Start the new year off with a bang — and banoffee pie. Here are five ways to eat and drink in style during the first weekend of 2015.
Banoffee Pie Class, Camaje, 85 MacDougal Street, Saturday, 3 p.m.
If you’re looking to wow friends with a new dessert, Chef Abigail Hitchcock is sharing her recipe for a crowd-pleasing banoffee pie. Students will learn the history behind this English delicacy — made out of graham crackers, dulce de leche, sliced bananas, whipped cream, and shaved Belgian chocolate — after which they’ll make their very own to take home. Reservations are $45.
New Year From Spain, Astor Wine & Spirits, 399 Lafayette Street, Saturday, 3 p.m.
If you’re using the weekend to return unwanted gifts, give yourself a break with a free wine tasting. From 3 to 5 p.m., guests can sample three Spanish reds from regions such as Rioja, and staff members will guide drinkers with tasting notes. The wine lineup includes Viña Ilusión Tinto (2011), Limoso (2012), and Tinta Amarela (2012). Guests receive 15 percent off the three wines poured.
The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking, Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, Saturday, 8 p.m.
At this live performance, guests will learn all about the history of alcohol, with a little song and cocktails thrown in for good measure. The booze-driven acts include a look into the drinks served at Prohibition-era speakeasies, the birth of the gin ‘n’ tonic, and the difference between a cocktail and a mixed drink. Tickets are $29 — drinks are included — and can be secured through the Soho Playhouse website.
New Brunch, Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar, 339 Adams Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, 11 a.m.
Feel like starting off Sunday with tequila? Rocco’s has over 330 kinds to choose from, along with brunch specials like eggs with short rib and tableside guacamole. The newly opened restaurant also offers a selection of tacos, molcajetes, and brunch cocktails, like bloody marys and mimosas.
New Restaurant Opening, Burger & Lobster, 39 West 19th Street, Sunday, noon
If you’ve made it your mission to find New York’s best new burger in 2015, start by checking out the first location of this London-based chain specializing in lobster rolls, lobster, and burgers. The new restaurant is also a new spot for a relatively cheap eat — a main course, fries, and salad costs $20.