If you're not hurting too badly from tonight's festivities, head over to the NYC Craft Beer Festival tomorrow evening to sip from over 150 craft and speciality beers at the Lexington Armory. On hand, dozens of breweries, both large and small, plus quite a few cider options as well. Festival eats include Morris Truck and "Bill's Balls," an artisan meatball company. The food costs extra, but a $55 ticket includes unlimited beer tastings and a souvenir tasting glass.
The "cheese will hit the fan" at Sunday's Mac Off, a culinary competition tasking the best noodle manipulators to create their very finest macaroni and cheese. The cheesiness goes down at Littlefield, where chefs from Monte's, The Mac Shack, Hope Garage and more aim to win the crowd with their fromage creations. Tickets are $15 each ($20 at the door) and include samples of all the macs and pick a favorite; proceeds benefit arts group the claque.
On Sunday, dine like a 1620 pilgrim of Massachusetts without venturing beyond the West Village at Chapter One's Colonial Harvest Dinner. Composed by the restaurant's executive chef Warren Baird, the throwback-themed meal will highlight the influence that Native American hunting, gathering, farming, and cooking had on those that landed at Plymouth, as well as the limited growing options that New England's harsh soil and climate had to offer.
The menu will pack Narragansett Indian succotash, maple-cranberry venison, rye bread, and cornmeal hasty pudding. The meal will be served family-style No whiskey will be available, though; 1620s New England lacked the means of distilling corn into that blessed amber liquor. But not to worry, plenty of hard apple cider will be passed around. Dinners cost $32 each; call 212-842-9146 for reservations. (Scott Heins)