Sadly we said so long to Summer Fridays. Let’s mourn over more booze at some of New York City’s anticipating drinking events *cough* Oktoberfest.
Wednesday, September 13th
Australian Wine Week Debuts in NYC
G’day, mate, and welcome to the first-ever Australian Wine Week in New York City. Running until Friday, Australian Wine Week will feature a host of top restaurants pouring a unique range of Australian wines by the glass at special prices.
Participating restaurants include Gramercy Tavern, Untitled at the Whitney, Co., The Modern, North End Grill, La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, Flinders Lane, The Red Cat, Murray’s Cheese Bar and Burke & Wills.
The beloved Aussie bistro, Burke & Wills will also feature a seven-course tasting menu from Executive Chef Rodrigo Nogueira (The Monkey Bar, Resto) with an all-Australian wine pairing by owner Tim Harris – all for the price of $75 per person.
Thursday, September 14th
Final Days of The Club Car
All aboard for the last chance to ride The Club Car at The McKittrick Hotel. Slated to leave the station after Labor Day Weekend, The Club Car has been extended through the official end of summer this month.
That means, there’s still time to check out chefs Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr’s surf-and-turf creations ahead of opening their highly-anticipated new solo restaurant, Frenchette. Taste a new à la carte menu offering a selection of sandwiches, surf-and-turf entrées, steak or lobster frites and crab cakes. Leans towards the namesake Club Car Collins made with Plymouth gin, celery, yuzu, lemongrass, soda and Peychaud’s bitters to accompany your meal.
542 West 27th St, 212-564-1662,www.mckittrickhotel.com, @themckittrick
Friday, September 15th – Raise your Stein and Celebrate Oktoberfest
Prepare for “45 Days of Oktoberfest” – From mid-September to Halloween. This German celebration has no bigger stage in NYC than at the oldest German beer gardens in NYC. Loreley’s month and a half long celebration will feature everything from a free Oktoberfest Party & Keg tapping to weekly German beer tap takeovers to the return of Sausage Fest and the Haunted Beer Garden on Halloween. Find rotating beers on tap: Hofbräu Oktoberfest, Weihenstephan Oktoberfest, Spaten Oktoberfest, Schneider Wiesen Edel-Weisse and more.
7 Rivington St, 212-253-7077, www.loreleynyc.com, @loreleynyc
Circa Brewing Co.
Kick-off Oktoberfest on Saturday at Circa Brewing Co. with fresh beer, food specials, and live entertainment from 2:30PM to 5:30PM. Head Brewer Danny Bruckert will be serving traditional Oktoberfest favorites like a German Pilsner and Circa’s very own Oktoberfest Lager. Food specials include a classic German Pretzel and Bratwurst.
Note: Food and drink specials will be available through October 3rd, the final day of Oktoberfest.
141 Lawrence St, www.circabrewing.co, @circabrewingco
Treadwell Park / Downtown
Get out your lederhosen and beer maid costumes out – Treadwell Park will be celebrating Oktoberfest at both their Battery Park and Upper East Side locations until October 8th. The food menu will feature German favorites sourced from local farms and vendors like the Treadwell Park Giant Pretzel, Wurst Sampler, Sauerbraten, and the Giant Schnitzel.
Taste Germany’s best beers with passport booklet that allows you to get “stamped” each time you get a beer from a different German region. When the booklet is filled, you receive a free stein. Note: Both locations will be hosting a kick-off party which will have band, stein holding competition, ceremonial cask tapping, live band, photo booth, and more.
Both locations, www.treadwellpark.com, @treadwellpark
Enjoy all-day live music, full Oktoberfest decoration, flowing kegs and delicious German-inspired food such as huge soft pretzels and bratwursts galore. Challenge your friends in games like giant beer pong, cornhole, traditional stein-holding competitions and more. Prost!
Pier 15, 78 South St, 212-742-8200, www.watermarkny.com, @watermarkny
The Pennsy Beer Garden
After renovations, The Pennsy Food Hall is back with a new Beer Garden, oversized bar and vast outdoor patio. Swing by for the start of Oktoberfest with a tapping of the keg and a live performance by fan-favorite, German band The Scorpions at 6:00PM. Sip authentic German beers all night long and throughout the three week fest. Expect food specials from The Pennsy restaurants: Pat LaFrieda, Ribalta Mo, Taco Dumbo, Cinnamon Snail, Little Beet and Sabi Sushi, too.
Return on September 25th as the festivities continue – this time with Oktoberfest take on the age-old Pennsylvania vs. New York rivalry in honor of the Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers preseason game. Guests will enjoy live music, beer specials from Philadelphia and New York local beers, a stein hoisting contest and the chance to win tickets to a regular season Flyers vs. Rangers game.
2 Penn Plaza at 33rd St, www.thepennsy.nyc/beer/, @thepennsy
Saturday, September 16th
Taste of East Village
Devour top neighborhood eats such as Luke’s Lobster, Porsena, Veselka, Porchetta, Insomnia Cookies, Brick Lane Curry House, Jimmy’s No. 43, Le Petit Parisien, and more at the 2nd Annual Taste of East Village. The walk-around tasting takes place on East 7th St, between Cooper Square and 2nd Ave from 12:00PM to 5:00PM to raise funds for neighborhood advocacy organization Cooper Square Committee. The $25 advance ticket ($30 at the door) includes four tastings from participating restaurants. Additional tastings will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets can be purchased here.
Saturday, September 16th
Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood
The annual Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood returns to Irving Place from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM bringing together restaurants and chefs in Gramercy to highlight the neighborhood as a top cultural and culinary destination. In honor of the festival’s 5th anniversary, local trendy cocktail bar, Cibar, is offering a $5 seasonal cocktail during the event: the Cinnamon Moscow Mule with house-infused cinnamon vodka and cinnamon sugar-tossed apples. Tickets are available here.
Saturday, September 16th – Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day
All aboard The Jalisco Express – created and named in honor of the Tequila Express train in Jalisco, Mexico which took people to the agave fields in the lowlands of the Jalisco region #fact. This vibrant ‘tail is a blend of Tres Agaves Blanco, lime juice, and Tres Agaves agave syrup; a slice of jalapeño, cucumber and a pinch of basil atop. All you need to salsa into Sunday.
102 Norfolk St, 212-432-4180, www.lacontentanyc.com, @lacontentanyc
West Chelsea’s Hôtel Americano is bringing the famed Sabina Bandera – known for her Ensenada street cart La Guerrerense – to New York. The one-night-only evening at La Piscine, the hotel’s rooftop bar and restaurant will feature a menu of tostadas from Doña Sabina alongside bites from La Piscine Chef Bryan Noury (The Nomad), cocktails and live Mariachi. The Ensenada-inspired menu will stay put through October.
518 W. 27th St, 212-216-0000, www.hotel-americano.com, @hotelamericano
Sunday, September 17th
Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint
Spend your Sunday at the annual outdoor celebration of North Brooklyn’s local flavor. Entering its 8th year, this block party style tasting event features sample tastes from over 40 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries, along with live music, demonstrations and much, much more… Sample bites from neighborhood newcomers like Leuca, Llama Inn, Du’s Donuts and Cheeseboat, as well as veterans, Pies ‘n’ Thighs and Maison Premiere. Purchase tickets here.
Tokyo Record Bar
Descend underground into a listening room dedicated to quality and obsession through music, food and booze. Listen to Japanese audiophiles-inspired music while sipping on sake and cocktails. There are two seatings (6:30PM & 8:30PM) serving a seven-course Izakaya menu and “Vinyl Jukebox” – An interactive experience where the guests in the room create a custom playlist in real time.
127 Macdougal St, www.tokyorecordbar.com, @tokyorecordbar
Restaurateurs Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer (Cookshop, Vic’s) flipped neighborhood favorite, Hundred Acres into a full-on mediterranean restaurant. Shuka, powered by Chef Ayesha Nurdjaja, offers a dynamic cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean in a lively 90 seat space dressed in ceramic Moroccan tiles, banquettes with Moroccan-style patterned pillows and linen tufted ceiling curtains.
The food menu begins with dips and mezze like Roasted Corn Hummus with cilantro and pita; and ends with Tagine with cod, potato, peppers, cracked Olives, pickled lemon, cilantro. The cocktail list includes the Desecration with date molasses-infused whiskey and lemon juice; and Ayesha’s Vesper with vodka, gin and lillet blanc served in a fish flask with branded lemon, olives and pickled ramps on the side.
38 MacDougal St, @shukanyc
The Landmark at 57 West
The first high-end theatre joins Hell’s Kitchen in more than a decade. Located at the award-winning VIA 57 WEST, the theatre features eight-screen theatres, full private bar, local fare, plush leather chairs, recliner seats and popcorn with real butter.
657 W. 57th St, www.landmarktheatres.com/new-york-city, @ltnewyorkcity
The Lost Lady
The boys behind The Wayland opened a go-to chill spot just 1.5 blocks away from The Wayland… Outfitted in vintage nautical (with a jukebox and shuffleboard table), The Lost Lady dishes out tacos and a cocktail list focusing on rum and agave spirits, and occasional frozen drinks. Make this your new late-night location.
171 Avenue C, www.thelostladynyc.com, @thelostladynyc
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