October 23 - October 29, 2014




Cider Week

dm-image-ph Cider WeekStep aside, pumpkin beers: It's cider's time to shine. The fourth-annual Cider Week begins tomorrow, gathering more than 100 restaurants, bars and shops together to celebrate this all-American brew. Spend your weekend learning how to pair with local cheeses at Astor Wines or sampling more than 30 of them at the Seaport. Or better yet, enter here for a chance to snag a seat a cider-centric meal at DBGB next Tuesday (see rules). Various times and locations, see full details here



Cider Week, 11/02 ➞


Edible Escape, 10/30 ➞


Let Marcus Samuelsson Spice Up Date Night

Located in the heart of Harlem, Red Rooster reflects on the roots of American cuisine while celebrating local farmers and artisanal chefs. Diners get to taste the creations of award-winning chef and owner Marcus Samuelsson. Enjoy exclusive reservations for two at Red Rooster Harlem, only with your MasterCard®. Book now!


Enrique Olvera promised his highly anticipated, tortilla-pressing shrine to Mexican cuisine would be up and running by the end of the month, but the Mexico City chef surprised us by opening a week early. Not that we're complaining. Named after Olvera's hometown market, this ultramodern Flatiron palace serves central Mexican cuisine with Manhattan flair, like tataki al pastor ($20) and Manhattan clam chowder ($15). The bar's stocked with 70-plus wines, including Mexican labels, as well as tequila, mezcal and housemade agua frescaCosme, 35 E. 21st St. Photo: Fiamma Piacentini



Mark my words: Pumpkin is the new kale.
@bittman, New York Times columnist and cookbook author


On November 10, chef and former Top Chef judge Johnny Iuzzini takes over the Tasting Table Test Kitchen to celebrate his latest cookbook, Sugar Rush: Master Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Sweet Baking. At the cocktail party, guests will nibble on chipotle brownies, caramelize pineapple skewers and more. Click here to enter to win tickets. 495 Broome St.


The Frenchies are getting into the Halloween spirit. Ladurée Soho is churning out a new macaron flavor in honor of the holiday: rich, creamy chocolate praline ($24), available at the shop starting today. The bakery teamed up with its neighbor, super chic French children's line Bonpoint, for this spooky collaboration, and it sure beats the standard October 31 loot. 398 W. Broadway

Do you have what it takes to run your own restaurant? Find out if you have the stuff at Culintro's "A Chef's Tale" panel next Tuesday, where chefs Missy Robbins (Corkbuzz), Dan Kluger (formerly of ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina) and Chris Jaeckle (All'Onda and Uma Temakeria) candidly share the journeys behind starting their own restaurants. The Culinary Institute of America's Anne McBride will moderate. 10/28, 1871 Broadway; 6 to 8 p.m.; $45 per person


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