Slow Food NYC presents the Spirits of New York cocktail event tonight at 6 PM at Haven’s Kitchen cooking school. $30 buys you creative drinks from local companies including New York Distilling Company, Hudson Whiskey, the Noble Experiment NYC, and many more, plus snacks. See the complete list of participants and purchase tickets here.
Take advantage of French Restaurant Week (on through September 30th) at dozens of the city’s eateries offering discounted meals. Head to Midtown’s Le Bonne Soup for three courses including your choice of crepe and a glass of cider for $21, the Meatpacking District’s Beaumarchais for their signature truffled Parisenne gnocchi serve with a glass of rosé for $26, or Jules Bistro in the East Village, offering three courses like escargots for $29.95. See the complete list of restaurants with their specials here.
You don’t have to fly to Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest thanks to the inaugural OktoberfestNYC, the largest beer garden in the city offering over 6,000 square feet of space to indulge in craft beer, specialty cocktails, and fare like bratwurst, knockwurst, German dumplings, and more. Packages start at $70 per person for three-hour reservations at tables in the beer garden. See the complete list of drinking and dining options here.
Union Square cooking school Haven’s Kitchen hosts their monthly supper club tonight, where Chef Jonathan Benno of Lincoln Ristorante and farmers and Chef Scott Boggs of Madava Farms will be cooking a four-course meal. The evening runs $185 per person and also includes an hour of cocktails and canapés. Tickets can be purchased here.
Event company Sidetour hosts a five-course dinner with Chef Elise Kornack at her new Take Root Studio in Cobble Hill tonight at 8 PM. The evening’s menu includes dishes like white bean gazpacho and chicken Ballantine, and runs $85 per person. See the complete menu and purchase tickets here.
Spice up your weekend with the 20th Annual Chile Pepper Fiesta at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where visitors can sample fare from more than 40 local vendors including chili-infused chocolates, salsa, and hot sauces. Kids can also pot their own chili plant and take it home. Admission is $15 for adults and free for children under 12.
The New Amsterdam Market hosts its first East River Moon Festival today, meant to introduce market-goers to the traditional mid-Autumn harvest celebrations that take place throughout East Asia on the full moon day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. The event includes a traditional lion dance performance, special Asian-inspired market fare prepared by guest chefs, and paper lantern making for children. The day concludes with a lantern lighting on the East River, with free refreshments and moon cake. See the complete schedule and get more details here.