GET THE PARTY STARTED
Raise Your Glass: The Manhattan Cocktail Classic is Back!

Part festival, part fête, part conference, and part 5-day cocktail party the 4th Annual Manhattan Cocktail Classic is a “celebration of the myriad points of intersection between cocktails and culture.” Tickets for one of the most sought out events in the city go on sale this afternoon at noon. The multi-day celebration of cocktails and culture is held throughout the city at the most renowned watering holes, across three boroughs. From May 17-21, cocktail and spirit enthusiasts will revel at dozens of events including boozy brunches, spirited soirees, bar crawls, bus tours, punch parties, and a three-day trade conference for industry professionals.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Happy National Lobster Day!

National Lobster Day is here and summer is the perfect time to score the freshest shells. Check out these NYC restaurants and what delicious lobster dishes they will be serving, as well as a couple of recipes for Do-It-Yourself-ers!

Carmine's: Lobster Fra Diavolo

Vai: three-course National Lobster Day menu featuring dishes such as sauteed lobster fricasse

DAILY BITES
Eat Cheap(er) at Le Bernardin

If today's unseasonably warm weather is making you want to head outside for an extended lunch break, consider dining in serious style by heading over to Le Bernardin. Eric Ripert's famed French restaurant is now offering a $45, three-course lunch and donating five dollars from each meal to City Harvest. The menu will rotate weekly but rumor has it that hamachi tartare with cucumber, spring onion and citrus vinaigrette will be featured, as will poached skate with brown butter. Certain Bernardin classics will also make the menu rounds. [Grub Street]

HAPPENINGS
City Harvest Feeds the Non-Needy to Feed the Needy

City Harvest, a non-profit that raises money to feed NYC's hungry folk, held its 17th Annual Bid Against Hunger benefit last Tuesday, October 18th. The event took place at the spacious Metropolitan Pavilion, but it was packed to the brim with Manhattan socialites who've got dough to spend. This year, the event raised over $1 mill (you go CH!)! Featuring a live and silent auction, this event had some of the best items to bid on. In the exciting live auction, some renowned prizes included a one of a kind American Chopper built by Orange County Choppers (sold for $20,000), an intimate wine class and party for 15 with wine director Aldo Sohn and Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin, which sold for $40,000. I think we can all agree...that dinner party better be good! Silent auction items included a range of goodies, including Mets tickets, chocolate baskets, dinners with Brooklynite chefs, and much more. But if you think that's all this event featured, then you are quite mistaken.

RESTAURANT 101
Le Bernardin Has Reopened

Eric Ripert and Maguy LeCoze reopened Le Bernadin on September 9th with a striking new design. Chef Ripert still centers his menu on inventive fish-centered dishes on his new Lounge menu such as gravlax and lobster cappuccino (yum). Enjoy your dinner in relaxation mode as Brooklyn artist Ran Ortner's art piece, Deep Water, takes center stage as the dining room's only piece of art. Enjoy the new Le Bernardin lounge, which will play host to the venue's signature cocktails. The only remaining fixture is the iconic wooden ceiling. Try out their delicious dinner Monday-Saturday and their lunch Monday-Friday. Bon apetite!

ELEVEN MADISON PARK
Traif: The Place To Pig Out

Traif
229 S 4th Street (btwn Roebling & Havemeyer)
Williamsburg
|Brooklyn, NY 11211
347-844-9578
http://traifny.com


Here's a quick lesson about Judaism: Traif is the Hebrew term for non-kosher. That's about all you need to know for this blog's purpose.

Traif, the restaurant, is ironically located in an area known for having a large Jewish population. Further ironic is the Jewish chef, Jason Marcus (formerly of Le Bernardin and Eleven Madison Park) who is at the helm of this restaurant. Marcus's vision for Traif is...traif. We're talking pork and shellfish, in abundance. The chef is not afraid to admit he loves the exact foods he not supposed to eat, but that isn't stopping him.