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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Book/Plate with Matthew Gavin Frank

  • Critics choice

Giant squids are utterly fascinating, and Frank’s new book, Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer, is a unique hybrid of fiction, science, and memoir centering on this mystical creature and the eccentric Newfoundlander who photographed one in 1874.

  1. Peck's 455A Myrtle Ave, between Washington and Waverly Aves, 11205
  2. Tue Sep 30
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On the Menu with Emeril Lagasse and Ty Pennington

  • Free

To celebrate the premiere of their new TNT series On the Menu, TV toques Emeril Lagasse and Ty Pennington lead a pancake-flipping demonstration in the heart of Times Square, where they'll also stack flapjacks in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record (two feet and ten inches, set in Japan).

  1. Times Square Broadway, between 42nd and 47th Sts
  2. Thu Oct 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 Oct 2 - Fri Oct 3
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Of All the Gin Joints Tipsy Trivia

  • Critics choice
  • Free

What do you get when you mix a bunch of book lovers with a lot of free whiskey? One special evening of sloshed trivia, giveaways and general merriment. If that sounds like the perfect night to you, stop by the launch of Of All the Gin Joints: Stumbling Through Hollywood History, a sweet concoction

  1. WORD 126 Franklin St, at Milton St, 11222
  2. Thu Oct 2
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Tour de Champagne

Guzzle bubbly for ten days straight during this series of fizzy seminars and tasting menus spanning the Meatpacking District. Restaurants like Fig & Olive, the Chester and Bakehouse curate special pairings like one dozen oysters and split of Veuve Clicquot ($40), while master sommelier Laura Maniec

  1. Various locations
  2. Fri Oct 3 - Mon Oct 13
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Munich on the East River

Bavarian bierhaus Zum Schneider is bringing Oktoberfest to the East River, where a German-speaking staff—outfitted in lederhosen—will serve liter steins of Oktoberfest suds and a slew of snack stands will hawk cotton candy, gingerbread and Brezn pretzels.

  1. Stuyvesant Cove Park E 23rd St, at FDR Dr
  2. Fri Oct 3 - Sun Oct 12
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Smorgasburg

  • Critics choice
  • 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 Oct 4 - Sun Nov 23
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ShakesBEER

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

To drink or not to drink—is that even a question? Boozing and Bardolatry come together in New York Shakespeare Exchange's pub crawl through four midtown establishments, where plainclothes actors spit verses from Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet and more.

Pig and Khao Two-Year Anniversary Carnival

For the celebratory spread, Leah Cohen's East Asian spot presents whole suckling pig cooked lechón-style, all-you-can-eat sticky wings and savory Vietnamese meatballs along with bottomless Yuengling lager. In keeping with theme, the feast will also feature cotton-candy–swirling clowns and DJ

  1. 68 Clinton St, between Rivington and Stanton Sts, 10002
  2. $40
  3. Sun Oct 5
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Slice Out Hunger

  • Free

The city's biggest pizza party returns for the sixth year with unlimited $1 slices from more than 40 top shops (Di Fara, Kesté, Lucali), including vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options, to benefit the Food Bank for New York City. Post–chow-down, enter the raffle to score a $75 gift

  1. 154 Sullivan St, at Houston St
  2. Wed Oct 8
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