Brazilian restaurant Esperanto celebrates 17 years in the East Village tonight and they're looking for people to help them mark this special occasion. This evening, they're throwing a celebration party that includes a two hour open bar featuring cachaça punch and sangria and live music courtesy of DJ Mirlet. They'll also be awarding one lucky attendee with a $500 gift certificate to redeem on Lombo de Porco, Tostones, or something else of the winner's choosing at a later date.
Also this evening, Humboldt & Jackson host Waldorf Astoria chef Tano Holmes, who helms the kitchens until the historic hotel closes to convert much of its space into luxury condos. He's brought along Chef Nate Kuester of Aquavit and Chris Davino to help in the kitchen, where they'll turn out fall-centric dishes like Carrot Soup, with ginger, coconut and granny smith apple ($9); Pork Roulade with butternut squash, Brussels sprouts and maple jus ($14); and Pumpkin Mousse with candied cranberries & walnut sable ($8). The meal will be accompanied by music by Lauren Henderson, Jesse Barnes and Bird Courage.
New Nordic continues its reign as NYC's hottest culinary import, and nobody's doing more to rep the cuisine than Claus Meyer, the Noma founder who's been opening eateries left and right all year. Baked goods are a big part of his newest ventures, and this Saturday we can all learn to bake some of his team's most delicious bready creations at baking classes launching this weekend. Led by Executive Pastry Chef Noah Carroll, the classes include "step-by-step instructions through the milling, mixing, proofing and kneading processes" and participants will even take home their own yeast starter for authentic recreation off-site. Attendees will be plied with coffee and carbs throughout. Tickets $95.
Crave Fishbar's Upper West Side location recently debuted a new brunch program, available both Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. On the menu: Crab and Gruyere Cheese Omelet with Roasted Onion and Fresh Radish, and a Belgian Waffle dish with Kimchi Butter, Fried Fish, and Homemade Sweet Chili Sauce. Or you can opt for a Green Smoothie, if you're a monster.