Feel that? The sun she’s a shining. The grass in the park is green. The sun tan lotion is out. The picnic baskets are full. Alright, enough cliches. June 2014 is finally here. However you decide to spend this month here in New York City, do it outside your apartment. Head out to Long Beach. Head to the Jersey Shore. Head to a Mets….nay….Yankees game. Whatever is on your radar, take full advantage of the outdoors this month before it gets way too hot. We’ve got a hockey team in the Stanley Cup Finals and plenty of reasons for you to stick around the City in the month of June.
June 2014 Events in New York City: Where You Need to Be
Date: Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
Event: Taste of Long Island City
Place: Gantry Plaza State Park
Cost: White Chocolate – $60; Milk Chocolate – $150; Dark Chocolate – $400
The Scoop: With more than 50 participating vendors and incredible waterfront views of Manhattan some of Queens’ best bars, restaurants and beer makers are once again flocking to Gantry Plaza State Park for the 9th Annual “Taste of Long Island City.” The always jam packed space will again be completely filled up by hungry eaters enjoying the finest tastes from Long Island City spots like Alobar, Alewife, Sweetleaf, Masso Restaurant, LIC Market, M. Wells all paired with the likes of beers from Brooklyn Brewery, Manhattan Beer Distributors and SKI Beer. Guests are also given commemorative t-shirts, which make the overall value a steal for an always excellent affair.
Date: Thursday, June 5th, 2014
Event: Tasting Table “Lobster Roll Rumble 2014″
Place: Metropolitan Pavilion
Cost: Sold Out
The Scoop: The battle over New York City’s lobster roll supremacy happens once a year, courtesy of the folks at Tasting Table. The 2014 “Lobster Roll Rumble“ brings a whopping 24 restaurants together with the purpose of crowning the city’s best. With entrants this year from Grey Lady to Ditch Plains, betony to Lure, Luke’s Lobster to L&W Oyster Co., to The Mermaid Inn and Red Hook Lobster Pound, guests will be treated to an unparalleled evening of exquisite eats amid a fiery competition of culinary geniuses. The 5th annual event will again serve to benefit Share Our Strength, which seeks to end childhood hunger in America by 2015 and will again, be as delicious an evening as you’d expect to enjoy.
Date: Thursday, June 5th, 2014
Event: (s)low down, Slow Food’s NYC Fundraiser
Place: Metropolitan Pavilion
Cost: General Admission – $130
The Scoop: In celebration of utilizing locally sourced ingredients inspired behind a movement away from the often questionable and unhealthy choices that are prevalent to us when we choose different foods to eat, the Slow Food NYC chapter is celebrating with their annual (s)low down Fundraiser. Guests will enjoy a spectrum of different tastes for their senses from live bluegrass music to tasty cocktails and spirits alongside dishes from Left Bank and Frankie’s Spuntino to name a few, beer and wine sampling and even a fun and festive celebratory afterparty at Quartino Bottega Organica‘s outdoor garden. Chef Peter Hoffman (Back Forty West) is set to be honored for his adherence to utilizing local and sustainable foods in his menu preparation as the evening will benefit “Urban Harvest in the Schools,” an initiative focused on providing support for local public school’s food education programs.
Date: Friday, June 6th, 2014
Event: 2014 Rum & Rhythm Benefit & Auction
Place: Tribeca 360
Cost: General Admission – $100
The Scoop: The sights, sounds and smells of the Caribbean return to New York City with the annual 2014 Rum & Rhythm Benefit & Auction, a festive four hour experience like none other. As the official media sponsor of the event, we take particular pride in the evening featuring expertly prepared and authentic fare, killer cocktails and drinks and an all-out dance party that brings out the wildest side in even the most conservative of attendees. And with tickets priced at just $100, there’s no better value for all of the fun that you’ll enjoy at Rum & Rhythm, where you’ll bid on exciting auction experiences, indulge in some incredible eats and taste more varieties of liquors and spirits than you ever have before. The festival arrives just once a year, so make sure to secure your spot at Rum & Rhythm before the tickets are all gone.
Date: Saturday, June 7th – Sunday, June 8th, 2014
Event: 2014 Big Apple Barbecue Block Party
Place: Madison Square Park
Cost: VIP Backstage Piggin’ Pass – $265; Fast Pass – $125
The Scoop: Barbecue’s biggest weekend returns to New York City with the 12th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. The country’s biggest smokers and shakers take over Madison Square Park for an absolute eating fiesta. Though the food is for purchase, Fast Pass ticketholders get you access to some special lines where you can taste from local spots like Hill Country, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Delaney Barbecue and Blue Smoke but also sample from Texas (The Salt Lick), St. Louis (Pappy’s Smokehouse), Missouri (Ubon’s Barbeque of Yazoo), South Carolina (BlackJack Barbecue) and North Carolina (Skylight Inn). There’ll be live music, tons of people and the ability to just capture it all free of charge for onlookers. Even if you don’t grab any food, make sure to walk by the area, because there’s nothing like the Block Party and there’s nowhere like New York City to host it.
Date: Monday, June 9th, 2014
Event: Summer by the Sea: The 29th Annual Chefs’ Tribute
Place: Rockefeller Center
Cost: Regular Ticket – $600
The Scoop: Citymeals-on-Wheels is the beneficiary of one of the spring’s hottest food events. The 29th Annual Chefs’ Tribute brings “Summer by the Sea“ to Rockefeller Center with some of the City’s biggest names participating. Michael Anthony, Leah Cohen, Daniel Boulud, Bobby Flay, Marc Forgione, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jonathan Waxman, Bill Telepan, Francois Payard, Craig Koketsu, Scott Conant and many many more lead the list of who’s who. The 2013 event raised close to $850,000 and this year’s is poised to even surpass that incredible figure. There’s wine, there’s great food and there’s an amazing array of chefs to keep you eating and drinking all evening long.
Date: Thursday, June 12th, 2014
Event: Verdejo Day
Place: Tavern 29 Rooftop
Cost: General Admission – $25
The Scoop: The Tavern 29 rooftop has become synonymous with great happy hour and weekend brunch settings, but June 12th will bring some of the finest wines of Spain for an affordable two and a half hour tasting. Verdejo Day is dedicated to celebrating the D.O. Rueda region of Spain and winelovers will congregate for a party atmosphere with a live DJ working the mix as you sip and swirl crisp, refreshing vino. There’s sure to be some light eats and some good folks enjoying the outdoor atmosphere here, where we’ll celebrate National Verdejo Day in style!
Date: Friday, June 13th – Saturday, June 14th, 2014
Event: La Nuit en Rose
Place: Hornblower Hybrid Yacht
The Scoop: Translated, it means ‘The Pink Night,’ but in three outstanding sessions, La Nuit en Rose sets sail with more than 85 Rose wines and 1,500 likeminded drinkers joining together for a spectacular tasting experience at sea. Boarding the Hornblower Hybrid Yacht, guests will enjoy some tasty bites and sip on some of the finest pink colored wines from around the world with picturesque views from the Hudson River. Each ninety minute cruise offers a four hour wine tasting with an evening dance party and some live music during the day. Dress smart, dress casual, and dress pink for a weekend on New York’s waterfront.
Date: Friday, June 20th – Saturday, June 21st, 2014
Event: NYC Craft Beer Festival: Summer International
Place: Lexington Avenue Armory
Cost: General Admission – $55; VIP – $75
The Scoop: Another season, another awesome beer event returning to the Lexington Avenue Armory where over this weekend, a few thousand thirsty beer enthusiasts will stock up on the best of international suds at the NYC Craft Beer Festival. With a focus on summer beers, we’ll taste foreign styles like Hobgoblin, Bombardier, Gose, and Krombacher alongside domestics like Great South Bay, Bell’s Brewing, Dogfish Head, Lagunitas Brewing, Stone Brewing and Stoudts. But those are only a drop in the spit bucket compared to the dozens upon dozens you’ll find inside. If you haven’t attended one of these seasonal beer fests in the past, don’t miss out on this opportunity to kickoff summertime the right way, kicking back with a cold beer in hand.
Date: Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Event: The Big Chill
Place: Brooklyn Brewery
The Scoop: In the first exciting event from the folks at Edible Manhattan this month, The Big Chill is a three hour tasting event that features refreshing and cold dishes paired with some of Brooklyn Brewery‘s seasonal pours. From tasty ice cream sandwiches to savory chicken liver terrine and cold shots of borscht, just $40 gets you plenty to taste to cool you down as the temperatures rise. Cans of the Brewery’s Summer Ale and Lager make the tastes go down all that much smoother and everyone in attendance will take home a special dessert courtesy of Salty Road.
Date: Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Event: Bryant Park BBQ with ‘wichcraft
Place: Bryant Park
Cost: General Admission – $60
The Scoop: If you haven’t had enough tasty ‘cue by June’s end, a Wednesday evening in Bryant Park should put you well over the edge. ‘wichcraft is handling the cooking, so all you need to do is slap down $60 for three hours of chewing. Get ready for an array of BBQ staples like pork ribs, baked beans, fresh chicken, salt potatoes and more, with beers from Brooklyn Brewery and Peak Organic and refreshing cocktails from Tuthilltown Spirits, QDrinks and Brooklyn Republic Vodka. AND wines and ciders from Wolffer Estate Vineyard. The party ends at 10pm, so you’ll have plenty of time to get home and recover from all that you’ve consumed in the park that night.
Date: Sunday, June 1st – Monday, June 30th, 2014
Event: Concerts Concerts Everywhere
The Scoop: Check out our new concert listings for the month of June, which makes things a bit easier to track, to read, and for our own sanity, to put together.
Wednesday, June 4th
Governor’s Ball Presents Banks, Irving Plaza
Saturday, June 7th
Hoodie Allen, Bowery Ballroom
Jack Johnson, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Andrew Bird & The Hands of Glory
Governors Ball Presents Earlwolf f. Tyler, The Creator & Earl Sweatshirt
Tuesday, June 17th
The National, Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell
Summerland 2014 Tour: Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6, Spacehog, Irving Plaza
Tiesto & Special Guests, Terminal 5
Hank III, Gramercy Theatre
Sam Smith, Apollo Theater
Saturday, June 21st
Little Dragon, Terminal 5
Fall Out Boy & Paramore, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Morrissey, Barclays Center
Kenny Wayne Shepherd, B.B. Kings
Billy Joel, Madison Square Garden
Meshuggah, Best Buy Theater
Zac Brown Band, Forest Hills Stadium
Sunday, June 22nd
Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Tuesday, June 24th
Tegan and Sara, Hammerstein Ballroom
Thursday, June 26th
Andy Grammer, Irving Plaza
Saturday, June 28th
Avicii, Barclays Center
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Music Hall of Williamsburg