You know all those studies about how eating red meat is bad for you? Ignore them, if only for the next five days, for the burger gods have blessed us: from Shake Shack to Black Tap, this week's food events feature some of the best burgers New York has to offer (plus a few other meat-based delicacies).
On Tuesday, head to Seaport Smorgasburg for tacos, trivia, and beer. This isn't your elementary school cafeteria's hard shell take on taco Tuesday. Instead, Cemitas El Tigre will be serving up their fully-loaded Puebla-style delicacies, served alongside beers from Sixpoint Brewery. El Tigre's three tacos for $10 special—and Sixpoint's happy hour deals—will fill you up at a decent price.
ShackBurger Double, $7.99 (Scott Lynch/Gothamist)
If you don't mind eating burgers for breakfast, every Shake Shack location in the city (except for those in stadiums and ballparks) will be giving away free burgers on Tuesday. Each Shake Shack location will serve up to 100 free ShackBurgers, so you better arrive early—before they open at 10:30 a.m.—if you want one.
Who makes the best burger in NYC? On Thursday night, Time Out New York's Battle of the Burger will give you a rare (sorry) opportunity to sample patties from 20 different burger joints in a single night. Come hungry, because you'll be tasting offerings from places including Peter McManus Café, Burger Joint, and burger-joint-turned-milkshake-peddler Black Tap. For a really healthy night, wash down all the red meat with unlimited brews from Budweiser. Purchase tickets ($50) here.
It's hard to imagine that anywhere could be hotter than here, but it turns out Tuscany's summers can be just as boiling as New York's. On Friday, chef Gabriele Corcos will be cooking up delicacies that helped him survive sweltering summers in his native Tuscany. The menu includes Pasta al Vino; Porchetta with white onions, fennel, and green apple; and blackberry Panna Cotta for dessert. Purchase tickets ($100 - $150) here.
On Thursday and Friday, a new outdoor food market returns to Williamsburg. Hangry Garden, which describes itself as a "comfortable environment for the public to hang out" while enjoying food from the city's top vendors, sipping beer and wine from local bars, playing games like cornhole and shuffleboard. Although their list of vendors for this week hasn't been announced, they've previously featured pizza from Luzzo's BK, Latin American dishes from La Pulperia, and crepes from Crêpe Sucre. Plus, they're dog-friendly!