It's not time to break out Halloween costumes yet, but things are already getting spooky. Someone moved into your building who smiles like he's in the movie Smile, and you saw an exorcism performed on the C train. The exorcism was in July, but still. Here are some kinda-spooky things you can get into this week, involving lanterns, Dublin, The X-Factor, and more.
This Thursday, for one night only, Mika will transform into a Japanese food heaven. The night market will feature popular street food like yakiniku, yakisoba, and sake-flavored ice cream. If you’d like to consume your sake the traditional way, they’ll have plenty of local craft drinks too. With the lantern festival in the background and games on the patio, it’s a great idea for date night. Buy your tickets here.
If you’ve been daydreaming about Chicago beef ever since you watched The Bear, you can fulfill your fantasy at the Edith’s X Hank’s collab on Thursday night. Hank of Hank’s Juicy Beef uses an old-school family recipe to make his sandwiches, which come on bread from Chicago’s Turano Baking Co. The pop-up will feature classic Italian beef, as well as a vegetarian mushroom version (this is Brooklyn, after all) and some sides. Come by Edith’s Sandwich Counter from 5-9pm.
Get into some spooky stuff this weekend courtesy of very cute coffee shop Sweetbee Café & Bar. They’re hosting a coffee tasting and scary movie night on Friday, followed by a flower shop pop-up with Bren's Blooms. More info here.
October is Filipino American History Month, and Smorgasburg in Williamsburg is celebrating with an ube festival. Stop by on Saturday to eat things like ube puto, ube cannolis, and ube nachos. More info here.
Ever wonder what it's like to be a contestant on The X Factor? (Do you have to come with your sob story all figured out? And do you ever get to speak to Simon off-camera?) Next Monday at Asylum, New York comedian Emily Wilson shares the story of her wild experience as a finalist on The X Factor at the age of 15. We're cringing for her. Buy tickets to Emily Wilson: Fixed here.