We’re wrapping up another month, Bitches! And you know what that means– yet another reason to celebrate. Gather your squad and brunch it up as we start the countdown to Spring and more importantly al fresco dining season in our fine city. Whether heading out to Long Island City for a trendy brewery tour or indulging in a Paris meets Harlem dinner, explore something new this week. See what we’re up to in the social agenda below.
A Monday meditation session is a great way to start your week off in a peaceful state. If you’ve never meditated before or aren’t sure if you’re doing it right, don’t worry. Village Zendo offers meditation classes every Monday. Class is led by an experienced Zen practitioner who will teach you a comfortable sitting posture, how to breathe during meditation, and how to work with your mind. 588 Broadway, Room 1108 New York, NY
NYC Beer Week is in full swing, and tonight, one of Long Island City’s many breweries is hosing a can’t-miss event. Fifth Hammer Brewing Co. is hosting is second session of Hammer Hall — the brewery’s version of beer school. At the event, you’ll participate in a guided tour of the space and a tasting, followed by a lesson during which you’ll look at yeast under a microscope and learn what a cell count is and how it relates to beer. 10-28 46th Ave. Long Island City, Queens
Harlem and Paris come together tonight in Midtown for a unique event featuring food, wine, and live music. Chefs Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster and Robert Hohmann of Gaby Brasserie Française have teamed up to create a special fusion menu that blends both of their visions and talents. Some menu items include braised beef cheeks, tuna cru, and a cheese plate. Sofitel New York, 45 W. 44th St. New York, NY
You’re probably familiar with the slow food movement, but have you heard of slow wine? The movement supports small-scale winemakers who use sustainable techniques and have the upmost respect for the environment, and tonight, you can meet a slew of slow wine producers from Italy and California. And because an event about wine isn’t complete without actual wine to drink, you’ll get unlimited tastings of more than 100 wines. Don’t forget to fill up at the overflowing food stations featuring salumi, formaggi, housemade Italian pizza, and other tasty treats. Guests will receive a copy of the 2018 edition of the Slow Wine Guide, which evaluates more than 400 different wineries. 101 Liberty St. New York, NY
Experience a one-of-a-kind vegan Filipino meal at RESOBOX in the East Village. Brought to you by the founders of Ube Kitchen, a first-year Smorgasburg vendor featured in NYTimes, VICE, Gothamist, and other major publications, tonight’s meal will include a variety of meat alternatives like exotic mushroom varieties and homemade seitan and tofu. Some menu items include deep-fried king oyster mushroom “calamari” rings, seitan BBQ skewers, and chili scallops. There will also be a table for self-service drinks. 91 E. 3rd St.
New York, NY
Is our obsession with food is a sign of our growing sense of powerlessness? This is just one of the many food theories that will be explored tonight at the Brooklyn Art Library’s “What is Food Anyway?” program, which is part of 92nd Street Y’s 7 Days of Genius festival. Tonight’s teacher, Michael D. Haltenberger, is a Comparative Religion instructor at Hunter College who focuses on the relationship between religion and science and how they effect the way we experience and behave in the world. Brooklyn Art Library, 28 Frost St. Brooklyn, NY
In need of a serious gluten fix? Head to Co. in Chelsea today for a communal table-style brunch with Chef Jim Lahey, the same mastermind between Sullivan Street Bakery at the helm. If you’re watching your figure or simply looking to do some mighty fine people watching, then Studio at the Freehand is the restaurant for you. The Bitches recently headed to this new buzzy hotspot for a bite and couldn’t get over the decor goals and alluring vibe.