Best Weekend Food Events: Dumpling Happy Hour, Ugly Sweaters, and an Elf Party


Dumpling Happy Hour, Kings County Imperial, 20 Skillman Avenue, Brooklyn, Friday, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Kings County Imperial is now offering a brand new dumpling and drinks happy hour. Wok-seared pork long dumplings are available for $1 each, with cask wines on tap for $5. House cocktails on tap, which include the imperial mai tai and owney’s negroni – are also a steal at $6. Not to be left out, beer lovers can snag a can of suds starting at $2. Those who miss Friday’s feast will have to wait until Monday, as the offer is only available on weekdays.

Ugly Sweater Party and Toy Drive, Bounce Sporting Club, 55 West 21 Street, Friday, 10 p.m. to close

If your Drake hotline bling sweater wasn’t well received at the office holiday party, validate your purchase at this ugly sweater party. Guests who wear ugly sweaters – as well as those who bring in a new toy for donation – receive one select free drink and shot. Guests will also have a chance to win a winter coat as part of a raffle and sip on special holiday cocktails too.

Holiday Carolers Brunch, The Lambs Club, 132 West 44th Street, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Though Geoffrey Zakarian won’t be singing “Good King Wenceslas”, he’s organized a few holiday carolers to serenade guests over brunch, which features a hot cocoa trolley where guests can choose their own festive toppings. The brunch menu includes assorted pastries for the table as well as entrees like a smoked arctic char plate, stuffed French toast, and buttermilk pancakes. In addition to pastries, one entree, and one custom hot cocoa, diners also receive a selection of sides to share. Reservations are $68 for adults and $35 for children under the age of 12.

Holiday Cocktail Making, The Wine Lab, 1000 Dean Street – Suite 254, Brooklyn, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Want to wow the family on Christmas? This hands on class covers five recipes to focus on during the holiday season, with students creating and tasting each cocktail while receiving feedback from an experienced bartender. Classes are $55 per person and can be secured here.

Elf: The Holiday Party, Stay Classy New York, 174 Rivington Street, Saturday, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Break out your Mr. Norwal, Leon the Snowman, and Buddy the Elf costumes at this movie inspired gathering, with a prize awarded for best costume of the night. The Will Ferrell-themed bar is also offering one drink for guests who contribute an unwrapped gift of $10 or more to the bar’s Toys for Tots drive, and will have special cocktails like the Elf (maple bourbon with candy cane and maple syrup) added to its regular menu. Reservations in advance – admission is free but space is limited – are suggested and can be made by contacting [email protected].