Gaia Italian Café Opens on Lower East Side; Nom Wah Tea Parlor Reopens

Bed-Stuy: Pastry shop La Table Exquise at 370 Thompkins Avenue will host a special $45 Valentine's Day dessert tasting on Saturday, February 12. You must register by February 10 for a seat. [Bed-Stuy Blog]


Chinatown: As hoped, Chinatown staple Nom Wah Tea Parlor reopened today at 11 a.m. There will also be a grand opening promotion of 20 percent off your bill through February 15. [Bowery Boogie]


Lower East Side: Gaia Italian Café opened yesterday, bringing a taste of Italy to 251 East Houston. [Bowery Boogie]

Midtown West: Jacques Torres Chocolate opened a branch yesterday on the Concourse level at Rockefeller Plaza. [Midtown Lunch]


Murray Hill: Warm up and give back with fondue at Artisanal, where 10 percent of February sales will benefit Share Our Strength. [Grub Street]


Tribeca: Chef Micah Phillips will debut a new $40 five-course dessert tasting menu tomorrow at Compose, following chef Nick Curtin's regular dinner tasting menu. [Grub Street]


West Village: Celebrate the Chinese New Year tomorrow with the James Beard Foundation's Asian Street Food Extravaganza at the Beard House. Tickets are $170 for GA, $130 for JBF members. [Grub Street]