There's no shortage of new spots to indulge in brunch this weekend, whether you go for pizza, smoked fish or green eggs to zap that hangover. First up, UES newbie Pizza Beach begins serving Sausage, Egg & Cheese ($20) pizzas, a Hangover Helper ($17) pasta with pancetta and a poached egg and many more. At Davio's near Grand Central it's about Italian eats like Eggs Benedict on focaccia with a truffle bearnaise and Buckwheat Pancakes with honey mascarpone cheese ($15).
At King Bee on East 9th Street, the Acadian (French Canada and Louisiana) brunch includes Green Eggs ($12) baked in Gumbo Z'herbes, Crawfish Benny ($14) and Buckweat Crepe Galettes ($14) filled with a boatload of mushrooms, ham and cheese or an andouille sausage and potato crumble. Meanwhile on the UWS, Ocean Grill is feeling fishy with a Smoked Fish Bar Brunch packed with five types of smoked fish displayed at their shellfish bar. On offer: smoked salmon, pastrami salmon, whitefish salad, pickled herring and sable fish, available by the ounce with bialys or as part of a Smoked Fish Platter with dill caper cream Cheese, Romanian eggplant salad, German style potato salad, a deviled egg and lemon.
This weekend's sunny skies are the ideal time to enjoy the outdoors, starting with the return of the LIC Flea to the Queens waterfront. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. a bevy of food and goods vendors set up shop at 5th Street and 46th Avenue; think barbecued brisket, empanadas, Ecuadorian sandwiches and bundt cakes. There's also an all-Queens beer garden to fuel shopping sprees. Next, the Food Truck Rally motors into Grand Army Plaza on Sunday, with trucks like DUB Pies, Kimchi Taco Truck, Nuchas and Carpe Donut NYC selling portable grub from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Two benefit food events are happening this weekend, including the Small Biz Crawl to support businesses affected by the East Village explosion. The crawl visits Paul's Da Burger Joint, B&H Dairy and other eateries and shops trying to get back on their feet. At UWS's Amused, they're selling a S'mores Grilled Cheese made with mascarpone cheese, Nutella and graham cracker dust on toasted bread with all sales of the sandwich going to Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. Stop by on Sunday to buy the tasty $12 sandwich.
Calling all cheese heads to the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club on Sunday, when they'll host the Mac and Cheeze Takedown 2015 at noon. The culinary competition features home cooks unleashing their cheesiest of macs for judgement, meaning they'll need Lactaid-fortified mouths do to all the tasting. Snag $20 tickets and prepare for the cheese coma.
Darling subterranean gastropub The Shakespeare launches Quiz and A Curry Night this Sunday, with crocks of English curry served family style for $48. While you're filling your belly, quizmaster David McNicoll will be testing your knowledge, with quiz sheets going for $5 a pop.