Tag Archives: BBQ

Dinner: Makana

Makana brings Hawaiian and Japanese barbecue to the Upper West Side with its new location.  I recently drove by this area, and when I saw the name and the sign, I knew I had to try it.  I didn’t realize it was a small, mostly-takeout spot, though, so there aren’t many seats here.  But my friend and I got the cozy table by the window and shared some delicious food.  I got the Kalua pork, smoked slowly roasted for hours with cabbage.  The plates come with macaroni salad, white rice and garden salad.  I didn’t understand why it was served with rice when it had macaroni salad.  I don’t usually double up on my carbs, so I didn’t eat the rice.  But I really enjoyed the pork and the macaroni salad.  Really yummy!

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I couldn’t resist getting the Spam avocado roll, even though I don’t eat Spam, and it was good too.  My friend got a spider roll.

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My friend also got one of the noodle soups, and he loved it.

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Weekend Whets 8/30

Lobster Bake Party, Sundays, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side:  A weekly event through the summer. $29.92 per person for 1 whole Maine lobster, steamed little neck clams, baked red russet potatoes and corn on cob.

Bacon! Beer! Tasting! All You Can Eat/Drink!, Saturday, August 31, 2013, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Ding Dong Lounge, 929 Columbus Avenue, Manhattan:  All kinds of bacon dishes and games and prizes. Tickets $50.

Bedford + Bowery Bazaar, Hester Street Fair, Saturday, August 31, 2013, noon to 10 p.m., Hester and Essex Streets, Lower East Side, Manhattan:  North Brooklyn vendors showcased at Hester Street Fair.

Ultimate BBQ Bash Southampton Summer 2013, Saturday, August, 31, 2013, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Southampton Historical Museum, Southampton, NY:  Say goodbye to summer with a bbq, desserts, wine tasting and complimentary beer.  Live music and a DJ will entertain.  Tickets $60-$110.

Vendy Awards, Saturday, September 7, 2013:  Visit site to see list of nominees and how to buy tickets.

LongHouse Food Revival, Saturday, September 7, 2013, and Sunday, September 8, 2013, LongHouse Barn, 83 Steward Road, Berne, New York:  Thought leaders in food gather to discuss how food stories are told.

Taste Talks, Saturday, September 14, 2013 and Sunday, September 15, 2013, Brooklyn:  A two-day event with discussions and workshops on food, featuring Mario Batali, Wylie Dufresne, Dan Barber, Alessandro Porcelli, April Bloomfield and more.  Talks include those on food porn, food photography, Brooklyn food, gluten and more.

Toast Of Brooklyn–A Wine and Food Festival 2013, Saturday, September 14, 2013, Brooklyn:  Wine and food from Brooklyn restaurants and crafts from around the world.

Dinner with Friends III at Wythe Hotel, Monday, September 16, 2013 through Wednesday, September 18, 2013, Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn:  Chef Francis Mallmann visits New York City from Argentina and cooks with Chef Sean Rembold at Reynard in the Wythe Hotel. $195.

Taste of the West Village 2013, Saturday, September 21, 2013, noon to 4 p.m., The Yard at P.S.41, Greenwich Avenue and Charles Street, West Village:  Sample cuisine from West Village restaurants.  Tickets $40.

The Ultimate Peruvian Experience, Saturday, September 21, 2013, 7 p.m., Raymi Restaurant, Manhattan:  Afro-Peruvian music and 3-course meal. $65.

11th Annual Taste of the Village, Thursday, September 26, 2013, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Washington Square Park, Village:  Over 30 local food and wine vendors and jazz.  Tickets $50.

Savor the Season, Thursday, September 26, 2013, 6:30 p.m . to 10 p.m., Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan:  Celebrate 20 years of Harvest Home Farmer’s Markets in New York City with tastings from chefs and restaurants north of 96th Street, including Marcus Samuelsson.

The Joy of Sake, Thursday, September 26, 2013, 6 p.m . to 9 p.m., The Altman Building (135 W 18th Street), Manhattan:  Sake tasting. Tickets $95.

Le Fooding, Friday, September 27, 2013, and Saturday, September 28, 2013, 7 p.m., Brooklyn:  Time’Mach’Inn dinners with menus celebrating food trends in recent decades in NYC.

Grand Central Oyster Bar’s Oyster Frenzy, September 28, 2013, noon to 5 p.m., Grand Central Oyster Bar.

Smoke @ ICC, Saturday, September 28, 2013, 4:15 p.m. to 8 p.m., Pier 57 at 15th Street, Manhattan:  Teams from around the country compete to smoke the best brisket in 4 categories.  Public tasting, beer garden and live music.  Tickets $65.

The 10th Annual NYC Dumpling Festival Eating Contest, Saturday, September 28, 2013, noon to 5 p.m., Sara D. Roosevelt Park on East Houston Street between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets, Manhattan:  All proceeds benefit the Food Bank For New York City in this dumpling eating contest with men’s and women’s divisions.

North:  Nordic Food Festival, October 2 through 7, 2013, various locations, NYC:  Celebrate Nordic cuisine with lunches/dinners by Scandinavian chefs and cooking classes with Scandinavian chefs.

3rd Annual EscapeMaker’s Local Food & Travel Expo in Brooklyn, Saturday, October 5, 2013, noon to 5 p.m., Borough Hall, Brooklyn:  Exhibitors who are within a 50-mile radius of Brooklyn will be exhibiting.  Tastings and a special Made in Brooklyn market.

Weekend Whets 8/23

Lobster Bake Party, Sundays, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side:  A weekly event through the summer. $29.92 per person for 1 whole Maine lobster, steamed little neck clams, baked red russet potatoes and corn on cob.

Blues BBQ, Saturday, August 24, 2013, 2 p.m., Hudson River Park:  Blues musicians along with Brother Jimmy’s and Dinosaur BBQ.

La Toscana nel Mondo Brinda Per Arcobalena D’Estate, Saturday, August 24, 2013, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Per Lei, Upper East Side, Manhattan:  Celebrate Tuscany’s art, music, theatre, food, history, nature, and tourism. Tuscan wines will be offered at the cash bar with complimentary appetizers, along with live performances.  For those who have an interest in  Tuscany to meet one another and join the Tuscan Association of New York. Please call for more information.  RSVP by August 21st. Space is limited.  tuscanassociationnewyork@gmail.com

Bluestockings Food Justice Reading Group, Sunday, August 25, 2013, 5 p.m., Bluestockings, Lower East Side:  Group that explores the role of food on the environment, labor and health.  This month’s reading is Hungry for Change by AH Akhram Lodhi and Revolution at the Table by Harvey Levenstein

A Night in the Mediterranean, Monday, August 26, 2013, 5:30 p.m. or 8:30p.m., Murray’s Cheese, Bleecker Street, West Village:  A celebration of feta with other Greek courses, including feta ice cream!  Tickets $60.

SOMM VIP Screening, Monday, August 26, 2013, 7:30 p.m., The Rooftop at The NoMad Hotel, Flatiron, Manhattan:  Reception featuring Vallin Wines along with Fried Chicken, Popcorn and Canapés from the NoMad and movie screening.  Tickets $65.

Bedford + Bowery Bazaar, Hester Street Fair, Saturday, August 31, 2013, noon to 10 p.m., Hester and Essex Streets, Lower East Side, Manhattan:  North Brooklyn vendors showcased at Hester Street Fair.

Ultimate BBQ Bash Southampton Summer 2013, Saturday, August, 31, 2013, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Southampton Historical Museum, Southampton, NY:  Say goodbye to summer with a bbq, desserts, wine tasting and complimentary beer.  Live music and a DJ will entertain.  Tickets $60-$110.

Vendy Awards, Saturday, September 7, 2013:  Visit site to see list of nominees and how to buy tickets.

LongHouse Food Revival, Saturday, September 7, 2013, and Sunday, September 8, 2013, LongHouse Barn, 83 Steward Road, Berne, New York:  Thought leaders in food gather to discuss how food stories are told.

Taste Talks, Saturday, September 14, 2013 and Sunday, September 15, 2013, Brooklyn:  A two-day event with discussions and workshops on food, featuring Mario Batali, Wylie Dufresne, Dan Barber, Alessandro Porcelli, April Bloomfield and more.  Talks include those on food porn, food photography, Brooklyn food, gluten and more.

Taste of the West Village 2013, Saturday, September 21, 2013, noon to 4 p.m., The Yard at P.S.41, Greenwich Avenue and Charles Street, West Village:  Sample cuisine from West Village restaurants.  Tickets $40.

11th Annual Taste of the Village, Thursday, September 26, 2013, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Washington Square Park, Village:  Over 30 local food and wine vendors and jazz.  Tickets $50.

Smoke @ ICC, Saturday, September 28, 2013, 4:15 p.m. to 8 p.m., Pier 57 at 15th Street, Manhattan:  Teams from around the country compete to smoke the best brisket in 4 categories.  Public tasting, beer garden and live music.  Tickets $65.

The 10th Annual NYC Dumpling Festival Eating Contest, Saturday, September 28, 2013, noon to 5 p.m., Sara D. Roosevelt Park on East Houston Street between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets, Manhattan:  All proceeds benefit the Food Bank For New York City in this dumpling eating contest with men’s and women’s divisions.

North:  Nordic Food Festival, October 2 through 7, 2013, various locations, NYC:  Celebrate Nordic cuisine with lunches/dinners by Scandinavian chefs and cooking classes with Scandinavian chefs.

3rd Annual EscapeMaker’s Local Food & Travel Expo in Brooklyn, Saturday, October 5, 2013, noon to 5 p.m., Borough Hall, Brooklyn:  Exhibitors who are within a 50-mile radius of Brooklyn will be exhibiting.  Tastings and a special Made in Brooklyn market.

Weekend Whets 8/9

Rosa Mexicano Ice Cream Festival, July 31, 2013, through August 25, 2013, local locations in Manhattan and Hackensack, NJ:  Try homemade Mexican paletas, or ice pops; raspado, or Mexican snow cones; ice cream desserts like ice cream stuffed churros or ice cream and sorbet in flavors inspired by Mexican cuisine.

Lobster Bake Party, Sundays, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side:  A weekly event through the summer. $29.92 per person for 1 whole Maine lobster, steamed little neck clams, baked red russet potatoes and corn on cob.

Hudson County Restaurant Week, through August 9, 2013, participating restaurants in Hudson County, NJ:  Celebrate Hudson County restaurants with discounted prix fixe menus.

Marlow Summer Fair, Sunday, August 11, 2013, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., parking lot across from Diner and Marlow & Sons, Brooklyn:  Sausage & Peppers, Grilled Corn, Snow Cones, Draft Beer from Single Cut and more.  Four tickets for $35.

In Our Own Backyard, Thursday, August 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Museum of the City of New York, Manhattan:  Food and drink sampling from local vendors and restaurants.  Tickets $20 until August 15.

New York City Restaurant Week 2013, through Friday, August 16, 2013:  Celebrate NYC restaurants with $25 lunch and $38 dinner menus.

Tomato Fest 2013: Food Systems Network NYC (FSNYC)’s Annual Celebration of the Tomato, Sunday, August 18, 2013, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Green Table, Chelsea Market, Manhattan:  Celebrate tomatoes with drinks and bites.  Tickets: $50  FSNYC members; $55  non-FSNYC member; $75 ticket + annual membership (includes $5 discount). All proceeds benefit FSNYC.

The Brooklyn Slur, Slow Food NYC Monthly Happy Hour, Monday, August 19, 2013, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Terroir Park Slope, Brooklyn:  Meet the Slow Food NYC leaders and sample some Terroir wine, sherry, mead, ciders, beers, veal and ricotta meatballs, panini, salads, cheese, and more.

How to Prepare a Korean Feast, Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn:  Learn how to make kimchi and shop for a Korean feast.

Blues BBQ, Saturday, August 24, 2013, 2 p.m., Hudson River Park:  Blues musicians along with Brother Jimmy’s and Dinosaur BBQ.

La Toscana nel Mondo Brinda Per Arcobalena D’Estate, Saturday, August 24, 2013, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Per Lei, Upper East Side, Manhattan:  Celebrate Tuscany’s art, music, theatre, food, history, nature, and tourism. Tuscan wines will be offered at the cash bar with complimentary appetizers, along with live performances.  For those who have an interest in  Tuscany to meet one another and join the Tuscan Association of New York. Please call for more information.  RSVP by August 21st. Space is limited.  tuscanassociationnewyork@gmail.com

Ultimate BBQ Bash Southampton Summer 2013, Saturday, August, 31, 2013, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Southampton Historical Museum, Southampton, NY:  Say goodbye to summer with a bbq, desserts, wine tasting and complimentary beer.  Live music and a DJ will entertain.  Tickets $60-$110.

Taste Talks, Saturday, September 14, 2013 and Sunday, September 15, 2013, Brooklyn:  A two-day event with discussions and workshops on food, featuring Mario Batali, Wylie Dufresne, Dan Barber, Alessandro Porcelli, April Bloomfield and more.  Talks include those on food porn, food photography, Brooklyn food, gluten and more.

The 10th Annual NYC Dumpling Festival Eating Contest, Saturday, September 28, 2013, noon to 5 p.m., Sara D. Roosevelt Park on East Houston Street between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets, Manhattan:  All proceeds benefit the Food Bank For New York City in this dumpling eating contest with men’s and women’s divisions.

Weekend Whets 8/2

Rosa Mexicano

On my visit to Rosa Mexicano’s Ice Cream Festival opening night, I got the ice cream selection.  From left to right:  plantain and peanut butter, honey-amaranth crunch and sweet cream with shaved Mexican chocolate and cajeta swirl.  If you are a peanut butter lover, the plantain and peanut butter is very peanut-buttery.  The sweet cream was a bit disappointing, as it sounded so flavorful with chocolate and cajeta, but it fell flat for me.  My favorite was the honey-amaranth crunch, creamy and sweet with a little bit of crunch.  I want to return to try the raspado and also the alegria ice cream sundae.

Rosa Mexicano Ice Cream Festival, July 31, 2013, through August 25, 2013, local locations in Manhattan and Hackensack, NJ:  Try homemade Mexican paletas, or ice pops; raspado, or Mexican snow cones; ice cream desserts like ice cream stuffed churros or ice cream and sorbet in flavors inspired by Mexican cuisine.

Paper’s Super Duper Market, Friday, August 2, 2013, through Sunday, August 4, 2013, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 6 p.m. on Saturday, 268 Mulberry Street between Houston and Prince, Manhattan:  Try artisanal food from around the country.  Humphry Slocombe, San Francisco’s delicious ice cream, will be back this year, yum!  I loved it last year.

Brooklyn Flea’s Ice Cream Bonanza, Saturday, August 3, 2013 and Sunday, August 4, 2013, Williamsburg, Brooklyn:  Try organic and interesting flavors of ice cream from Brooklyn and beyond.

Lobster Bake Party, Sundays, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side:  A weekly event through the summer. $29.92 per person for 1 whole Maine lobster, steamed little neck clams, baked red russet potatoes and corn on cob.

The Billion Oyster Project, Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 7 p.m., Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park:  Take a look at the park’s oyster gardens and discuss the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School’s plan to put a billion oysters back in New York Harbor.

Short Stack Eggs Bookbinding Party, Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 6 p.m., Kitchensurfing Townhouse, 456 Carroll Street, Brooklyn:  Short Stack is a series of small-format cookbooks about ingredients.  This party will feature Ian Knauer, renowned cookbook author and writer, who will prepare some of the recipes from his Eggs book while attendees stitch their own book.

The NYC Taco Challenge, Thursday, August 8, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Studio Arte, 17th Floor, 265 West 37th Street, Midtown Manhattan:  Tasting and judging of six different tacos.

Hudson County Restaurant Week, through August 9, 2013, participating restaurants in Hudson County, NJ:  Celebrate Hudson County restaurants with discounted prix fixe menus.

New York City Restaurant Week 2013, through Friday, August 16, 2013:  Celebrate NYC restaurants with $25 lunch and $38 dinner menus.

How to Prepare a Korean Feast, Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn:  Learn how to make kimchi and shop for a Korean feast.

Blues BBQ, Saturday, August 24, 2013, 2 p.m., Hudson River Park:  Blues musicians along with Brother Jimmy’s and Dinosaur BBQ.

Weekend Whets 6/7

3rd Annual Summer Spit BBQ, Saturday, June 8, 2013, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., The Garden at Studio Square NYC, Long Island City, Queens:  Unlimited BBQ by Chef David Burke.  Menu features whole hog on a spit, pulled pork, pork belly and peach doughnuts.  Tickets $60-$95.

34th Annual New York Mississippi Picnic, Saturday, June 8, 2013, noon to 6 p.m., Central Park:  Catfish lunches, artists and music to celebrate Mississippi.

11th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, Saturday, June 8, 2013 and Sunday, June 9, 2013, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Madison Square Park, Manhattan:  Sample barbecue from pitmasters around the country, including Texas, North Carolina, Illinois, Nevada, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina and New York City.  Admission is free.  $9 a plate.

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival, Sunday, June 9, 2013, noon to 4 p.m., Museum at Eldridge Street, Lower East Side:  A block party celebrating Chinese and Jewish cultures with food, games, music, art and more.  Free.

BBQ Blowout, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Good Co., Brooklyn:  Chef Dale Talde will serve his bbq with beer from Brooklyn Brewery and music from DJ TODD.

A Moveable Feast, Tuesday, June 12, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 101 West 15th Street, Manhattan: Apartment hop in the Stonehenge building trying gourmet bites at this James Beard Greens (foodies under 40) event.  Tickets $95 non-members.

The Joy of Cheese and Gastronomie 491 Present The Summer Pairings with Beer, Tuesday, June 12, 2013, 7 p.m., Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue (between 83rd and 84th), Upper West Side, Manhattan:  A tasting of light beers and the cheeses that go with them.  Tickets $20.

Born with a Junk Food Deficiency, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan:  Writer Martha Rosenberg discusses what goes on behind the scenes at large food companies.

The Food Truck Handbook, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan: Food truck owner David Weber discusses New York’s food trucks.

National Dine Out Day, Wednesday, June 19, 2013:  Eat at participating restaurants and a portion goes to Hurricane Sandy New Jersey relief.

On the Chocolate Trail, Monday, July 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan:  Author Deborah R. Prinz discusses the history of the chocolate trade.

Weekend Whets

Shame on Sandy–A Benefit, Saturday, January 12, 2013, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Highline Stages, Studio D, 441 West 14th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, Manhattan:  Food sampling from NYC chefs like April Bloomfield, Bruce and Eric Bromberg, Eric Ripert, Daniel Boulud, Mario Batali, Michael White and more.  Performances by Patrick Stewart, Anthony Bourdain, Mario Batali and more.  Tickets are $150.

Whiskey and Cheese Pairing, Thursday, January 17, 2013, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Homestead, 67 Irving Place, Manhattan:  A pairing of whiskey and cheese organized by Bedford Cheese Shop.

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, Saturday, January 26, 2013, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., The Tunnel, 608 West 28th Street, Manhattan:  Southern food festival in two sessions, one on bacon and one on whole hog.  Each has tastings of beer, bourbon, pulled pork bbq, ribs and fixins.  With bluegrass music.  Tickets are $99 and $109 and selling out fast.

Sixth Annual Tasting Event, The Village Voice Choice Eats, March 19, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the 69th Armory at Lexington Avenue, Manhattan:  Tickets go on sale January 16, 2013 for this event.  More than 50 participating restaurants chosen by Voice food critics Robert Sietsema and Tejal Rao.