On Saturday evening, the newly opened Gansevoort Market hosts the first of its live music series with The Orange Vegas Trio, an instrumental cover band jamming on '80s pop, disco and "definitely some Led Zeppelin." During the 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. show, two of the venue's food vendors are offering $10 specials for the crowd, including a slow cooked pork slider from the Pig Guy and a serving of Jamon Iberico de Bellota from Donostia. A complimentary beer or wine is also included.
Also on Saturday, the Court Tree gallery in Carroll Gardens transforms into the Kar Yee Noodle Shop, a pop up noodle soup outfit run by a member of the collective. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hong Kong native Kar Yee will be serving a menu of meaty and vegetable noodle soups inspired by the dishes she grew up eating at street markets. Choose from $7 bowls of Crispy Pork, Wonton & Scallion or Shiitake Mushroom & Tofu soups, plus Chinese juices and teas ($2) or a glass of wine or beer ($3).
For a sweeter Saturday, head to Industry City in Sunset Park, where fancy chocolate purveyor Li-Lac is throwing a big bash to celebrate their grand opening. It's an adult and kid-friendly affair, with a special appearance by Santa Claus and, most importantly, lots of free chocolate! For even more goodies, the company will be giving away prizes for folks who tag their photos #LiLacChocolates at the event. Finally, a reason to Instagram.
Drive away the creeping cold on Sunday at Tea For Thanksgiving, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony being held at The Kitano hotel in Midtown. Led by Tea Master Fujuko Sasaki, the one-hour sessions offer a look at these centuries-old traditions and rituals, including both thick and thin teas. Sessions begin at 10:30 a.m.; call Ms. Manami Yaezawa at (212) 885-7072 or email email@example.com to reserve a seat. Tickets are $50 and also include entrance to a cocktail reception from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.