This Week in Food: 35-Cent Cocktails, Midnight Champagne, and Which Vegan Taco Es Mas Macho?


El Macho Taco, V Spot, 12 St. Marks Place, Monday, 7 p.m.

If the mere thought of chili cook-offs bores you, check out a meat-free matchup instead. Guest chefs from restaurants including V Spot and Taco Chulo will create eight different vegan tacos, guests will vote for their favorite version, and the winner receives a people’s choice award. A celebrity panel will fork over their top picks as well. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $55 for V.I.P.; the latter includes a regular or virgin margarita, chips and salsa, priority seating, and a meet-and-greet with the chefs. Reserve here.

35-Cent Cocktail Happy Hour, Louie and Chan, 303 Broome Street, Tuesday, 7–8 p.m.

To help today’s tootler embody the spirit of the Roaring Twenties, Louie and Chan debuts a “Prohibition Happy Hour” highlighted by a special 35-cent flapper-era cocktail. That’s right: 35 cents. Every Tuesday for one hour, guests can grab a drink at either the upstairs or downstairs bar before an evening of live music, burlesque, and other parlor performances. Each week the cocktail will change — this Tuesday’s features Bulldog gin — but the deal remains the same. Guests are encouraged to wear 1920s attire, though your everyday duds will net you the throwback pricing, too.

Tenement Talks: Hot Bread Kitchen, Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard Street, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Not all breadbaskets are created equal, as Hot Bread Kitchen founder Jessamyn Rodriguez will tell you. A nonprofit, Hot Bread Kitchen provides immigrant women with culinary training; Rodriguez recently authored The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook, filled with recipes she has acquired through her conversations with these women. Tonight at the Tenement Museum she will discuss stories that can be shared through baking. The event is free; seating is first-come, first-served. Attendees may also purchase Rodriguez’s book at a discount.

Midnight Champagne Party, Corkbuzz, 75 Ninth Avenue, Thursday, 10:30 p.m.

Toast the impending Halloween at Corkbuzz’s Chelsea Market location with wine, Champagne, and the ghosts of grapes past. Drink specials include $8 wines by the glass, $13 sparkling-wine cocktails, and a 50 percent discount on all bottles of Champagne. If you want to match wits with your fellow guests, enter the blind tasting competition and see who among you possesses supernatural skills when it comes to sniffing out wine. (Those interested in participating in the competition must register in advance; find more info here.)

10th Annual Free Halloween Candy Wine & Spirits Tasting, Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit, 5 West 19th Street, Friday, 5 p.m.

Pair candy and wine at this (potentially) spooky tasting, which might just play tricks on your palate. From chardonnay and candy corn to rum and Toblerone, the folks at Bottlerocket will help guests figure out how to make the most of their leftover Halloween candy. The store offers six different complimentary complementary tastings that include instructions regarding what to look for in a wine when unwrapping your sweets.