Off the Eaten Path

Off the Eaten Path With Jess: November & December Edition

The best food events in New York City during the end of fall from our expert foodie, Jess Bender.

There’s so much more to NYC’s food scene than turkey and pie these last two months of the year (though pie season here is like no other). And What Should We Do?!’s resident food expert, Jess Bender, knows exactly where to get great under-the-radar food in the city. So she’s rounded up the six events she’s most looking forward to—from eating the best artisanal cheeses and latkes to a whiskey festival in Greenwich Village.

The Rise and Fall of the American Republic, December 4, 11, and 18
A depressing in-depth look into the highs and lows of our country’s democracy is going to need a few rounds of beer. Strong Rope, an under-the-radar brewery in Gowanus, is hosting a seminar on the topic for three consecutive Monday nights, courtesy of local lecture series Think Olio. A few rounds of the Scottish brew, appropriately titled Eek, will get you through the rise and fall of American politics. Strong Rope Brewery, 574 President Street, Gowanus

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Gather ’round, everyone! / A photo from “Art vs. Activism” Olio. Photo by Christiana Lopez

Desserts of Nepal and Lebanon With the League of Kitchens, December 6
Care to impress your mates during the holidays this year? Learn how to make globe-spanning sweets with the League of Kitchens. The league’s immersive culinary workshops usually bring you inside the homes of immigrant chefs to learn a little bit about their culture (and perhaps yourself), but this special demo will be held at NYC’s only museum dedicated to food. The menu is still under wraps, but anticipate hints of dates, orange blossom, rosewater, and pistachios. Museum of Food and Drink, 62 Bayard Street, Williamsburg


Analogue Whiskey Festival, December 9
After a long weekend drinking my way through Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail last month, you’d think I’d be sick of dark spirits for a long while. And yet! This retro Greenwich Village joint is hosting its third annual fest dedicated to all things whiskey, with more than 15 distilleries partaking. I didn’t think I’d be craving a throwback so early, but you bet I’ll be flashbacking with all of the sips readily available here. 19 West 8th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), Greenwich Village

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Whiskey, anyone?

The 9th Annual Latke Festival, December 18
Latkes are flawless enough on their own—grated potato, always flavored with pungent garlic and onions, pan-fried, accompanied with sour cream—so a night filled with the retro standbys and interpretations catered for the 21st century sounds especially mouthwatering. Some of the city’s best eateries compete to create winning iterations of the starchy snack at the stunning Brooklyn Museum. Previous participants include the Dixie fave Jacob’s Pickles, hops-y Jimmy’s No. 43, and quintessential Brooklyn classic Shelsky’s. Your nibbling goes to a good cause, as well; proceeds will directly benefit the Sylvia Center, a nonprofit battling childhood obesity on the daily. Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Crown Heights

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Just a few chums making some killer latkes

Amélie + Mulled Wine, December 23
If you’re sticking around town on the eve before Christmas Eve (aka me), consider sipping mulled wine with a bunch of other holiday orphans, atheists, and Festivus rejoicers inside Videology. The très French flick Amélie will be playing, but the atmosphere might be too buzzing to pay any mind to it. Videology Bar & Cinema, 308 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg

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Trés chic films and mulled wine go hand in hand

Eat around the boroughs with Jess Bender this month. Get in touch, and we can make it happen.