Empellón Taqueria Continues Taco Tastings; Takashi’s ‘Cow Experience’

• On March 31, Empellón Taqueria will host another taco tasting with brand-new tacos, like crab cake with sea-urchin guacamole, grilled shrimp with charred grapefruit and pumpkin seed salsa, and bacon with sesame and salsa negra. Just like the first one, it’s $55 per head and seatings are available from 6 to 9:30 p.m. [Grub Street]

La Vara celebrates its anniversary this month with its first-ever winemaker’s dinner, welcoming representatives from Castellroig as part of a five-course tasting menu with pairings. Reservations can be made by emailing reservations@lavarany.com. [Grub Street]

• This weekend, Mas (farmhouse) launches a new prix fixe brunch menu. Highlights include a housemade bialy with salmon gravlax and horseradish cream, as well as a frittata with Swiss chard, black truffle, and hen of the woods mushrooms. [Grub Street]

• Starting next week, beef fans can truly indulge at Takashi , when the restaurant premieres its $30, 16-cut "Cow Experience" platter meant to serve as a guide in offal navigation. Only three are available per night, and the dish must be reserved in advance. Call 212-414-2929. [Grub Street]

• On March 30, take part in the Antarctic Midwinter Dinner with a three-course meal at East Pole in celebration of the release The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning. Tickets are $140 and include a copy of the book, food, and cocktails. [Grub Street]