Some of New York's biggest food and drink events kick off this spring: a star-studded gala for the country's best restaurants, celebrations for the best beer and Asian food in NYC, and, of course, Time Out New York's own Food & Drink Awards. Get your tickets before they're snapped up!
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NYC Craft Beer Festival - Spring Seasonals
For the vernal addition of this annual hops-fueled tasting, enjoy unlimited 2oz samples of 150 spring-release craft beers from all over the country. Devout brewhounds can up their ticket to VIP for an extra hour of rare selections and passed hors d’oeuvres in a private lounge. • 646-424-5500, nyccraftbeerfest.com
Time Out Food & Drink awards
TONY celebrates another primo year of New York cuisine with a blowout bash, honoring the winners of our annual Food & Drink Awards in categories such as best new restaurant, best new cocktail bar and chef of the year. Voting for the Readers’ Choice winners closes on February 18th. • 646-473-0202
The Asian-inspired street-food extravaganza kicks off its fifth anniversary with a cocktail reception, an outdoor night market and the Grand Feast tasting, featuring fifty top chefs—past participants include Masaharu Morimoto, Daniel Boulud and David Chang—and eight bartenders. luckyrice.com
Known as the culinary “Oscars,” this star-studded awards showcase gathers food-world heavyweights from coast to coast under one roof—last year’s winners included New York bigwigs like Mission Chinese Food supertoque Danny Bowien and molecular-gastronomy poster boy Wylie Dufresne (wd~50, Alder). Semifinalists will be announced February 19th and tickets go on sale March 18th. • 212-675-4984, jamesbeard.org/awards
The Manhattan Cocktail Classic
Vets of Village Pourhouse and the Taïm truck turn to Caribbean comfort food and Latin cocktails with this 144-seat bar. The Queens-born owners pay tribute to the Rockaways with the name—a nod to an abandoned beach bunker in Fort Tilden park—and shore-inspired decor, including colorful stained-wood interiors, a transparent geometric roof and a wraparound deck. Richard Gibbs (Caracas Arepa Bar) dispatches spiced plates like jerk chicken wings, jalapeño mac-and-cheese pie and roasted-corn-and-cabbage slaw tossed in a Scotch-bonnet vinaigrette. Rum-heavy tipples include the Double Impact (lemon, kumquat shrub, vanilla and orange-blossom water) and the Quest (lime, basil and Angostura bitters). Also on offer: nearly 20 domestic beers and four wines on tap.