You might be eating lunch at your desk right now, and that's okay! But sometimes you want your meals to be a multisensory experience, not just a quick and easy way to nourish yourself. This week's food events include plenty of multi-course feasts where the food is just a small part of the experience. Go forth, and treat yoself:
Uptown favorite Harlem Shake is heading more than 100 blocks downtown to co-host dinner with Virginia's in the East Village on Tuesday. The two restaurants will be working together to serve up a three-course dinner that includes mini pulled-pernil sandwiches with slaw, burgers, and passion fruit custard. Check out the full menu here and email email@example.com for tickets ($38).
On Wednesday, Chicago-based Fat Rice is taking over the Chefs Club kitchen to prepare a six-course Macanese dinner. The menu boasts Portuguese-Chinese fusion dishes like linguiça (homemade Portuguese sausage) and curry crab with coconut rice. Wine pairings are an additional $75, and if you like what you see (and taste), you can also buy Fat Rice's first cookbook, The Adventures of Fat Rice. If six courses is more than you can handle, you can also dine at Chefs Club and order a few Fat Rice dishes a la carte instead. Purchase tickets ($75) here.
Also on Wednesday MP Taverna in Williamsburg is having a Grecian lamb feast with plenty of wine and a live bouzouki player. You can choose between a three-course lamb feast for two with wine pairings ($132, comes with Greek salad, grilled octopus with bean salad, meatballs with lemon and grilled pita, lamb chops, grilled broccoli, Greek yogurt, and much more); a lamb platter for two, sans wine ($60, comes with lamb chops, leg of lamb, lamb sausage, Greek salad, smashed fries, and grilled broccoli); or just order one of the restaurant's many lamb specials. Purchase tickets here.
If you're looking to start Halloween early, Le Fond's Voodoo on the Bayou dinner on Thursday night is worth checking out. Feral Foster will be playing live music while you chow down on hush puppies, crab bisque, gumbo (of course), and beignets and pecan pralines for dessert. You can opt for a dry dinner or pair wines with your meal for an additional $25. And since it's (almost) Halloween, costumes are encouraged. For tickets ($75) email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (718) 389-6859.