Monday, April 28 – Sunday, May 4
African Restaurant Week

Various Locations, Manhattan and Brooklyn

In New York, we need little more than Metrocard to try food from across the globe. But no exploration would be complete without digging into the massive, diverse collection of cuisines that span the African continent. Thanks to the bi-annual African Restaurant Week, we’ll get an opportunity to do just that. Doughy fufu? Rich stews? Spicy piri piri peppers? Yes, yes and YES. Most restaurants on the list of participants will offer 3-course prix fixe meals (many around $28.95 per person) and some will offer 10% off the entire menu for African Restaurant Week diners.

Deal nearby: Nomad



Tuesday, April 29, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The 4th Annual Tasting Brooklyn

The Green Building, 452 Union Street, Brooklyn

What happens when you rally 30 of the boroughs’ best cooks and barkeeps? A grand competition that we can all take a bite (or many) out of. Audience members dine on 20 dishes then choose the reigning Brooklyn champ at the end of the night. Competitors will include the likes of newcomer 1 Knickerbocker alongside old favorites Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Luke's Lobster, Robicellis, The Pines and many more. Plus, snag drinks from Huckleberry Bar, Lavender Lake, Sixpoint Beer, Brooklyn Oenology and other expert boozehounds. Admission is $55 per person.

Deal nearby: The Pines



Tuesday, April 29, 7 p.m.
Derangement of the Senses

Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, Manhattan

When a friend mentions “hey, let’s go to a book reading!” it’s a guarantee that non-enthusiasts let out a begrudging sigh in their heads while nodding politely. Sigh no more, friends – this reading series is aimed at turning the traditional coffee house monotone into a rousing event. According to the producers, “Burlesque performers dance as their favorite literary characters while psychedelic visuals swirl and acoustic and electronic music cacophonously collide. You haven’t seen this kind of literary reading before.” Indeed, we have not. Admission is free.

Deal nearby: Da Marcella (Greenwich Village)



Wednesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 1
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden 2014 Annual Plant Sale

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 150 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

If you’ve ever debated abandoning your apartment and secretly moving into the Brooklyn Botanic Garden after a glorious springtime visit, now is your best opportunity to recreate this heavenly greenspace back at your stuffy living quarters. The park’s annual plant sale opens up to the public this Wednesday and Thursday, just in time to brighten up your abode. For those lacking a green thumb — our pets would probably die if they didn’t bark/meow/beg us for food when they run out — they’ll also offer workshops and gardening tips throughout the event. Admission is free, and plant sale proceeds benefit the garden.

Deal nearby: The Burger Bistro (Park Slope)