It’s a hot, sticky time, so the outside world has to be pretty exciting for us to leave our ACs. But if you hadn’t noticed, we find good food to be pretty exciting. This week, buy one of those little fan necklaces and venture out to eat some ceviche, Peruvian-fusion food, skirt steak, and special pitas at these events.
Peruvian Independence Day is on Thursday, July 28th, and NYC’s top Peruvian chefs are putting together a prix-fixe feast at POPULAR in the Public Hotel. Chefs from Llama San, Mission Ceviche, and Contento will be joining POPULAR’s kitchen to bring you ceviche, cocktails, and more with live Latin music in the building. Make your reservations here.
If you’d like to keep the Peruvian celebrations going, head over to Elsewhere for the launch of their summer pop-up food truck on Friday. For the rest of the summer, you can refuel on Peruvian-fusion tacos and bao at weekend shows. This weekend’s live shows include TSHA, Miami Horror, and Absolute. Check out the full menu, hours, and calendar on their website.
You might have heard of TikTok-famous Manhattan restaurant Skirt Steak, where you wait in line for two hours to eat the only item on the menu (skirt steak). If you’re not interested in waiting for a slab of meat like it’s a new lawnmower on Black Friday, head to Corona for the launch of—unrelated—Simply Skirt Steak, an Argentinian steakhouse pop-up where you can get a similar meal in a parking lot transformed into a big greenspace. Get steak, cheese bread, caesar salad, french fries, and great cocktails in a shady lounge with games and live music. Make reservations here.
If you’ve been on Cardi B purse-watch for the last few years, you might have noticed a big red clutch by Ghananian brand Kua Designs under her arm. This Saturday, Kua designer Ruby Buah is bringing a limited collection to the African Chophouse at Terenga in The Africa Center. Come check out her beaded accessories and clothing, in addition to a special jewelry collection created to support Kua Cares, an initiative that trains and employs visually impaired women in jewelry-making. More info here.
Sami & Susu
Every Tuesday from 5pm till late, LES restaurant and wine bar Sami & Susu throws a pita party where you can choose from five rotating pitas and special small plates. Past pita varieties have included everything from Nashville hot fish to chopped cheese and McRib. Find weekly menus and more info on their Instagram.