These Are This Weekend’s Four Best Food Events in NYC – 4/25/2014


The sun’s out, and you’ve likely jumped back on the exercise bandwagon. Hungry as a result? Head to one of these food events and replenish your energy.

The Food Book Fair, Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, Friday through Sunday

Bringing together authors, chefs, and food aficionados, the Food Book Fair makes its return to Williamsburg this weekend. This year’s participants include founder of the Museum of Food and Drink Dave Arnold and Tom Mylan of The Meat Hook, and events range from a food book slam and film screening. Find a variety of ticket packages for the weekend’s events as well as a full schedule on the Food Book Fair’s website.

Hester Street Fair, Hester Street at Essex Street, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.

The popular weekend market makes its 2014 debut with a few new faces to join old standbys that have used the festival to go brick-and-mortar. The new kids on the block include nose-to-tail butcher Hudson & Charles and Zha Pan Asian chicken and waffles; Macaron Parlour and Luke’s Lobster are among the returnees. While you feast, be sure to check out Pyknic, a vendor that specialized in food-related apparel.

African Restaurant Week, multiple locations, Sunday through May 4

The spotlight shines on African specialties at 14 participating restaurants, which will offer three-course prix fixe lunches (starting at $16.95) and dinners (starting at $24.95). The line-up includes places like the Moroccan venue Le Souk Harem and French-Senegalese Cafe Rue Dix. A full listing of restaurants, plus tickets, can be found through the New York African Restaurant Week website.

Chef at the Tribeca Film Festival, SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, Sunday, 9 p.m.

Jon Favreau’s tale of an acclaimed chef forced to start anew in a food truck business debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it will run through the weekend. The cast includes Dustin Hoffman and Scarlett Johansson — not to mention Oliver Platt as Favreau’s food critic nemesis. Tickets are available on a standby basis and are first come, first served; additional details can be found on the Tribeca Film Festival website.