|Lowcountry Lobster Boil; Image via Facebook|
Give the start of your week some Southern flavor at the West Village’s Lowcountry, which will be offering a Lobster Boil dinner special every Monday/Sunday night for the rest of the summer. $30 buys you 1 ¼ lb lobster, shrimp, Andouille sausage, potato and cornbread. And, if you arrive between 5-7:30PM, you can also take advantage of happy hour specials on bar snacks like fish tacos, fried pickles and pork belly sliders, washed down with discounted wine, beer and house cocktails.
FridayThe 5th Annual Whole Foods New Taste of the UWS officially kicks off today with a Comfort Classics tasting, hosted by the Travel Channel’s Adam Richman and Andrew Zimmern. $95 buys you access to over 35 neighborhood chef’s renditions of classic comfort food, and wine and cocktails from Southern Wine & Spirits. The festivities continue on Saturday with the Best of the West showcase, with chefs including Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Jacques Torres serving up seasonal fare from 7-9:30PM. Click here for more info.
The Ninth Avenue Associate presents the 39th Annual International Food Festival in Hell’s Kitchen. Dozens of restaurants will have booths set up along the avenue from noon-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, with fare from countries including Poland, Japan, Greece, Thailand and more.
Downtown, the Taste of Tribeca takes place on Saturday, featuring bites of signature dishes from the neighborhood’s top eateries (Bouley, Tribeca Grill, The Harrison to name a few) going down from 11:30AM-3PM. The event also offers a self-guided wine tour, with the area’s wine shops pouring for Taste attendees throughout the day. One ticket ($45 advanced purchase/$50 day-of) provides six tastes from any of the participating restaurants—see the complete list here.
Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, the Great Googa Mooga hits Prospect Park. Attendees can look forward to fare from 75 food vendors, 35 brewers, and 30 winemakers plus live music. While general admission to the festival is sold out, there are still VIP tickets available, with extras including special access to Main Stage viewing areas and a specially chosen menu of premium cocktails and all-inclusive food.