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Ralph’s Famous Ices to Gramercy; Bloomingdales Gets Its Very Own Magnolia

Carroll Gardens: The JakeWalk, the neighborhood's favorite spot to nom on some charcuterie and cheese while sipping whiskey and wine, has officially launched its weekend brunch. They opened for brunch last weekend "just to sorta see what happened," but now they've made it official. Check out the menu and their cocktails to see what it's all about. [Grub Street]
Chelsea: Chefs Alexandra Raij and Eder Montero don't want you missing out on Txakoli, a spring wine from Basque Country. They'll host a street-fair-like party at their restaurant, Txikito, dedicated to pairing this low-alcohol wine with all types of cuisine, including dishes from the talent behind Co., Edi & the Wolf, and Hurricane Club. Tickets are $45 in advance and can be purchased here. [Daily Candy]
East Village: Since spring has finally sprung, http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/yerba-buena/">Yerba Buena Perry has opened its outdoor seating for the season. The restaurant also started a happy hour where they'll be serving cocktails for only $7 from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sundays through Wednesdays. [Grub Street]
Gramercy: Ralph's Famous Italian Ices has set up shop on 24th Street and Lexington Avenue. As of today, they'll be serving up the refreshing treats from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Apparently, they offer 50 different flavors of ices, ice cream, and sherbet. Mmmm. [Fork in the Road/VV]
Midtown East: The cupcake craze is far from over, and now it's infiltrated Bloomingdales. The department store announced today that Magnolia Bakery will open a shop in its flagship store on Third Avenue this summer. It will be open every day from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. [Grub Street]
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