This Weekend’s Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC – 3/27/2015


It’s Friday and a weekend full of opportunities awaits. Here are five of the best eating and drinking events taking place over the next two days.

Goodbye Party, Eataly Vino, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m./noon

Start stocking up on wine for outdoor-dinner-party season. Through April 5, Eataly’s wine shop is offering 20 percent off all bottles and cases in stock before its temporary closing. Guests who make a purchase will also receive a ticket for future use and receive 20 percent off a bottle of Vino Libero at the new expanded wine store.

Big Mozz Smorgasburg Launch Party, Nick’s Pizza Bar, 365 Third Avenue, Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

In advance of its Smorgasburg debut, mozzarella maker Big Mozz is testing out a few dishes and seeking feedback. So it’s throwing a party where the menu includes mozzarella pops, sandwiches, and a mozzarella bomb — cheese filled with roasted garlic pesto inside a mini bread bowl with vegetable toppings. All food and drink is available for purchase, and mozzarella and pesto sauce will be available to take home by the pound. Guests are required to make a reservation.

Brandy Smackdown: Cognac vs. Armagnac, Le Du’s Wines, 600 Washington Street, Saturday, 4 p.m.

Not all after-dinner drinks are created equal. Spirits enthusiast Leo Comercio will discuss four estate-distilled brandies that showcase what to look for when considering cognac and armagnac. The complimentary tasting includes two selections from each category.

Gastronomie 491 Anniversary Party, Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue, Sunday, noon

This specialty grocery store celebrates its third anniversary on the Upper West Side this weekend, and it is throwing a bash complete with food tastings and prizes. The store will also reopen its gelato counter to welcome in warm weather while a Brazilian samba band serenades the crowd.

Puppetsburg, Dunham Gallery, 7 Dunham Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, 3 p.m.

This show rewards both parents and children at the same time. The performance includes craft work for the kids, and craft cocktails next door for the adults, courtesy of Donna. Guests who make a purchase for the puppet show, which begins at 4 p.m., can show their tickets to receive two-for-one drinks at the cocktail bar afterwards.