Whether or not you're celebrating Meat Week—a semi-annual celebration of all things sourced from a tasty animal—this week is full of food talks and tastings to keep you stuffed through Friday.
On Monday, Slow Food NYC is heading to Long Island City's Dutch Kills Centraal for their monthly happy hour, running from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mingle with fellow fans of slow (as in, not fast) food over special cocktails and snacks curated by the bar's chef; the event is free to attend, and no RSVP is necessary.
Tuesday gets the ball rolling with two noteworthy food events. First, much-beloved West Coast import Umami Burger is celebrating Meat Week by dropping a special Voltaggio Monte Cristo burger: the heart-attack meal s comprised of Umami's signature beef burger topped with bussetto prosciutto and gruyere cheese, piled between a deep-fried bun soaked with vanilla custard and dusted with powdered sugar. You will die, and you will die happy, and the burger will be staying on the menu until supplies run out.
Also on Tuesday, Mile End Deli is teaming up with the Red Hook Winery for a five-course wine dinner at Mile End's NoHo location. The $85-per-person dinner includes dishes like duck kreplach paired with a North Fork bordeaux blend, smoked blue fish rilette paired with a chardonnay and raw wild pacific salmon accompanied by a Seneca Lake riesling; the dinner starts at 7 p.m., and you can make a reservation by calling the restaurant.
Thursday rounds out the week with another two events. First, the Museum of the City of New York is feting Meat Week with a screening of the 2012 documentary Meat Hooked!, which explores the history of butchers in New York City. The hour-long film concludes with a talk featuring the film's director, Suzanne Wasserman, along with Fleisher’s Grassfed and Organic Meats founder Joshua Applestone and NY Times food reporter Julia Moskin. The event costs $16 to attend but is free for MCNY members; it kicks off at 6:30 p.m., and members can register for the program online.
Last but not least, Red Hook bar Fort Defiance will be hosting a special Irish Tiki night on Thursday as a benefit for Chris Piscitelli, a former bartender at Red Hook Bait & Tackle and Sunny’s Bar who died of brain cancer last week. Popular New Orleans bartender Abigail Gullo (SoBou) will be serving up speciality drinks and food all night.