Boys & Girls Club Fund-raiser at Lafayette; the Garret Opens on Bleecker

Lafayette will host the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club for a "Taste of Design" fund-raiser on April 2, with chefs like Amanda Cohen and General Assembly's Craig Koketsu joining Andrew Carmellini. Tickets here. [Grub Street]

New West Village bar the Garret, from Hotel Chantelles Kyle OBrien and others, is now open on the second floor of a Bleecker Street burger joint at 296 Bleecker Street. [Grub Street]

Tomorrow night, the Strand Smokehouse in Astoria hosts a "Best of Astoria" bash from 6 to 9 p.m. Open bar and all-you-can-eat barbecue costs $35. [Grub Street]