Sure, you think that family-sized bag of CVS-brand popcorn you just ate will tide you over for the next few days, but come morning, you will yearn for another one, and another one, and another one. Instead of consuming all that plastic-y sugar, eat real food at one of this week's many nutritional adventures. Here's where to feast:
On Tuesday, BARA Restaurant in the East Village will host a Communal Feast created by former Momofuku chef Ian Alvarez. The Tasting Collective-curated event runs $40 per person and is comprised of nine French/Japanese hybrid izakaya dishes, including oysters, mackerel tataki, a flat iron steak and mixed yakitori with duck meatballs and maple mustard pork belly—there's an optional sake and wine pairing, too. The feast kicks off at 8 p.m.; you can purchase a ticket online.
On Wednesday, Betty Brooklyn Catering Company will team up with Local Bushel for a pop-up Provencal tasting dinner at Betty Brooklyn's Crown Heights headquarters. Dishes include Braised Rabbit, phyllo-wrapped prawns, ratatouille and loup de mer en papillote—there are also wine pairings curated by Tipsy. Tickets start at $100 and the diner runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; purchase a ticket online.
And on Thursday, Blue Marble Dreams, the non-profit arm of Blue Marble Ice Cream, is teaming up with New York Vintners to throw a "Taste of Haiti" event at the Vintners Tribeca shop. The event will benefit Bel Rev, a "unique ice cream social enterprise" based out of Port au Prince that aims to help bolster women, local farmers, and the greater Port au Prince community. Expect to try several local Haitian delicacies paired with wine, along with Blue Marble ice cream for dessert. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and costs $75; purchase a ticket online.