This week marks the anniversary of the birth of our nation, and we’re betting a number of you will celebrate via the age old practice of hightailing it out of town. If you’re sticking around, consider these five exceptionally delicious events.
The Mission Chinese Pop Up: Behind Frankie’s 457, Frankie’s 457, 457 Court Street, Brooklyn, Tuesday and Wednesday
While we wait for Danny Bowien’s Mission Chinese Food to make a permanent return, we can experience the food via a series of pop-up events. The prix fixe dinners have previously featured dishes like squash porridge and peppered pork belly. Those interested in upcoming dinners can buy tickets in advance by emailing email@example.com.
Guacamole Festival, Maya, 1191 First Avenue, Tuesday through September 30
Last week, Scarlett Lindeman decried the cobb salad-like guacamoles she’s been seeing around town. This week kicks of a celebration of such smashed avocado dip. Starting Tuesday, guests at this Richard Sandoval restaurant can order special guacs with ingredients like chicharron, kiwi, and grasshoppers. The restaurant is featuring seven special guacamoles ranging from $10 to $16. Consider sampling Tuesday through Friday during the 3 to 8 p.m. happy hour, when margaritas are just $6.
All You Can Drink Craft Cans, Idle Hands, 25 Avenue B, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Celebrate the revolution in craft beer — and our nation — this week by taking advantage of a $25 all-you-can-drink deal from 6 to 10 p.m. Pound canned brews like Dale’s Pale Ale, Harpoon, and Shiner Bock, or order a 12-ouncer for just $4. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the event.
Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, 1310 Surf Avenue, Coney Island, Brooklyn, Friday, 10 a.m.
You know the drill. Grown men and women from around the world compete to see who can eat the most hot dogs in the quickest time — last year’s winners Joey Chestnut put away 69 dogs in 10 minutes; Sonya Thomas devoured 45. The festivities include entertainment throughout the day; the women’s contest begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the men at 12:40 p.m.
Fourth of July Party, Grand Banks — Sherman Zwicker schooner, Pier 25, Friday, 6 p.m.
Though champagne and oysters don’t come cheap, if you’re going to drop bills, it may as well be for the men who helped create them. The Grand Banks, a new restaurant and floating museum from Mark Firth of Marlow and Sons, will be rocking the harbor with an all-inclusive dinner and drinks deal. Though the boat will be docked for the duration of the event, guests can expect solid views of the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island fireworks. You’ll find a special holiday cocktail along with wine, beer, and passed bites available throughout the evening. Tickets, $250 per person, can be purchased through the oyster bar’s website.