LES Bites: N’Awlins on Orchard Street, Soccer Mania, July Fourth Pig Roast

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Is it the weekend yet? Here’s a little food and bar news for your Thursday morning.

  • Claw Daddy’s, the New Orleans-style seafood joint at 185 Orchard St., hosts a Craft Beer & Taste of New Orleans event on Sunday. Twenty-five bucks gets you five tickets good for beers and bites inspired by the bayou, beginning at 2 p.m. Beers include offerings from brewers like Abita, Smuttynose, Shiner and Captain Lawrence, and bites include cajun wings, fried calamari and catfish po’ boys.
  • In case you haven’t heard, there’s a big soccer game going down at noon today. Lunch-hour viewing that includes food and alcohol is available at most Lower East Side bars and restaurants with televisions, but if caffeine is more your kick, try Irving Farm Coffee at 88 Orchard St.
  • Russ and Daughters Cafe is “a master class in how to court both the old and the new,” says The New Yorker in its Table for Two column.
  • Fourth of July means roast pigs and all-you-can-drink beer at the second annual Independence Day bash hosted by Sons of Essex. For $48, enjoy Pat LaFrieda pork and Brooklyn Brewery beer, along with beach balls and tiki torches from noon onward.
  • Get your pad thai takeout soon: Pok Pok Phat Thai is leaving the Lower East Side this fall to be closer to its sibling restaurants, the NYT reports.