Weekend Picks: Eat Up Buttercups!
A Huge Food Festival, a Mini Epicurean Street Fair & a Filipino Gastropub

This weekend, it’s all about eating across Manhattan. Not that all weekend’s aren’t but these next few days serve up the kick-off of New York Food and Wine, the last weekend of Madison Square Eats and  the grand-opening of Jeepney Filipino Gastropub. Here’s the delish round-up.

New York City Food & Wine Festival

Tomorrow night, kicks off the fifth annual New York Food and Wine Festival. This foodie fest is all about eating and drinking for a fantastic cause, as a part of all event proceeds go toward initiatives to end hunger. Filling your belly with fine food and drink has never been so fun or forthgiving. Choose from a slew of epicurean-focused events, seminars and festivities from The Slanted Door Dinner hosted by Charles Phan to a Paula Deen Brunch. Juniper fans will delight in the Gin Revolution! seminar at The Vault at Pfaff’s while beer lovers can chug their lunch at the Beer Glass Tasting with Spiegelau & Captain Lawrence. Most of the Food Network star hosted events are sadly sold-out,  but you can still get your starry fix at the Times Talks seminar with Bobby Flay & Giada De Laurentis. Happy wining & dining!

For more information visit: nycwineandfoodfestival.com/events

Madison Square Eats

It’s the final weekend of the park side foodie fair. If you haven’t been yet, the weekend forecast is looking sweet for a Madison Square park eating retreat. Madison Square Eats brings the best food from the city to the streets from 11-9 p.m. daily until Friday, October 19th. Sample bites by Roberta’s Pizza, Asiadog, Momofuku Milk Bar, ilili, Sigmund’s, Bar Suzette, Calexico, Nunu Chocolates and more. The open-air market is perfectly perched on the west side of the park between fifth avenue and Broadway between 24th and 25th streets. Get grazing!

For more information visit www.urbanspacenyc.com/mad-sq-eats/

Jeepney Makes Its East Village Debut

There’s no doubt that Maharlika put Filipino-moderno cuisine on NY’s culinary map, so it’s no surprise that they're expanding their empire in the making with the debut of a new concept style resto, Jeepney. Opening today, the Filipino Gastropub will feature a no-fuss, grub-style menu, serving up items like chicken-fat wings, king prawns with pork fluff and a longaa burger made with skinless sausage all to be washed down with a variety of on-tap brews and beer cocktails too. Maharlika fans and adventurous foodies alike are in for a treat. Mabuhay!

Jeepney is located on 201 First Ave at 12th St. 212.533.4121