Another week, another opportunity to conveniently "forget" to bring your lunch to work. And like most weeks in this fair city, there will be things to eat, and things not to eat. Here's where to do the former:

On Monday, head to Maiden Lane in the East Village for a special cocktail party in honor of chef Renee Erickson, whose new book of essays and recipes, A Boat, A Whale & A Walrus, was recently released. The restaurant will be serving cocktails and small plates culled from some of Erickson's recipes from the Pacific Northwest, like tinned mussel toast; raw scallops with creme fraiche and salmon roe, and raw oysters. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and costs $65 per person, with the option of purchasing a copy of Erickson's book for $40; purchase your ticket online.

Skip ahead to Thursday, when Hill Country Barbecue Market hosts Late Night's Seth Meyers for the inaugural The Brisket Sessions show, a new series that will bring politicians, celebrities and the like to the Downtown Brooklyn eatery. Meyers and LinkedIn Executive Editor Dan Roth will dig into the former SNL head writer's comedy and career, and the talk concludes with some live music in the Hill Country Live Boot Bar, where audience members can enjoy booze and some of Hill Country's famed barbecue. The event is free and starts at 6:30 p.m.; you can reserve a spot online.

And also on Thursday, Asian cuisine festival LUCKYRICE is headed to the Astor Center in NoHo for their annual Slurpfest, in which participants will have the opportunity to try four different types of the popular noodle and other dishes prepared by top Japanese chefs. This year's featured noodles come from eateries like Ramen Lab, Ivan Ramen and Hide-Chan Ramen, and cocktails and beer are on tap as well. Seatings are still available at 5:30 p.m. and at 10:30 p.m., and the event runs $100 per person; buy your ticket online.