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Thursday, June 8th

Portugal Day Dinner at Aldea

Aldea

Join Chef George Mendes of Michelin-starred Aldea and James Beard nominated Chef Abe Conlon of Chicago’s Fat Rice on a culinary journey of Macau and Portugal in honor of Portugal Day. For $140 per guest, begin the night with canapé and wine reception, followed by a collaborative four-course dinner paired with wines from the lengthy list of “50 Great Portuguese Wines.” Wine ambassador Eugenio Jardim of Wines of Portugal will be on hand to walk guests through the pairing experience. Tickets available here – Tax and gratuity included in price. 31 W. 17th St, 212-675-7223, www.aldearestaurant.com, @aldeanyc

Saturday, June 10th

World Gin Day at OddFellows

World Gin Day

OddFellows Ice Cream Co. in Williamsburg is launching a flight of gin treats made with Dorothy Parker Gin, Four Pillars Gin and Portobello Road Gin. Available from Friday, June 9th to 11th – at $13 for all three flavors – the trio was created to highlight the interesting notes in each of the award-winning craft gins from around the world. For instance, Australian-based Four Pillars Gin uses full oranges in the still to create their gin, so OddFellows’ Sam Mason helps extract that flavor with tangerine juice. See the flight flavors below.

  • Dorothy Parker “Gin & Berries” ice cream with juniper and huckleberries
  • Four Pillars “Gin & Juice” popsicle with fresh tangerine juice
  • Portobello Road “Gin & Grapefruit” fold-in sorbet with rosemary ice cream

175 Kent Ave, 347-599-0556, www.oddfellowsnyc.com, @oddfellowsnyc

Sunday, June 11th

Tony Awards Viewing Party at Ocean Prime New York

‘Tis the music-loving season. The award-winning American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell, is hosting a special Tony Awards viewing party in their lounge. Guests are invited to stop by for the 71st telecast while they sip on specialty cocktails named in honor of this season’s shows – i.e Cats Cucumber Gimlet with Bombay Sapphire Gin, muddled fresh cucumber and hand-squeezed lime. There’s complimentary truffle popcorn and a newly revamped Pre-Theater Menu including an appetizer, large entrée with a side and dessert. Guests can even fill out a special awards ballot with their predictions for the chance to win a $150 gift card to Ocean Prime New York. 123 W. 52nd St, 212-956-1404, www.ocean-prime.com, @oceanprime_cmr

Monday, June 12th

Josh Pond Ice Cream Week in NYC

In anticipation of wild blueberry season, Josh Pond, growers of organic wild Maine blueberries, will be launching their inaugural Josh Pond Ice Cream Week this month from June 12th to June 18th at participating ice cream shops across Manhattan including Morgenstern’s, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Davey’s Ice Cream, Il Laboratorio del Gelato, Melt Bakery, Mikey Likes It, and 10 Below. Each of these shops will serve a unique house-made ice cream flavor featuring Josh Pond’s robustly flavorful, nutrient-packed wild Maine blueberries for the duration of Josh Pond Ice Cream Week. www.joshpond.com

TGI-Monday Game Night at The Time New York

TGI-Monday Game Night

Get your game on every Monday night at LeGrande at The Time New York Hotel. Introducing TGI-Monday GAME NIGHTS – A kitschy new recurring Monday party that invites guests to relive their childhood with games like Guess Who? Connect Four, Battleship, Operation, Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, Taboo, and more. Enjoy the biggest hits of the 90’s, and drink in the nostalgia with specially-priced 90’s inspired drinks like Bubbly Pop Rocks and Cereal Milk Shots, and nosh on LeGrande’s upscale party food like truffle grilled cheese and beef sliders. Lastly, LeGrande will offer happy hour pricing with $5 beer, $8 wine, and $10 well cocktails during TGI-Mondays.The Time New York, 224 W. 49th St, 2nd Fl, 212-246-5252, www.legrandenyc.com, @legrandeloungenyc

Pulse Memorial Rally – One-Year Anniversary – at Stonewall Inn

Gays Against Guns, plus twenty partnering LGBTQ bars welcome the public to participate in a one-year anniversary memorializing the 49 victims of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub massacre. Meet outside The Stonewall Inn at 6:30PM, then flood the city streets to mourn the victims, celebrate the LGBTQ community and demand their spaces remain safe from homophobia and gun violence. After the Memorial Rally, swing by partnering bars including The Stonewall Inn, 9th Ave Saloon, Henrietta Hudson, Cubbyhole, Julius, Phoenix, Rise, Mickey Spillane’s for community-building and drink specials. Special guests include Pulse survivor, Keinon Carter and singer, Aaron Paul. 53 Christopher St, 212-488-2705, www.thestonewallinnnyc.com, @thestonewallinn

Tuesday, June 13th – Dos Caminos to Host Casamigos Tequila Dinner

Dos Caminos SoHo

Dos Caminos is teaming up with the Casamigos Tequila to host an exclusive Casamigos Tequila Dinner. The evening will begin at 6:30PM with passed canapés and a featured cocktail, Jalisco Flower with Casamigos Blanco, St. Germain, ruby grapefruit juice and champagne; followed by a three-course dinner paired with three expressions of Casamigos Tequila. Tickets are $120 per guest and can be purchased here. Dos Caminos Soho, 475 W. Broadway, 212-277-4300, www.doscaminos.com, @doscaminos

Tuesday, June 13th

4th Annual Taste of Bushwick

Taste of Bushwick

Load up on the best bites of Bushwick. In its fourth year now, Taste of Bushwick – A walk-around tasting and fundraiser for the pioneering non-profit theater The Bushwick Starr – celebrates Bushwick’s vibrant culinary life while offering tastes of their food and drink. From 6:30PM to 9:00PM, taste more than four-dozen Bushwick restaurants, bars, shops and businesses including the new Caribbean-American BBQ spot Sally Roots; Bushwick’s very own dumpling factory Chef One; new brews from the Kings County Brewers Collective, and returning favorites such as Michelin-starred Faro, FINE & RAW Chocolate Factory, Montana’s Trail House, Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos, innovative brewery Braven Brewing Company, and much, much more. Continue the celebration with an after party hosted by Syndicated Bar • Theater • Kitchen with drink specials. Tickets on sale now. Frank Brunckhorst LLC – Boar’s Head, 24 Rock St (Enter at Bogart St), www.thebushwickstarr.org/TasteofBushwick.html, @bushwickstarr

Now Open

TSQ MKT

And as the temps increase, expect more outdoor markets! Fortunately, this market is open daily from 11:00AM to 9:00PM, all-year-round. Produced by the market masters at Urbanspace – in partnership with Times Square Alliance – brings us TSQ MKT where distinctive and unexpected New York City food and retail offerings are brought to the center of the universe – New York’s Times Square. Expect kick-ass vendors including Breads Bakery, Ice & Vice, Two Tablespoons, Hai Street Kitchen & Co., Mighty Quinn’s, Nuchas, SnackBox, Toloache and Wafels & Dinges. Broadway, between 42nd & 47th Sts (42nd/43rd St Plaza; 43rd/44th St Plaza; 46th/47th St Plaza)

Babu Ji Union Square

Babu Ji relocated to a new, larger location off Union Square. The restaurant will serve Chef Jessi Singh’s acclaimed modern Indian menu – plus Tasting Menu – alongside a brand new beverage program featuring diverse wines hand-picked by Laura Maniec of Corkbuzz Wine Studio (across the street), large selection of local beers, as well as rotating draft beer offerings. Cocktails include Don’t Tell Auntie with tequila, mezcal, Aperol, beetroot, lime and black lava salt, and large format cocktails like the Chat Cobbler with vodka, absinthe, amontillado sherry, blackberries, raspberries and watermelon. Like the original location, the restaurant’s new space continues to draw inspiration – in both food and design – from its charismatic namesake: “Babu Ji”, a Hindi term referring to the charming neighborhood ambassador or “mayor of the block” who revels in good food, company and atmosphere. Babu Ji’s bold and lively personality (and love of gold) is reflected in the decor through the use of rich colors, glimmers of gold and intriguing images of favorite Babu Ji’s of India. 22 E. 13th St, 212-951-1082, www.babujinyc.com, @babujinyc

Casa Pública

Casa Publica

The Mexican restaurant and bar – just one block from McCarren Park – blends traditional Mexican home cooking with dishes found in the country’s mercados and offers a playful cocktail and michelada program. It is a true passion project for the partners who have personal ties to Mexico’s rich culture and the Williamsburg area. Partners are… Chef Bob Truitt (Morimoto), Beverage Director and GM Meaghan Montagano (Extra Fancy, La Sirena), and Managing Partner Daniel Ortiz de Montellano. Chef Truitt’s “old world” menu offers a sampling of snacks and small plates like Queso Fundido (melted cheese, roasted mushrooms, chile guajillo, sunflower seeds, fresh corn tortillas), ceviches and tacos; Larger plates like the Mexican home staple Pozole Verde (braised pork, hominy, beans, tomatillo, pumpkin seeds, avocado, radish). The cocktail selection includes Montagano’s playful versions of micheladas, frozen drinks and large-format cocktails like From Mexico with Love with blanco tequila, aperol, cantaloupe, cucumber, and citrus – A nice reflection of the Mexican spirit found in Truitt’s dishes. 594 Union Ave, 718-388-3555, www.casapublicabk.com, @casapublicabk

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Seasonal Plates at Mulberry Project

Mulberry Project

Speakeasies are sexy, dark and mysterious. But what’s special about Mulberry Project is that it has those traits, plus a vibrant, Mexican-themed backyard “oasis” featuring turquoise accents – think Tulum sea – string lighting and mixed urban art. On a warm summer night, sip signature cocktails like Lavender made with Botanist Gin, lavender honey, lemon and lime. Share new seasonal plates like Tuna Poke Tostada, Nashville-style “Hot Chicken” Sliders or Thai Style Calamari from Chef Carmine DiGiovanni, and star-gaze with your S.O. 149 Mulberry St, 646-448-4536, www.mulberryproject.com, @mulberryproject

Churro Desserts at Max Brenner

Chocolate lovers: Max Brenner just rolled out a new dessert menu including a sampling of its newest churro dishes like the Churro Taco Waffle – homemade waffles that are deep-fried, rolled in sugar and cinnamon then drizzled with chocolate sauce and filled with vanilla and chocolate ice cream, and topped with mixed berries; Choco-pops served with a mini carafe of milk chocolate ganache on the side. Lastly, they have a new Crystal Churros Fondue – Homemade churros served with muddled raspberry sauce and your choice of milk, dark or white chocolate fondue for dipping. Try not to salivate. 841 Broadway, 646-467-8803, www.maxbrenner.com, @maxbrennerusa

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