Monkey Town's Whole Hog Dinner and a Movie
Friday, May 29; Saturday, May 30; and Sunday, May 31 Monkey Town will feed you a six-course snout-to-tail dinner (including a pig's liver that took a full month to cure) while playing pig films: Porco Rosso, Animal Farm, Delicatessen, and Black Moon. If you don't like watching movies about the animal you're eating, maybe skip this one. Dinner is $40; $65 with wine pairings. Monkey Town, 58 North Third Street, Brooklyn (b/n Wythe and Kent Avenue; map); 718-384-1369; event website
Michael Arnone's 20th Annual Crawfish Fest
Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 Enjoy fresh Louisiana crawfish (trucked in alive!) in dishes as varied as pie, po' boys, and etouffee. Other N'awlins menu items include shrimp creole, alligator sausage, jambalaya, fried chicken, boudin, beignets, and other regional classics. Enjoy Cajun, Zydeco, Delta Blues, R&B, gospel, brass, and jazz on four stages. Tickets $40/person (ages 14+); admission does not include food or beverages. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta, NJ (map); event website
Tastes from the Meatpacking District (through Chelsea)
Saturday, May 30, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dozens of the city’s best chefs will cook on the cobblestone pathways of the Meatpacking District in a food festival to raise funds for the NYC Laboratory School for Collaborative Studies. Participating restaurants include 5 Ninth, Cookshop, Pastis, Spice Market, Tia Pol, and Trestle on Tenth among others. Tickets are $35 a person ($45 at door) and include six dishes. Meatpacking District Plaza, Gansvoort Street (b/n Hudson Street and 9th Avenue, map); event website
Indonesian Food Bazaar
Sunday, May 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Indonesian home cooks will prepare authentic dishes such as gado-gado and lothek salads, croquettes, satays, soups, and rendang. Refresh yourself with cendol, an iced coconut milk dessert swimming with colored noodles and jelly. Most dishes are $5 or less. Masjid al-Hikmah mosque, 48-01 31st Avenue, Astoria Queens (nr. 48th Street, map); via New York Times
11th Annual Dine Around Downtown
Tuesday, June 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date Wednesday, June 3) Sample signature dishes from downtown restaurants including Delmonico’s, Fraunces Tavern, Stone Street Tavern, and Nelson Blue. Admission is free; tastings are $3 to $6 a plate. One Chase Manhattan Plaza (b/n Nassau and William Streets, and Liberty and Pine Streets, map); event website
Saturday, May 30 Washington Square North between University and 6th Avenue; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lexington Avenue between 42nd and 57th Streets; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 31 Lexington Avenue between 23rd and 34th Streets; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Broadway between 66th and 72nd Streets; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Flatbush Avenue between Parkside and Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Save the Date
Brooklyn Beer Experiment
Sunday, June 7, 1 to 5 p.m. Taste beer-infused creations of over 25 amateur chefs and sample the best home-brewed beers Brooklyn has to offer. Advance tickets $18/person. The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Gowanus Brooklyn (b/n 2nd and 3rd Avenues, map); event website