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Sauce Opens on Rivington; Bubby’s Brooklyn Serves Mark Twain–Inspired Feast

Bowery: Sauce, a new venture from Frank Prisinzano, soft-opened this Saturday at 78 Rivington Street. Unique among other nearby Italian restaurants for having a butcher shop in the dining room, you can expect to find meatballs, steaks, sausages, and other hearty Italian fare, like homemade pastas and braciole. [Bowery Boogie]
Dumbo: Bubby’s is hosting a massive Mark Twain–inspired feast this Wednesday, October 26, as part of their Fall Dinner Symposium series. With Andrew Beahrs’s book, Twain’s Feast: In Search of America’s Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens, as their guide, the restaurant will serve some of the legendary writer’s favorite American dishes of yore, including duck legs boiled in duck fat, sliced porterhouse steak, succotash, hot corn pone, buckwheat cakes, apple fritters, and even buttermilk in a pitcher. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased here. [Eater NY]

East Village: The Mermaid Inn will be closed this week for renovations, reopening on Friday. [EV Grieve]
Fort Greene: Head over to No. 7 tonight for Carolina-inspired fare from the Fat Beagle. Dinner service starts at 7 p.m. and goes till midnight (or whenever they run out). You can grab $3 bites, like pimento cheese with toasted baguette and cornbread with honey butter; or $5 sandwiches, including pulled pork and a blue ridge brisket with onion balsamic marmalade and horseradish aïoli. [Grub Street]
Midtown: The Flex Donuts pop-up shop returns to Zocalo at Grand Central Dining Concourse this Wednesday, October 26. From 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, you can snag traditional and cake doughnuts in fall flavors, like pumpkin and marshmallow, maple bourbon, mulled cider, and blueberry with chocolate frosting. Traditional doughnuts are $2.00 a pop, while the cake variety go for $3.50. The shop will run until December 30. [Grub Street]
Midtown East: To celebrate Monday Night Football, Alfama is launching Ball Night. Every Monday you can catch the game on their flat-screen TV and choose from a selection of three meatballs (pork, shrimp and ginger, and lamb and veal), plus a glass of Sagres, a Portugues draft beer, for $12. [Grub Street]
Nolita: Ray's Pizza (yes, the original) is closing its doors for good this Sunday. Following the owner’s death in 2008, the pizza joint faced legal disputes over its lease and rent. [City Room/NYT]
Upper West Side: Not only has 420 Bar and Lounge been shuttered, it could also be facing $80,000 in fines over violations. For months prior, the area bar dealt with problems ranging from noise complaints and bar fights to police run-ins over allegations of drug use and underage drinking. [DNA Info]

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