Gigantic La Marina Opening Tonight; Meatball Shop Headed to Upper East

• Gowanus favorite Brooklyn Brine has just opened up shop in front of its factory. Here, you’ll find varieties from chipotle carrots to spicy maple bourbon picks to the classic NYC deli pickle. [NYT]

A.G. Kitchen is now serving lunch on weekdays, from 11:30 til 3 p.m. Chef Alex Garcia will be cooking up a menu of ceviches, salad bowls, mini tacos, and favorites like NYC’s best cubano and crab cake sliders, to name a few. [Grub Street]

• Uptown-ers rejoice, The Meatball Shop is coming to Second Avenue. Co-owners Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow have signed a lease on 76th Street, a space with around 70 seats plus a private dining area. The curate-your-own meatball favorite is scheduled to open in the winter of 2013. [Eater NY]

• Change is afloat behind the staff at Alison Eighteen. Executive chef Robert Gurvich has decided to pursue opportunities outside of New York, and chef Juan Carlos Landazuri will take over as executive chef. Juan Carlos will host his first public outing in the Hamptons this weekend at Chefs & Champagne for the James Beard Foundation. [Grub Street]

• Fry up and savor. In this video, Balaboosta’s Einat Admony shows readers how to make traditional, Israeli-style falafel. [Jew and the Carrot/Forward]

• Last week, the Food Bank for NYC and the Mario Batali Foundation launched Community Cookshop, an interactive nutrition education program available to low-income New Yorkers. Participants will learn how to maximize their food budgets while preparing nutritious and delicious meals using Batali’s recipes. [Grub Street]

• We hope the rain will subside tonight, for Mayor Bloomberg will be cutting the ribbon at the La Marina opening. The restaurant, beach bar, and soon-to-be marina and launch area is the newest addision to the Hudson River waterfront. [Grub Street]