Lunar New Year Celebration and Flower Market
Sunday, January 25, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy extraordinary dance and music performances, exquisite costumes, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's fresh-cut flower market featuring such Lunar New Year plants as peach blossoms, flowering quince, and citrus trees. Taste culinary delights from China, Korea, and Vietnam. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 900 Washington Avenue (nr. Eastern Parkway, map), Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; 718-623-7200; event website
Souper Bowl 2009
Sunday, January 25, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Come eat or compete. Enter your spoon-slurping masterpiece at the 3rd Annual Golden Schmaltz Awards. Winners will be chosen by popular vote and a panel of celebrity judges. Enjoy the open bar, music, and raffle action. Tickets are $50/adults, $18/kids, $60/guests. Village Restaurant, 62 West 9th Street (b/n 5th and 6th Avenues, map), West Village; 404-849-3569; event website
Sunday, January 25, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Five chefs, five pigs, five winemakers. In a benefit for Farms for City Kids, each chef will prepare nose-to-tail dishes from a 70-pound heritage pig. Guests and judges will determine the winner. Tickets $125/person. Hiro Ballroom, Maritime Hotel, 363 West 16th Street (b/n 8th and 9th Avenues, map), Chelsea; 404-849-3569; event website
Winter Restaurant Week
Sunday, January 18 to January 23 and January 25 to January 30; lunch and dinner With over 250 restaurants participating, it's the biggest and longest-running New York restaurant week yet. (Menus available here). The fest features three-course prix-fixe lunch for $24.07 and dinner for $35.00. event website
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