Counter, Arlo & Esme to Shutter in East Village

Bed-Stuy: Pastry shop La Table Exquise is holding a fund-raiser on Tuesday, December 28. Your $20 donation buys wine, sweet treats, and an opportunity to help keep the small business afloat. [Bed-Stuy Blog]
East Village: Counter will close in February, but before that the restaurant will be hosting a wine night every Monday. Wines include Chateau de Beaucastel’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape on December 27, Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon on January 3, and Jasper Hill Shiraz on January 10. [Grub Street]
Coffee shop and lounge Arlo & Esme will close after three years. [EV Grieve]
Hell’s Kitchen: Lior Lev Sercarz, who has supplied chefs with spices for years, has opened a shop called La Boîte à Epice. [Food/T Magazine]
Long Island City: At long last, Quebecois Queens diner M. Wells has secured its liquor license. The permit is just for beer and wine, so don’t expect any crazy cocktails. [Eater NY via AndrewOKnowlton/Twitter]