The workweek is starting up again, and if your desk lunch has you a little depressed, at least there are abundant opportunities for dinner and drinks. Whether you're looking to eat like a Austrian school kid or drink Sumo-sized beers, there are plenty of ways to find just enough culinary happiness to get you through the week.
On Tuesday, stop by Edi & The Wolf for a nine-dish Austrian feast that will include Baby Back Ribs, Spätzle, excellent wines, and, yes, Wiener Schnitzel. Chefs Eduard "Edi" Frauneder and Wolfgang "The Wolf" Ban have devised a menu that's reminiscent of their childhood favorites—your junior high memories of Easy Mac probably can't compare to this spread.
Japan's scale-busting Sumo wrestlers love to bulk up with piping-hot bowls of chankonabe, and at Wednesday's Sumo Stew 6 you'll be able to try the stuff for yourself as you sip beer from Brooklyn Brewery and watch the sport's grand tournament via livestream. This month's stew will go heavy on the duck, and every attendee will get a bento box full of delectables as well. One final tip: entering in the cody KANPAI will get you $15 off your ticket price.
courtesy of Maya
Also on Wednesday night, Maya's enchilada festival will be in full swing, and you'd be loco to miss out on the Almendrada carnitas, Res con Chile Morita short rib, and vegetarian goods. The word enchilada roughly translates to "flute seasoned with chile"—all we know is that they taste like spicy, delicious magic. If you can't make it this week, the festival runs through April 18th and there'll be plenty of special, limited-run recipes popping up on the menu at a moment's notice.
The cozy confines of Koa Bar (via facebook)
And finally, all week long Japanese noodle lounge Koa will be dishing up $1 happy hour oysters from 5-8 p.m. in the Flatiron District. Wash those down with discounted beer, wine, and cocktails, or keep and short and sweet with the "Sayonara" special. $5 gets you a shot of sake and a single oyster.