It’s fall and everyone with a car and a fervent interest in gourds is headed to the closest pumpkin patch. If you’re staying in the city, read our roundup of new restaurants, pop-ups, and special events happening this week - including a block party for a good cause, oysters and japchae, a hot tub on a boat (!?), and more.
Sobre Masa Tortilleria
Williamsburg heirloom corn emporium, Sobre Masa, opened a tortilleria in Bushwick this week by the Morgan Avenue L train station. On top of serving a slew of tacos and cocktails, the space will also function as a tortilla factory, a grocery store with Mexican specialty items, and a cafe in the morning focusing on Oaxacan coffee and pastries. A fun fact: we smelled corn while writing this caption.
On Sunday, October 24th, Lower East Side Roman restaurant, Forsythia, is throwing a block party to raise funds for God’s Love We Deliver (a non-profit providing meals for New Yorkers). In addition to Forsythia’s pastries and cacio e pepe suppli, Dame will be there serving cups of smoked whitefish chowder, Evil Katsu has chicken katsu nuggets on deck, and Smashed is making their signature burgers and fries. Plus, you can expect mini ice cream pints from Caffe Panna, and drinks courtesy of Dante and Bonnie Vee. Everything is priced individually, so all you have to do is show up with enthusiasm and money. The party goes from noon to 5pm.
A Hot Tub Boat Around The Hudson
After a couple weeks of cosplaying as summer, the weather has finally caught up with the calendar date. Does that mean you and some friends should reserve a BYOB hot tub cruise on the Hudson river this weekend? That’s simply up to you.
The city’s premiere LGBTQ+ film festival, Newfest, is happening this week. You can check out their screening schedule of documentaries, feature films, and comedic web series shorts playing at places like SVA theater and BAM. And if you can’t make it to an in-person screening, you can always buy a pass that lets you stream some of the films.
Gomi Korean Wine Bar
Gomi, a cool Korean wine and soju bar on Avenue A, is back to hosting their regularly scheduled oyster parties this Wednesday, October 20th. Here’s how it works: show up after 5pm, shuck your own $1.25 oysters, keep count of how many you’ve eaten, and pay on an honor system. If you don’t have an oyster shucking glove, you can BYO-rubber gardening gloves or buy a pair for $1. They’ll also be offering a full menu of japchae, chicken wings, some Brazilian snacks, and drinks - none of which require shucking.
BK Fresh Grocer
Are we ever going to stop writing about pizza? Definitely not. So let’s keep the party going: Three Diamond Door in Bushwick is hosting a vegan pizza pop-up on Sunday, October 24th from 2-8:30pm, with pies courtesy of BK Fresh Grocer. And if you’re looking for more vegan pizza in NYC, you’ll be pleased to know we have a guide.
The Culture Lab
Dear reader, we’re not casually dating. But if we were, we’d be inclined to take you to a free outdoor concert on the Long Island City waterfront this Thursday night at The Culture Lab. The show starts at 7pm, and you can expect some guitar action from Alejandro Meola, a singer-songwriter who was born in Miami and grew up in Argentina. You’ve also got the option to drink beer from Rockaway Brewing Co. and eat some snacks served by a couple of food trucks.