Cows to Invade Chelsea Market; Oliva Is Now For Rent

Chelsea: Chelsea Market is serving cow for its first annual “Cow-nival” (a collaborative event with Ronnybrook Farm Dairy and Edible Manhattan, complete with “fun, interactive farm-inspired activities”). Really: Except for the tiny fact that the cows won’t actually be eaten, but they are available for petting and photo ops. This is especially of note to all you New Yorkers who have never seen real livestock before. All awful puns aside, this takes place this Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Basically, prepare to party ‘til the cows go home (zing!). [Grub Street]
Gramercy: Underbar in the W Hotel’s Union Square location is being replaced by a vampire, apparently. The new bar, opening December 12, is called Lilium and will likely evoke “dark feminine energy and brooding intimacy.” [Eater NY]
Hell’s Kitchen: Ardesia hosts a $35 winter feast this Sunday. On the menu: cassoulet, a hearty meat and bean French stew; frisée-and-herb salad; and pecan pie. [Grub Street]

Long Island City: We are quite passionate about having new reasons to eat, drink, and be merry, which is perfect, because this Saturday, Alewife will serve crafted beers in two three-hour sessions — one from 1 to 4 p.m., and another from 7 to 10 p.m. And what better way to sober up than with pork and veal meatballs? Also, this is the first Winter Craft Brew and Food Fest, which obviously means more of this to come. General admission is $35; tickets and info here. [Grub Street]
Lower East Side: DessertTruck Works was shuttered Friday by the Health Department, but things looked rosy for a reopening when we spoke to owner Jerome Chang this afternoon. Chang told us he was awaiting the health inspector as we spoke: "We have a crew here ready to [start baking] after the inspection." [Bowery Boogie, Grub Street]
Tapas bar Oliva is currently on the market for $13,500 a month. [EV Grieve]
Midtown East: Get ready for more (albeit, artificial) cow, Grubsters. The first-ever NYC location of diner chain Steak ‘n’ Shake, a Midwestern staple, will open January 12. [Eater NY]
Soho: Boqueria’s Soho and Flatiron locations are selling make-your-own-paella kits for $55. In case that sounds like just the thing for someone on your list. [Grub Street]