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The Pan American Is Back; Get a ‘Taste of the Seaport’

Boerum Hill: If you like the sound of the phrase “unlimited tastings of 250 different wines,” then keep reading. Wine Riot, a decidedly un-snobby wine event complete with a live DJ, photo booths, and food from local vendors, is coming to New York. It’ll be at Skylight One Hanson on September 23 and 24, and tickets run from $50-$60. For more information, check out their website. [Grub Street]
Chelsea: Dust off your bibs — next weekend is the Hammer & Claws Blue Crab Feast, brought to you by the founders of West Village's Choptank. Maryland blue crabs drenched in Old Bay take center stage, of course, but there are plenty of other options to fill up your belly: jalepeño olive-oil coleslaw, Southern-style corn bread, craft beers, specialty cocktails, and much more. There will also be DJs and live music; tickets here. [Grub Street]

Dumbo: Visit Brooklyn Bridge Park this Saturday to check out The Brooklyn Local, a fundraising event to benefit City Harvest. The market will feature goodies from tons of local vendors of deliciousness, such as Van Leeuwen, Sixpoint, Roberta’s Bread, and Liddabit Sweets. It’s on, rain or shine, but as of right now, the weather looks great — so get your tickets at City Harvest’s site. [Grub Street]
On Friday, The Flea is hosting a mini-market at The Archway. Snag some decently-priced lunch grub from Mile End, Landhaus, Rachel’s Pies, or Brooklyn Oyster Party, or just grab a beer and hang out. The event runs from noon to 9 p.m.; suds start flowing at 3 p.m. [Grub Street]
East Village: Local caffeine institution The Bean has announced that it’s being kicked out of the space it’s occupied for nearly ten years. Guess who’s taking over the lease? The city’s 188th Starbucks. Fortunately, plans were already in the works for two new outlets within a few blocks of the original — and The Bean’s owners are now snapping up an empty space right across the street. [NYT]
Financial District: Top Chef’s Stephen Asprinio has announced that he’s planning to open a pizza joint downtown, early next year. Pizza Vino Teca will feature thin-crust pizzas cooked Roman-style over a wood-burning grill, and an extensive wine list. [DNA Info]
On October 9, head over to the South Street Seaport for “Taste of the Seaport,” a fundraiser for enrichment programs at Spruce Street School P.S. 397. There will be free children’s activities galore. Over twenty of the neighborhood’s restaurants and merchants will be participating, including Salud, Samsara, and Il Brigante. [Grub Street]
Midtown East: Cambodian sandwich shop Num Pang is now offering delivery! Order away if you’re within the zone of 28th Street to 51st Street, between First and Fifth Avenues (minimum is $25). [Midtown Lunch]
Nolita: The Pan American, which was forced to shut its doors this spring due to a fire in an apartment upstairs, is re-opening tonight. Under the new leadership of DB Bistro Moderne alum Harry Stoehr, the self-described concept of the restaurant is “an American eatery through Latin eyes.” The space will be dinner-only this week, but lunch and weekend brunch will start on Monday. [Grub Street]
Grab the limes and salt — tomorrow is Mexican Independence Day! Café de la Esquina at Wythe Diner is celebrating with a fiesta of dishes, drinks, and DJs; maracas and sombreros are complimentary, as are the requisite tequila shots.
Upper West Side: Weird joint venture alert: a tea bar/realty office is opening in mid-October on Riverside Boulevard. Blu Realty Group is teaming up with Tavalon Tea to open a combination store front that will encourage property-shopping while customers sip their drinks. [DNA Info]
West Village: At Tertulia, the food might be Spanish, but the chef is full Vermont. Green State-native Seamus Mullen is inviting his diners to support Upper Valley Haven, an organization providing relief to the hundreds of Vermonters affected by Hurricane Irene, by indicating a dollar amount they’d like to donate on their check. Tertulia will match a portion of the donations. [Grub Street]
Citywide: ’wichcraft is teaming up with Slow Food USA to prove that you can get a yummy and healthy meal for under five dollars. This Friday, all ’wichcraft stores in Manhattan will be offering up “A Happier Meal”: a roasted eggplant and ricotta cheese sandwich, side of chickpea salad, and 12-ounce iced tea for $4.82. [Grub Street]

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