Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya Launches Brunch Buffet; Cacciatore Wild Game Dinner at Locanda Verde

Need a food-related reason to look forward to 2013? Starting New Year's Eve weekend, Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya will launch an all-you-can-eat buffet brunch, featuring sushi rolls, breakfast staples, fried chicken, and more. It's $29.50 for the buffet with nonalcoholic drinks, $39.50 for the buffet with à la carte and non-alcoholic drinks, and $10 for kids under 12. The brunch is available Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check out the full menu here. [Grub Street]

Greenpoint's own Paulie Gee is bringing his pizza operation to Baltimore. He's partnered with Pizzablogger (who has a pop-up summertime pizza shop at Baltimore Farmers' Market) to open "Paulie Gee's Hamden" in Baltimore's Hamden neighborhood. The restaurant is slated to open in spring 2012. [Slice/Serious Eats]

Chefs Andrew Carmellini and Ron Rosselli will serve a wild-game dinner in Locanda Verde's back room January 7 and 21 at 7 p.m. It's $155 per person (including wine pairings) for four courses, including fresh pasta, wild pheasant, and handmade charcuterie. Sign up here. [Grub Street]

Juice bar and café the Butcher's Daughter is open New Year's Day. In all likelihood, the Hangover Killer (young Thai coconut water, pineapple, yuzu, chili, evening primrose oil, and cilantro) will be much appreciated. [Grub Street]

It's the last weekend to stock up on vegan gifts at Vegan Shop-Up. Find treats, tees, totes, and more at the bimonthly Brooklyn market. [Grub Street]

There's still time to buy besitos by the dozen for Hurricane Sandy Relief. For $15, get a dozen of Lonestar Taco's spicy take on the typically sweet treats. Proceeds help La Newyorkina rebuild. [Grub Street]