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Faustina Adds Lunch Service; Chocolate Extravaganza at 92nd Street Y

Lower East Side: Michael Huynh, the chef behind the Baoguette empire, is opening a "high-volume bakery" in the old Kebab House on the corner of Orchard and Rivington Streets. [Fork in the Road/VV]
Midtown East: Barros Luco will host a fund-raiser at Niall's Pub to support the Chilean Red Cross and its hurricane relief efforts. [Midtown Lunch]
Midtown West: Chef Rose Levy Beranbaum was charged a $25 "forkage fee" by the Breslin to eat two slices of chocolate cake leftover from a television segment she had taped earlier. [Real Baking With Rose via Diner's Journal/NYT]
Noho: Faustina at the Cooper Square Hotel is now serving lunch daily. The menu includes the Cooper Square Burger ($19), a first for Chef Scott Conant, made from LaFrieda beef, taleggio cheese, caramelized onions, and pickled mustard seeds. [Grub Street]
Prospect-Lefferts: Gandhi, a new Indian restaurant, opened yesterday. It's run by the same team behind Joy in Prospect Heights. [Hawthorne Street]
Soho: L'ulivo reopens today as Chicca. The restaurant, at 184 Spring Street, will serve traditional Roman cuisine using mostly locally sourced ingredients. [Grub Street]
Upper East Side: 92nd Street Y hosts Chocolate Fest: A Walk-Around Tasting this Sunday night at Buttenwieser Hall. Tickets ($37) are available here. [Grub Street]
Windsor Terrace: Residents are planning to turn the vacant lot below the Seeley Street Bridge into a farm that will produce fresh vegetables for the community. For more information or to get involved, contact Tom Angotti at tangotti@nyc.rr.com or 347-226-0100. [Kensington Prospect]
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