If you’re super tired of the out of town NFL takeover of Bryant Park, Broadway, and any other patch of walking space in the more touristy swatches of the city, we feel you. Here’s a look at a few local events that have nothing to do with football.
The Art of Alabama Food, Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue, Friday through Sunday
This Chelsea Market exhibit looks at regional Alabama cuisine, exploring tomato pie, crawfish, and orange rolls at the hands of Alabama-based chefs. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity, The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street, Friday through February 28
The infamous Spanish chef and international culinary figure will have original drawings on display as well as photographs from elBulli restaurant. Be sure to check out the film 1846, too, which showcases every single dish ever served at elBulli. The center opens at noon Friday through Sunday and will be open until 6 p.m. each night.
Hot Chocolate Festival, City Bakery, 3 West 18th Street, Saturday through February 28th
Enjoying chocolate in February isn’t just restricted to Valentine’s Day. At City Bakery, each day brings a different flavored hot chocolate. Last year’s flavors included Vietnamese cinnamon, ginger, and creamy stout hot cocoa, so there’s no telling what the wizards in the back will brew up this time.
Dub Pie Truck at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Brooklyn Night Bazaar, 165 Banker Street, Brooklyn, Saturday, 6 p.m.
If you haven’t had the time to try New Zealand cuisine, Dub Pies will be on hand at Brooklyn Night Bazaar to debut its new food truck. Specializing in meat and veggie pies as well as flat whites for caffeine addicts, attendees can grab a bite while listening to the band Streets of Laredo.