This Week’s NYC Happenings: NYChiliFest, Marquee, & Highlands

SUNDAY: Chili-laxing In Chelsea
Winter Warming At NYC’s Biggest Chili Festival

A hearty bowl of chili is fair compensation for the January cold. On Sunday at Chelsea Market, the NYChiliFest goes off, with masters of meat competing for the 2013 Golden Chili Mug crown. Dickson’s Farmstand Meats supplies the dry-aged beef while Sam Adams pairs up four chili-friendly brews. The chefs in the fray represent a couple dozen of our more creative kitchens, from Delaney Barbecue to Ducks Eatery to The Wayland. Brooklyn’s own band The Dixons provide the honky-tonk soundtrack.
NYChiliFest at Chelsea Market (88 Tenth Ave., Chelsea) kicks off at 7pm on Sunday the 27th. Tickets start at $50 and must be purchased in advance. To learn more about the market, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides. 

WEDNESDAY: Marquee Lights
Long-time flouter of gravitational hotness laws Marquee is back and smoking once again. The space has been redesigned from tip to toe, with the focus shifted from bottle service to dance music. Case in point: Wednesday night’s red-hot set by DJ Chuckie.
Marquee (289 Tenth Ave., Chelsea) is open now. Chuckie will DJ Wednesday night with doors at 12:30am. To learn more about the club, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

THURSDAY: Highlands Hearts Burns
True Scotsman’s gastropub Highlands celebrates poet Robert Burns’ 254th birthday with their annual Burns Night. There will be Scotch, along with a bagpiper, prix-fixe dinners, and a few kilts, too.
Burns Night at Highlands (150 W. 10th St., West Village) will be celebrated Thursday, with seatings at 6:30pm and 9:30pm. Prix-fixe dinners are $55, with $35 additional for whiskey pairings. To learn more about the gastropub, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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New York Openings: The Haberdasher, The Wayland, Booker and Dax

The Haberdasher (Meatpacking District) – Stealth lounge with vintage accents in 5 Ninth’s attic.

The Wayland (East Village) – Salvaged wood meets artisanal cocktails over a live music soundtrack.

Booker and Dax (East Village) – Centrifuges and red-hot pokers. Better buzzes through science.