This Week’s Five Best Food Events – 8/25/2014


Spend the last week of August indulging yourself at these five fine food events.

The Return of Yuji Ramen, Okonomi, 150 Ainslie Street, Brooklyn, Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m.

Mazemen addicts can rejoice — pop-up ramen sensation Yuji Ramen is making its long awaited return to the Williamsburg area via Yuji Haraguchi’s brick-and-mortar restaurant Okonomi. The restaurant is now serving its brothless noodles with toppings like bacon and eggs every Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and is also bringing back its omakase dinners, for which you need a reservation, too.

Karaoke Night at Tagine With Solara, Tagine, 221 West 38th Street, New York, Monday, 9 p.m.

For $10, reserve the right to perform your best Katy Perry impersonation, with one complimentary drink included to help loosen up those vocal cords. The restaurant specializes in Moroccan cuisine and also has a hookah lounge.

Caffeine, Cocaine, and the Soda of a Nation, Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Join the Masters of Social Gastronomy as they talk about the birth of Coca Cola and other famous American sodas. Sarah Loman and Jonathan Soma will share tales about the U.S. government’s plot to take away root beer, the origins of Dr. Brown’s Cel-Rey, and how sarsaparilla became a global sensation. The event is free to attend, and there will be a cash bar available.

Intro to Urban Agriculture, Building 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, Thursday, 6 p.m.

Architects, city planners, and anyone interested in urban development are encouraged to join Brooklyn Grange co-founder Anastasia Cole Plakias for a survey of the different urban agricultural models. The discussion will be geared towards those interested in starting their own agricultural business, with Plakias providing recommendations on which enterprises make most sense in terms of profitability. Guests are encouraged to bring their own dinner as food will not be served. Tickets are $30.

Reunion Ale ’14 Collaboration for a Cause, The New York Beer Company, 321 West 44th Street, Thursday

If the ice bucket challenge is bringing out your generous spirit, consider stopping by this beer bar’s fundraiser for the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research. For $5, guests receive a raffle ticket with the chance to win a bottle of Schmaltz Brewing Co’s Reunion ’14 Ale, with all proceeds going to support the institute. The three liter bottle — which retails for over $100 — is a special release brew with flavors like coconut, vanilla, and cocoa — so pouring it over your head in celebration is not recommended.