Things to do in New York City this weekend

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Choice Eats: For the ninth year, The Village Voice Annual Choice Eats Tasting Event returns to the Metropolitan Pavilion on March 11. More than 50 restaurants representing all five NYC boroughs will offer samples of their best dishes, paired with complimentary craft beer, wine and liquor. From 7-10 p.m., check out some of the best restaurants reviewed in the Village Voice. General admission tickets are $70, which includes three hours at the event, complimentary souvenir tasting glass and entertainment. To purchase tickets, visit, where you can see the list of participating restaurants.

St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl: Celebrate the Irish early this year with two pub crawls on March 11 and 12. The party starts on Friday with the Happy Hour Saint Paddy’s Pub Crawl. Registration starts at 5 p.m. at three venues and drink specials are offered until 2 a.m. Tickets are $4.95 per person. On Saturday, the crawl runs most of the day, beginning at 1 p.m., with the Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl. Tickets are $7.77 with registration at multiple bars across the city. For $20, register for a three-day crawl, including the finale on March 17. For more info, including the list of participating venues, visit

Robotics Competition: The Jacob Javits Convention Center hosts the 16th anniversary of the NYC FIRST Competition and Expo from March 11-13 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology weekend incorporates three robotics competitions, featuring more than 200 robotics teams from the tri-state area, and teams from China, the UK, Turkey and Ecuador. Teams compete for the regional championship, which qualifies them for the global championship. The weekend includes a career fair, with the chance to meet college representatives and companies about careers in technology. The event is free. For more information, visit

Hasty Pudding Theatricals: The Harvard comedy group performs March 11 and 12 at the Kate Playhouse, sharing their special brand of puns, jokes and collegiate humor. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets for HPT 168: That 1770s Show start at $40 and can be purchased online at or, or by calling 212-772-4448.

Irish Family Day: Looking for a less alcohol fueled way to get in touch with your Irish heritage? On Sunday, March 13, head to the Irish Arts Center for a free day of family friendly activities. From 12-4 PM, explore Irish culture, from playing music to speaking Irish to practicing football skills. Visit for more information.