neighborhood watch

Motorino Expands Hours; Robicelli’s Market Closes

Bay Ridge: Robicelli’s Market closed this weekend, but the owners are launching a wholesale cupcake operation that specializes in gluten-free desserts. [Blondie and Brownie]
East Village: Motorino’s new lunch special: $12 for pizza and a salad or soft serve. The restaurant also expands its hours this week, and will toss pies until midnight Sunday through Thursday, and until 1 a.m. on weekends. [Grub Street]
Gowanus: New York Diet alumna Amanda Hesser co-hosts the Brooklyn Chocolate Experiment at the Bell House on November 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. Amateur cooks win cash for the best chocolate-centric dishes (sweet and savory), and $20 tickets include tastes and a beer. [Food Experiments]
Midtown East: For the next month, CafĂ© SFA on the eighth floor of Saks highlights a new recipe each week from CFDA's new American Fashion Cookbook. This week: Isaac Mizrahi’s Mushroom Truffle Spaghetti. [Grub Street]

Park Slope: A Halloween event we’d follow into the dark: Beer Table’s Blind Bat beer tasting from 3 to 9 p.m. on October 31 includes a flight of three mystery beers for $5 and the opportunity to win gift certificates for answering questions about your pours. Costumes encouraged. [Grub Street]
Soho: Downtown Cipriani has closed for renovations and will reopen next month. Update: The restaurant called to say the restaurant is open and will not close for renovations. The club upstairs may undergo renovations in the future. [GoaG]
West Village: 10 Downing now offers a Monday and Tuesday night “stimulus package,” featuring a $20 prix-fixe menu and à la carte appetizers and entrées priced $10 and $20, respectively. [Grub Street]
Jason Denton was right when he told us the neighborhood craved a casual place like his new spot Corsino: There was an hour-long wait on Sunday night. [Grub Street]

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