Grit N Glory Opening on the LES; Hickory Farms Lands in the South Street Seaport

East Village: Nathan Myhrvold, the author of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, will be giving a talk at the Astor Center on November 17. Visit their website for tickets. [Grub Street]
Financial District: The owner of Milk Street Cafe says that he has had to lay off 25 percent of his staff owing to recent losses which he blames on the barricades the NYPD has set up to control Occupy Wall Street protestors. [Gothamist]
If you've been searching for the honey-smoked ham of your youth this holiday season, look no further than the South Street Seaport: Hickory Farms has opened its first Manhattan pop-up store. You can find them near Pier 17, at Fulton and South Streets. [Grub Street]

Gramercy: Planning on participating in the New York City Marathon this weekend? We've got your post-run refueling plan right here: On Sunday, Maialino is offering marathon runners a special four-course meal for $78, with unlimited house wine. [Gilt City]
Greenwich Village: Finally, you can get some bocce with your bottle service: The Greenwich Village Country Club is opening tomorrow, in the space above Bowlmor that was formerly known as Carnival. One round of mini-golf will cost you "about the same as a can of beer." [WSJ]
Lower East Side: Grit N Glory, a rock-and-roll-inspired coffee bar and boutique, is opening on Sunday, November 6, at 186 Orchard Street. [Grub Street]
Midtown: This Friday and Saturday night, Asellina is featuring a carb-heavy "Marathon Menu" of veggies and pastas for marathon runners. [Grub Street]
West Village: Molly's Cupcakes is hosting a birthday party for nonprofit organization She's the First. They'll be selling the group's signature tie-dye cupcakes, and the proceeds will go toward sponsoring education for underprivileged girls around the world. Stop by for a treat tonight, between 5 and 8 p.m. [Grub Street]
Williamsburg: A couple has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to produce the Next Big Thing in grilled cheese: the "Grilled Cheesus," a panini press that cooks the face of Jesus onto your sandwich. [Kickstarter]
Citywide: TastingTable just released their 2011 list of the top ten cocktails in New York; on it, you'll find such delectable tipples as the Celery Gimlet from Saxon + Parole in the East Village and the Ship of Fools at Williamsburg's Maison Premiere. [Tasting Table]