After a week spent traveling, eating, and drinking more than you really need to, we don’t blame you if your weekend plan consists of lying on a couch with a remote control. If you’re game to go out, though, here’s a selection of happenings around town you can squeeze in before the end of 2013.
Burmese Taste Testing, Straight From the Lab Studio, 36-57 36th Street, Queens, Saturday, 5 p.m.
If trying new cuisines is right up your alley, traveling to Queens for a Burmese-style taste test is a no brainer. For $20, diners can sample ohn-no khao swe, a coconut chicken noodle soup, as well as access an open bar from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Early attendees will also have the chance to sample danbauk, a spiced chicken and rice dish similar to Indian biryani. There will also $5 shot specials along with $6 lychee martinis for attendees. Pick up your tickets in advance.
Woks and Lox, Nom Wah Tea Parlor, 13 Doyers Street, Saturday, 10 p.m.
Fans of cultural mash ups are invited to come out to this third annual party, which features a special SingleCut brewery born Woks and Lox beer made with matzoh and sichuan peppercorns. Nosh on Jewish-Chinese food courtesy of chefs Chichi Wang and Noah Arenstein in between traditional party games, and make a bid in the auction — all proceeds go towards relief in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan. Tickets are $68.
Happy New Year 1954, Centro Español Club, 41-01 Broadway, Queens, Sunday, 6 p.m.
Head out to this early New Year’s celebration where you can party like its 1954 with a night of tango, Spanish wine, and period-appropriate clothing: Gentlemen are invited to break out their fedoras and rock a crisp suit, while women are encouraged to put on the old circle skirt and gloves. Tickets for the performance by the Astoria Tango Orchestra are $20, and a selection of Spanish style food and beverages are available at an additional cost.
Uni Dinner, Louro, 142 West 10th Street, Sunday, 7 p.m.
If you want to cap off the year in style but don’t want to deal with the craziness on New Year’s Eve, check out David Santos’ all uni dinner on Sunday or Monday. Expect uni in each course, be it with short rib, ravioli, or a dessert pudding featuring sea urchin roe. Seatings are $75 per person and reservations can be made by emailing the restaurant directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.