It's maybe, finally, actually winter—but you shouldn't let the cold weather dissuade you from eating out once or twice. This week's events feature plenty of ways to stave off the cold, including an indoor market and a warm, spicy Tibetan feast.
(Queens Dinner Club)
The Queens Dinner Club's goal is to highlight the diverse culinary landscape of the most diverse place in the U.S.—and this month, they're going to Tibet. The latest installation of their monthly feast will be held at Phayul in Jackson Heights on Monday to chow down on what they call "seasonally appropriate," and spicy Tibetan cuisine. The family-style meal includes spicy cucumber salad, Gobi Manchurian (Indian-Chinese spiced cauliflower), and the restaurant's famous beef momo dumplings. Chef Chime Tendha will also make a tsampa, roasted barley flour mixed with butter tea, a Tibetan staple. You can check out the full menu and purchase tickets ($45) here.
Doughnut Project at the Gansevoort Market (Clay Williams / Gothamist)
The Gansevoort Market's winter launch is on Wednesday, and in order to celebrate, the venue's food vendors are offering free samples of their signature dishes from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The market's 17 participating food vendors include Gotham Poke, La Sonrisa Empanadas, Bang Kok Bar, and Mission Ceviche, and there's also plenty of complimentary cider to keep you warm while you hop from station to station. If you do decide to purchase anything, a percentage of sales at each vendor will benefit the Bowery Mission—and there will be a donation box set up, too.
On Thursday, vegan bakery Pipernilli is showing off their animal-product-free sweets with a dessert and wine pairing. The dessert shop hasn't specified what options will be on the menu, but some of their signature sweets include sweet potato cookies, banana chiffon, and '14-karat' carrot cake, each paired with wine. Purchase tickets ($25) here.
Depending on who you ask, there are either five or six flavors humans can taste: salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and (sometimes) umami. And of those five or six, there's an obvious underdog: bitter. Chef Ankur Parikh's Bitter, Bitter Meal on Friday is an introduction to what he calls the "other" side of the palate. The menu includes dandelion greens served two ways, an espresso and cardamom vodka martini, and tumeric-coconut mole armarillo with vegetable tempura and pumpkin seeds. Even the dessert, an assortment of dark chocolate truffles, is bitter-ish. Purchase tickets ($60) and look at the full menu here.