If you can’t take the heat, at least don’t go hungry. This week’s events offer plenty of reason to walk up a sweat, and in cool surroundings, too.
National Lobster Day, multiple locations, Monday
If your stomach is feeling patriotic, Upholstery Store: Food & Wine has a new lobster roll that’s just waiting to be devoured today, National Lobster Day (or any day thereafter). Additional ways to incorporate lobster into your Monday meal include Blujeen’s lobster topped mac and cheese or Carmine’s Italian clambake for two, available every Monday and Tuesday. For a new twist on the classic crustacean, Tutto Il Giorno offers poached lobster with Kumato tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil, while Red Hook Lobster Pound’s newly renovated original location lets you once again pick your very own lobster for dismantling.
Tito King’s Kitchen, Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East Seventh Street, Tuesday, 4 p.m.
Chef King Phojanakong of Kuma Inn joins Jimmy Carbone to celebrate the opening of a new, permanent pop-up at Jimmy’s No. 43, which focuses on Thai and Filipino street food. Guests can enjoy rice bowls, adobo chicken wings, pork belly tacos, and for large parties of eight or more, a whole roasted pig (must be reserved in advance). To pair, Jimmy will offer his typical selection of hard to find craft beers and ciders, as well as focusing on a new cocktail selection. The pop-up is scheduled to be open for dinner seven nights a week; reservations can be made through the restaurant’s web site.
The Gluten Free Revolution, Bowery Culinary Center at Whole Foods, 95 East Houston Street, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Author Jax Peters Lowell is leading a discussion on living life gluten-free, with chef Katy Sparks preparing a selection of dishes to enjoy. After working up an appetite during the Q & A session, attendees can sample buckwheat crepes, dandelion green salad, and sugar snap peas. The discussion will focus on distinguishing between facts and trends, essential kitchen skills, and practical advice on how to best manage celiac disease. Reservations are $18 and can be secured here.
Allagash Brewing Company’s 20th Anniversary, Randolph Beer, 343 Broome Street, Thursday, 8 p.m.
Looking for something other than the usual suspects when it comes to what’s on tap? Enjoy rare releases as well as a full line up of Allagash Brewery’s year round offerings at the Randolph Beer. The gastropub will also have a full menu on hand while guests try and work their way through over eight of the brewery’s most unique concoctions.
Lions, Tigers, and Beer, Central Park Zoo, 830 5th Avenue at 65 Street, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.
Though many of the animals may have gone to bed, guests can still be welcomed to the jungle by sampling over sixty craft brews at this three-hour all you can drink event. Food will also be available for purchase along with a live band and other entertainment. There’s also a costume contest for guests inclined to wear faux fur. A selection of animal exhibits such as the sea lion show and penguin house will be open for guests with VIP early access; reserve your ticket of choice here.