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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Food Trend Alert: The New York Deviled Egg Uprising

Whether it was the rediscovery of mayonnaise as a condiment of interest or the scotch-scented wave of pure, artery-clogging Mad Men nostalgia that brought them back, deviled eggs have arrived – again. Once the hors d’oeuvre your grandma’s gin rummy tournament wasn’t complete without, this summer deviled eggs are popping up on menus across New York, from gastro pubs to Tiki bars to New York Times three-stared restaurants. In fact, it’s damn near impossible to avoid the fancy little treats.

They are a staple bar snack at beloved gastro pub the Spotted Pig and Gramercy Park’s Resto, and are offered in their organic form at Brooklyn’s the General Greene. More adventurous ovum enthusiasts can pair Samoan deviled eggs with flamboyant cocktails served in coconuts at the Hurricane Club, try Tabasco-spiced eggs at BLT Bar and Grill, or sample the Aspen Social’s version, served with yellow fin tuna and wasabi tobiko. For an upscale experience, Veritas restaurant’s baby spinach salad is an excuse to devour deviled eggs topped with whipped blue cheese and crisped pancetta.

Some wink at the classics, like Seersucker Bar, which is serving deviled eggs as part of their Southern snack tray alongside pimento cheese and crudités. Other establishments, like the Collective over in the Meat Packing district, demonstrate premature nostalgia for last summer’s truffle-everything trend, serving deviled eggs with truffle oil and fried capers. Friends, this is only a very partial list.

Need a bright idea for some weekend fun? How about hosting a deviled egg cook-off like they do down south. After reading The Awl’s Ultimate, Fabulous Guide to Deviled Eggs, I immediately began compiling my very own winning recipe. Not to worry: Those of you who’s egg-eating expertise exceeds your event planning abilities, the author kindly shares his comprehensive list of regulations to prevent the whole ordeal from going to Hades.

The New Fête: Brunching at the Hurricane Club

Brunching isn’t exactly a seasonal activity, but there is something about brunching in the colder months that feels just right. In summer. one is more inclined to productivity with full days of sun—to go for a bike ride, head to the beach—so it’s easy to keep the boozing to a minimum. When winter rolls around, you basically surrender to the short, darkening days, a carte blanche, if you ask me, for boozier brunches, sans motivation. It’s practically our ancestral right. Which is why it’s smart that the good party-planners of NYC have caught onto the success of the long-running brunches that blow up over the winter at Bagatelle, Day & Night, and the newbie, Lavo, to ensure they draw a primo guest list. Case in point: Creative Time Comics: A Celebration Of The Here And Now held at the Hurricane Club last Saturday. Event photos and anti-freeze cocktail menu after the jump.

image Waris with a man and his monkey (in pocket, right)

The Party People: Hosted by Waris Ahluwalia, Hope Atherton, and Leelee Sobieski, the brunch hosted over 300 people dressed in island gear. Perks: Chocolate fondue, free comic books, nerding out over your secret—or not so secret—cartoon hero.

image The funny thing is I just saw both these girls at Death & Co. mere hours earlier.

The Hurricane Club Why it should be a great brunch/lunch spot: Getting drunk all day while on vacation is okay, and you’ll feel good about doing the same when the decor is as tropical as the drinks. Cocktail recommendations: Under their expertly-named “Boat Drinks” selection, #16 is a traditional cocktail served as a welcome drink in the tropics during Christmas, made with hibiscus and Cristal ($12). If you take your tropical vacays with a side of rum, go for #58 ($12), which combines Brugal Dark rum and banana and lime, garnished with a bit of mint. Best of all: the tiki mug in which it’s served.

image Tiki man via image

(Images by Alex Mora Via)

Mark Zuckerberg Needs Your Help: What To Do This Weekend

Tonight my itinerary is as follows: grab an after-work cocktail somewhere near the L train (I’m going to guess Crocodile Lounge) and head over to Williamsburg to indulge in my dark side, the side that lusts for tacos and sour cream at La Superior. The restaurant rape and pillaging will be followed by the Ra Ra Riot show at The Music Hall of Williamsburg. A simple Friday night, but you can have a rager, if you so please. In fact, I would advise you to crash The Social Network afterparty at the Harvard Club, because lord knows they’ll need you. Or make a reservation at The Hurricane Club and sip from a coconut before you set out to harass David Chang at Le Grand Fooding tonight. The night is yours. But if it were mine, all mine, and I didn’t care about things like calories, or money, or sleep, and if I had the great power to manipulate time, here are all of the things I’d hit up this weekend.

New Openings to Try

The Hurricane Club For the Kitsch of It You may only glimpse snippets of it between deskside cocktail hour (every hour), but the Mad Men era was also the golden age of tiki cocktails, with Trader Vic-style bars in every city and town. This tiki joint from the Quality Meats peeps revels in a similar brand of inauthenticity. AvroKO did the design. Slurp booze from a coconut while nibbling ribs off a pu-pu platter.

Lincoln Bar Food Pair a splashy hypar (hyperbolic paraboloid, but you knew that) lawn in Lincoln Center with an ambitious pan-Italian resto under the command of Jonathan Benno (Per Se) and you get one hot rezzy. Hit up the bar for a quick drive by, and be the first to say you’ve already been. If you’re into that sort of thing.

Alphabet City New Bar Crawl image Bedlam The folks of Eastern Bloc bring forth stylish retro cocktailing amid stuffed bears and assorted Victoriana. Try the Bedlam Cup, with Pimm’s, cucumber, lemon, and elderflower liqueur while lounging in the ginormous main space, complete with dance floor, top notch sound, and Anderson Cooper (his BF is a partner).

Billy Hurricane’s Another hurricane trope, this bar happens to be the Mardi Gras–themed Avenue B answer to Hooters. Hooters in the East Village—it’s blasphemous! But the kitschy décor—Bourbon Street mural, porch swings, and beading—feels Disney-enough to have a gander.

Idle Hands Basement spot keeps it simple: Bourbon. Beer. Rock. Latter represented in entryway with music-flyer collage. An equally bustling spot, Idle Hands shares the space with Billy Hurricane’s, boasting more than 70 bourbons, whiskeys, and ryes.

Friday Picks Music

Ra Ra Riot Music Hall of Williamsburg $20

Hundred in the Hands Coco 66 $8

Avey Tare (of Animal Collective, DJ Set), Crocodiles, Kria Brekkan, Headless Horseman Glasslands $10


Park Slope 3rd Annual Craft Beer Week 7:00PM Official Kick-off to NYCBW: Freaktoberfest $55 The Rock Shop Presented by Shmaltz Brewing Company at the Rock Shop in Park Slope, over 35 brewery owners will pour specialty beers at an open bar, while members of the Coney Island Sideshow offer special performances alongside local indie-rock bands, burlesque dancers, and DJs.

Dumbo Dumbo Art Festival Free With new Leadership and exciting venues, the multi-disciplinary festival will include visual, literary, and performing arts. The Dumbo Art Festival kicks off today, and will run until the 26th, highlighting 200 participating studios, galleries, venues, and arts organizations, countless artists, musicians, and performers with the Brooklyn waterfront as their backdrop. Check out: Bubby’s 7th Annual Pie Social, a giant bake sale that pairs well with art.

Long Island City Le Grand Fooding 7:00PM “Le Grand Yummy” $50 MoMA PS1 Entrance fee to the foodie face-off includes one flute of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, one Rhône Valley wine & pizza pairing, and one Belvedere cocktail, not to mention chefs like David Chang whooping up on San Fran chefs in this weekend’s NY VS SF competition. Proceeds from all ticket sales go to support Action Against Hunger. Through Saturday. Check out: David Chang’s Beet, Goat Cheese, and Walnut plate.




Eels, Jesca Hoop Terminal 5 $27.50

The Boxer Rebellion, Amusement Parks on Fire, Augustines (ex-Pela) The Bell House $15

Titus Andronicus, Free Energy Webster Hall $16


Nolita The Dumpling Festival Free Sara D Roosevelt Park Cookbook signings and dumpling sampling presented by Tang’s Natural. Benefiting Foodbank.

Williamsburg 3rd Ward/ The Danger Party 195 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn, NY Weird, as in cool. “Explore a candle-lit loft while performers let loose. Complete with stunning music, cheap liquor, and a moment at midnight that is abjectly NSFW. There will be djs, there will be bands, there will be free/live tattooing. Arrive early to take a dip in our fire-heated hot-tub and sip free chilled champagne.” Um, sign me up.



Merzbow, Xiu Xiu Le Poisson Rouge $20

Margot and The Nuclear So & So’s, The Lonely Forest, Cameron McGill & What Army Bowery Ballroom $15


Upper East Side Soul Food Festival Free Lexington Avenue between 94th and 95th Streets Soul Food Festival will celebrate local Japanese dishes—or “soul food”—unique to specific regions of Japan, showcasing the rich diversity of Japanese cuisine beyond commonly known regulars like sushi. This festival will focus on the regional specialties of Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost island.

Greenwich Village Oyster Sundays at Hotel Griffou $1 As a nod to the historical romance between New York City and the oyster, Hotel Griffou on West 9th Street will be offering its guests an opportunity to renew their love affair with the bivalve on Sunday evenings. From 6pm to 11pm guests can enjoy local Long Island oysters for $1 each. Chef Jason Giordano has teamed up with several oyster farmers and harvesters from Out East to highlight some of the tastiest and freshest fruits of the renaissance of the historic Long Island oyster industry.