Fall is finally here, meaning it's time for comfort food—and since we're in NYC, "comfort food" means everything from jerk chicken to paella. Here's what's on the menu this week:
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On Monday Pig & Khao's Leah Cohen is taking over the kitchen at Huertas in the East Village. She'll be preparing a selection of Southeast Asian inspired pintxos (tapas) including Filipino spring rolls, Vietnamese mini rice pancakes with shrimp, a curry crab cake, and smoked belly skewers. You don't need to purchase tickets in advance, but it wouldn't hurt to make a reservation sooner rather than later.
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New York's melting-pot status sometimes results in unlikely combinations. If you've never had Jamaican-German fusion, head to Miss Lily's for a Jamaican take on Oktoberfest. For $38, you can stuff yourself with a family-style jerk platter that includes oxtail, pork sausage, purple "sorrel"-kraut, jerk baby potatoes, and a pretzel roll. If you can't make it this week, don't worry—Jerktoberfest will continue every Tuesday until the end of the month.
The Refinery Hotel is hosting a weekly Tiki Tuesday series to ward off the cold weather. Every Tuesday, guest bartenders from Parker & Quinn will be serving up a specialty cocktail for $10. The cocktail changes every week, but previous offerings have included the Piña Colito, the Rum & Tug, and the Freebooters Chug.
Also on Wednesday, Portuguese restaurant Aldea is hosting a Spanish feast by Chef George Mendes and Chef Katie Button, who was recently named Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine. Button will be serving up roasted beet salad, her signature squid-ink pasta (cooked paella-style), braised oxtail, and arroz con leche to celebrate the launch of her new cookbook: CÚRATE. Purchase tickets ($110) here.