10 New York Restaurants to Check Out During NYCWFF

They say it would take approximately 23 years to eat at every New York City restaurant. From Oct. 12-15, the New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) offers people the chance to do the eater’s digest version—guilt-free. The four-day event brings together world-renowned chefs and beverage producers for tastings, parties and classes that will leave foodie’s satisfied until Thanksgiving dinner. All of the net proceeds will benefit the Food Bank for New York City and the No Kid Hungry Campaign. Since calories don’t count when you’re giving back, be sure to pop into these New York restaurants during the festival. Can’t wait? Get a first taste this weekend.

Landmarc Restaurant, Manhattan


This casual upscale bi-level restaurant is a happy hour destination with toast-worthy food. The hopping downstairs features a horseshoe bar that’s known to fill up shortly after the workday witching hour and the quieter upstairs is prime real estate for indulging in thick, buttery spaghetti alla Bolognese. On Thursday, Oct. 12, Landmarc’s Marc Murphy will host Smorgasburg, Brooklyn’s popular open-air market, presented by Thrillist and hosted by cast of Chopped. Click for tickets 

Casa Publica, Brooklyn


Clay tiled floors and a corn mural transport guests from industrialized to a south-of-the-border hideaway at this hip eatery. Inside, the vibe is hip but casual and Taco Tuesday is every day. The restaurant will be proving that during NYCFWW—it will be home to Tacos & Tequila presented by Tequila Cazadores on a Thursday (Oct. 12). Celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez will suit up as host and guests will be able to sample tacos and creative cocktails as dance-worthy tunes play in the background. Click for tickets 

Butter & Scotch, Brooklyn


Just the name of this bar/bakery hybrid, which started as a Smorgasburg stand, oozes Brooklyn cool. The space seamlessly blends retro cool with nightlife hotspot with checkered napkins, dimly-lit geometric hanging lights, marquee signs and 90s music the Millennial crowd loves. At the counter, guests can order a slice of chocolate cake with their Old-Fashioned, a heavenly concept. Or scream for ice cream with friends of all ages at Family Ice Cream Fun-dae hosted by Mario Batali and Ayesha Curry. Click for tickets 

Petee’s Pie Company, Manhattan


A sweet tooth’s haven, Petee’s Pie Company serves up everything from sweet potato to apple pie in a bright, white-walled space. On Friday, Oct. 13, lucky guests at the Pie vs. Cake party hosted by Duff Goldman will be asked some seriously tough questions: apple pie vs. carrot cake? Chocolate caramel layer cake vs. chess pie? Start studying. Click for tickets 

Quality Italian, Manhattan


Quality Italian lives up to its name with show-stopping affair like chicken parm pizza and steak so good, guests are tempted to order seconds—bank accounts be damned (it’s pricy). On Saturday, Oct. 14, Executive Chef of Quality Italian, Nick Gaube will be on-site of Alfa Romeo presents Italian Harvest Party sponsored by illy caffe and Barilla. Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis and her daughter Jade will play hostesses to an afternoon of Italian bounty including pizza, pasta and cheese. Click for tickets 

Wisefish Poke, Manhattan


Instagram foodie sensation poke (pronounced ooh-kay), a sushi bowl marinated in a customizable blend of sauces, has made its way from the SoCal shores to the New York Harbors. Wisefish Poke, an industrial-meets-rustic red-and-white brick interior space with counter service, opened last year and has been drawing trendy foodies ever since. On Saturday, Oct. 14, it’ll draw BD Wong (Law and Order: SVU) for an evening of spirited bites and cocktail pairings. Word to the wise: Take an afternoon nap. The LUCKYRICE EPIC-urean Asian Feast starts at 9pm. Click for tickets 

Pig Beach, Manhattan


Chill vibes, an outdoor bar and pit-smoked BBQ make Pig Beach a summertime destination. Swap the outdoor bar for a wooden-interior indoor eatery and you’ve got yourself a reason to keep eating BBQ when the mercury drops (on the off-chance you needed one). But on Sunday, Oct. 15, the spot is inviting people to have one last outdoor BBQ bash at the Coca-Cola Backyard BBQ presented by National Beef and hosted by Andrew Zimmern and Pat LaFrieda. There will be grilled bites, decadent desserts, cocktails for the adults and lawn games for kids of all ages. Click for tickets 

Morimoto, Manhattan

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This Japanese restaurant boasts an elegant interior with futuristic accents, like a water bottle wall and a subterranean cocktail lounge. There’s also a sake sommelier and a Kentucky Fried blowish. On Saturday, Oct. 14, Masaharu Morimoto is bringing their Kitchen Stadium to life as a host of Rooftop Iron Chef Showdown: Battle Autumn Bounty hosted by Alton Brown. The event will recreate the iconic show as chefs go head-to-head with their best dishes for cash prizes. Click for tickets  

Sunday in Brooklyn


This industrial style eatery serves up everything from breakfast sandwiches to pizza in its sun-drenched three-story building. Female foodies will want to mark their calendars for Friday, Oct. 13 when Sunday in Brooklyn hosts Ladies’ Night: Craft Cocktails and Big Bites. Food Network star Anne Burrell and the women of cocktail competition Speed Rack to toast to the fiercest cocktails made by women. Click for tickets 

Black Seed Bagels


Black Seed Bagels are hand-rolled and boiled in honey water for a unique touch of added sweetness. On Saturday, Oct. 14, the breakfast treat is turning into a midnight snack at Late Night Sandwich Eggs-travaganza hosted by Alvin Cailan of Eggslut. Party into the wee hours of the morning with brunch fare and cocktails because honestly, why wait until noon when you can have it at 11pm? Click for tickets