Sweet plantain and pecan sticky buns in Crown Heights, this weekend’s sustainable pop-up series at a rooftop vineyard, free concerts in Prospect Park, and a brand new whiskey distillery in Manhattan. We’ve got details on all of those things, and more events happening in the city between August 25th and August 29th. If you’re looking for special dinners, shows, and pop-ups around the city, you’ve come to the right place.
Pelah, a Bed-Stuy-based, Sierra Leonean baker, will be serving a menu of doubles, sweet plantain and pecan sticky buns (made from a recipe created by baker Paolo Velez), and other desserts at Daughter on Saturday, August 28th from 12-5pm. All of the proceeds benefit the non-profit organization, Zanmi Lasante, who is collecting funds to provide emergency relief aid in Haiti after the country’s recent earthquake. Check out the menu on Pelah’s Instagram page here.
Vietnamese pop-up project, Ha’s Đặc Biệt, starts a month-long residency at KIT in Prospect Heights (a mixed-use restaurant space we added to our Hit List this week). From now until September 18th, stop by Thursday through Sunday nights from 5pm-9pm for dishes like steamers in lemongrass-shallot butter, wine from Black Cat Wines, and other goodies at KIT.
Great Jones Distilling Co.
This week, Manhattan got its first whiskey distillery in over a century. (No, the friend who made moonshine in their one-bedroom apartment during quarantine doesn’t count.) You can check out the space for a tour, cocktail pairings, or special mixology classes - just make sure to book ahead of time through their website. Great Jones makes both bourbon and rye whiskey, both of which are for sale by the bottle at the new distillery in Noho.
El Manjar Dominicano
There’s a new Dominican restaurant that just opened in Greenpoint, and it serves the dishes that the owner, Jose Tineo, always wanted to see in restaurants while growing up in the same neighborhood. Check out El Manjar Dominicano’s wide range of Dominican breakfast platters, lunch specials, and dinner options (like pollo guisado and filete de pescado frito) from 7:30am-8:30pm every day.
This Friday, August 27th, our favorite (and only) NYC rooftop vineyard is collaborating with The Migrant Kitchen and vertical-farming company, AeroFarms, on a special Latin-Middle Eastern dinner. Expect wine pairings, AeroFarm greens in every dish, and grapevines growing next to your table. For every $12 spent on food, The Migrant Kitchen will donate a meal to someone in Brooklyn who needs it. Get your tickets here and keep an eye on their schedule for more dinner pop-ups, outdoor movie nights, and more.
Prospect Park Bandshell
Celebrate Brooklyn is in full swing this week with free shows featuring Korean-American pop star YAEJI on Friday, August 27th, a chamber pop collective and string quartet on Saturday, August 28th, and the Elsie Broadway benefit concert with Darren Criss. Check out the schedule and RSVP here.