Oyster and Beer Fest at Back Forty; Andrew Carmellini Cookbook Signing

Battery Park City: Francois Payard will open a second location of his eponymous bakery-café in Battery Park City next Friday. Look forward to a similar menu as Payard's original bakery, including pastries, salads, and sandwiches. [Eater NY]
Boerum Hill: Italian restaurant Broken English was shut down because of illegal operations, although what those operations were, exactly, has yet to be uncovered. [Zagat Buzz]

East Village: EV Grieve reports that 75 St. Marks Place, the building that's home to Holiday Cocktail Lounge, went on the market yesterday. The listing cites several fear-inducing tidbits that don't bode well for the lounge, including that the building can be delivered vacant and the possibility of a condo conversion. [EV Grieve]
Head over to Back Forty on Saturday, October 15, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., for their first Oyster & Beer Fest. Guests will spend the afternoon slurping three different types of oysters, snacking on appetizers like goat and yucca fritters with spicy chutney, and drinking unlimited beer. Tickets ($32.22) to the event can be purchased here, and tickets for the oyster stations will be sold at the door for $2. [Brown Paper Tickets]
Gowanus: View behind-the-scenes photos of NYC kitchens by Myriam Babin, author of New York Kitchen, at Digital Plus (411 Third Avenue) on Saturday, October 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be food and a silent auction, with all proceeds benefiting Share Our Strength. [New York Kitchen]
Gramercy: Join Riverpark as they toast their first anniversary tonight, where all diners will receive a complimentary glass of Champagne with dinner. [Grub Street]
Espresso bar Bowery Coffee unveiled iron lettering on its gated archway at 87 East Houston Street. [Bowery Boogie]
Lower East Side: Hotel Chantelle launches Saturday brunches this autumn, and the first one will be on Saturday, October 22, from 1 to 6 p.m., called "Live That Life." The five-hour brunch ($30 per person) will feature a two-course meal with a complimentary cocktail, music by D.J.'s Chi Duly and Silver Medallion, and an extended bottle menu. Visit Hotel Chantelle's website or call 631-275-1807 for more information. [Grub Street]
The third annual Marco Polo Festival celebrating the cultures of Chinatown and Little Italy is this Saturday, October 15, beginning at 11 a.m. at 62 Mott Street. [Lo-Down]
Nolita: The Austrian pop-up store at Openhouse Gallery (201 Mulberry Street) is open through Wednesday, October 19. Visitors can sample Austrian specialties like Sacher-Torte, apfelstrudel, cookies by the Vienna Cookie Company, and more. Plus, part of the proceeds will be donated to City Harvest. [Openhouse Gallery]
Spanish Harlem: With restaurants like Lloyd's Carrot Cake, El Paso Taqueria, and Joy Burger Bar opening outposts on Lexington Avenue, plus the boom in business at coffee and wine spots like Lexington Social, East Harlem is quickly becoming a hot spot for all sorts of different cuisines. [DNA Info]
A team at Serious Eats undertook the challenge of finding the best Mexican on the popular strip of Lexington Avenue, starting at El Aguila and working their way to the El Paso Taco Truck. See whom they picked as vendor of the best taco here. [Serious Eats NY]
Tribeca: Get a signed copy of American Flavor, Andrew Carmellini's new cookbook that features recipes from the Dutch, when it comes out next Tuesday, October 18. Pick up the book and meet the chef at Barnes & Noble's Tribeca location, beginning at 6 p.m. [Grub Street]
West Village: Join fellow foodies on a "Cheese Lover's Romp" tomorrow, October 14. The culinary tour will begin at 10 a.m. with a talk and tasting at Murray's Cheese, then it'll hit Union Square to meet cheesemakers, Soho for fresh mozzarella, and more. Tickets are $85 and can be purchased here. [92Y Tribeca]