Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Cloudy morning got you feeling bloody glum? Not to worry, chap! Cheer up with a hearty dose of … um, heart. Tartan Week, Scotland’s tourism promotion, arrives to bag-piping fanfare, bringing with it a street cart dishing out free haggis to daring diners. What’s haggis, you ask? A sausage-like dish not for the faint of “heart”:

There are many recipes, most of which have in common the following ingredients: sheep’s ‘pluck’ (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally boiled in the animal’s stomach for approximately three hours.

Sounds pretty offal.

The “Eat Like a Scot” free haggis cart is operating Friday, April 4th & Saturday, April 5th, 11am-5pm at the corner of 52nd Street & Broadway.


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Free is the operative word at Chelsea Market this Monday, March 24th. Rooftop Films, the organizers of movie screenings in the sky, takes over the market for an evening of NYC-inspired non-fiction short documentaries. While watching, sample eats from the upscale shops and taste local wines for free. the last evening of NYC docs featured some innovative and creative looks at this often magical city, and this night will undoubtedly be the same.

Show begins at 7pm with a live music performance. Films start at 7:30.

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While the $23 BK restaurant week deal satiates NYC palates for only 7 days, Brooklyn restaurant Melt offers a 5-course $25 prix fixe dinner every Tuesday! The cozy eatery features innovative American cuisine and a $20 wine pairing. With portions just large enough to satisfy without being overly filling, the deal is fantastic for the caliber of the food, making this an inexpensive way to enjoy a special weeknight meal.

Melt is located at 440 Bergen Street between 5th Avenue and Flatbush, easily accessible from the Atlantic Street stop. (718) 230-5925.

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Initiate some wine-fueled wanderings with an evening at Nomad, the East Village North African-French eatery. In celebration of its second anniversary, Nomad is offering a selection of Algerian wines to the wallet-friendly tune of $12 a bottle. With a high alcohol content, these wines are sure to get you Mo-rockin’ in now time. Add a few $5 mezze plates and abracadabra! A cheap, romantic and buzz-filled date.

Put that in your hookah and smoke it!

Nomad is located at 78 2nd Ave between 4th and 5th Streets. (212) 253-5410. Wine special runs today through April 20th.

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Japanese-style conveyor belt sushi imported via Singapore dropped down into one of Manhattan’s most famous landmarks, the Chrysler Building. Welcome to Sakae Sushi, the latest kaiten — conveyor belt sushi joint — to open in Manhattan. The best thing about kaitens is that they are both fabulously hip and incredibly dorky at once — just like me!

Sakae Sushi doesn’t disappoint on either front. The plates are color-coordinated to cost. Unlike other moving fish feasts, SS sports a big jump between the cheap dishes ($1.90) and the premium plates ($6.90) as opposed to offering a more gradual pricing structure.

What sets the spot apart is the technorific ordering mechanism: a flat screen, interactive computer at each table allows guests to click ‘n order whatever bites they might not find rolling past. Just when you thought going out to lunch meant getting away from staring at a computer …

Sakae Sushi is located at 405 E. 43rd Street between Lexington and Third Avenues. 1-800-SAKAEUS

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When the moon hits your eye like a big … 18,000-attendee pizza convention?!?! That really packs a wollop.

Through tomorrow, March 11th, Pizza Magazine Quarterly‘s New York Pizza Show drops doughy competitions and pie-making machines on The Javits Center. While expensive ($50) and geared almost exclusively towards professional pizza purveyors, the convention features mouth-watering — and maybe jaw-dropping — competitions. Check out the schedule:

Monday, March 10th
1:00-1:30 U.S. Pizza Team Performance
2:00-2:30 Throw Dough and USPT Performances
3:00-3:30 Throw Dough National Champion Performs
3:30-4:00 Dough Duels
4:00-5:00 U.S. Pizza Team Performances

Tuesday, March 11th
11:00-12:00 Dough Duels
12:00-12:30 U.S. Pizza Team Performance
12:30-1:30 Team Italy VS the U.S. Pizza Team
1:30-3:00 International Acrobatic Pizza Throwing Competition
3:00-4:00 U.S. Pizza Team Performance

Pizza taste-tests abound, as do seminars about how to start your own pizzeria. Maybe you’ll become even more famous than Ray!

You can even try out for the US Pizza Team! From the site: “Competitions include: individual acrobatic dough tossing, fastest pizza making and largest dough stretch.” Whoa! These kids got skillz:

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