Owen Clark’s Night at Contra; Han Dynasty Gets a Zero-Star Review

The fourth annual NYChiliFest will convene at Chelsea Market on Sunday, January 26. Alongside a 500-foot concourse of chili stations, judges, and, for the first time, guests will vote on the best chill. Proceeds from tickets, which cost $50 to $55, will go to Food Systems NYC. [Grub Street]

Times critic Pete Wells is no fan of the always-crowded Han Dynasty. This week he gives the restaurant a zero star "satisfactory" review and writes that he is "mystified" by the restaurant's popularity. [NYT]

Owen Clark will cook at Contra the night of Monday, January 27. His six-course menu costs $66; to make a reservation, e-mail info@contranyc.com. [Grub Street]

Joe Coffee has recently begun a three-month-long guest-roasting stint at both locations of Doughnut Plant. You can wash down your doughnuts with Joe's Guatemala Finca Huixoc, or a shot of the Waverly. [Grub Street]

The Shakespeare is rolling out a "45 Minute Lunch" special on Monday, January 27: a sandwich and a pint for $15 dollars. The restaurant promises you'll be in and out in under 45 minutes. That same night, there will be a Robert Burns celebration with a four-course menu featuring haggis and pan-fried hake. [Grub Street]

If you're willing to brave the snow tonight, Gotham Bar and Grill will reward you with a free cocktail called the Franklin, inspired by a 1763 Benjamin Franklin concoction meant to ward off the cold. [Grub Street]

Take Root's Elise Kornack has created a menu for Valentine's Day inspired by her wife and business partner, Anna Hieronimus. Twelve seats are available for a tasting on February 14 at 8 p.m; you can purchase the $85 tickets here. [Grub Street]

Momofuku will host a series of winter beverage classes at Booker and Dax: Ninety-minute tastings will be followed by 30-minute Q sessions with a series of guest instructors. Tickets here. [Grub Street]

You can now get lunch at Butter Midtown Monday through Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. [Grub Street]