Next Week’s NY Happenings: Txikifest, The Living Room, Taste of LIC

SUNDAY: Basque in the Sun At Txikifest
Legendary Basque wine Txakoli gets its turn in the spotlight at this year’s Txikifest. Chelsea’s Txikito (pronounced “chiquito,” but you knew that) does the hosting, with a mini-street fair going off in their back alley. Pintxos will be served by co-hosts El Quinto Pino and La Vara. Ringers like The Hurricane Club and Sullivan Street Bakery will also be pitching in on the Basque tapas action.
Txikifest at Txikito (240 Ninth Ave., Chelsea) starts at 1pm on Sunday, June 2nd. Tickets are $50, with proceeds benefitting Sanctuary for Families. To learn more about the restaurant, check out Txikito’s listing at BlackBook Guides.

TUESDAY: South Beach Into FiDi
The W New York – Downtown celebrates the return of the heat with this week’s Terrace Fest at The Living Room. Tuesday night sees W South Beach barman Tomer Doar paying a visit to the big town, with a Pavan Liqueur bar and Cuban sandwiches to keep the Miami vibes flowing.
Travel Tuesday at The Living Room Bar& Terrace (123 Washington St., Financial District) starts at 6pm on Tuesday, June 4th. Tickets are required. To learn more about the bar, check out The Living Room’s listing at BlackBook

TUESDAY: The 8th Annual Taste of LIC
To witness Long Island City’s continuing evolution, look no further than the 8th Annual Taste of LIC, which brings all the new hotspots to Gantry Plaza State Park. Alobar, M. Wells Dinette, and Pachanga Patterson are among the local heroes dishing out delights along the East River.
General admission entry to the 8th Annual Taste of LIC starts at 6:30pm on Tuesday, June 4th. Tickets are $60. M. Wells Dinette (22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City) will be among the many purveyors of food and drink. To learn more about the restaurant, check out Dinette’s listing at BlackBook Guides.

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This Week’s NY Happenings: The DeKalb Classic, Meatball Slapdown, ‘Mad Men’ Premiere

TONIGHT: No-Fooling April Cocktails For DeKalb Ave.
Spring has sprung in Fort Greene, with glasses being raised tonight for inaugural cocktail competition The DeKalb Classic. Local faves like Madiba, Roman’s, and Chez Oskar will be throwing down for best bartender and cocktail crowns. Cornerstone’s entry (pictured) is barkeep Chris Rue’s St. Rue, a bright blend of Greenhook Gin, St. Germain, and lemon, with a vernal sprig of mint. You’ve got a month to track down the five cocktails and place your vote, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity.

The DeKalb Classic kicks off tonight, April 1st, at 5pm. Cornerstone (271 Adelphi St., Fort Greene) is among the five participating venues. Tickets are $50 and the event runs through the end of the month. To learn more about the restaurant, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

THURSDAY: Meatball Madness
Look for an all-out meatball royal battle as local superstars like Buttermilk Channel, M. Wells Dinette, and Prime Meats square off for sphere supremacy at the Meatball Slapdown. Ted Allen is among the celeb judges; host Brooklyn Brewery will keep the suds flowing.

The 4th Annual Meatball Slapdown at Brooklyn Brewery (79 N. 11th St., Williamsburg) starts Thursday, April 4th, at 7pm. Tickets are $50 for all you can eat and drink, with the proceeds going to charity. To learn more about the brewery, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

SUNDAY: Hamm And Whiskey
Where better to catch the premiere of Mad Men season six than a swank, Midtown lounge? Whiskey Park will do the honors, with themed cocktails, a trivia contest, and guests decked out in their swinging ’60s best.

The Mad Men viewing party at Whiskey Park (100 Central Park So., Midtown West) starts at 8pm, no reservations required. To learn more about the bar, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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Eating Culture: New Restaurants for the Arts

In the past couple weeks, two popular chefs have opened their newest eateries with a little more culture then ever before. Culture being literal as the venue for celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s American Table is in Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, and the team behind the beloved M. Wells Diner has launched M. Wells Dinette, their new eatery inside MoMA PS1 in Queens.

“To me, Lincoln Center symbolizes New York City’s passion for culture and performance,” said Samuelsson. “As a lover of the arts, I am honored to showcase the diversity of the American dining scene at this iconic institution.”

Samuelsson’s new cafe is situated along the large glass windows in the concert hall’s foyer, and is helmed by executive chef Charlene Johnson-Hadley, who worked her way up from being line cook at Red Rooster in Harlem. The fare at American Table includes smoked Caesar salad, turkey meatball sandwiches, country ham biscuits, and, naturally, apple pie.

Over at PS1, chefs and owners Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis have converted an old classroom into their restaurant and offer a daily changing menu with items like escargot, rabbit terrine, and bibimbap with tuna and scallops. For those of you who were looking to try M. Wells’ infamous horsemeat tartar, according to Steve Cuozzo of The New York Post they will not be dishing it out any time soon after a PETA protest. M. Wells Dinette is open the same hours as the museum, but despite the classroom look, don’t expect it to be thronged with children as other museum cafeterias are.

With these new restaurants, almost all the hip cultural centers in New York now have the added draw of destination dining to them, mainly thanks to restaurateur Danny Meyer. His Union Hospitality Group runs The Modern at MoMA, followed by Untitled at The Whitney, and they have upped the food ante at Yankee Stadium by filling it with Shake Shack burgers, shakes, and fries. Now all we need is a true meshing of the two and have more food art.

Photo by Philip Greenberg