The average pavement-pounding New Yorker weighs 6lbs less than other Americans -- making him dangerously underweight when the cold weather hits. Put safety first and girth out at next Monday's Big Red Event. Big Red's an epic indoor meat-mall, loaded with fare from restaurants vegans would protest, if their protein-robbed muscles had the strength to carry the signs. The ~20 presenters range from newcomers like Porterhouse and Craftsteak, to Old Homestead and Keens Steakhouse -- so old school, they'll only serve cows killed with stone axes. There'll also be a City-friendly demo on indoor grilling, and, to ensure you forget everything you learn, unlimited reds from the organizer, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards. A taste of what you'll be hording in your adipose:
- Root Beer Braised Short Rib with Spicy Cashew (7Square)
- Coffee Crusted Tenderloin with Fire Roasted Shallot Butter (The Capital Grille)
- Grilled Rib Eye on Black Olive Bread (Beacon Restaurant)
- Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce (Elizabeth Karmel, licensed meat professional/author of Taming the Flame)
Big Red's not inexpensive, but because the sponsors are also concerned about your waiflike figure, they're knocking $50 off all Thrillist readers' tickets, and giving readers under 35-yrs-old a free membership to the American Institute of Wine & Food -- the very institute that Big proceeds benefit. Simply type in the "BIGRED" promotional code, and prepare to throw on a 6lb winter fat-coat.