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Chef Robert Berry Joins Monument Lane; Little Owl the Venue Throws an All-Ages Halloween Party

Bay Ridge: From today through Sunday, the Burger Bistro is offering a Buffalo Shrimp Burger, topped with buffalo shrimp and blue cheese. The cult-favorite joint is pairing this with an Orange Soda Pie weekend dessert special. Yep, you read that correctly. [Grub Street]
Chelsea: Mazel tov to Artichoke Basille’s Pizza & Bar, which today graduated from beer-and-wine-only to a full liquor license. In celebration, a $5 shot special is in effect from 10 p.m. tonight through Monday evening. Just be sure to fill up on Italian cuisine before dropping all your Lincolns. [Grub Street]
East Village: Be on the lookout for the entrants to a chefs' pumpkin-carving competition at DBGB this weekend. Better yet, come in for dinner wearing your costume on Monday night and you’ll be blessed with a beer on the house. As if sitting down for a nice French dinner dressed as your favorite Nintendo game character is cause for another beer. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]

Gowanus: The Gowanus Canal Conservancy organization will help bankroll some of next year’s green development work with its first annual Winter Festival fund-raiser. Taking place on Saturday, December 3, in Build It Green NYC’s warehouse space, the event will include a three-course dinner by Lot 2 from 6 to 9 p.m., followed by performances from three local bands until midnight. Full-admission tickets (which include dinner, the concert, and two beers) are $40. Tickets for the concert only and access to the cash bar will run you $15. [Grub Street]
Midtown: For yet another take on ramen noodles — that dish of seemingly infinite flavor varieties — check out Tabata Noodle at 40th Street and Ninth Avenue. They have coconut-flavored soup, and they’ll shout “sea-men!” if you order the seafood ramen. (Though hopefully not if you’re the food inspector.) [Food in Mouth]
Snack Box apparently couldn’t wait until its planned Monday opening on Times Square (47th Street). Staff at the “New York street food” vendor were reportedly working feverishly to be set for a soft opening today. So grab a hot dog or doughnut to eat while you’re standing in line at TKTS. [Midtown Lunch]
Union Square: The revolving door of spaces at 13th Street and Sixth Avenue swings one more time, with the new Pint of No Return. Finally, a pub that embraces the existential despair that occasionally attends a late night out. Abandon hope, all ye who enter! [Eater NY]
Upper East Side: By all indications, the award-winning dive bar the Subway Inn has, um, terminated service. Its gates were down last night, and calls by Eater turned up nothing but a disconnected line. So when you're out this weekend, raise up a shot in honor of another great bar fallen, knowing that said shot would indubitably have been cheaper at the Subway Inn. [Eater NY]
West Village: Monument Lane announced yesterday that D.C. veteran Robert Berry will bring his Cookshop expertise to its Colonial-era-inspired menu of seasonal and locally grown offerings. [Grub Street]
The little owl will host an all-ages party on Halloween at its event space, Little Owl the Venue, from 2 to 10 p.m. The party will have face painting for the kids and makeup artists and a cash bar for their chaperones. Tickets are $25 for children and $35 for adults. [Grub Street]

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