Things to do for January 12, 2012

The Weekender

Heavy Metal, Cured Meats and Tiny Sips of Wine

The weekend is building up a head of steam.

Thursday
Wine Tasting in the West Village
THE GRAPE ESCAPE

Wine Tasting in the West Village

Lower Manhattan and Napa. You’re never going to confuse the two. But here to help split the difference: Uncorked, a Napa-style, 240-bottle wine bar where a healthy portion of the stock will be available by gratis half-ounce tasting pours. You love a good try-before-you-buy policy.

One Heck of a Handsome Carryall
MAJOR BAGGAGE

One Heck of a Handsome Carryall

You weren’t necessarily planning on leaving the country this weekend, but after seeing the distinguished (and virtually indestructible) leather travel bags at Ghurka’s new Sherry-Netherland flagship, you may want to reconsider. Suitcases. Duffels. Hands-free carryalls. Some new. Some heirloom. All smelling like a baseball mitt.

Friday
Welcome Inside Jack’s Wife Freda
MARITAL BLISS

Welcome Inside Jack’s Wife Freda

Meet Jack’s Wife Freda. She’s, um... well, she’s a café. The product of a married couple who met while working for Keith McNally. The style: homey. The menu: comforting. Egg and toast sliders. Green shakshuka. Matzo ball soup. It’s the kind of place that comes in handy on a cold Saturday morning-after.

Monday
Heavy Metal Mondays at Terroir
HAIR-RAISING

Heavy Metal Mondays at Terroir

First, Van Halen gets back together. Then, Terroir turns the week’s leadoff workday into Heavy Metal Monday. Basically, that just means drinking while listening to the Crüe. But you should also count on there being flagons of mead, skull cups of wine and a dress code that requires black. Big hair optional.

Mondays, 5pm-1am, Terroir, 439 3rd Ave, 212-481-1920

Wednesday
Il Buco Unveils Its Salumi
THE CURE

Il Buco Unveils Its Salumi

After months (including at least three sleepless nights) of testing in a secret, meat-curing laboratory, Il Buco is finally ready to debut their new, proprietary salumi program. All of your favorites are here: capocollo, pancetta, lardo. It’s like the all-star game of charcuterie plates. Or a great excuse for some Italian beer.

Elsewhere on the Daddy

More Weekenders in New York