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.

I Like Pig Recipe Cook-Off

To celebrate the publication of the I Like Pig e-book, the East Village beer haunt is welcoming swine lovers citywide for a pork-focused cook-off. Competitors will choose a cut from local producers like Fleisher's, Dickson's and the Meat Hook, and prepare a pig-filled dish to impress a panel of judges, including some of the Pig Island toques featured in the e-book. Those not looking to compete can come watch the smackdown and, better yet, taste entrants' dishes, with a portion of ticket proceeds benefiting Edible Schoolyard NYC.

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Jimmy’s No. 43, East Village Saturday January 31 2015

14 Wines, 7 Cheeses, 1 Night

Taste your way through a parade of fromage and vino at this around-the-world pairing. Guests enjoy samples from up-and-coming wine countries like South Africa and Spain, accompanied by carefully selected curds from Murray's Cheese Shop. While sipping and swirling, learn the ins and outs of wine production, from climate effects to grape selection.

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NYC Wine Company, Gramercy & Flatiron Saturday January 31 2015

Hot Chocolate Festival

Critics' pick

Regress to childhood with skillfully concocted mugs of hot chocolate courtesy of this downtown canteen. Owner-mastermind Maury Rubin will serve a different flavor of his intoxicating cocoa every day during February. The lineup won’t be announced until late January but previous year’s highlights included Earl Grey Tea hot chocolate, a delicate blend with notes of bergamot, and Sunken Treasure, an indulgent cup with submerged caramel coins and chocolate truffles. Be sure to show up on Jan 31 for the opening-night party.

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City Bakery, Chelsea Sunday February 1 2015 - Saturday February 28 2015

Bitten: A Food Conversation

Discuss all things food-related with gastro powerhouses like Smorgasburg founders Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler, and the Infatuation co-founder Andrew Steinthal at this one-day conference. Listen to over fifteen speakers share their insights and passions about food-focused technology, pop culture, entertainment and design over a light breakfast and lunch catered by Cómodo and Colonia Verde.

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Scholastic Auditorium, Soho Friday February 6 2015

Fourth Annual Eat, Drink & Bloody Mary Contest

The battle of the Bloody Mary’s returns, as 18 NYC restaurants will whip up their best versions of everyone’s favorite cocktail. You’ll get to taste and choose your favorites, as restaurants such as Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, The Smith and DBGB shake, stir and pour they’re finest Bloody Mary’s, in hopes of winning the judges’ and peoples’ choice trophies. Munch of some delicious brunch snacks such as silver dollar oatmeal pancakes with roasted apple and maple yogurt and mushroom quiche, compliments of L’Apicio.

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L'Apicio, East Village Saturday February 7 2015

NYC Restaurant Week 2015

The three-week blowout returns with more than 300 eateries across the city serving three-course lunches ($25) and dinners ($38). Reservations and a full list of participating restaurants—like last year's Tertulia, Costata and Terba Buena—are available at nycgo.com/restaurantweek.

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Various locations Monday February 16 2015 - Saturday March 7 2015

2015 NYC Beer Week Opening Day Bash

Kick off the 7th Annual NYC Beer Week with unlimited samples from 40 local breweries, from suds stalwarts like Bronx and Brooklyn to newbies such as Gun Hill and Finback.

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The Altman Building Saturday February 21 2015

Whisky Live

Whiskey enthusiasts can find many of the world's best producers under one roof at this festival featuring more than 100 varieties of the brown spirit. Sip unlimited samples from a gratis Glencairn crystal glass, and sit in on educational master classes ($10 each) with reps from distillers like Glenlivet and Maker's Mark.

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Chelsea Piers (Pier 60), Chelsea Wednesday February 25 2015

Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Critics' pick

Frankfurter fanatics will again chow down against the clock at this annual Coney Island eating competition. Top speed eaters from this year’s preliminaries, held in 12 cities nationwide, will battle to see who can eat the most buns and dogs in ten minutes at the ESPN-televised finals. Preshow entertainment includes performances by rapper Eric "Badlands" Booker and other local talent.

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Nathan's Famous, Coney Island Saturday July 4 2015 Free

Soél Lounge

This club shoots for a Miami-style party, with a VIP room and hookah lounge as an added bonus. On weekend,s DJs spin Latin hip-hop, R&B and reggaetón.

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Long Island City

Veranda

This upmarket hookah lounge, bar and restaurant has a distinct Mediterranean flavor and DJs playing most nights.

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West Village

Moomah

Tracey Stewart—wife of The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart—owns this toddler-friendly Tribeca café. The main room is filled with vintage furnishings, terrarium lamps and National Geographic–decoupage–topped tables. An attached space offers an interactive "funky" forest for children and a craft room for biweekly art classes. While the little ones are learning, parents can linger over Counter Culture coffee, quiches, bagels, and sweet treats like Colson Patisserie croissants and Danny Macaroons.

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Tribeca

400 Carroll Street

Closed. BKLYN Yard is indeed a yard, one that sits beside the pungent Gowanus Canal. It's rather ramshackle, in a postindustrial-meets-bucolic sort of way. Which, in our book, makes it one of the most fun places to check out the wide range of bands and DJs—both top locals and big-name out-of-towners—that regularly play here on weekend afternoons and evenings.

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Gowanus

Institute of Culinary Education

This educational center offers recreational cooking and baking classes, as well as courses covering wine and spirits. Browse and sign up for classes at the Institute of Culinary Education

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Gramercy & Flatiron
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