Shaya Pop-Up, 231 Mott Street, Friday and Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. seatings
The modern Israeli restaurant Shaya, based in New Orleans, is making a two-day appearance in the Big Apple, bringing the Mediterranean cuisine of Alon Shaya, a 2015 James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: South. Taste dishes like scallop hummus with brown butter and pistachios, lamb shanks with fig and parsley salad, coal-roasted eggplant, and chocolate babka for dessert. Guests can secure an all-inclusive four-course dinner with drinks reservation ($75–$125 per person) — and look at the entire menu — through Resy. Select preferred seating times here.
Chelsea Eats, Eighth Avenue between 14th and 23rd streets, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
From morning till night, guests can work their way through Chelsea with lobster rolls, barbecue, and duck sliders. Red Hook Lobster Pound, Duck Season, and many more will give people a reason to gander before taking in the festivities. Beer and wine gardens will also be set up outside of restaurants including Pounds & Ounces, while live entertainment includes Underground New York artists Yaz Band and Emily Hopkins, as well as Mad Libs Live.
Third Annual Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood, Irving Place between 17th and 18th streets, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Though you may need a special key to get into Gramercy Park, tickets starting at $30 give you access to the neighborhood by way of its restaurants. Attendees can grab samples from Casa Mono and Bedford Cheese Shop, among other popular menu items from more than twenty local spots; reserve a tasting plan here.
13th Annual Grand Central Oyster Frenzy, Grand Central Oyster Bar, 89 East 42nd Street, Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m.
Enjoy an oyster-shucking competition or just open them at your own pace at this annual celebration, which offers sixteen types from both coasts. For those still squeamish about raw seafood, public tastings include dishes like strawberries romanoff and fried oysters. Oh, and New York icon the Naked Cowboy is scheduled to make an appearance, too.
Ramen Seminar, KOA, 12 West 21st Street, Saturday, 3 to 5 p.m.
Prepare for winter weather by taking part in a ramen seminar. Chef Toshiyuki Nakajima of Batten Ramen in Fort Lee, New Jersey, will lead a presentation about the notable noodle, after which guests will watch chef Satoshi Shimura prepare a traditional ramen dish. The experience ends with guests receiving an individual bowl of chashu ramen in the main dining room. Reservations are $40 per person and can be made by contacting KOA.
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