The Jets Host a Food Fête Tonight; Build-Your-Own Benedict on Pounds & Ounces’ New Brunch Menu

• Coffee shop Ninth Street Espresso on East 10th Street is trying to go alcoholic. A liquor license is pending so that the East Village outpost can serve beer, and owner Ken Nye hopes to eventually have his own brand. [DNAinfo]

• The New Orleans–inspired 40-seat garden at Maison Premiere is open, serving special cocktails like the Carondelet and Arnaud's French 75 and twelve absinthe varieties, all alongside a full raw bar. The garden is open Monday through Thursday 4 to 10 p.m., Friday 4 to midnight, Saturday noon to midnight, and Sunday noon to 10. [Grub Street]

• Chelsea's Pounds & Ounces debuts its seriously luxe brunch this Sunday. Red velvet pancakes come with orange mascarpone cream and Grand Marnier syrup. And Eggs Benedict comes à la carte (read: build your own), where you can choose a bottom like a chorizo waffle or potato pancake, layer on an in-between like bacon or cured sandwich meat, and top it all with red-eye gravy, tomato chile, or good old Hollandaise. [Grub Street]

• Carroll Gardens' crowdsourced education center Brooklyn Brainery wants to school you in food. Upcoming food classes include BBQ Basics on June 5, the Story of Alcohol on June 6, and a blind chocolate tasting June 18. There's a waitlist option for sold-out sessions, and prices vary. [Grub Street]

• Lavo, Nobu, and Tao are some of the headliners for the Jets' Taste of the NFL Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street tonight starting at 7. Jets center Nick Mangold and CB Darrelle Revis host the event, which raises money to fight hunger. Tickets start at $275 and benefit the team's New York Jets Foundation. [Grub Street]