This Weekend in NYC: Almanac Restaurant, Devoción Cafe & Punch


Seasonal cooking may be all the rage, but Chef Galen Zamarra of Mas (farmhouse) takes it one step further with Almanac, opening in the Village this week. The chef breaks the year down into much more than four parts: micro-seasons provide inspiration for tasting menus as mutable as the phases of the moon. Unexpected ingredients grab the spotlight, like the chef’s own foraged pine shoots, which appear as a pine aioli and a smoked pine vinegar, reunited with shaved matsutake mushrooms plucked from the forest floor. Almanac lends itself to a romantic night out, with rustic stone and candle glow providing plenty of atmosphere. A glassed-in wine duplex ensures the night is well-paired, and helps you get into the spirit of the seasons.

Feel Punchy

There’s plenty of entertaining inspiration to be drunk in at the 5th Annual Holiday Spirits Bazaar, this Saturday, November 22. The Invisible Dog Art Center in Boerum Hill does the hosting, with a Sparkling Spirited Parlor and a Winter Whiskey Tavern standing by to whet your whistle. NYC’s best barkeeps will be in the house, serving bottomless glasses of punch as they vie for Best Bowl.

Quick Flicks

Don’t let a short attention span rob you of the pleasures of film. Nitehawk Cinema‘s annual Shorts Festival is on right now, showcasing documentary, narrative, and animated films that all top out at 20 minutes max. The festival runs through the weekend, with brunch showings and a special midnight Friday show of “after dark” programming—just the thing for nighthawks.

Java Jolt

On Saturday, November 22 at 7am, Devoción coffee officially opens its first U.S. botica de café on Grand Street in Williamsburg. Offering “the world’s freshest coffee” (they’ve got the beans to back up that statement) this combination roaster and cafe seems destined to become the high-end coffee spot in Brooklyn. The space itself is an eye-opener, with a massive skylight illuminating a wall of plants from the owners’ native Colombia. Yes, coffee plants too.

Morbid Curiosities

For an offbeat end to the weekend, hit up The Morbid Anatomy Museum in Gowanus for their End-of-Exhibition Open House on Sunday, November 23. Hendrick’s Gin is hosting the after-party, but before that you’ll have a chance to learn more about the the Triangle Fire morgue, the anatomy of roadkill, and the forged dragons of rogue taxidermists of yore.

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