3/05/2012 10:45:00 AM

New York Dining Deals and Events March 5-11

Chinese food! 


Ruth Reichl and Alex Guarnaschelli share hosting duties at Housing Works third-annual “A Taste of Home” benefit dinner tonight at 7 PM. The evening features dishes from New York City chefs including Ivy Stark (Dos Caminos), Josh Capon (Lure Fishbar, B&B Winepub), and Bill Dorrler (Osteria Morini), plus beer and wine. Tickets start at $100 for general admission and can be purchased here.


Flatiron Mediterranean Barbounia’s International Hummus Festival begins today and features a special menu of 12 hummus dishes inspired by world cuisines, like hummus and meatballs (Italy), oxtail beef bourguignon and lentil (France) and special desserts like the waffles with chocolate hummus, strawberry preserves and passion fruit seeds. The menu is on offer through March 17th. See the complete list of dishes here.


North Fork chef Lia Fallon (Amarelle) shows off her skills at the James Beard House tonight, with a dinner featuring dishes like lobster bisque and local cod cakes with garlic-poached potato cream. The evening also includes hors d’oeuvres like Hudson Valley foie gras mousse and Long Island oysters, plus wine pairings. Tickets are $170 (or $130 for JBH members). See the complete menu and make your reservation here.


Take a break from city life at the Bowery Culinary Center, which hosts a cooking demonstration focused around rural American cooking from 6-9 PM tonight. Attendees will try their hand at preparing country dishes sweet corn griddlecakes with persimmon butter, red flannel hash, maple nut pie and more. The class costs $55 and spots can be reserved here.


The first ever Chinatown Restaurant Week begins today, with neighborhood eateries including Golden Unicorn, Lobster Boat, and Peking Duck House offering $18.88 prix fixe dinner specials for the next 10 days. See the complete list of participating restaurants here.


The long-running “Split Thy Brooklyn Skull” festival returns to Williamsburg’s Mugs Alehouse this weekend, featuring a long list of high-alcohol brews and barley wine on tap. Offset your intake with hearty dishes from their menu like shepherd’s pie or the “Williamsburger” topped with BBQ sauce, American cheese, sautéed onions, and mushrooms.


Get interactive with your weekend brunch at the East Village’s Ngam, where chef-owner Hong Thaimee will lead a Thai breakfast and brunch cooking class from 11 AM-1 PM today. The morning includes a cooking demo of four dishes like kha tom (Thai rice porridge with sausage, sautéed brussels sprouts, and egg), plus the meal. Call 212-777-8424 for info and reservations.


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