This Weekend's Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC

If you're not in Austin for SXSW, you can pretend with this burger that brings Texas barbecue to New York.
If you're not in Austin for SXSW, you can pretend with this burger that brings Texas barbecue to New York.

Don't let the snow get you down. Spring is finally here, at least from an official calendar perspective. Here are five ways to celebrate.

Late Night Secret Fried Chicken, Corner Social, 321 Lenox Avenue, Friday and Saturday, midnight

You can't go to bed on an empty stomach, so head here for a midnight snack. Debuting this Saturday (very early) morning, guests can enjoy an off-the-menu whole fried chicken for $30. Chickens will be dispensed to the fryer on a first-come, first-served basis, and there are only twelve birds available each night.

The Coffee and Tea Festival, Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.

Whether you fancy afternoon tea or a morning cup of joe, this two-day festival shines a spotlight on both caffeinated beverages with lectures, tastings, and plenty of liquids. Local participants include Cafe Grumpy and David's Tea. General admission tickets start at $25 and can be secured through the festival website.

The Lockhart Link Burger, Shake Shack, 600 Third Avenue, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.

Sample a burger you'll probably never have again (unless you visit Austin) when you check out Shake Shack's new Lockhart Link Burger. Available only at the Midtown East location, Danny Meyer's latest creation features jalapeño and cheese-stuffed sausage, a Texas Hill Country specialty, atop a classic Shack cheeseburger. The specialty menu item is available in New York until March 25.

Celebrate Martha Stewart's new cookbook Clean Slate!, Macy's, 151 West 34th Street, Sunday, noon

Martha Stewart will sign copies of her latest book, which focuses on detoxing and healthy eating habits, and lays out how to stock our refrigerators and cupboards with the right stuff. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are required to complete a free reservation in advance.

Presentation Party Night, Livestream Public, 195 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn, Sunday, 7 p.m.

Want to hear about the secrets of intuitive eating? How about the history of Greenpoint's fragrant waterway known as Newtown Creek? This event features presentations on these topics plus more, and free beer from Brooklyn Brewery will help relax the crowd (and perhaps encourage audience participation). Food will not be provided, but guests are welcome to bring their own — or order pizza — and share with others.




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