You might be booked Thursday, but that still leaves you plenty of free time — especially since your office mates have likely checked out for the holiday. Planning to spend Thanksgiving and Hanukkah under the bright lights of the Big Apple? Consider one of these activities, too.
Max & Eli Sussman’s The Best Cookbook Ever Dinner at Mile End Delicatessen, Mile End, 97 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, Monday, 7 p.m.
Max and Eli Sussman, whose collective resume includes Roberta’s in addition to Mile End, will host a dinner to celebrate the release of their new cookbook, The Best Cookbook Ever. The menu dabbles in the book’s recipes, including duck fat potatoes, roasted rosemary lamb shanks, and parmesan cake with blackberry jam. Seatings are at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets are $65 and include a copy of the new book.
Luxury Whiskey Class, The Flatiron Room, 37 West 26th Street, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Led by owner Tommy Tardie and Heather Greene — New York’s first official whiskey sommelier — this class will offer attendees a taste of six hand-picked whiskeys plus a signature cocktail. Learn the stories behind these house favorites, and supplement your drinking with complimentary light bites. Tickets are $125.
Thanksgiving Soup Kitchen, Fresh & Co, 729 Broadway, Wednesday, 11 a.m.
If you’re able to donate your time for those less fortunate, the downtown location of Fresh & Co. will transform into a soup kitchen for the day, and it could use a few good volunteers. Individuals are needed to to assist in providing a full Thanksgiving meal for the homeless as well as to help coordinate deliveries to nearby shelters with City Harvest. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your availability between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday for additional information.
Black Wednesday Party, Loreley, 7 Rivington Street, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
If running around this week is testing your sanity, head to a German biergarten for a free drink to restore yourself to normalcy. The first glass of Woodchuck pumpkin cider is on the house on Wednesday night, and additional glasses are $6 each. A three-hour open bar begins at 8 p.m.; you can pay $45 to access unlimited beer and wine. Look, too, for traditional German mulled wine and hot toddies — ideal for fighting the November chill. Imbibe while you take in the live band, which will play all night.