The 10 Best Food+Drink Events in New York City this February

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We’ve combed through every event happening in the 5 boroughs in February (at least we tried), and these were the 10 that stuck out to us. If you have any more you’d recommend, just leave them in the comments section, and we may edit the list to include it. Hope this list helps make your month more enjoyable. Just remember to pace yourself, and leave room for dessert.

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2015 City Bakery Annual Hot Chocolate Festival

February 1st to February 28th – The City Bakery, 3 West 18th Street

Props to The City Bakery for branding. Their website promotes this event like it’s a serious festival. Unfortunately for festival-lovers, not quite. Nonetheless, if you are a hot chocolate lover The City Bakery has just made February your favorite month of the year. Every day this month City Bakery has a new awesome flavor, starting out with Super Bowl Hot Chocolate. Some of our most anticipated flavors include Beer Hot Chocolate (Porter) on the 6th, Ode to the Polar Bear on the 9th, Chili Pepper Hot Chocolate on the 10th, On A Peanut Butter Barge on the 22nd. Website.

The 6th Annual NYC Winter Wine Festival

Saturday February 7th – Best Buy Theater, Times Square

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our own event! Back for its 6th year in the heart of Times Square, the NYC Winter Wine Festival has been called one of the “17 Things You Have to Do This Winter in New York City.” And for good reason: 3 hours of tasting over 250 world class wines hand picked by iconic Vintry Fine Wines, a selection of gourmet hors d’oeuvres, antipasto, pasta, cheeses, and breads, and a contemporary jazz performance by Grammy nominated band Special EFX. The brilliant minds behind wine website VinePair will make an appearance to teach attendees the finer points of enjoying a bottle of red. Website.

2015 Kosher Food & Wine Experience

Monday February 9th – New York City Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street

New York’s premier kosher food and wine event comes to to New York City. In it’s 9th year, it’s become an attraction for serious wine lovers and foodies across the globe (or so the organizers claim). You’ll get a chance at sampling more than 300 wines and spirits, including many new wines. And if you are here for the food, they’ve got that too: top caterers and restaurants will offer tastings from their menus of gourmet speciality foods, including BBQ, sushi and Asian/fusion, creative desserts, coffees, and teas. Website.


Aphrodisiacs: Food & Sex

Wednesday February 11th – 92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave.

At the risk of offending our more conservative readers, we had to include this seductively appetizing event from the amazing event organizers at the 92nd Street Y. The organizers postulate that “Oysters, champage, chocolate, truffles and more…have been intimately tied (with sex) for centuries.” In fact, ground beetles, avocados and even frog saliva were believed to unleash passion at one point. Taught by Francine Segan, whose books include Shakespeare’s Kitchen and Dolci: Italy’s Sweets. In this class ticket buyers will get to to explore the culture and history of aphrodisiacs from around the world. Then you’ll get to savor a delectable sample of a classic aphrodisiac. Website.

Bacon & Bourbon 2015

Saturday February 14th – Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.)

In its 7th year, Astor Center’s Bacon & Bourbon was a shoo-in to make this list. This event honors “two great Amerian pleasures,” by letting attendees sample over 40 bourbons, ryes, and other American whiskies, all paired with smoky, porky fare. Sample an array of bacons and other domestic pork treats such as a custom bacon and bourbon ice crem sandwich by Melt Bakery and three specialty cocktails crafted by Astor’s guest bartenders. They’re also offering VIP sessions featuring special seminars and tastings. We should just remove this event from the list to save more food for ourselves. Website.

NYC Restaurant Week

February 16th to March 6th (Saturdays excluded, Sundays optional) – Over 300 NYC restaurants

Well, duh. NYC Restaurant Week (it should be called NYC Restaurant 3 Weeks) is invitation-only for restaurants that want to participate – so not only are you getting discounted meals, you’re getting them at establishments that have to meet a certain benchmark; we hope City Hall puts a certain level of effort into determining that benchmark. Restaurant Week meals include 3 courses – $25 for lunch and $38 for dinner. In Manhattan especially, $38 for a 3-course meal is an absolute steal. Website.


New York City Beer Week

February 20th to March 1st – More than 300 Beer Destinations in All 5 Boroughs

We ain’t just talkin’ about wine at Beer is one of our focal points, especially craft beer, and New York City Beer Week is a big part of the city’s craft beer scene. Their motto is “Celebrate An Entire City of Craft Beer.” Beer week brings together 20 of NYC’s premier Guild craft breweries, standout nationally and internationally renowned breweries, over 300 NYC beer destinations, celebrity chefs, and acclaimed restaurants. New attractions include a craft brewery competition, a rare beer event, and opening bash on the 21st. Website.

Whisky Live New York 2015

Wednesday February 25th – Pier 60 Chelsea Piers, 23rd St. and 12th Ave.

Where the’s wine there’s whisky, right? Whisky Live is the international celebration of whisky, bringing all the whiskies of the world together under one roof. This event prides itself on bringing together the finest whiskies, great food and a range of education and entertainment to make learning about whisky both fun and stimulating. Besides getting a full whiskey sampling, attendees get a souvenir Glencairn tasting glass and access, a full dinner buffet, and entertainment. Just make sure to be responsible in your tasting, as over 300 different scotches, bourbons, and whiskies will be in attendance. Website.

Edible Manhattan’s Good Spirits

Thursday February 26th – The Altman Building, 135 West 18th St.

Edible Manhattan doesn’t offer much in the way of an event description on its website, but we are going to assume this event will rule. Edible puts together a great food publication, and they are know for their get-together’s. The tagline for their Good Spirits event is “Edible’s Can’t Miss Cocktail & Food Pairing Event.” Not only does that sound cool, but their lineup of vendors is even better: Almond, Anfora, Bo’s Kitchen & Bar Room, Maine Dayboat Scallops, Prohbition Bakery, The Penrose, Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto, Whole Foods, Samuel Adams, Angry Orchard Hard Cider, Hecho en Dumbo, and about 13 others. Website.

If you’re going to pick 1 food+drink event to attend this month in NYC, we recommend The NYC Winter Wine Festival. Not just because it features over 250 wines selected by Vintry Fine Wines; because it’s wine, food, & jazz and in the heart of Manhattan – and what could be better than that?

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