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The East Side's Healthiest Brunch


The East Pole


Prices vary


133 East 65th St @ Lexington Ave


Saturday 11:30 AM ? 3PM, Sunday 10:30AM ? 3PM


www.theeastpolenyc.com


The East Pole offers a beautiful, healthy brunch menu at their restaurant on East 65th Street. You can enjoy fresh cocktails like their heirloom tomato Bloody Mary and fresh grapefruit juice mimosa. Their main plates offer selections made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Their avocado toast, house-made granola with sheep's milk yogurt, and spring herb risotto are all notable options.
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Farmer's Market Cooking Class

Greenmarket Cooking Class


$115


Union Square Market


9AM ? 3PM


June 4, June 28, July 11, July 25, August 3, August 23


www.recreational.ice.edu


(800) 522 4610


Learn some fresh food cooking techniques by taking a Greenmarket Cooking course through the Institute of Culinary Education's recreational learning department. The class starts by shopping for fresh-from-the-farm ingredients at the city's largest greenmarket in Union Square. This is a great activity for couples, or a great place to meet other foodies. The menu is true to its title, and varies depending on the class date and what is available at the market. You can sign up on their website, and the class meets at 9 a.m. in front of the Coffee Shop at 16th St and Union Square West.
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Exploring New York's Sweet Side

The Cupcake Tour of New York


$50.00


Union Square


9AM & 12 PM Tours


June 12, June 26


www.greatnewyorktours.com


Exploring the city isn't just for tourists. You can enjoy this family friendly walking tour to visit the city's best cupcake bakeries. Register online at www.greatnewyorktours.com, and hurry because space is limited. Each group meets at the southwest corner of Union Square on East 14th St and Union Square West. You will visit Baked by Melissa, Crumb's Bake Shop, Amorino, Molly's Cupcakes, Milk & Cookies, and end at the famous (and famously mobbed) Magnolia's Bakery. Each stop includes samples of the bakery's most notable treats, the tour lasts two hours.
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$1 Oysters in Midtown

Restaurant Thalia


$1 per oyster, Chef's Selection


828 8th Ave @ 50th St


7pm-close


Monday ? Sunday


www.restaurantthalia.com


(212) 399 4444


Thalia Restaurant is a fun Greek restaurant in the heart of the theater district, offering all kinds of great deals including $1 oysters every night from 7 p.m.to closing. If you are there on the weekends you can enjoy their bottomless brunch, or enjoy half-priced drinks Sunday through Friday from 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. It is a great option before going to a show with family or friends.
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Gut-Busting BBQ in Madison Square Park

Big Apple BBQ Block Party


Free Entry, Prices vary upon Food Truck


Madison Square Park 23rd St ? 26th St btwn Madison Ave and 5th Ave


Opens 11AM


June 7 ? June 8


www.bigapplebbq.org


The barbeque-inspired block party returns for its annual weekend this June 7-8. Event admission is free, with award-winning barbeque and Southern-inspired fare from the country's top grill masters available for $9/plate. Live music is planned for both days to liven up the crowd, and limited outdoor seating is available. To bypass the long lines, you can purchase a Disney-style FastPass, or BigPiggin' Pass, through their website at www.bigapplebbq.org.
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swank in the park

The Taste of Summer


$400/ ticket


Bethesda Terrace, Central Park


7pm ? 11pm


June 11


www.centralparknyc.org


This luxurious event brings together 800 guests, offering them a distinctive kickoff to summer in New York. One of the Central Park Conservancy's annual benefits, guests will enjoy food prepared by some of the city's most notable chefs, a silent auction, and music at the iconic Bethesda Terrace. All proceeds go to the conservancy's efforts to restore and maintain Central Park.


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Food and Ping Pong


SPiN Galatic


$15/30 minutes or $30/hour


48 East 23rd St @ Park Ave South


www.newyork.spingalatic.com


(212) 982 8802


SPiN Galatic is a great place to try something new, while enjoying a menu full of appealing comfort food. You can come with a group of friends, or take part in their online ping pong social club. While taking a break from the tables, you can eat at their in-house restaurant. The menu offers options for everyone, including a summery wheat berry salad, grass-fed beef sliders, and a seasonal ice cream shop.
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Thursday Night After-Work Block Party


Hester Nights


Free Admission


The Eventi Hotel


851 6th Ave, Entrances on 29th St and 30th St


Every Thursday Night


5PM ? 10PM


www.hesterstreetfair.com


Start your summer weekends every Thursday night at this food and drink street fair in the Eventi Hotel's outdoor, open-air plaza. You can enjoy street food like Peruvian empanadas, Vietnamese sandwiches from Food Freaks Banh Mi, made-to-order Ludlow Pizza pies, and sweet treats from vendors like Jessy's Pastries. Craft beer, wine, and cocktails are also served throughout the entire food fest, and can be enjoyed under the romantic twinkle lights strung around the space. Starting at 7:30 p.m., you can also enjoy a free movie in the Brighton Theater.


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