Is it nobler to stay true to a dish's centuries-old recipe, or ditch the history books and add your own twist? Where does one draw the line between authenticity and experimentation? This week's food events will help you find your own path thanks to classic Jamaican jerk chicken, new vegetarian twists on Spanish cuisine, and, of course, New York pizza.
Beginning this Monday, the Landmarc at the Time Warner Center is launching a late-night menu that will last all summer long. Whether you're famished after putting in long hours at the office or in need of a post-happy hour snack, they've got you covered. The selection includes Fried Artichokes, Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs, and spicy Pommes Diablo and aioli. They'll also be serving up craft beers and a specialty nighttime cocktail, the Team Specialty Libation.
Also on Monday, Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy will be taking over Huertas' pixto board and replacing the usual carnivorous bites with animal-friendly treats. Cohen's take on pinxtos—meat-heavy Basque snacks—features Zucchini Takoyaki, Carrot Sliders, and Tomato Tarts, so if you're looking for a healthy and genre-bending way to start the week, this is it. Huertas will continue to serve their traditional menu for those who want to mix their vegetarian snacks with traditional Spanish fare like Pulpo (grilled octopus with peppers and tomatoes) and Albondigas (pork meatballs in Spanish pepper sauce).
There are hundreds of pizza joints in Brooklyn, from dollar utility slices to fine Neapolitan pies, but what separates the imitators from the originators? On Thursday, head to the Brooklyn Historical Society to find out. Pizza historian Scott Wiener, who has the best job in the world, will lead a panel of Brooklyn's top pizza-makers as they discuss authenticity, tradition, and the perception of everyone's favorite cheesy snack amidst the contemporary food landscape. Purchase tickets here.
Award-winning chef Michael Psilakis' Caribbean Jerk & Reggae Fest kicks off this Thursday at The Hall Brooklyn. Live reggae bands will be playing sets beginning at 7:00 p.m., but plan on arriving earlier than that—doors open at 6:00, and happy hour, featuring half-off beer, tropical cocktails, and sangria starts immediately. A $37 all-inclusive ticket gets you a Caribbean Jerk Platter that includes jerk chicken legs, Jamaicain hot pepper shrimp, rice and peas, plantains, and cabbage, but there are plenty of other menu options as well. If you're looking for something more, try a few island classics like Oxtail Stew and Beef Patties. Purchase tickets here.