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Wallsé Offers Nostalgia and Bubbly; Tuesdays Are for Trivia at Brooklyn Winery

East Village: Corkbuzz Wine Studio — complete with bar snacks under $10 like chicken liver toast and $75 educational wine classes, which start January 7, but you can enroll now — opens tonight in Union Square. [Eater NY]
Agave Azure was apparently a horrible name for a restaurant, due mostly to its lack of badassery (and a cease-and-desist letter sent to them for allegedly swiping the name of another Agave in the rivaling West Village). Now, chef Evangelos Gavalas wants to call the Mexican bar and restaurant Tepito, which apparently is “not a culinary destination — more of a drug destination;” the drug of choice being guava, jalapeño, and ancho chile salt cocktails. Tepito opens for dinner tomorrow. [Local EV]
Waiters from the past six years filed a class action suit against Five Points. The resto is being accused of allegedly making illegal deductions from the wait staff’s pay for uniforms, staff meals they didn't eat, and credit card processing fees. [Eater NY]

Upper West Side: There are $85 six-course meals being served at 6 and 8 p.m. tonight at Gastroarte. Think: gold caviar, red tuna. Call 646-692-8762 and mention Zagat Presents. [Zagat Presents]
West Village: Tasting Table, as part of its Dinner Tales series, is hosting a $225 dinner at Wallsé. There will be lots of wine, with restaurant favorites like chestnut soup and steamed halibut with cucumbers. [Grub Street]
Williamsburg: Fatty ‘Cue’s Brooklyn location unveils its Fatty Feast “large format” dinner in the back of the restaurant next Wednesday. The space will accommodate up to sixteen people (depending on the date and time of reservation); the menu is being finalized and will be sent to guests who made reservations up to 72 hours in advance. Maybe we're crazy, but chances are that this dinner is for carnivores. Call 212-945-8673 or e-mail kate@fattycrew.com to save a seat. [Grub Street]
Brooklyn Winery announces Tuesday Trivia Nights, which include a “Guess That Wine” tasting round. The first-place team earns a $50 bar tab, which we imagine is good enough to make you selectively recall history trivia from junior high school. [Brooklyn Winery]

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