This Weekend’s New York Essentials: Hoppy Fall


This weekend marks the transition from summer to fall. What better way to celebrate it than with a beer garden block party? New York’s craft brewing scene is in the midst of a major renaissance. Taste for yourself, as 19 New York City Brewers Guild members bring their suds to Blocktoberfest in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn for a brew blowout on Saturday, September 20. Tour through the boroughs with representative glasses from Bronx Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, and the Harlem Brewing Co., or sip from stalwarts KelSo Beer Company and Eataly Birreria. Beer is only the beginning of this bash, as there will also be artisanal food trucks, BBQ from Jimmy’s No. 43, DJs, and live music.

Pork and Prosecco

It’s hard for a restaurant to survive a year in New York, let alone 20. Help Il Buco highlight a major anniversary at a “Sagra del Maiale” (festival of the pig) outside its Noho flagship on Sunday, September 21. The cobblestones of Bond Street will host the whole-pig roast, complete with house-made apple-pork sausages, pasta Genovese, and ricotta fritters. Glasses of Prosecco will also be available, should you want to raise a birthday toast.

Faire Play

MAKE magazine’s 5th Annual World Maker Faire New York takes place this weekend, bringing together inventive types from techies to crafters to artists. The event is family friendly, with attractions like The Strati, a car made with a 3D printer, and kid magnets like a “Game of Drones” aerial combat competition and a life-size mousetrap. The fair takes at the New York Hall of Science in Queens on Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21.

Now Open

New gastropub The Upsider is the latest addition to Midtown East, putting a little downtown edge to uptown refinement. A raw bar brings fresh ceviches, crudos, and tartares, perfect for date-night sharing. Attention to detail rules the night here: everything from the music to the chandeliers to the staff uniforms is custom-designed. It’s so new it doesn’t even have a website, but it does have an address (1004 Second Ave. at 53rd Street) and a phone (646-726-4760). What more do you need?

Down in Tribeca, creative New American shines at chef Floyd Cardoz’s White Street. Hamachi tartare gets paired with homemade cider and hearts of palm, while fresh horseradish spices up braised short ribs. The space takes a modern approach to classic New York, accented with crystal, leather, and brass, and a state-of-the-art wine vault.

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