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New Bar Menu at L’Ecole in Soho; Special Valentine’s Brunch at Dévi

Cobble Hill: Fans of Middle Eastern cuisine will be happy to know that the long-defunct Near East Pita Bakery at 183 Atlantic Avenue is slated to be resurrected soon. [Brownstoner]
East Village: Due to a Gossip Girl shoot, Veselka has been closed for the majority of the day. [EV Grieve]
Lower East Side: This week, the space that once held Essex Ale House will be opened as Peri Wine Bar, "a Mediterranean wine and tapas joint." [Bowery Boogie]

Midtown: The Biryani Cart at 46th Street and Sixth Avenue is introducing a new item to its menu. Called the Paneer Roll, it consists of
"deep fried Indian cottage cheese, caramelized onion, and a creamy chaat masala sauce." [Midtown Lunch]
Midtown West: All throughout February, Tri Tip Grill customers who purchase a breakfast burrito will get a free serving of either the buck muffin or the brandy French toast. [Midtown Lunch]
Soho: L'Ecole at the French Culinary Institute is debuting its bar menu tonight. From 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., diners can order Gruyère bacon burgers with bone-marrow béarnaise, charcuterie plates, and more. [Fork in the Road/VV]
Tribeca: Landmarc will be serving a special biodynamic wine dinner this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. $75 gets you cocktails, hors d'oeuvre, three courses, and a sampling of wines from Pierre Meurgey's Maison Champy vineyards. [Grub Street]
Union Square: Tocqueville now has a new "Hunter's Menu" that includes four courses of "gamey meat and poultry" and wine parings. [Grub Street]
Dévi's Suvir Saran will be serving up Indian crêpes for brunch this Valentine's weekend. The $25 prix fixe comes with two courses and a cocktail. [Fork in the Road/VV]
Starting this Saturday, BLT Fish will host the first of many interactive cooking classes to be held every month at different BLT Restaurant Group locations. The full schedule of events is available at bltrestaurants.com. [Grub Street]
Upper West Side: On February 18, chef Michael Lomanaco will be inviting into Porter House New York three award-winning Italian winemakers for an intimate dinner. The recipients of the prestigious Tre Bicchiere award will carefully pair their wines with select dishes. Seating is limited; tickets are $155 and can be purchased at circleoftaste.com. [Grub Street]

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