This week in food: Maple tribute, whiskey tour, carbo-loading, Prohibition party

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All the poutines

 

Beginning today, Mile End is bringing back its Poutine Week dedicated to taking Canada's fries-cheese-gravy dish to new culinary places – with a special contribution by The Fat Jewish.The menu will consist of five poutines ($20 each) and will be served at all Mile End locations.

 

The Fat Jewish Poutine:fries, beef tongue, hot dog, salami, bacon, cheese curds gravy
Chilaquiles:fries, fried egg, red onion, cilantro, cheese curds, salsa verde, crema
Philly Style Roast Pork:fries, roast pork, broccoli rabe, cheese curds, gravy
Italian:fries, smoked meat bolognese, fresh mozzarella
Smoked Meat Burger:fries, chopped smoked meat burger, red onion, american cheese sauce

 

Poutine Week
Feb. 2-6
Mile End Bond:53 Bond St.
Mile End Hoyt:97 Hoyt St., Brooklyn
Mile End pop-up at Threes Brewing:333 Douglass St., Brooklyn

 


Pregame for the Empire State Building Run-Up

Scary/fun fact: The fastest stair-climbers can cover all 86 floors of the Empire State Building in about 10 minutes. That’s got to take some serious carbo-loading. Whether you’re a human spider monkey or just looking to take the scenic route through NYC’s most iconic building, State Grill and Bar is offering a two-day specialty pasta menu in honor of the 38th annual Empire State Building Run-Up, taking place Feb. 4. Executive chef Octavio Becerra’s menu includes:

Casarecce al Pomodoro: twisted semolina pasta, tomato sugo, fresh ricotta, basil oil ($18)
Cavatelli alla Norcina : ricotta dumplings, housemade pork sausage, grana padano ($24)
Spaghetti Rustichella : sea urchin, squid ink, garlic, calabrian chiles , breadcrumbs ($25)
Tagliatelle alla Zafferano : pork ragu , speck, fried sage, grana padano ($22)

State Grill and Bar
Feb. 3 & 4, 5-10 p.m.
350 Fifth Ave., lobby level


Follow a bourbon trail through NYC

Upper West Side boutique hotel NYLO is bringing bourbon country to the city for one weekend. From Friday through Sunday, follow the lead of master blender Trey Zoeller, founder of Jefferson’s Bourbon, for a weekend of private tastings and blending lessons. With the Urban Bourbon Trail Package ($229.50 per night), guests get two nights’ accommodation, a private tasting of Jefferson’s, a blend-your-own-whiskey lesson (with a bottle to take home) and a copy of Zoeller’s book, “Bourbon in Kentucky,” and a map of NYC’s best whiskey bars to continue their education – with a MetroCard.

Urban Bourbon Trail
Feb. 6-8
​NYLO,2178 Broadway at West77th Street
Reservations: 800-509-7598
Tickets


Celebrate Canadian maple in a Sugar Shack

On Friday, Craftbar is putting on a maple-centric dinner ($85) inspired by the Canadian cabanes à sucre: log cabins where sap is traditionally boiled down to make maple syrup. Chef de cuisine Luke Wallace is preparing four courses to showcase four ways to use the sweet syrup, with beverage pairings:

Cured: smoked duck, foie gras, rillettes, fennel, orange marmalade, brioche
Whipped: maple syrup with venison sausage, cornmeal pancakes, cured egg and mustard sabayon
Glazed: confit pork shoulder with baked heirloom beans, pickled mustard greens and oreilles de crisse , a traditional Québecois garnish consisting of deep-fried pork rinds topped with maple syrup
Candied: maple syrup served atop a custard, with orange cake and Canadian bacon

Sugar Shack
Feb. 6, 7 p.m.
Craftbar, 900 Broadway
Event will be held in the private dining room.
Reservations: Email Mejken Poore at mpoore@craftrestaurant.com


East Ville des Folies – Acte Trois

The history of Webster Hall, built in 1886, is the history of New York City, from politics to progressive events and even mobsters during the Prohibition era. To toast this splendid vestige of Old New York, all four floors will be turned over to tasting beers and whiskeys from around the world, alongside a lineup of Jazz Age musical performances, including Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra, the Queen Esther Trio and vaudeville, burlesque and circus acts.

Webster Hall
Saturday, Feb. 7
VIP: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
GA: 2:30-5:30 p.m.
VIP: $60, GA: $50
Tickets
Event info

 
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