Big Apple BBQ Returns to Madison Square; Ken & Cook Launches Brunch

• Nolita’s Ken & Cook will be launching their brunch menu this weekend. Menu favorites include sesame French toast with ricotta and oatmeal with dried cherry and vanilla, wonderfully paired with a mimosa or a glass of rosé. [Grub Street]

• On Sunday, June 17, the Rusty Knot will host JD Samson and Lauren Flax for a ‘Scissor Sunday’ tea dance party for the LGBTQ community. Scissor Sundays will take place twice a month throughout the summer. [Grub Street]

• Indulge this weekend with Oceana’s new caviar cart. Osetra caviar served tableside can be accompanied by iced Stolichnaya Elite for a classic pairing. [Grub Street]

• Tickets are now on sale for Cook-Out NYC’s All-Grill Event and Kimchipalooza. The Governors Island festival will take place on July 7 and 8, and will host live music, custom beers, and a kimchee taste-off. [Grub Street]

Paprika will debut its new menu this week, focusing on the flavors and traditions of Valtellina, Italy’s northernmost region. Menu favorites include buckwheat and cornmeal polenta and dandelion salad. The restaurant will host a tasting dinner of new specialties on Thursday, June 14. [Grub Street]

• The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party returns to Madison Square Park this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy a smorgasbord of barbecue delights and music from great American favorites. [Grub Street]