October 16 - 22, 2014
FERN Talks & Eats
FERN Talks & EatsThink of this upcoming shindig from the Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) as the Moth meets snack time. Join the nonprofit food and environment news organization for an intimate dinner next month strewn with stories from the likes of The Third Plate author and Blue Hill chef Dan Barber, journalist Tracie Macmillan and more. Runner & Stone's Peter Endriss and Pearl & Ash's Richard Kuo will be handling food while New York Distilling is on drink duty. 452 Union St.; 11/3, 7 to 10 p.m.; $75 per person
Empellón Al Pastor
It's al pastor all the time at Alex Stupak's newest member of the Empellón family. His graffiti-adorned St. Marks taco shop is set to open this Monday, and we couldn't be more excited. Stupak's been deep in research, learning how to make tortillas and perfecting his rotating spit machine of juicy pork meat. Obviously, al pastor tacos ($4) are the draw—chile-rubbed, spit-roasted pork shoulder is thinly sliced and brushed with two salsas, onion and that all-important pineapple, but there's also a strong Michelada menu, too. 132 St. Marks Pl.; 212-367-0999
Clearly, we like sardine sammies here. And Estela's Ignacio Mattos has put together a wonderfully refreshing one at West Village café FeelFood—for a good cause, no less. Fifteen percent of his creation ($9) goes toward the Edible Schoolyard. It's a dark rye-bread sandwich, bookended by marinated sardines and layered with pickled jalapeño, cucumber and cashew mayo. Lunch is looking up. 496 Sixth Ave.
Denmark in the house. Relæ's Christian Puglisi is bringing a taste of Copenhagen to Tasting Table's Test Kitchen & Dining Room on 11/11 and debuting his new book, Relæ: A Book of Ideas. Enter to win tickets now and you could enjoy a four-course dinner prepared by the Michelin-starred chef himself. Now, just don't call it "New Nordic." 495 Broome St.