Beer and Brisket at Craftbar; Union Square Café Welcomes Groups

Chubby Mary's, a hero shop from the guys behind Artichoke, opened last night. The space was previously home to Led Zeppole (also from Artichoke's Francis Garcia and Sal Basille), whose boardwalk-style desserts did not resonate for whatever reason with the beer-soaked crowds roving through the East Village at night. [EV Grieve]

Union Square Café is looking to attract large parties. For the first time in 27 years, the Danny Meyer restaurant will accept reservations for parties larger than six. The restaurant's front area has also changed. This section is now tablecloth-free, sports a large community table, and there's also a new family-style menu. [Eater]

Craftbar is teaming up with Shmaltz Brewing Co. to host a four-course dinner on November 27. The meal will consist of American-Jewish dishes, like braised beef tongue and brisket with kasha porridge, paired with Shmaltz Brewing Co. beers. Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m.; e-mail anne@craftrestaurant.com to reserve. [Grub Street]

Brasserie Beaumarchais kicks off a bimonthly jazz series on Tuesday, November 27. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m every other Tuesday the Avalon Jazz Band will play American standards from the thirties and forties and songs made famous by French jazz artists. Call 212-675-2700 or e-mail reservations@beaumarchaisny.com for reservations. [Grub Street]

Parm is now serving a Thanksgiving hero for those looking to get a jump-start on the holiday. The sandwich is turkey, cheese, cranberry sauce, greens, and just about everything else you'll be eating come Thursday. [Eater]