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This Week in NYC: Feb 20-26

Happy President’s Day! If you’re one of the lucky ones with the day off work, we hope you spent the day soaking up these unexpectedly warm temperatures with brunch al fresco. However, once Mother Nature sorts herself out later this week, there are plenty of indoor fests and fetes to look forward to. Here’s what’s on our agendas this week:

Make sure to bring your appetite to the 3rd annual Cassoulet War, where you’ll have 21 different cassoulets to try before naming one the best. Sip on bottomless wine as restaurants battle it out in this fierce French competition. Some participating restaurants include Bar Boulud, The Mercer Kitchen, and Felix Restaurant. Buy tickets hereKimpton Hotel Eventi 851 6th Ave. New York, NY

BrunchCon is coming to NYC! Mark your calendars for this March 26 event, where you can sample more than 50 of NYC’s hottest brunch bites from restaurants like Oaxaca Taqueria, Butter & Scotch, and Midnights. As if that isn’t enough, you can also indulge in an open mimosa bar, check out the BrunchCon Market featuring local makers and companies with goods, apparel, and more, recover in the Hangover Lounge, and meet your next brunching buddy at BrunchCon Speed Dating. We’re thrilled to be participating in the event as official judges. More information hereThe Grand Prospect Hall 263 Prospect Ave. Brooklyn, NY

Margarita lovers, today is your day! Head to your favorite Mexican spot for happy hour to celebrate National Margarita Day the right way. We can’t think of a better way to get through Hump Day than with a few margaritas and some good friends. Not sure where to go? Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar is celebrating with $7 classic margaritas, Anejo is offering $8 margs (and even created a special one for the holiday — the Avocado Margarita) and McCarren Hotel & Pool is also getting festive with $8 specials. Plus, Pizza Beach will be offering a free Spiciest Margarita with an order of a Margherita pizza – a marg for a marg! Various locations

Update your wardrobe with new designer clothes while donating to a worthy cause at the Designer Revival Shopping event tonight. From 6-8 p.m., Designer Revival, a high-end consignment boutique, will donate 10 percent of its proceeds to Happy Hearts Fund, an organization that works to rebuild safe, resilient schools in areas impacted by natural disasters. The store carries top brands like 3.1 Philip Lim, Isabel Marant, Givenchy, and Maison Martin Margiela, so you’re sure to find something stylish. More information here324 East 81st St. New York, NY

If there’s one place in NYC to see an aerial dance show, it’s House of Yes, a fun and eclectic Bushwick venue. House of Yes is known for its unique shows and crazy late-night parties — as well as similarly over-the-top party brunches — and tonight’s production, Burn Like the Son, certainly won’t disappoint. Get your tickets hereHouse of Yes 2 Wyckoff Ave. Brooklyn, NY

Can’t make it down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? Don’t worry — you can still celebrate without leaving NYC. Head to the Mardi Gras Madness Crawfish Boil at The Hall at MP for a night of live music and great food Big Easy style. In addition to crawfish, fill up on shrimp, andouille sausage gumbo, and jambalaya, and wash it all down with New Orleans beers and specialty cocktails. Get tickets hereThe Hall at MP 470 Driggs Ave. Brooklyn, NY


Charcuterie Masters is back is for another year, bringing together the top professional and amateur artisanal charcuterie makers from across the U.S. and Canada for fun competition and celebration of meat. As a guest, you’ll get to savor some delicious charcuterie, learn from the makers and participate in a people’s choice vote to name the “best-of-the-evening” charcuterie. The evening will also feature wine, craft beer, and farmstead cider pairings, and you can even purchase your favorite charcuterie to bring home with you. More information hereFlushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Blvd. Queens, NY

Craving a hearty meal that may fall a little late in the brunch scheme of things, but slightly shy of dinner? Funny you ask. We recently reviewed the Sunday Roast at the Beatrice Inn in the West Village, which had a steep price tag but warranted the A-grade review. The crown jewel of the meal was the Roast, a kingly slab of prime rib served with bordelaise sauce and mashed potatoes. Read the full review here.



Ally is a Brooklyn-based marketing pro with a passion for food and fitness. You'll most likely find her at her local brunch haunts and coffee shops, always with a book in hand.

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