A Throwback French Booze Party at Astor Center; Alex Guarnaschelli Hosts a Benefit at Housing Works Café

East Village: Unleash your inner Parisian bohemian at The Dizzy Fizz’s French Spirits Soiree. Hosted at the Astor Center, the party will have a throwback vibe with turn-of-the-twentieth century cocktails, punches, and of course, absinthe. Tickets on Thrillist. [Grub Street]
Gramercy: Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices will begin serving its refreshing sweets from its first Manhattan location, opening this spring. [Fork in the Road]
Midtown East: The National will be holding a party for its own Geoffrey Zakarian in honor of his appearance on Food Network’s “Chopped All-Stars” on Sunday, March 27 at 8:30 p.m. Tell the bartender “You’ve been CHOPPED” to get a complimentary cocktail.
Soho: Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter and The Darby will be hosting A Taste of Home, a benefit at Housing Works Café. The $65 ticket ($50 for Housing Works members) includes a five-course tasting menu from notable chefs as well as beer from Whole Foods, cocktails from Hendrick’s Gin, and Intelligentsia coffee. [Grub Street]
Fredi Sandwich Bar wants you to wash down your sandwich with a nice brew. This Friday through Sunday, beers at the restaurant will be $1.50 with the purchase of any sandwich. [Grub Street]