The Quarter Opens on Hudson Street; Pinisi Cafe and Bakery Shutters

Pinisi Cafe and Bakery on East 4th Street has taken down its neon "bakery" sign and seemingly closed its doors for good. The bakery's First Avenue outpost closed in July 2010. [EV Grieve]

Chicago chef Paul Virant will be celebrating the release of his first cookbook, The Preservation Kitchen, this Sunday at Liberty Hall at the Ace Hotel. Virant, along with April Bloomfield, Nick Anderer of Maialino, and chef Josh Even of the John Dory Oyster Bar, will prepare a five-course dinner with dessert by the Breslin pastry chef Jane Tseng. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased here. [Grub Street]

Brian Hawthorne of the Wayland and Michael Klein of PDT will be the guest mixologists at the next Friends With Benefits Cocktail Club. One will work with el Buho mezcal, Greenhook gin, and Wódka vodka, while the other focuses on rum, rye, and bourbon. Head to 196 Mercer Street for both light and dark cocktails paired with bites from FWB Chef Chris Mitchell on October 25. Tickets here. [Grub Street]

The Quarter at 522 Hudson Street opened for dinner, lunch, and weekend brunch a few weeks ago. The "gastro wine bar" will serve American dishes with international flare, like Taylor Bay scallops wrapped with tuna, pickled shiitake, cucumber, wasabi, and mustard oil as well as foie gras "Fig Newtons." [Grub Street]