Westville Hudson Opens; Day of the Dead Tacos at Empellón

Westville Hudson opens tonight, the fourth branch of the West Village original. This iteration will have a larger dining room and is the first with a full liquor license. [Tribeca Citizen]

On Friday, Nov 2, East Village Mexican restaurant Empellón is recognizing the Day of the Dead with a six-course taco tasting menu. It's $95 for settings before 9 p.m. and $125 after, and includes unlimited beer and margaritas. [Grub Street]

New Lower East Side oyster bar the Leadbelly will host a tasting of Island Creek oysters and Karlsson's Gold vodka on Tuesday, October 23. A dozen oysters and three flights of Vodka will be $45. [Grub Street]

In celebration of the release of Charlotte Druckman's book celebrating women chefs, Skirt Steak, woman-owned Annisa is hosting a four-course dinner on Monday, October 29. $275 gets you food and wine including tip and tax, plus a copy of Druckman's book; call 212-741-6699 or e-mail to reserve. [Grub Street]

Tompkins Square Bagels fell victim to a particularly brazen thief yesterday around 1 p.m.: He slipped into the basement doors, claimed to be a health inspector, and, failing to crack their safe, made off with a few smaller items, including a laptop. [EV Grieve]

Not My Day Job, an annual talent and culinary showcase for members of the restaurant industry, is being held on October 21 at the Prince George Ballroom on 27th Street. The event will feature tastes from spots including Colicchio & Sons and Mile End; tickets are $50. [Grub Street]

Photographer Denis Piel will host a series of pop-up dinners from October 25 to 29 at Lali Lali Salon in celebration of the release of his latest book, Denis Piel: Moments; $100 gets you eight courses and a glass of champagne. [Grub Street]