|Cocktail from Lani Kai|
Start the week off on a tropical note at SoHo’s Lani Kai, which hosts a weekly Tiki Mondays cocktail series. The special menu includes classic island drinks like mai tais, as well as original concoctions like the “Rum Rhapsody” (Plantation Barbados and Jamaican rums, sweet vermouth, vanilla syrup, creole and Angostura bitters). Fill up with their pupu platter, including crab wontons, baby back ribs, chicken wings, and fish tacos for $30.
Food and wine competition Pairsine comes to Sun West Studios tonight, with 10 NYC-area chefs working to prepare the ultimate culinary pairing with Zinfandel. The evening includes twenty food and wine tastings, plus additional wines at the event’s “Zin Zone”. Tickets are $120, and can be purchased here.
Edible Manhattan and Brooklyn Brewery join forces to present a five-course Drive-In Dinner, showcasing chow from some of the city’s top food trucks including Bongo Brothers Cuban Food, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and Feed Your Hole. The $40 ticket also includes beer pairings and can be purchased here.
Supper club ioby kicks off the season with a Pinot en Blanc dinner tonight at Fort Greene’s iCi restaurant. The $200 evening begins with sparkling wine in the garden at 6:30 PM, then on to a seated dinner prepared by iCi’s locavore chef Nate Courtland, paired with wine from ROCO Winery.
Get schooled on selecting red wine during New York Vinters “Bad Ass Reds” class tonight at 7 PM. Attendees will be guided through a tasting of seven varietals, paired with light antipasto. Tickets are $50, and can be reserved here.
Eat your way across Dumbo, Vinegar Hill, Cobble Hill, and other neighborhoods with ICE’s Brooklyn Pastry Tour, a walking excursion featuring the borough’s best baked goods. Croissants, pita bread, devil’s food cake, and cupcakes are all on the menu, and spots visited include Damascu Bakery in Brooklyn Heights, Court Street Pastry in Carroll Gardens, and The Chocolate Bar in Cobble Hill. Tuition is $80, and tickets can be reserved here.
City Winery and Wines of Argentina celebrate World Malbec Day from noon to 4 PM with over 60 malbecs uncorked for tasting, from small-scale artisanal producers to larger household names. The $28 ticket also includes Argentinian dishes for pairing.