What to Eat, Drink, Do and See in New York City this Week | Tasting Table

March 5 - March 11, 2015


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Passover Seder at Balaboosta

dm-image-ph Guess who's coming to, err, making dinner? Annisa's Anita Lo is joining Einat Admony in the kitchen for Balaboosta's annual Passover Seder dinner next month (buy tickets), and she's bringing an Asian twist. Slurp bowls of duck confit-stuffed matzo ball soup and dig into brisket nestled into red dates and chestnuts and mounds of Persian rice. Everything is family style, so get ready to make some friends. 4/6, 6:30 p.m. seating; 214 Mulberry St.; $174 a person, plus fees


TT-Approved Itinerary: The Borgata

Just a two-hour ride from NYC, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is your ticket to three-day-weekend bliss. Check into a cozy room at The Water Club (book now) and survey your options: You could stake out the slots or browse high-end boutiques, like Hugo Boss and Just Cavalli. Maybe attend a wine tasting (learn more) or enjoy a Time Reversal Facial (book now). Whatever you choose, this mini vacation will be one to remember. See the full itinerary!

Opening of the Week


Can Danny Meyer do no wrong? You can be the judge after sipping electric-blue beverages at Porchlight, his recently opened (and first stand-alone) bar in Chelsea. Yes, the Shake Shack king has made blue drinks cool again. The menu leans Southern with the aforementioned peach brandy- and mezcal-fueled Gun Metal Blue ($14) and berry-dotted Sherry Cobbler ($14), plus a spread of snacks like smoky beef jerky ($7) and sugar and spice popcorn ($4). And, yes, there is an actual porch inside, reserved for lively musical and spoken-word performances, because it's still New York. 271 11th Ave.; 212-981-6188



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@cschonberger, First We Feast editor in chief

Get Out

Corned beef, meet Shanghainese soup dumplings. Josh Eden, the chef behind the newly relocated August on the Upper East Side, is stuffing house-made corned beef and cabbage into soupy skins to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The one-off special is available at lunch and dinner ($12) only on March 17, and for an additional $6, you can pair it with a cool Irish stout. How lucky is that? 791 Lexington Ave.; 212-935-1433

Get Lit

Bonnie's back. After closing the original Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks in the West Village back in January, NYC's cookbook queen has made her triumphant return with bigger East Village digs. Slotnick's already whirring with ideas on what to do with all the space (book clubs! kitchenware!). But now, all she wants is a "whiff of air that smells like spring" and to hunker down with her all-time favorite book, The Country Kitchen. 28 E. Second St.; 212-989-8962

Game Plan

It's March, so we're thinking frothy, creamy Guinness. So are the guys at Thistle Hill Tavern. The team has invited Justin O'Connor, the executive chef at Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, to dish a three-course dinner, featuring Irish classics like lamb shank cottage pie and twists on THT standbys like Guinness-braised beef daube. Reserve your spot by calling 347-599-1262. Photo: Anne Massoni. 3/12, 6 p.m.; 441 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn; $75 a person


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