Happy Monday! For those nursing Oscars party headaches, have no fear. Only three more days until Thirsty Thursday, and a whole host of fun events to fill the space in between.
Free food alert: Stop by Grand Central Terminal now through Friday for complimentary samples in the transportation hub’s dining concourse. Some participating restaurants include Jacques Torres Ice Cream, Magnolia Bakery, La Chula NYC, and Prova Pizzabar. More info here. 11 a.m. to noon and 4-5 p.m. daily through March 3, Grand Central Terminal, 87 E. 42nd St.
Just because you aren’t in New Orleans doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Mardi Gras. Head to Treadwell Park tonight for the beer hall’s first-ever Mardi Gras ball, complete with Fat Tuesday favorites like boudin balls, a muffaletta sandwich, and beignets. Hosted by drag queen Ariel Italtic, the evening will also feature six specialty beers from Louisiana-based Abita Brewing Company, traditional Mardi Gras music, and complimentary beads and masks. Guests are also encouraged to dress up for the Best Dressed costume contest for the chance to win a gift basket filled with Treadwell Park and Abita Brewing Company swag! 6-10 p.m., 1125 1st Ave.
To celebrate the opening of The Armory Show and Armory Arts Week, the Museum of Modern Art is hosting a can’t-miss party featuring a live performance by St. Lucia and a DJ set by Helado Negro. Guests will also have access to “A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde,” as well as “Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Around so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction” if you purchase a VIP ticket. More info here. 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., Musuem of Modern Art, 11 West 53 St.
Celebrate Thirsty Thursday by sampling the best spirits in NYC. Treat yourself to a cocktail (or two) crafted by one of many mixologists from celebrated local, national, and international spirit brands at Edible Manhattan’s Good Spirits event tonight. And because you can’t drink on an empty stomach, the drinks will be expertly paired with bites from NYC’s most acclaimed and up-and-coming chefs. More info here. Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Plaza
As part of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Sustainability Awareness Week, Patagonia is bringing its Worn Wear College Tour and Lecture to the NYC school. Stop by to have a garment fixed and learn how to repair your own clothing while learning more about Patagonia’s tour and zero-waste movements happening throughout the country. In addition to fun demos and tours, there will also be plenty of food, drinks, music, and film. Fashion Institute of Technology, Katie Murphy Amphitheater, 227 W 27th St.
Put on your best poker face for a charitable casino night benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC. This glamorous black-tie event will include a premium open bar, poker tournament, silent auction, gourmet catering, dancing, photo booth, and more. Hair and makeup touch ups will also be available in the VIP lounge. More info here. Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers
Brunch! Check out recently reviewed Beatrice Inn for a traditional British Sunday roast.