East Village: With a little paint, banh mi purveyor Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches has redone itself as "Vicky's." It's not just a name change, though: the original owners who have other banh mi shops in the Financial District and Boerum Hill sold the East 2nd Street restaurant at the end of summer.
Beer guru Josh Bernstein (author of Brewed Awakening), will host beer tastings both today and tomorrow. You can find him at Jimmy's No. 43 tonight from 7-9 p.m., and at Pacific Standard in Park Slope tomorrow from 8-10 p.m.
Gramercy:Florida-based salad chain Tossed has been franchised.The first of an anticipated twenty new stores will open in Manhattan next year. [Crain's NY]
Lower East Side: After just five months, Ha'chi Restaurant, located behind the Thompson LES, has closed. [Bowery Boogie]
Midtown West: If you've been jonesing for a taste of the secret sandwiches at Potbelly, look no further than the Rockefeller Center outpost, which is reportedly now serving the off-the-menu options. [Midtown Lunch]
Nolita: On November 15, Ellabess is offering a $150 "Black and White Truffle" prix fixe menu. The four-course dinner will feature truffles of both varieties on every dish; wine pairings are also available, for an additional $70. Call the restaurant for reservations. [Grub Street]
Soho: Top Chef alum Nikki Cascone is hosting a cooking workshop on November 17, whipping up a three-course menu of local salad, brick chicken, and pan roasted apples and pears. All attendees at the event (held at 82Mercer) will get to taste the dishes and take home the recipes, as well as slurp down complimentary cocktails. Get your tickets here. [Grub Street]
West Village: It's Jamaica's Restaurant Week, and, for the first time, a restaurant outside of the country has been invited to participate: Miss Lily's. Serge Becker's hot spot will be serving up an affordable prix fixe menu through November 19. [Grub Street]