New Taste of the Upper West Side
West is not the direction people tend to head for good eats in this town, but the New Taste of the Upper West Side is gathering together more than 80 restaurants to change that. The eighth annual event takes place over three nights, with proceeds going back into the local community for improvement, beautification and charity projects.
Wednesday: Drink Champagne under the stars during Soiree in the Park on the grounds of the American Museum of Natural History, with live music and hors d’oeuvres (7:30 p.m., $150)
Friday: The Comfort Classics block party brings together 40 restaurants serving up their best homestyle dish, as judged by a panel that includes recent James Beard pastry honoree Christina Tosi and hosted by Adam Richman. Also expect cocktails, live music and a wine bar (Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th streets, 7 p.m., $105 pp or $185 per couple)
Saturday: Food Network’s Anne Burrell and chef Marc Murphy host Best of the West, a fine dining tasting event including Dovetail and RedFarm restaurants, cocktails and a 16-piece band (Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets, 7:30 p.m., $135 pp or two for $250).
NYC Craft Beer Festival
Now that our weeklong seasonal identity crisis seems to be over, spend three days on the water for the NYC Craft Beer Festival at Watermark Bar on Pier 15. More than 75 local and national breweries will have 150 summer craft beers, meads and ciders to sample at two events: Thursday’s Brewmaster’s Connoisseur Experience ($165, 7 p.m.) featuring 24 brews selected by Hand Crafted Tasting Co. and small bites; and the fest, spread over Friday and Saturday in five sessions ($55), or spring for a VIP ticket ($75) for an extra hour of tasting.
Greatest Hits: Old vs. New
David Burke fabrick is celebrating its first year in business with a four-course menu ($80) that pits a popular dish from the restaurant’s opening menu against a current favorite. Fortunately, the tough decisions only come with the main courses — everyone gets fluke ceviche to start and an individual birthday cake to end. The restaurant (and staff) will be decorated for the occasion, too. The menu is available May 28-30.
Eat (Red) Drink (Red) Save Lives
When Mario Batali is involved, you know you’re going to eat well. For Sunday’s Eat (Red) Drink (Red) Save Lives benefit dinner, which kicks off a month-long campaign to benefit the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, 10 of the city’s most notable chefs are pairing up to create unique four-course menus, to be served al fresco on Hudson River Park’s Pier 26. Check out the full details on the teams and their menus to plan your dinner either by name or dishes. Oh, and in case you like your star-powered dinner with chart-topping music, The Roots and DJ Brendan Fallis will be performing. (6 p.m., $295 pp)