Memorial Day is here at last, marking the city's exciting transition from season of sad rain to season of subway train back sweat. Huzzah! And if you're not fleeing the urban jungle for one of these lovely beaches, there are a few food-related fests happening around town this weekend.
On Friday, SoHo Russian spot Ariana is throwing a free suckling pig roast in honor of the holiday. The slow-roasted, marinated and buckwheat-stuffed pig will be served alongside a buckwheat, mushroom and onion sauté—if the pig's not enough for you, you can also order a free 29-Minute Vodka Punch, made with flambéed berries, vodka, citrus fruit, fresh herbs and sparkling wine. The roast kicks off at 7 p.m., and food/drink will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Bed-Stuy eatery Do or Dine is hosting a food and music backyard party—dubbed "Rub-A-Grub”—from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. A $15 ticket gets you in to see I Love Vinyl DJs DJ Scribe, Amir Abdullah, Ge-ology and Jon Oliver, and you can purchase three different rounds of food and drinks, including Bloody Marys and beer-and-shot specials. A $30 VIP ticket splurge will get you two food items and two drinks (choice of beer and wine). Purchase your ticket online.
The Dutch in SoHo is feting Memorial Day with a luau on Monday. Running from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., the celebration includes tropical cocktails like Mai Tais and Zombies, along with a family-style roast Kahlua pig, Huli Huli chicken and steamed Japanese rice with Poi. Lunch is served a la carte, and dinner is prix-fixe; make your reservation through the restaurant.
And though this isn't specifically a food EVENT, all Dinosaur-Bar-B-Que locations statewide will be contributing to the Wounded Warriors Project this weekend. The non-profit organization provides a long list of programs and services for the current generation injured veterans and their families, including stress recovery workshops, benefits packages and transition training. The company says the donation depends on the number of diners who stop by this weekend, so now's as good a time as any to dig into some brisket, cornbread and mac 'n cheese.