The calendar is inching closer and closer to tax time, and while we're sure you've got all your financial affairs in order, it never hurts to be a little extra-thrifty this time of year. With that in mind, we've got a handful of affordable food and drink events that will keep your weekly allowance intact while you figure out how to keep sane as you fill out those TurboTax forms.
Starting Monday, brilliant East Village Pintxos spot Huertas will roll out a roster of $12 happy hour features. This includes the "Recession Special"—2 Hot Dogs & A Miller High Life. Or, if you're into nautical nosh, the "Can & Conserva" will get you a can of beer and either Mussels in Escabeche or Mackerel dipped in fresh olive oil.
On Tuesday, a crisp $45 will get you practically limitless drinking of fine local wines at NY Drinks NY, a celebration of Cabernets, Sauvignons, and Malbecs all made within New York. The Grand Tasting event will include offerings from Bellangelo, Brooklyn Oenology, Lieb Cellars, Stoutridge Vineyard, and many more.
Scallops, romanesco, capers and brown butter at Pearl and Ash (via facebook)
And make sure to set aside a little cash for Friday, when the Village Voice's 9th Annual Choice Eats extravaganza returns to Metropolitan Pavilion. Tickets start at $70, but that price will afford you the chance to munch on samples from some of the very best restaurants in New York and brush elbows with the city's most devoted food followers to boot. Dishes from Awadh, Brooklyn Bread Lab, Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue, Javelina Tex-Mex, Le Fond, Pearl and Ash, and Meat Hook Sandwich will all be available there.