What To Do This Week: Anita Lo/Hank Shaw Dinner, Party in a Chocolate Factory, Chicken and Champagne, Aki Matsuri


While the city decides on Tuesday who’ll be the Big Apple’s boss post-Bloomberg, there are equally important choices at hand. Namely, where to cozy up for an evening now that the cold weather has hit. Here’s a look at a few places that are leaving the light on for you with a variety of warm events.

Anita Lo Dinner/Hank Shaw Book Launch, Annisa, 13 Barrow Street, Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Super hunter, planter, and gatherer Hank Shaw will celebrate the release of his new book Duck, Duck, Goose via dinner and a signing. Annisa chef Anita Lo will serve a five-course tasting menu with dishes like sauteed goose breast with barley and celery root. Tickets are $175 (tax and tip not included) and come with wine pairings and hors d’ouevres like smoked duck breast. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 212-741-6699. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Indelible Fundraiser, Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory, 111 North Third Street, Brooklyn, Monday, 8:30 p.m.

Partying in a chocolate factory is a pretty sweet deal, and it gets even sweeter when you add in a seven-course tasting experience–and specialty cocktails–inspired by the Indelible Dance Company’s upcoming performance. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased via the event’s ticketing website.

Chicken and Champagne Dinner, Red Rooster, 310 Lenox Avenue, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

For this feast, Red Rooster will feature a variety of chicken dishes paired to glasses of bubbly. Popular combinations like chicken and waffles as well as chili orange glazed chicken wings will be served small plates style; $20 nets you three plates and a glass of Paul Goerg champagne. Enjoy your dinner over the featured live jazz music; reservations can be made by contacting the restaurant at 212-792-9001.

Aki Matsuri, Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th Street, Brooklyn, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

The Gohan Society’s latest culinary presentation focuses on Izakaya tastings from a selection of the city’s Japanese and globally inspired restaurants. Restaurants like Morimoto will dish out their innovative interpretations of Japanese pub fare, Soba-ya will feature a live soba-making demonstration, and you’ll have a chance to bid on a selection of prizes–including dinner for four at the James Beard House–during a silent auction. Individual tickets are $125 and include all food and beverage tastings.