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Eddie Huang Hosts ‘Bao-BQ’ in the Hamptons; More Cupcakes on Bleecker

East Village: To combat the August heat, La Palapa will be serving a special "chill out menu" through the end of the month. Items will include frozen margaritas served with flavored Popsicles as stirrers, new ceviches, guacamoles, ice creams, and more. [Grub Street]
Gramercy: In honor of being featured in tonight's The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Finger Food Edition on Food Network, Blue Smoke will be giving a complimentary order of their Warm BBQ Potato Chips With Blue Cheese & Bacon Dip to any customer who mentions "Food Network" this evening. [Grub Street]
Hamptons: Eddie Huang and Baohaus are hosting a "Bao-BQ" at Southampton's Paige Estate. The Zagat-sponsored event will include a four-course meal, an open bar, poolside relaxation, access to the Axe Lounge after-party, and, of course, valet parking; tickets are $65 and available at Eventbrite. [Grub Street]
Long Island: RUB has tapped Matt "the Hampton Smoker" Fisher to serve as pit-master at the barbeque restaurant's forthcoming Long Island location. [Fork in the Road/VV]
Midtown East: Aquavit's Crayfish Festival begins its first run today. From now through Friday (and again during the next work week), guests can get a half-pound of peel and get a crayfish-anchored smorgasbord for $28 at lunch and $38 at dinner. [Grub Street]
Midtown West: The ice-cream-cake sundaes of Quality Meats have returned: Toasted banana s'mores, chocolate-covered grasshopper, and strawberry shortcake are among the flavors that'll be available through the end of August. [Midtown Lunch]
West Village: Molly's Cupcakes has opened at 228 Bleecker Street, the Chicago chain's first New York address. [Eater NY]
Williamsburg: Five Leaves has added some new summer items to its menu. To eat, there's Bircher muesli, an heirloom vegetable sandwich, berry-and-peach salad topped with duck rillette, grilled rainbow trout, and lamb rump steak, not to mention a host of new cocktails to help wash it all down. [Grub Street]
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