NYC Weekend Planner: January 10-12
Wayland Happy Hour
Kick the weekend off at Wayland in the East Village with top-notch, ultra-delicious cocktails. Sazeracs and freshly-made margaritas will run you a cool seven bucks, while a daily selection of oysters go for only a dollar. If shooters are more your speed, you can get oysters infused with Mezcal and pickle brine for five bucks each (212-777-7022).
Red Rooster Soul Jam
Head to Harlem on Friday night when the Red Rooster pumps up the jam with DJ Stormin' Norman. He’ll spin classic soul music and modern house starting at 8PM. You can sip on cocktails in the form of an Obamatini, made with pepper-infused Aquavit and citrus, or a Harlem Toddy with Jack Daniels Honey, rum and hot tea, while you get down to the old-school tunes by the likes of Marvin, Aretha and Otis (212-792-9001).
Crown Heights Cooks
The inaugural dinner of the Crow Hill Supper Club kicks off this Saturday at 7:30PM in Crown Heights. Founded by Real Cheap Eats co-founder Noah Arenstein, the club gathers NYC chefs “to provide an intimate, one-of-a-kind dining experience inside a century-old home in historic Crown Heights.” The dinner pays homage to the neighborhood with West Indian cuisine cooked by Crystal Voisin of the pop-up Lena’s Kitchen, who will cook classic dishes from her native Trinidad. Tickets go for $55 and include dinner and free-flowing sorrel rum punch. Reserve a space here.
Coat your belly and beat the chill with a bowl of sopa de tortilla from Mercadito on Avenue B in the East Village. Chef and partner Patricio Sandoval created this Mexican-inspired soup that packs crispy tortilla strips, chicken, avocado, queso fresco, onion, cilantro and chile-guajillo broth into each bowl. They’ll be available from 12-4PM on Saturday for $10.50 each.
The Sunday Night Suppers at Northern Spy Food Co. in the East Village are one of the best deals in the city. The rustic three-course dinner goes for just $27. And while you won’t know the menu until the day-of (you can find out via Twitter or calling the restaurant after 5PM), rest assured you’re getting a seasonal, quality, carefully crafted meal (212-228-5100).
Mark your calendars for the sixth annual Cassoulette Cook-Off at Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village. This beloved contest offers both amateur and professional chefs the opportunity to showcase their best dishes. As a guest, your ticket price will include a sample of 10-plus delicious cassoulets and an adult beverage (beer, wine or cider). Added bonus: A portion of the proceeds benefits Grow NYC Greenmarket regional grains initiative. Get your tickets here.