As the night wears on, it's inevitable that most drinkers will find themselves in need of sustenance to either keep the party going or lull them into a food-induced slumber. Enter Calexico, which is launching a late night taco happy hour at its Park Slope outpost to feed hungry imbibers during the critical 10 p.m. to 11 p.m hour. During that time, score $1 tacos—think Carne Asada or beer-battered fish—with the purchase of any alcoholic drink. They'll run this special every Thursday through Saturday at the 278 Fifth Avenue location.
During daylight hours there are a few new brunches debuting this weekend to help recover from late-night beers and tacos. Upholstery Store in the West Village is doing dishes like Crepes with rhubarb compote ($12) and Gravlax Sandwich with dill cream cheese ($14). NoMad's The Vine is doubling down on eggs, with Smoked Ham pizza topped with taleggio cheese and soft boiled eggs ($13) and Wood Oven Baked Eggs with soppressata and a tomato eggplang caponata ($15). And finally, Barchetta in Chelsea is doing a super boozy bottomless brunch that includes two hours of cocktails for $18 (with an entree purchase) with mimosas, bellinis and other specialty Italian drinks.
Celebrate the unique Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican communities of the Lower East Side on Sunday at the annual Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival. The free event takes over the block of Eldridge Street between Canal and Division from noon until 4 p.m., offering demos of kreplach, empanadas, dumplings, pickling and a Chinese tea ceremony plus lots of egg rolls, egg creams and empanadas available for purchase. Also taking place during the fest: performances of different cultural music, dance and other art, plus mini language lessons in Yiddish, Mandarin, and Spanish.
And finally, Chef David Waltuck's year old eatery élan is doing a Staff Meals Cookbook Sunday Supper this weekend, inspired by the convivial meals shared by restaurant employees before service each evening. Waltuck is drawing from the meals at his first restaurant Chanterelle, offering a multi-course dinner ($48) that includes dishes like curried vidalia onion fritters, braised chicken with tarragon and tomato, and big bowls of mashed potatoes and shredded green zucchini for the table. Reservations are available by calling 646-682-7105.