| 17 Feb 2015 | 01:07

    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

    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. ------   Farmer's Market Cooking Class Greenmarket Cooking Class


    Union Square Market

    9AM ? 3PM

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

    (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. ------   Exploring New York's Sweet Side The Cupcake Tour of New York


    Union Square

    9AM & 12 PM Tours

    June 12, June 26

    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, 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. ------   $1 Oysters in Midtown Restaurant Thalia

    $1 per oyster, Chef's Selection

    828 8th Ave @ 50th St


    Monday ? Sunday

    (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 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. ------   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

    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 ------   swank in the park The Taste of Summer

    $400/ ticket

    Bethesda Terrace, Central Park

    7pm ? 11pm

    June 11

    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.

    ------ Food and Ping Pong

    SPiN Galatic

    $15/30 minutes or $30/hour

    48 East 23rd St @ Park Ave South

    (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. ------ 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

    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.