Fonda Opens in the EV, Urban Lobster Has Lenten Seafood Steals

East Village: Roberto Santibañez’s Fonda is open at 40 Avenue B. This version is bigger than its Park Slope brother and offers regional items like Yucatecan shrimp, braised pork in adobo sauce, and that wormy Mexican liquor, mezcal. [Eater NY]
Everywhere: Starting March 1, Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group will launch “Feed Yourself, Feed Your Neighbor” to raise funds for City Harvest. All of USHG’s restaurants except Shake Shack will offer guests the option to make a donation throughout March, which USHG will match up to $25,000. [Grub Street]
Financial District: Food Bank for NYC’s premier fund-raising event, the Can-Do Awards Dinner, features Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgewick, Mario Batali, Jimmy and Nancy Fallon, Jon Stewart, Stanley Tucci, and more at Cipriani Wall Street on April 17. Individual tickets are $650, and tables start at $12,000. [Grub Street]

Lower East Side: Union Beer and Kupersmith host Bespoke Sausage and European Beer Pairings on February 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 49 Clinton Street. RSVP to — tickets are $40 for a six-course sausage and beer-paired tasting. Get ready to snack on brats and veggie links and start making up some flowery adjectives for all that beer you’ll be sipping. [Grub Street]
Patrons at Culturefix get a free “family meal” every Saturday at 6 p.m. as long as they keep the drink orders flowing. Past pro bono pabulum has included carnitas of móle roast pork and coconut curry shrimp. Follow culturefix on Twitter and Facebook to see this week’s menu and catch the comedy show every Saturday at 7 while you eat. [Grub Street]
Djerdan Burek’s LES outpost shuttered at 91 Clinton Street, not even a year after it opened — not much of a surprise, since it was apparently empty for most of its short life. [Bowery Boogie]
Midtown: Lent is here, and Urban Lobster Shack at 305 Eighth Avenue has $8 plates for your Friday fish fix. Mexican tilapia, steamed mussels, and more — but these treasures of the sea sell out fast on Fridays. Ye be warned. [Midtown Lunch]
Upper East Side: Jbird Cocktails’ Jason Littrell will be mixing some of the venue’s signature cocktails for Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live tonight at 11 p.m. Other guests on the show will include Lisa Kudrow and Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler. [Grub Street]
West Village: Brand-new wine and small-plate spot Amélie at 22 W. 8th Street doesn’t need help in the romance department. Snack on French fare like escargots gratinés and recline in some theater-seat décor. Oh, and there’s vino. [Grub Street]