Now that you're done feting America with all the food (ambrosia salad is a national treasure, and let no one tell you otherwise), it's time to start thinking about all the other things you're going to eat this summer. Here's where to start this week:
On Monday, Grand Central Terminal will be hosting its first weekly Taste of the Terminal event. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., select Grand Central vendors will be offering free tastings, accompanied by music courtesy of Music Under New York's subway buskers. This week, Cafe Grumpy, O & Co., Shiro of Japan and Spices and Tease will be doling out the goods for the lunch rush, with Ceriello Fine Foods, Ciao Bella Gelato, Li-Lac Chocolates and Tia's Place on tap for the afternoon. The event is free, and will take place every Monday this month.
Riesling fans have a lot to celebrate on Tuesday, when Summer of Riesling launches its annual cruise. A $45 ticket gets you a three-hour ride around the New York Harbor with all the Riesling you can drink, along with musical entertainment and food you can purchase, courtesy of Terroir. The cruise departs at 7:30 p.m. and returns at 10:30 p.m.; you can purchase a ticket online.
And on Wednesday, head to The Dead Rabbit in the Financial District for their first cocktail lecture series, hosted by cocktail historian Dave Wondrich. The series focuses on the "Great New York Bar-Keepers of the 19th Century," with Wednesday's talk centered on Cato Alexander, Orsamus Willard and Shed Sterling. Bar manager Jack McGarry will be whipping up historical cocktails to accompany the talk, which runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 a head, and can be purchased on The Dead Rabbit's website.