Restaurant and bar openings and events in NYC

Peruse Time Out's list of the best food and drinking events in New York City this week.

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Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba

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Malian ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate gives his instrument—an ancestor to the banjo—an acoustic workout at this unplugged show, supported by his band Ngoni Ba.

Cider Week NYC

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To celebrate the season of spiked apple spirits, 50 restaurants and retailers around the city will host cider-pairing classes and tap takeovers spotlighting upstate cideries including Bellweather, Bad Seed and Harvest Moon. Be among the first to sample New York’s first urban cidery, Descendant

  1. Various locations
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sun Nov 2
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NYC Craft Beer Festival

  • Price band: 3/4
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This suds shindig offers unlimited two-ounce pours of more than 150 brews from 75 breweries across the country, such as Harpoon, Kona and Rogue. Booze-sopping snacks include Tater-Tot nachos from the Stand and Gouda-bacon sandwiches from Morris Grilled Cheese. Hops-heads can attend expert-led

  1. 69th Regiment Armory 68 Lexington Ave, between 25th and 26th Sts, 10010
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 1
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Smorgasburg

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  • Free

The venerable epicurean extravaganza returns the weekend of April 6, spending Saturdays in Williamsburg's East River State Park (enter at North 7th Street) and Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park through November. The 2014 lineup features beloved vendors such as seafood-shack maestro Handsome

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sun Nov 23
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The Mac Off

Showcasing 20 restaurants (Mac Shack, Wangs) and home cooks, this cheesy throwdown features comfort-food riffs including pumpkin-beer–braised short-rib macaroni, cheese noodles studded with cornbread and fried chicken, and a cream-cheese-and-lox mac. Vote for your three favorites, which will vie

  1. Littlefield 622 DeGraw St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Sun Nov 2
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NoMad Upstairs

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Two weeks ago, Will Guidara and Daniel Humm—the young guns behind Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad—launched this classy jazz series evoking old-school New York. Sink into leather couches and listen to live bands, such as Grammy nominee Stacie Orrico, through Feb13. Butter-dipped radishes and

  1. The NoMad Hotel 1170 Broadway, at 28th St, 10001
  2. Thu Nov 6 - Fri Nov 7
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Meet Your Maker

At this intimate dinner courtesy of Rob Newton (Nightingale 9, Wilma Jean), Zahra Tangorra (Brucie) and Andres Valbuena (Martha Brooklyn), expect dishes like bacon-hazelnut-roasted parsnips and pork tenderloin in salty coconut milk, plus all the SingleCut beer (dry-hopped white lager, chocolate

  1. 61 Local 61 Bergen St, between Boerum Pl and Smith St , 11201
  2. Thu Nov 6
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AFF in New York City

Sample small plates from celebutoque chefs including Food Network's Alex Guarnaschelli, plus Franklin Becker (Little Beet), Josh Capon (Lure Fishbar, El Toro Blanco) and Paul Denamiel (Le Rviage) during a walk-around tasting benefiting the Armed Forces Foundation, followed by a screening of the

  1. Metropolitan Pavilion 125 W 18th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Wed Nov 12
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Michael Jackson Beer & Whiskey Fest

To honor Michael Jackson—the late, great beer-and-whiskey writer, not the moonwalking pop star—local distillers and brewers will gather in Brooklyn to create suds-and-spirits pairings featuring the likes of Catskill Distilling Co., Kings County Distilling, Captain Lawrence and Ommegang. A

  1. Brooklyn Brewery 79 North 11th St, between Berry St and Wythe Ave
  2. Wed Nov 12
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NoMad Upstairs

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Two weeks ago, Will Guidara and Daniel Humm—the young guns behind Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad—launched this classy jazz series evoking old-school New York. Sink into leather couches and listen to live bands, such as Grammy nominee Stacie Orrico, through Feb13. Butter-dipped radishes and

  1. The NoMad Hotel 1170 Broadway, at 28th St, 10001
  2. Thu Nov 13 - Fri Nov 14
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