With a few months under its belt, newly reopened Tavern on the Green is taking on its next culinary hurdle: the jazz brunch. The revamped restaurant launches a Weekend Jazz Brunch beginning this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The outdoor courtyard will be transformed into a swinging al fresco nightclub—the party moves indoors during inclement weather—with live jazz bands rotating on a weekly basis. The $45 prix fixe menu includes dishes like Poached Farm Fresh Eggs on Creamy Grits with House-Made Chorizo, Griddled Tomatoes and Onions and Smoked Irish Salmon with Ruis Rye Bread, Goat Cream Cheese and Pickled Breakfast Radishes; the two-course meal also includes a cocktail, like the White Peach bellini. A la carte brunching will also be available.
Now that it's August there are precious few weeks to enjoy one of New England's most classic summertime treats: the lobster boil. Hearth restaurant in the East Village will be running a lobster boil series every Sunday through the end of the month, with a three-course, family-style feast of crustaceans and their counterparts for $68. Included in the meal are starters of tomato and watermelon salad and a smoked blue fish pate; a giant lobster pot with a 1.25-pound lobster for everyone plus corn on the cob, steamer clams, potatoes and chorizo. The meal concludes with a scoop of peach cobbler with some vanilla ice cream on top. Make reservations by calling 646-602-1300.
Balls of all shapes and sizes are welcome at this year's Vegan Cook-Off: Best Balls Competition; "Mock meatballs, rice balls, risotto, matzo, cake pops, truffles, energy balls, popcorn and beyond… anything ball-shaped is fair game—as long as it's vegan." The skint hosts this competition and eating event at Littlefield this Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.; attendees sample all the orbs and help vote for their favorites of the day. Beer, wine and booze are all available for purchase and entrance to the event is just $15 for AYCE balls until they dry up.