This Week’s NYC Happenings: Sea Witch, Family Recipe, Veg Food Festival

THURSDAY: NYC Beer Week Chugs Along
NYC Beer Week is underway, with 300 hopped-up events spread across the city. Catch choice pints at the Williamsburg Cask Beer Festival at d.b.a., Funky Jewbelation Thursday night at Barcade, and the Sunday afternoon closing bash at La Birreria. On Thursday night let one-buck oysters, DJ Teeth, and rare drafts from Smuttynose lure you to neighborhood fave Sea Witch in the South Slope.

Beer and oysters at Sea Witch (703 Fifth Ave., Park Slope) kick off at 7pm on Thursday the 28th. To learn more about the bar, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

WEDNESDAY: Sake Goodness
Chef Akiko Thurnauer has been turning out creative Japanese to rave reviews at Family Recipe for over a year now. This Wednesday, join two experts as they pair eight sakes with selections from the winter menu.

The Midwinter Sake Social at Family Recipe (231 Eldridge St., Lower East Side) runs from 8pm to 11pm Wednesday the 27th. Advance tickets are $48. To learn more about the restaurant, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

Vegetarian cuisine has come a long way from mock fish and carrot bacon. Check out the fruits of the movement this weekend at the Vegetarian Food Festival, when the likes of The Butcher’s Daughter and Beyond Sushi join the third-annual event at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W. 18th St., Chelsea) starts 10am on both Saturday and Sunday, March 2nd and 3rd. General admission tickets are $5. To learn more about the event space, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

Brunch to Celebrate 2013, or Help Your Hangover

It’s no mystery: on the first day of 2013 you will probably be hungover, as will I, as will my boyfriend, as will just about everyone I know. But hey, isn’t that what New Year’s Eve is all about? Hence, brunch is in order to help ease you gently into a new year, and the one week you swear off booze because of some silly resolution.

For those of you stuck on being healthy, Apotheke co-owner Heather Tierney’s, The Butcher’s Daughter Juice Bar & Café will be open New Year’s Day and you can stuff your gullet with fresh juices and vegan meats.

If you want to go for more of a boozy hangover cure and the party route, head to KTCHN Restaurant for their “All Day Revive Brunch” from 10am to 5pm. For $45 you get a choice of chef Dale Schnell’s entrees like Steak and Eggs Benedict that comes with a pinot noir hollandaise sauce, or go to the sweet side and choose his Belgian waffle with hand-whipped vanilla cream. But why $45 you may ask, well this also includes unlimited Bloody Marys and mimosas.

Uptown, at A.G. Kitchen they also stay on the sinful side and chef Alex Garcia offers guests the ultimate hangover burger and shake combination for $29. The 100-percent ribeye burger comes with a crispy potato skin, cheddar, and bacon, and your choice of shake, including the salted caramel made with Jim Beam, malted powder, and caramel sauce.

Starting at 11am on January 1, chef Michael Berardino is whipping up an array of tasty brunch treats at Angolo SoHo, including roasted grapefruit with Aperol and mint, ricotta pancakes, tagliatelle Bolognese and an exquisite grilled cheese with Parmesan, speck, tomato, and topped with an egg. You can indulge in this à la carte menu until 4pm.

The Dalloway in SoHo has the right idea of kicking off 2013 by debuting their brunch menu. Starting at 11am, January 1 and beyond, chef Vanessa Miller will serve mascarpone stuffed French toast, breakfast pizza with spinach and poached eggs, and fried chicken with waffles. Naturally, they will offer boozy brunch cocktails too, including the Clarissa & Mary, their special bloody with clear-pressed tomato juice that aptly tips the hat to owners Amanda Leigh Dunn and Kim Stolz’s presence in the lesbian scene.

Now if these places don’t get 2013 going in the right direction, you are already lost.