HOORAY PRAISE BE—SPRING IS HERE AND SNOW IS MELTING. Then again, March winds bring April showers, and soon it'll rain every day and the subway will smell like wet human until the end of time. Remember, nothing means anything in this world, and it's best to spend all your spare time stuffing food in your face while Google Image-searching Hawaiian sunsets. Here's where to eat this week:
On Monday, head to the West Village for The Spotted Pig's fourth annual Filipino Night, where sous chef Edie Ugot will show off some dishes from her family's heritage. A la carte offerings include Lumpia Shanghai (crispy egg rolls with ground pork, vegetables and served with a sweet chili sauce), Shrimp Ginataan (curry with coconut milk, fermented fish paste, squash and long beans), and Polvorones, which are traditional Filipino toasted rice cookies. Dinner runs from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.; walk-in's only.
Stop by Alder in the East Village on Tuesday for the launch of Chef Wylie Dufresne's new Test Kitchen Tuesdays series. The four-week series will feature a four-course preview menu of dishes the kitchen's testing out, with offerings this week including a boudin corn dog with Meyer lemon mustard and roasted poblanos, and an Irish coffee pudding. The meal runs $55-per-person, with wine pairings running extra; make a reservation through the restaurant.
Also on Tuesday, Thai eatery Kin Shop in the West Village will offer a five-course chile-tasting menu for $65. Dishes include Miang of Lobster, Steamed Egg & Fried Chicken Wing, and Laab of Florida Blue Cobia. Make a reservation through the restaurant.
And on Thursday, newcomer Milk & Hops is throwing a Grand Opening party at its Greenwich Village location. A $30 (plus tax and gratuity) ticket gets you access to craft beers and some tasty meat and cheese, and the event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; you can purchase tickets over the phone by calling 212-995-5588.