Upcoming Food and Drink Events in New York City: May 19 to 21

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
May 17, 2017 12:43 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Upcoming food and drink events in New York City:

Taste of the Upper West Side

Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20 The best of the Upper West Side dining scene will gather for a massive food party this weekend. On Friday at 7 p.m., chef Alex Guarnaschelli will host a tasting, while Saturday’s event at 7:30 p.m. will honor chef April Bloomfield and restaurateur Ken Friedman. Participating restaurants include Levain Bakery, Han Dynasty, Kirsh Bakery and Kitchen, Maison Pickle, The Leopard at des Artistes, and more. $105 to $135 per person. TasteUWS.com

O’Shea Complex Schoolyard
Columbus Avenue between West 76th & West 77th streets
Upper West Side

Harlem EatUp Festival

Through Sunday, May 21 This annual festival celebrating Harlem’s dining scene features an all-you-can-eat tasting of signature dishes from popular Harlem restaurants; collaborative dinners, such J.J. Johnson (Minton’s) with Leah Cohen (Pig and Khao) and Kenichi Tajima (Mountain Bird) with Laurent Tourondel (L’amico); and cooking demos by chefs Marcus Samuelsson, Pierre Thiam, and more. $25 to $230 per person. HarlemEatUp.com

Locations throughout the city

Guest Chef at Saxon and Parole

Chef Paul C. Reilly's Colorado Crudite dish. (Courtesy of Saxon & Parole)
Chef Paul C. Reilly’s Colorado Crudite dish. (Courtesy of Saxon and Parole)

Monday, May 22 Chef Brad Farmerie of Saxon and Parole is partnering with guest chef Paul C. Reilly from Denver, Colorado (Beast and Bottle) for a dinner featuring Colorado ingredients, including dishes like malloreddus pasta with Colorado lamb, prunes, olives, and pecorino; and octopus with fried mortadella sausage, smoked potato, artichoke, and caper brown butter. 6 p.m. $85 per person. Email Catherine@saxonandparole.com to reserve.

Saxon and Parole
316 Bowery (at Bleecker Street)
East Village

Soft Shell Crab Season Begins

Seasonal It’s soft shell season, and restaurants around the city are serving the crustacean in unique ways. Brushstroke in Tribeca is serving tempura-battered shell crab with a thick ankake sauce made from ramps (DavidBouley.com), while Nom Wah Nolita is offering the crab in a steamed bao with ramp and watercress rémoulade, Chinese Old Bay seasoning, and watercress (NomWah.com). At chef Julian Medina’s Toloache, the crab is fried in a batter of Negra Modelo beer and Tajín seasoning and served in soft-shelled tacos, along with guacamole and cucumber-red jalapeño slaw (ToloacheNYC.com).

Eataly’s Rosé on the Roof

Friday, May 25 At Eataly’s seaside-themed rooftop restaurant, Sabbia, guests can enjoy a tasting of more than 30 rosé wines, along with Southern Italian bites. $95 to $135 per person. Eataly.com

Eataly Flatiron
200 Fifth Ave. (at 23rd Street)

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party 

(Courtesy of Big Apple Barbecue Block Party)
(Courtesy of Big Apple Barbecue Block Party)

Saturday, June 10 & Sunday, June 11 This annual barbecue party draws scores of barbecue lovers to Madison Square Park. This year, pitmasters from 15 barbecue joints representing nine states will be serving their prized meats, including New York’s own Billy Durney from Hometown Bar-B-Que; Joe Duncan from Baker’s Ribs in Dallas; and Rodney Scott from Scott’s Bar-B-Que in South Carolina. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $12 per plate. Fast passes and VIP tickets available ($150 and $275). BigAppleBBQ.org

Madison Square Park
Madison Avenue between East 23rd & East 27th streets

Aureole’s New Chef and Menu

Ongoing The Michelin-starred Aureole is now led by a new executive chef, Gabriele Carpentieri, and a new pastry chef, Renaud Besnard. The new menu highlights farmers’ market produce with dishes like halibut with minted peas, clams, shiitake, and fumet broth; the Moulard Duck Magret with black trumpets, pickled muscat grapes, and cannellini beans;  and the Wild Strawberry Meringue with yogurt sorbet and raspberry marmalade. CharliePalmer.com/Aureole-New-York

135 W. 42nd St. (between Sixth & Seventh avenues)
Times Square

The Fat Monk Launches Brunch

The Fat Monk's Shrimp and Grits Two Ways. (Courtesy of The Fat Monk)
The Fat Monk’s Shrimp and Grits Two Ways. (Courtesy of The Fat Monk)

Ongoing Chef Rob McCue’s Upper West Side restaurant is now open on the weekends, with offerings like a duck egg sandwich with two sunny-side up North Fork duck eggs, bacon, tomato jam, and hollandaise; and the Shrimp & Grits with barbecue-glazed jumbo shrimp, poblano and white cheddar grits, and andouille sausage. TheFatMonkNYC.com

The Fat Monk
949 Columbus Ave. (between West 106 & West 107th streets)
Upper West Side