It’s Beer Week in NYC, which means the city’s breweries are creating tons of excuses for you to have impromptu beer tastings under the guise of heavy metal nights, comedy shows, and seemingly innocent pastry popups. If that’s not your scene, Mifune and Film Forum have basically planned your next dinner-and-a-movie date for you, and you can also make a reservation at one of the many restaurants that seem to be obsessed with live-fire cooking right now.
If you date in this city, chances are you’ve run into a film buff or two who wants nothing more than to share a Buncha Crunch and some light pillow-talk on minimalist cinematography. This month, you have the perfect opportunity to lock down whatever Tisch graduate you’re lusting after with Film Forum and Mifune’s Dinner and a Movie deal. Until March 31st, you can catch rare 35mm prints of Toshiro Mifune movies at Film Forum before heading uptown to the restaurant named after that famous Japanese actor for a $25 dinner discount with your ticket stub. Mifune serves French-infused Neo-Washoku cuisine, offering 8-course omakase tasting menus.
Breweries are putting in extra work luring us in to try their craft brews this week. Stop by Ridgewood restaurant Craft Culture on Saturday for a $40 beer and pastry pairing. You’ll get a flight of five beers from each borough paired with five exclusive beer-infused pastries from Sweetly Brooklyn. Sweetly Brooklyn took the assignment very seriously—you can look forward to Bear-Y Blackberry Sour Lager Shortbread Bars and Love & S'mores Void of Light Imperial Stout Beeramisu. Check out Craft Culture’s Instagram for more Beer Week events.
Starting March 8th, chef Madeline Sperling will be hosting a monthly Fireside Chefs Series, inviting guest chefs to cook alongside her over the huge live fire in the open kitchen. The series kicks off next Tuesday with a playdate between Zou Zou's and Don Angie, bringing red sauce Italian to a restaurant known for beef manti and fire-roasted lamb. If you can't make it this time, check back next month. She has an impressive list of friends, with plans to work with chefs from Kimika, Dhamaka, Semma, and Edith's.
If you head out for a night of beer and heavy metal, you might assume that you'll be shotgunning Tecates before jumping into a mosh pit. But come to Bierwax on Thursday night, and you can engage in a little head-banging but still go home with your body intact. You'll get a full night of heavy metal records (and probably no mosh pit), with great speakers and better beer. From 6pm to midnight you can get specialty beers from Alewife, KCBC, Fifth Frame and more.
It feels like restaurants are obsessed with live-fire cooking lately, which means you can get BBQ in places where you could also wear a third-date black dress. Sweetbriar is an upscale spot serving smoked ribs and chicken, and, while it looks like somewhere you'd get business drunk during the day, it has more of a jazz-club feel at night. Now, they have live music in the front lounge from their in-house band on Saturdays from 9pm-11pm with a special Casamigos cocktail menu. Make a reservation here.