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Brasserie Beaumarchais Welcomes a New Executive Chef; Luke’s Lobster FiDi Serving Beer As of Today

East Village: The Beagle will host its first pairing dinner on October 2. Twelve seats ($125 each, excluding tax and gratuity) are available for the seven-course menu with accompanying gin cocktails. Email reservations@thebeaglenyc.com for a spot. [Grub Street]
Financial District: The downtown Luke's Lobster location just told Grub good news: they got their beer license! They'll be serving up brews as of today. And, to celebrate, they'll also be participating in NY Craft Beer Week through Sunday, September 25, with a three-course pairing dinner. [Grub Street]
Flatiron District: Craftbar's "A Case of the Mondays" trivia night returns again this month on September 19 from 7-10 p.m. For $32, participants can test their knowledge of food and pop culture for a chance at prizes — all while sampling veal ricotta meatballs, housemade sausages, River Horse beer, and a selection of wines. Save a spot by emailing Natalia Ribbe at nribbe@craftbarnyc.com. [Grub Street]
The new Madison Square Park outpost of Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen will be opening this Tuesday, serving up diner staples like burgers and milkshakes to busy lunchers on the go. Watch out, Shake Shack. [Eater NY]

Lower East Side: If you didn’t get your fill of mobile meals at the annual food truck festival in August, mark your calendars for October 2: Truck Yeah, a “mobile meet-up” celebrating trucks that serve food and art around the city, is happening in the LES. Participants include Art Cart NYC, Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches, The Mud Truck, and Lonely Goat Dance Company. [Bowery Boogie]
Meatpacking District: Along with a new fall menu (grilled lamb shoulder loin with chickpea panisse and Maine lobster with trumpet royal mushrooms and beet greens), Brasserie Beaumarchais is welcoming new Executive Chef David Diaz, who officially takes the reins after subbing for former EC Nicolas Cantrel. [Grub Street]
Midtown: Fifty chefs from around the world will gather in Times Square for a two-day Chinese culinary competition on September 22 and 23. Admission is free, but tickets ($75-$85, available here) are required for the tasting afterward. Then, on September 25, the winning chefs will collaborate on a dinner at Pier 60; tickets are $500 and can be purchased here or by calling 646-543-5418. [Grub Street]
Upper East Side: An offshoot of Magnolia Bakery is now open for business in Bloomingdale's flagship store on Third Avenue. The new full-service location (the bakery's fifth in NYC) is accessible via Bloomingdale's mid-block entrance on Third Avenue between 59th and 60th Streets. [Grub Street]
Maggie Fuller of 12% Imports and Martin Johnson of the Joy of Cheese will present Better Than Wine, a pairing event featuring Belgian beer and a variety of cheeses, at the 92nd Street Y on September 22. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here. [Grub Street]
West Village: The Lion will add a jazz component to their Sunday brunch starting this week. Check out the menu — featuring a hen/spinach/egg white/goat cheese frittata, as well as Tasmanian sea trout — here. [Grub Street]

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