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]