There are people who order in (or eat out) for every meal, and those who prefer to make their meals at home. There are people who enjoying running with a slice of pizza in hand, and then there are those who would rather sit down for a fancy, multi-course meal. Regardless of where you fit in amongst the crowds, this week's eclectic—and educational—food events offer a little something delicious for everyone.

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If you're looking to #treatyoself, NYC Restaurant Week starts this Monday, with over 400 eateries throughout the city offering $29 lunch and $42 dinner pre-fixe deals. It's unlikely that you'll have time to hit up each of the participating restaurants between now and August 19th (or maybe it's not! Believe in yourself!), so we've narrowed down some of the best new dining options in Manhattan to make your life a little easier.

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The 'Za Report's monthly Pizza Crawl is back, this time with a vegan theme. Runners will be meeting at Chelsea Piers on Wednesday evening and covering 3.5 miles as they visit three mystery pizzerias along the predetermined route. Afterwards, they'll be refueling with drinks (and even more pizza) on the Lower East Side. In addition to sore legs and a stomach full of pizza, you could come home with free running swag from the event's sponsors. Purchase tickets ($25) here.

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Technically, the best way to cool down is to drink lots of water and avoid sugar, but on the other hand, eating ice cream is a far more enjoyable way to beat the heat. On Thursday, the Brooklyn Historical Society is hosting Brooklyn Screams for Ice Cream, a discussion on the history, mechanics, and future of Brooklyn-based ice cream production, followed by a tasting of flavors from Ample Hills and Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream. Purchase tickets ($12) here.

If you want a more hands-on dining experience, head to chef Cindy Similien-Johnson's "Cook Like a Haitian" cooking class, also on Thursday. Similien-Johnson will be leading a discussion/class on Haitian cuisine, and participants will learn how to make a three-course traditional Haitian meal of rice (diri national), fried plantains (banan peze), and chicken in sauce (poul nan sos). All ingredients and tools will be provided. Purchase tickets ($100) here.

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Catch the final nights of the Brooklyn Lobster Fest this Thursday and Friday. Both nights promise live music—BroJo's Full Moon Swamp Revue is performing on Thursday, and The Hoodoo Loungers are up on Friday—dancing, drinks, and of course, plenty of lobster. For $35, you can nosh on a seafood platter consisting of a lobster roll, corn on the cob, bread and butter pickles and fries. There are also $15 general admission tickets available, sans lobster. Purchase tickets (Thursday & Friday).