Winter Hot Dog Championship, Chefs For Kids’ Cancer, Charcuterie Masters

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
February 12, 2016 9:31 am Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm
The lower level dining area at Upland. (Courtesy of Upland)
The lower level dining area at Upland. (Courtesy of Upland)

Upland Dinner Downstairs

Chef Justin Smillie has converted the downstairs dining area in his popular restaurant, Upland, into an intimate chef’s club. Every Tuesday for one seating only, Smillie will create a seasonal 4-course dinner for parties of six or more. All dishes will be served family-style. Reservations are open for the month of February. $90 per person; additional $40 for beverage pairing.

7:30 p.m.

345 Park Avenue South
For reservations, email 

Theo’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar Brunch

This Upper East Side seafood restaurant is now serving brunch, with dishes like Lobster and Citrus Salad with avocado, frisée, and red leaf sorrel; Dry-Aged Burger Wagyu House Ground with New York cheddar, arugula, and red onion on a brioche bun; and Ricotta Blueberry Pancake with lemon and powdered sugar.

Available now
Theo’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar Brunch
1048 Third Ave.

V{iV} Thai Valentine’s Day Giveaway 

Thai restaurant V{iV} Thai is running an Instagram contest to give away special Valentine’s Day prizes. Snap a photo with one of the restaurant’s signature drinks and tag the post with @vivthainyc and the hashtag #vivthainyc. The photos with the most likes will win. First prize is a dinner for two at V{iV} Thai, along with a bottle of champagne and a flower boutique; second prize is a bottle of champagne; and third prize is a free dessert dish at the restaurant. Winners will be notified on Feb. 12.

until Friday, Feb. 12
V{iV} Thai
138 East 34th St. 

Patrons at the rooftop pop-up restaurant Baita. (Courtesy of Baita)
Patrons at the rooftop pop-up restaurant Baita. (Courtesy of Baita)

Anti-Valentine’s Day at Baita

If you don’t have a date on Valentine’s Day, fret not. Baita, the pop-up Italian Alps restaurant at Eataly, is hosting an all-you-can-drink event, where you can enjoy fine beer and wine, along with passed hors d’oeuvres. $35 in advance, $40 at the door; additional $4 for food.

Sunday, Feb. 14
Noon–10 p.m.
La Birreria at Eataly
500 Fifth Ave.

A heart-shaped pie at Ribalta. (Courtesy of Ribalta)
A heart-shaped pie at Ribalta. (Courtesy of Ribalta)

Heart-Shaped Pizza at Ribalta

On Valentine’s Day, Neapolitan pizzeria Ribalta is making its regular pizzas into heart-shaped pies, starting at $13. Try their classics like the Ribalta with mozzarella, Italian sausage, and broccoli rabe, or the Porcini e Pancetta with porcini mushrooms, pancetta, mozzarella, and parsley.

Sunday, Feb. 14
48 E. 12th St.

The Red Velvet Milkshake. (Courtesy of Black Tap)
The Red Velvet Milkshake. (Courtesy of Black Tap)

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer

This popular burger and milkshakes joint is serving a special Red Velvet Milkshake for Valentine’s Day, with chocolate frosting, red M&M’s, and chocolate kisses, and topped with an actual slice of red velvet cake. $15.

Sunday, Feb. 14
Black Tap SoHo
529 Broome St.
Black Tap Meatpacking District
248 W. 14th St.

The Love Blush Gimlet. (Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel)
The Love Blush Gimlet. (Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel)

Four Seasons Hotel

Treat your loved one to a Valentine’s Day cocktail at the Four Seasons Hotel. The Love Blush Gimlet has Grey Goose citron vodka, cranberry, agave, and lime, and is paired with an yuzu marshmallow dipped in white chocolate. $24; additional $5 for chocolate pairing.

Sunday, Feb. 14
Four Seasons Hotel
57 E. 57th St.

Participants at a Banchan Story dumplings class. (Courtesy of Banchan Story)
Participants at a Banchan Story dumplings class. (Courtesy of Banchan Story)

Korean Cooking Classes

Banchan Story teaches traditional Korean cooking in an intimate setting with small groups. Sign up for classes in making dumplings and buns; dishes with sea vegetables; and essential Korean sauces like ssamjang (soybean paste). $95 per person.

Saturday, Feb. 20
Basement Kitchen Studio
306 W. 51st St. 

Lunar New Year Festival

Popular Chinese eatery Xi’an Famous Foods is organizing a food and music festival to ring in the Lunar New Year. Asian food joints around town, such as Korilla, Mokbar, Otafuku, and Nom Wah Tea Parlor, will be serving their signature dishes. Participating musicians include rap group Far East Movement and YouTube star Kina Grannis.

Saturday, Feb. 20
5:30 p.m.–10 p.m.
Terminal 5
610 W. 56th St.

Hot dog offerings at the Winter Hot Dog Championship. (Courtesy of Jimmy's No. 43)
Hot dog offerings at the Winter Hot Dog Championship. (Courtesy of Jimmy’s No. 43)

Winter Hot Dog Championship

Danish hot dog eatery Revolving Dansk is hosting a hot dog championship, where they’ll create some of the most interesting hot dog combinations from their fans (last year’s winner was the the “God Morgen Dog” with bacon, jalapeno coleslaw, deviled egg cream, and sriracha ketchup). make hot dog varieties and the public gets to vote on their favorite one. The event will also include unlimited tastings of classic Danish rød pølse hot dogs, entry to a raffle, and access to local craft beers served at Jimmy’s No. 43. $15 early bird, $25 at the door.

Sunday, Feb. 21
1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St. 

Chef Joseph
Chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson of The Cecil and Minton’s in New York (L) with chef Itzik Mizrachi Barak at the Waldorf Astoria in Jerusalem. (Sarka Babicka)

Taste of Waldorf Astoria

The famed luxury hotel that gave rise to the Waldorf salad and Eggs Benedict has partnered with the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star semi-finalist chefs to find the next iconic dish. Each semi-finalist worked with an executive chef at Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam, New Orleans, Beijing, Jerusalem, and Orlando. Their creations will be presented at a final tasting in New York City, where judges will decide on the winning dish, which will then be available at Waldorf Astoria hotels around the world.

Tuesday, Feb. 23
Waldorf Astoria Hotel
301 Park Ave.

Chefs for Kids’ Cancer  

Top chefs from restaurants around the city will serve a charity dinner to raise money for pediatric cancer research, including Bobby Flay, Marc Forgione, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Josh Capon, Ivan Orkin, and Leah Cohen.

Dominique Ansel, Christina Tosi of Milk Bar, and Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park are among those in charge of dessert.

Tuesday, Feb. 23
Metropolitan West
639 W. 46th St.

Masquerade Benefit for Harlem Hospital Center

Harlem’s best restaurants will be serving food at the 2016 Masquerade Ball benefiting the Harlem Hospital Center, including Cheri, Farafina Cafe and Lounge, Lolo’s Seafood Shack, and Harlem Besame. Drinks will be provided by Harlem Brewing Co., Papi Wines, and William Wolf Whiskey. $150 per person.

Saturday, March 5
8 p.m.–midnight
Harlem Hospital Center, Mural Pavilion
506 Lenox Ave. (between 135th & 136th streets)

Introduction to Chinese Tea

Chinese teahouse, Tea Drunk, is hosting tea appreciation classes, where attendees can learn to discern between six types of tea—green, yellow, white, oolong, red, and black—as well as the ins and outs of teaware, tea drinking etiquette, and traditions. $75 per person.

Monday, Feb. 15
6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Tea Drunk
123 E. 7th St.

‘Koreatown: A Cookbook’ Release Party

Chef Deuki Hong of Manhattan restaurant Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong and writer Matt Rodbard have published a cookbook with recipes, photos, and anecdotes from Koreatowns all across the United States. They are celebrating with Korean snacks prepared by Hong, beer, and soju. $40 per person.

Tuesday, Feb. 16
7 p.m.–9 p.m.
Ichi Cellar
6 E. 32nd St.

Hot Chicken With David Santos

Chef David Santos (formerly of Louro) will be cooking up Nashville-style hot chicken at Hawaiian restaurant Noreetuh. Each bird (serves two) will come with potato salad, coleslaw, beer-and-brown-sugar-baked beans, white bread, pickles, and ranch dressing. Santos has selected a list of beers, sodas, and cocktails to pair with his chicken.

From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m, a number of chickens will also be available for pick-up only. $55 per chicken meal (serves 2).

Monday, Feb. 22
128 First Ave. 

'Charcuterie Masters' competitor Jonel Picioane of Ridgewood European Pork Store. (Suzanne Parker)
‘Charcuterie Masters’ competitor Jonel Picioane of Ridgewood European Pork Store. (Suzanne Parker)

Charcuterie Masters

Amateur and professional charcutiers will compete to see who makes the best cured meats at this all-you-can-drink-and-eat event. Contestants include The Meat Hook, Ridgewood European Pork Store, and chef Larissa Popa from Detroit, who will also be performing a butchering demo. Chef Will Horowitz of Harry & Ida’s Meat and Supply Co., Michelin-starred chef Hugue Dufour of M. Wells Steakhouse, and Chef Alfonso Zhicay of Casa del Chef Bistro will cook up dishes featuring smoked heritage pork and other cured meats. $100 per person.

Saturday, Feb. 27
6 p.m.–10 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd.