

235 W. 12th St.

Sushi Seki Spring Cocktail

Sushi Seki is welcoming spring with a cherry blossom cocktail, The Sakura, created by award-winning bartender Shingo Gokan. The cocktail is made with junmai sake, “umeshu” (plum liqueur), peach tree liqueur, Champagne vinegar, sakura brine, and simple syrup, and topped with a floating cherry blossom. It is presented in a wooden box—the way sake is traditionally served.

Sushi Seki
1143 First Ave.

(Courtesy of Rice Cream Shoppe)
(Courtesy of Rice Cream Shoppe)

Rice Cream Shoppe’s Rice Pudding Pockets

Try a new spin on comfort food with the rice pudding pocket from Rice Cream Shoppe: a brioche bun filled with rice pudding, with a choice of caramel cashew crunch, chocolate crisp, Italian lemon cookie, hazelnut crunch, or pomegranate flavors. The pockets are made to order and will be limited to 50 per day. $4.50 each.

Rice Cream Shoppe
195 Bleecker St.