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5 Exciting Things To Do & Eat Between October 19th - 25th

Sake specials, hot sauce challenges, and more events around NYC this week.

Fall is supposed to be a whole season—Q3, if you will—but really it lasts about two weeks, so you need to show off that transitional trench coat somewhere ASAP. If you want to party before it's time to hibernate, sake specials will be waiting for you on the UWS all weekend. You can also keep it cozy with a jazz concert or cookbook club.

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Moonrise Izakaya

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It’s been three years of sake brunches and Sailor Moon memorabilia for Moonrise Izakaya, our favorite Japanese gastropub on the UWS. To celebrate, they’re doing some fun deals this weekend. Come by for bao, sake, and beer specials on both days, as well as hand rolls and oysters on Saturday only. Check their Instagram for more info. 

BRIC JazzFest is a three-day jazz marathon in Downtown Brooklyn. In true BRIC fashion, the festival features some household names while also giving emerging artists a chance to show all the cool things they can do when there are a bunch of saxophones in the room. Shows are on Friday and Saturday from 7pm, and tickets start at $40. Buy tickets here.

If you’ve ever watched six hours of "Hot Ones" and convinced yourself you could beat Shaq at consuming hot sauce, this Saturday is your chance to shine. Brooklyn hot sauce company Heatonist will be hosting their own "Hot Ones"-style challenge at their Scorpio SZN Party at the Market Line. Even if you don’t want to end up in the hot seat, you should stop by to dip into the pop-up hot sauce bar and blow your nose in the shadows. More info here.

Next Monday, Edy’s Grocer is hosting Brooklyn Cookbook Club, where Edy himself and chef Will Coleman will take a deep dive into Season, an Indian cookbook by Nik Sharma. They’ll be conversing and cooking recipes from the book, like cocoa bean lentil soup and apple masala chai cake. Buy your tickets here.

Double Chicken Please just put up a mysterious post on their Instagram about a collaboration with Copenhagen distillery Empirical on the 25th. Empirical's spirits have cool names and flavors like Cloud 9 and Symphony 6, so we're intrigued. They haven't given any other details, but we assume there will be good booze and chicken in the same building, which is kind of all you need to have a bangin' party.