New York

Here's Our Ultimate Guide to the 2022 New York City Wine & Food Festival

The festival will take place from October 13 through October 16.

Photo courtesy of NYCWFF
Photo courtesy of NYCWFF
Photo courtesy of NYCWFF

New York City is getting ready to eat and drink for a good cause. The beloved New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) is coming back to the Big Apple to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

From October 13 through October 16, the festival will take over several locations across NYC. In its mission to “Eat. Drink. Feed NYC.,” the festival will also be raising awareness for the host non-profit, God’s Love We Deliver, which focuses on providing nutrition counseling and medically tailored meals for those who struggle with severe illnesses.

From tastings and intimate dinners to full-blown pier parties, brunches, and other activities, NYCWFF will have events and activities for everyone. On October 13, highlights include the Blue Moon Burger Bash, where participating guests will be able to taste over 20 burgers and vote for the best one. There will also be celebrity judges, including NYC TikTok star @meals_by_cug and Super Bowl Champion and former New York Jet Willie Colon, among others. Those looking for a more elevated dining experience featuring acclaimed chefs will be able to sign up for the Intimate Dinner Series. On October 13, for example, guests will get the chance to enjoy a dinner with Cliff Crooks, Sohla El-Waylly, and Oscar Gonzales at NYY Steak at Hard Rock Hotel New York.

On October 14, there will be even more intimate dinners available. Dani García and Mikel Goikolea will transport guests to Spain with their authentic dishes, while Michelin-starred chefs Michael White and Wilfrid Hocquet are set to host a delicious dinner at The Lambs Club. Chef Hooni Kim of NYC’s acclaimed Danji and Carlton McCoy, CEO & president of Heitz Cellar and host of CNN’s Nomad, will unite for a fantastic dinner pairing the Korean cuisine with some of the Napa Valley’s best wines. Those looking to get loose and party will be delighted to learn about the “Disco and Drinks: A Night of Classic Cocktails” event, which will bring guests into a cocktail party featuring 25 of today’s top spirits brands for a night of fun and music at Center415.

Saturday will be a full day of events as well. The Farmer’s Market Brunch will welcome guests into the Standard High Line for quintessential brunch cocktails and seasonal dishes, and it will be hosted by Food Network personality Geoffrey Zakarian. The festival’s main event also begins Saturday at Hudson River Park’s Pier 76. The Grand Tasting, featuring a slew of culinary demonstrations, will turn 135,000 square feet into a culinary playground filled with food samples as well as wine, spirit, and beer tastings. Celebrity chefs and lifestyle personalities will take on the stage and will be available for book signings and photo ops, too. If you can’t make it to the Grand Tasting on Saturday, there’s no need to worry-the event will come back Sunday as well.

In terms of Intimate Dinner Series, Saturday will feature a vegan dinner with Lauren Von Der Pool and J.J. Johnson at God’s Love We Deliver, but the event is already sold out. Luckily, there will also be a dinner hosted by chefs Stephanie Izard and Madeline Sperling, where guests will be treated to a global meal focused on the wood fired hearth at Zou Zou’s.

Cocktail connoisseurs and fans will be treated to an entertaining show. On Saturday night, the “Battle of the Boroughs” will take place, and top bartenders from all five boroughs will duel in a cocktail-making battle.

Sunday will be a day to remember as well. For starters, it will mark the second day of the Grand Tasting event, and guests will get the chance to sample a wide variety of foods and beverages. Additionally, BBQ fans will get the chance to participate in the family-friendly “Backyard BBQ” presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats and hosted by Dario Cecchini and Andrew Zimmern, where the city’s best BBQ joints will come together to serve the best meats on Pier 86.

Rosé fans will have the chance to participate in a night to remember as well. On Sunday night, the “Rooftop Rosé” event will welcome guests at the newly opened RT60 Rooftop Bar & Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel for a night of wine, skyline views, and tasty bites. To make the event even more fun, Jenny Mollen, actor and New York Times bestselling author, will be hosting the soirée.

NYCWFF will be packed with additional events too. For a complete list of what’s going on in the next few days, you can take a look at the festival’s schedule and purchase tickets for your favorite activities.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.

Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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