West Village New American Perilla kicks off a new Monday night summer dinner series, where $60 will buy you a four-course tasting menu paired with a beer from Evil Twin Brewery. Tonight, you can expect fare like roasted local pork loin, housemade turkey scrapple, and chocolate caramel tart paired with the Mad Dog Pale Ale.
Be among the first to try out the private roof deck at SoHo Turkish eatery Pera, which hosts “A Shashlik Sashay” dinner tonight at 7 PM. $90 includes a cocktail tutorial followed by four courses like center-cut sirloin and organic, spiced turkey paired with libations built around the Turkish spirit raki.
Sample fare from some of the city’s top chefs at the annual Taste of Summer event benefiting the Central Park Conservancy. From 7-11:30 PM, the Bethesda Terrace will play home to the tasting tent, with restaurants including BLT Prime, Junoon, Le Cirque, Serafina, and many more doling out samples. Tickets start at $400 per person, and can be purchased here.
Food-truck expert John T. Edge stops by the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop tonight at 6:30 PM to discuss his latest book The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America’s Best Restaurant on Wheels. Post-discussion Edge will stick around the sign copies while the truck shop doles out free treats to attendees.
End the week on a bargain at Upper Westsider Mamajuana Café, which offers happy hour specials like $5 well drinks, $4 imported beer, and 75-cent snacks like sliders and guava BBQ sauce chicken wings from 4-7:30 PM.
Prepare for a weekend of indulgence as the Big Apple BBQ Block Party returns once again to Madison Square Park. Visitors can expect outstanding smoked meats from some of the city and the country’s top pit masters, including John Stage (Dinosaur Bar-B-Que), Kenny Callaghan (Blue Smoke), Joe Duncan (Baker’s Ribs), and Mike Emerson (Pappy’s Smokehouse) for $8 per plate. The weekend also includes cooking seminars and live performances from emerging and established rock, blues, and soul musicians.