NYT Diner’s Journal – Weekend Fare APR9-10

Robert Presutti for The New York Times The makings of a beefsteak dinner.
No plans this weekend? Head on over to our very own Coffeegasm Dinner APR9. Else, plenty of other events going on in the ‘Concrete Jungle where dreams are made of!’ No excuses, as there’s something for everyone this weekend as the Spring weather gets nicer outside!
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The Brooklyn Beefsteak returns to The Bell House, 149 Seventh Street (Second Avenue), on Sunday with copious amounts of beef and beer. Tickets for the 5 to 8 p.m. seating are still available online at $50 for one ticket or $45 if four or more tickets are bought. Platters of steak and all-you-can-drink McSorley’s beer will be served.

An oyster saloon fund-raiser is being held Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Old Fulton Fish Market, on South Street (Beekman Street), to benefit the New Amsterdam Market. More than a dozen oysters from the East and West Coasts will be served raw and cooked. Some of the participating chefs include April Bloomfield, Patrick Connolly and King Phojanakong. Tickets, available online, are $50 in advance and $65 at the door.

Two newly opened restaurants will start offering breakfast and brunch this weekend. At Julian Medina’s 24/7 Cuban-style luncheonette, Coppelia, 207 West 14th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), breakfast items like huevos rancheros and blue corn meal pancakes will be available  all day. Starting Saturday, Rockography, 504 Sixth Avenue (13th Street), will  offer a “Brunch with the Beatles” theme every weekend  from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m. Unlimited bellinis and mimosas will be offered as Beatles music plays on plasma screen televisions during brunch.

Baristas will square off during a regional competition at Milk Studios, 450 West 15th Street (between Ninth and 10th Avenues), brewing coffee and making latte art throughout the weekend. The second day of competition commences at 11 a.m. Saturday, and the finalists compete from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. On Saturday night there is a coffee party at the Highline Loft, 526 West 26th Street. Seminars on coffee will also take place. Dallis Bros. Coffee, one of the sponsors, will be giving away prizes, including a trip to Brazil and an espresso machine.

The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street (Meeker Avenue), Williamsburg, will hold a farmers’ market class on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Tour guides will take the class to the Greenmarket at McCarren Park to meet local purveyors before heading back to the kitchen to learn basic recipes using seasonal ingredients. The $85 class includes beer with the meal. Register online.

Aspiring food writers can take a class on starting a food-writing career Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The New School. Andrew F. Smith, a writer and lecturer on food and culinary history, leads the class, which teaches writers everything from how to make  story pitches to using social media tools. The registration fee is $170.

Take a New Amsterdam Fish Fry walking tour organized by the Institute of Culinary Education. The group meets at 11 a.m. Saturday inside Battery Park at Battery Gardens, opposite  17 State Street, for a tour that weaves through Lower Manhattan,  includes a fish-fry lunch and ends at the South Street Seaport. You can pay the $80 fee online.

A duck cook-off pitting amateurs against professional cooks will be held on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East Seventh Street (Second Avenue), to benefit Food Systems Network NYC.  A panel of judges will pick the winner. The event will be a walk-around tasting for a 12-course buffet. Tickets are $20, cash only, at the door and beer specials will be available.

The Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street (between Canal and Division Streets), will lead 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. food tours of the Lower East Side with a Passover focus on Saturday. Stops along the tour include Streit’s Matzos, the Pickle Guys and other shops in this once heavily Jewish neighborhood. The tours are $15 a person. Call (212) 219-0888, extension 205, to save a spot.

A fleet of food trucks — including Kimchi Taco Truck, Cinnamon Snail, Rickshaw Dumpling and Schnitzel & Things — will park at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market on Sunday, at 39th Street and Ninth Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The rain date is April 17, and the trucks will return every second Sunday of each month through October.

A lesson in lamb butchering, which includes a meal at the end, will be held on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Institute of Culinary Education, 50 West 23rd Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), to benefit Slow Food. Tickets are $65 for Slow Food members and $75 for the general public.

How French food in the late 19th century influenced Impressionist art will be the topic of discussion on Sunday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the 92nd Street Y in TriBeCa, 200 Hudson Street (Canal Street). An absinthe tasting will also be a part of the talk. Tickets, available online, are $65.

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