Four & Twenty Blackbirds Launches Online Ordering; Thomas Keller Offers His Take on Gift Baskets

• Grub Street isn't the only one in the holiday-gift-guide game: Chef Thomas Keller has prepared gift sets that show up a standard-issue fruitcake in a wicker basket. [Grub Street]

• Plan ahead: Brooklyn pie specialists Four & Twenty Blackbirds are now taking online holiday orders. [Grub Street]

• Starbucks is expanding again: The coffee mega-chain announced they will open 1,500 new stores in the next five years. [AP]

• Today is repeal day, and in honor, all P.J. Clarke's locations will be serving the classic sidecar cocktail. [Grub Street]

LT Burger is offering an afternoon special for the month of December: Weekday diners from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. will get 15 percent off their checks if they mention the deal to their servers. [Grub Street]

83 ½, Ryan Skeen's Upper East Side restaurant, is now doing brunch. Look out for house-cured salmon and short-rib hash, as well as "Thanksgiving leftovers" selections like turkey roulade with liver stuffing. [Grub Street]

• Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr is bringing a version of El Vez, his upscale Mexican restaurant, to the Goldman Sachs Building in Battery Park City. [NYT]

• Queens roasters Dallis Bros. Coffee will have a pop-up with holiday gifts and single-origin brews this Sunday at the Joe Pro Shop at Joe the Art of Coffee at 131 W. 21st Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. [Grub Street]