Cynthia Sestito Visits Café Napoli; Julian Medina Hosts a Brunch

Crown Heights: A wine bar called Thirstbaravin has opened at 629 Classon Avenue. [Brownstoner]

Ditmas Park: The Castello Plan now offers homemade chicken soup and vegetable borscht for take-out. [Ditmas Park Blog]

Park Slope: An unnamed Swedish café has opened on Fifth Avenue between Degraw and Sackett. [Here’s Park Slope]

Soho: Café Napoli at 191 Hester Street hosts guest chef Cynthia Sestito of Top Chef fame on Saturday, who will prepare a special Italian holiday menu. [Grub Street]

Tribeca: CookieBar and Liddabit Sweets will open a pop-up shop this weekend between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at 39 White Street. [Fork in the Road/VV]

West Village: Julian Medina of Toloache and Yerba Buena will serve a special Latin Brunch at the James Beard House on Sunday at noon. The brunch, featuring dishes like pancakes azules and chupe de camarones, is $80 for House members and $95 for non-members; reservations can be made here. [Grub Street]

Otarian has closed indefinitely on Bleecker Street because of water damage, but the Eighth Avenue branch is still open and other locations are planned for the near future. [Fork in the Road/VV]