This weekend isn't just about football: tomorrow marks the start of the Lunar New Year, too. Here are a few NYC events for feasting after the parade in Chinatown, as well as wine tastings, special dinners, and more to round out the week.
Friday, January 31
Chinese New Year Brunch at The Queens Kickshaw
Friday, January 31st, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Fresh off the success of their Christmas Eve Asian-Jewish brunch, The Queens Kickshaw in Astoria will be serving up another round of fusion foods for the Lunar New Year. Dishes include a ramen noodle kugel, okonomi matzo brei, and kimchi shakshouka.40-17 Broadway, Astoria, NY; event details.
A Celebration of the Lunar New Year with Xi'an Famous Foods and Pok Pok
Friday, January 31st and Saturday, February 1st, 6 p.m. or 9 p.m.
Two iconic restaurants team up to offer a Thai-Chinese menu at Pok Pok's Red Hook location. Their spin on longevity noodles, rice cakes, and other traditional new year's fare is sure to send you galloping into the year of the horse. $150. 127 Columbia St., Brooklyn, NY; event details and tickets.
Saturday, February 1
Tết in NYC: Vietnamese Lunar New Year Celebration at the Bronx Museum of the Arts
Saturday, February 1st, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Mekong and the Vietnam Heritage Center are throwing an entertainment-packed New Year's celebration. There will be lots of free Vietnamese culinary specialties on offer as well—rice cakes, crispy spring rolls, and more. Free. 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY; event details.
Monday, Febrary 3
Italian Wine Tasting with Slow Food New York City
Monday, February 3rd, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Slow Food, the organization dedicated to promoting sustainable and ethical agriculture, is hosting their third annual Slow Wine US tour. At the NYC stop, you'll have the chance to taste wines from producers included in the latest Slow Wine guide and learn about regional diversity and terroir in the Italian peninsula. $45. 125 W. 18th St., New York, NY; event details and tickets.
Tuesday, February 4
Beer Dinner at Prime Meats
Tuesday, February 5th, 7 p.m.
Farm to table restaurant Prime Meats is offering a hearty five course meal with beer pairings. Expect winter warmers such as cheddar beer soup and venison schnitzel alongside suds from Barrier Brewing, Schönram, and others. $55; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. 456 Court St., Brooklyn, NY; event details.
Wednesday, February 5
DISH with Allison Patel at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Wednesday, February 5th, 7 p.m.
DISH is a regular gathering of chefs, restauranteurs, authors, and critics that offers up literary and culinary feasts. This time around, Allison Patel of Brenne Whisky will be on hand to conduct a tasting and discussion of the craft of single-malt French whisky making. $5 suggested donation. 126 Crosby St., New York, NY; event details.
Thursday, February 6
The World of Sicilian Wine at the 92nd Street Y
Thursday, February 6th, 7 p.m.
Join renowned wine expert Bill Nesto and Italian culture specialist Frances di Savino as they lead a talk and tasting that delves into the ancient and diverse traditions of Sicilian winemaking. Their recent book, The World of Sicilian Wine, has been acclaimed for the depth of coverage it offers on the rebirth of the Sicilian wine industry and the rediscovery of varietals such as Nero d'Avola and Frappato. $32. 1395 Lexington Ave., New York, NY; event details and tickets.