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Fatta Cuckoo Launches Date-Night Special; Café Gitane Team Plans LES Restaurant

Ditmas Park West: On Sunday, December 18, North Carolina BBQ joint the Fat Beagle will pop up at Sycamore. Starting at 1 p.m., diners can order a plate of BBQ, North Carolina beer, and dessert for $20. [Ditmas Park Blog]
East Village: The DOH shut down Kabin after its most recent inspection yesterday; the bar received a whopping 61 violation points and a pending grade after its last inspection on November 21. [EV Grieve]
Hell's Kitchen: Not big on holiday shopping? The iAdventure Eat, Drink, Shop & Be Merry holiday brunch party at Hudson Terrace on Sunday, December 18 has you covered. Seasonal brunch items, cocktails, and a D.J. playing holiday favorites will make getting gifts for everyone on your list an enjoyable experience. Brunch is from noon to 4 p.m.; tickets are $20, $60 for VIP. [iAdventure]

Lower East Side: Fatta Cuckoo introduces Generous Randy Date Night: On Tuesday nights, couples can order dinner for two, which includes a bottle of wine, a shared appetizer, two entrées, and two homemade desserts for just $75 (that's $37.50 per person, if you're going halfsies). The menu, created by new chef Chris Mitchell (of the Breslin and the Meatball Shop), features dishes like Braised Short Ribs, Butternut Squash Risotto, and Brined Pork Tenderloin; desserts include Lemon Pistachio Cake and Homemade Tortoni, among others. [Grub Street]
The team behind Café Gitane plans to open a family-style Italian restaurant at 177 Chrystie Street called Antonioni's. [Bowery Boogie]
Midtown East: Armani/Ristorante and Urban Girl Squad will host a classy Holiday Party this Monday, December 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. Guests will receive a complimentary signature cocktail upon arriving, and enjoy hors d'oeuvre, drink specials, and the chance to win dinner for two at the restaurant. Tickets are $25 per person; get them here. [Guest of a Guest]
Midtown West: Real Simple's second annual pop-up shop opens today at Bryant Park (at Citi Pond, near 42nd Street). To kick off the opening, there will be a Sprinkles cupcake demo and sampling with the company's founder/owner Candace Nelson, among other food tastings and giveaways. Other guest appearances include Todd English on December 11 at 1 p.m., and Mario Batali on December 12 at noon. The shop will be open through December 13, daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. [THR]
Meet authors Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs and get a signed copy of Food52 at their cookbook party, happening at Sur la Table at Hearst Tower (306 West 57th Street, near Eighth Avenue) on Friday, December 16, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The chefs will also demonstrate how to prepare a few of their favorite recipes from the book. [Grub Street]
Noho: Gasoline Alley Coffee opens at 331 Lafayette Street, near Bleecker Street, offering Intelligentsia coffee ($2-$4), 'buch on tap ($5) from Kombucha Brooklyn, growlers ($12) of green, black, and white tea mix, and accompaniments from Ceci-Cela. [Daily Candy]
Tribeca: Italian restaurant Ristorante Aglio celebrates its grand opening tonight, at 277 Church Street, near White Street. [Grub Street]
Washington Heights: In response to legislation proposed last week that would require food trucks to show letter grades like restaurants do, both owners and patrons of trucks along Amsterdam Avenue near West 176th Street say they would welcome the change. [NYDN]

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