Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) Coffee & Tea Festival NYC
Where: 7 West, 7 West 34th Street
When: Saturday and Sunday
What: A two day festival with seminars, demonstrations, and tastings of coffee and tea from around the world. The event will also host the United States Barista Championship Northeast Competition, where some of the best baristas from all over the east coast will prepare beverages before a panel of judges. Many of the seminars and events are sold out, but there will be some tickets available at the door. Check the official website for the schedule and more info.
2) The Best Wings in Brooklyn Competition
Where: Red Star, 37 Greenpoint Ave
When: Saturday, starting at 2 PM
What: The annual competition at Red Star bar in Greenpoint, with wings prepared by teams from restaurants and bars across Brooklyn, as well as a few amateur cooks. Some of the proceeds will go to benefit the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation. No cover, but you pay for each order of wings. Last year’s even drew over 2,000 wing fans, so if you want to check it out, it’s probably a good idea to show up around 2 PM.
3) aPORKalypse Now
Where: 404 NYC, 404 Tenth Avenue
When: Saturday, 1 – 4 PM
What: Ten chefs will cook ten hogs, and there will be more than 40 craft ales to drink, plus local wines. Participating chefs include: Greg Johnson (Rye House), Antonio Mora (Prime Meats), Gabe Thompson (l’artusi), Philippe Roussel (Cafe d’Alsace), and Steve Gonzalez (Sfoglini). Tickets are $60 or $80 (VIP).
Where: 79 North 11th St.
When: Sunday, Noon – 5 PM
What: Smorgasburg‘s pared-down winter market returns to the Brooklyn Brewery this Sunday. This week’s vendor lineup includes: Commerce Bakery, Mighty Quinn’s (barbecue), and Solber Papusas.
5) The Big Cheesy NYC
Where: OpenHouse Gallery, 201 Mulberry Street
When: Saturday and Sunday, 1 – 7 PM
What: This weekend, OpenHouse Gallery will host a grilled cheese pop-up with sandwiches from Casellula, Little Muenster, Melt Shop, Murray’s, Tartinery, and others, plus beer from Sixpoint. Admission is $25, with some of the proceeds going to benefit City Harvest; purchase tickets in advance online.
Also of Note: A number of the city’s bars and restaurants will be showing the Oscars this weekend. If you’re hungry for pasta, consult Eater’s guide to 12 epic pastas to eat before you die. For new restaurants to try, consider 5 Napkin Burger, Empellon Cocina, Alison Eighteen, The New Acme, or just check out the recently updated Eater Heat Map.