Happy Monday, Bitches! Welcome to another week of food, fun, and counting down the days until the weekend. Restaurant Week kicks off this week, so you can look forward to fancy two-hour work lunches and trying places you’ve had your eye on. Stay tuned for our Restaurant Week guide later this week, and in the meantime, see below for our picks of the events to hit up this week. We’re looking forward to a week full of drinks and even a little art thrown in. Have fun!
New York Restaurant Week kicks off today, meaning you can score discounted meals at some of the city’s hottest restaurants now through February 9. In the West Village, Left Bank has created special Restaurant Week dinner and brunch menus featuring some of its most renowned dishes, in addition to a few new seasonal items. The three-course dinner menu features tasty options like split roast chicken, while the brunch menu includes brioche French toast, a cheese omelet, and more. 117 Perry Street, New York, NY
Become your own bartender tonight with help from Bar Rescue’s Elayne Duff. Duff, an expert mixologist, is hosting a hands-on class ($55) at Prohibition where you’ll learn how to create two classic cocktails that are perfect for winter—the Old Fashioned and the French 75. 503 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY
If beer is more your style, head to Barcade tonight for Winter Beer Night. The bar will feature some rare seasonal brews perfect for a chilly winter night, including several stouts, a Belgian dark ale, and a Barcade exclusive. 6 St. Mark’s Place, New York, NY
This Thirsty Thursday, treat yourself to a Mexican happy hour deal at Maya that can’t be beat. At this Upper East Side hot spot, enjoy $5 Mexican beers and $7 select wines and cocktails. Curious about the food at Maya? Check out our review of brunch at the restaurant. 1191 1st Avenue, New York, NY
Photo: Marzia Gamba
Do you like food better than people? So does photographer Marzia Gamba, and she’s dedicated an entire photo exhibition to the subject. “I Like Food Better Than People” opens tonight at SoAM Studio and explores the relationship between food and humans and challenges the view that food is purely nutritional value. 35 Meadow Street, Brooklyn, New York
The Best of Brooklyn Food & Beer Festival is back for the second year in a row. Your ticket (from $49) gets you unlimited tastings of Brooklyn’s best craft brews from Brooklyn Brewery, Coney Island Brewing, Greenpoint Beer & Ale, and many more. There will also be food from more than 20 chefs, plus music from a selection of top DJs.
The weekend is a time to celebrate, and what better way to do so than by heading to a party brunch? at Il Bastardo, an upscale party brunch in Chelsea, brunchers get their own bottle of bubbly and their pick of classic brunch entrées—to say nothing of the vibes. On the less-than-thrilling side, we kept seeing people brunching at Juniper on Instagram, so we went to check it out and ultimately were disappointed by our IRL experience.