Labor Day at M. Wells; Erica Jong at Contrada

• This Thursday, there's a Guinness event at Miss Lily's, with special beers, and at Miss Lily's 7A, Foreign Extra Stout-based cocktails. [Grub Street]

M. Wells Steakhouse is hosting a Labor Day party: $30 for food, cash bar, and live music. It starts on Monday at 3 p.m. [Grub Street]

• Daphne Merkin and Erica Jong will host a dinner and a discussion of Daphne's new collection of essays, The Fame Lunches, on September 22 at Contrada. Tickets here. [Grub Street]

There’s a Real Friends Central Perk Coming to Lower Manhattan

The One With the Pop-up.Photo: NBC

In the ongoing "Friends or Seinfeld?" battle for TV's New York City-est sitcom, Jerry et al. have always had an advantage with Tom's, while Ross and pals had only a fictitious coffeehouse in their corner. On September 17, the score will finally even out when Eight O'Clock Coffee launches its Central Perk pop-up at 199 Lafayette Street, timed to the show's 20th anniversary.

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You Can Now Get Mission Cantina’s Full Menu Delivered

More, more, more.

If a Mission Cantina burrito alone doesn't fill you up, you should probably visit a doctor, but then you should order the rest of the menu for delivery. Danny Bowien's chicken wings, beef-tongue tacos, and hibiscus-glazed spare ribs are all now available via Caviar — and you can also have beer delivered anywhere below 59th Street. This will surely come in handy once it gets cold outside, and you need all this food for important hibernation purposes. [Caviar]

Subway Inn's Eviction Order Blocked Yet Again

Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio indeed.Photo: Subway Inn/Facebook

While its struggle to remain in operation is far from over, things are looking positive for the 77-year-old Subway Inn for the second time in ten days. The famous dive bar is due to be evicted in advance of the demolition and redevelopment of its decades-old home on East 60th Street, but had been given a reprieve of sorts last week when a judge granted the Salinas family a temporary restraining order against real estate developer World-Wide Holdings Corp. Now, following an ambitious crowd-funding effort to spread word of the establishment's plight and personal appeals made to Mayor de Blasio and Landmarks Preservation officials, it looks like Subway Inn will keep pouring domestic pints for the time being.

"It's about saving the character and charm of Olde New York ..." »

Cool New Restaurant Opens in Lower Manhattan This Weekend

The wait is over.Photo: Eugene Gologursky/PRNewswire

Finally this Saturday, there's a spot to liven up the relatively uncool, no nonsense neighborhood surrounding City Hall. The talk of the area for a while now, it will feature dangly Edison bulbs that make the bar's garnish-filled mason jars glisten. There will be bourbon-spiked cream soda on tap, and a $300 breakfast special served that comes with a bottle of 2003 Dom Perignon. Eater's sneak peek indicates the dining room is decked out in black-and-white photos of downtown landmarks, that you can order a "Lower Manhattan" that swaps bitters for coffee liqueur, and if you're not in the mood for the "Stirred & Spiritous" category, you'll be able to get a dark and stormy made with house-spiced rum. Best of all, it's going to still serve its classic dish known as Moons Over My Hammy, and AARP members get 15 percent off all meals. [Eater NY, Related]

Dairy Queen Served a Chemical-Cleaner-Laced Milkshake to a Kid

The latest offender.

A Colorado Dairy Queen served a 7-year-old a vanilla milkshake that had been accidentally blended with degreasing solution. A similar incident happened in Utah earlier this month. Riley Chase, who is recovering, said that "something was, like, bubbling" on his tongue when he sipped the drink. "It tasted gross," he explained, adding that he quickly handed the milkshake to his mother.

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Corn Dogs and Peach Pie Concretes Return to Shake Shack This Weekend

The Summer of Shack draws to a close.Photo: Shake Shack

Beginning on Friday and extending through Monday, Shake Shack is bringing back its annual, end-of-summer corn dog extravaganza. With the exception of the hamburger chain's JFK outlets and ballpark concessions, all city Shacks will roll out the corn-battered Vienna beef hot dogs, on sticks of course, with Rick's Picks sweet corn relish on the side. Meanwhile, save for its Dumbo and new Barclays-area Brooklyn locations, the restaurants will also serve peach pie concretes, which consist of frozen vanilla custard blended with a slice of pie. Finally, it's your last weekend to buy a pint of Shack X, the Brooklyn Brewery IPA created to celebrate Shake Shack's tenth anniversary. [Official site via Gothamist]

Brooklyn Fare Manhattan Is Two Light Fixtures Away From Opening After a Chef Shuffle

César Ramirez will indeed run the show at the upcoming restaurant.Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

After many months (or is that years, or maybe decades?) of anticipation, the Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare Manhattan is on the brink of opening, according to owner Moe Issa. “We’re just waiting for two chandeliers,” he says, before embarking on friends and family tastings. He revealed a few fresh details about the long-awaited Manhattan counterpart to Downtown Brooklyn’s triple-Michelin-starred Chef’s Table — namely that Jared Sippel, formerly of Boulder’s Frasca Food & Wine, will no longer be the chef. Instead, César Ramirez will run both operations, with his second-in-command from Brooklyn eventually assuming more direct control.

The Brooklyn restaurant will temporarily close. »

New Report Finds 40% of Restaurant Workers Live in Near Poverty

Take the heat, get out of the kitchen, whatever — these folks need better pay.Photo: Buzz Productions/Getty Images

Ongoing minimum-wage-related protests and various issues faced by fast-food workers made it into the president's State of the Union address this year, but an eye-opening new report just published by the Economy Policy Institute now indicates that low-level employees making 1,200 times less than the CEOs at the top aren't the only ones getting shafted. Industry workers make almost half as much as their non-restaurant peers and receive comparatively fewer benefits, and the sector keeps growing. Here are some standout findings from the nonprofit and nonpartisan group's report.

Even managers average only $15.42 per hour ... »

The Other Critics: Reviews of Batard, Root & Bone, and élan

Bâtard's caramelized milk bread is a huge hit.

This week, the Underground Gourmet dropped New York's Fall Preview issue, and there's a lot to look forward to: Team Torrisi's High Line restaurant, Alex Stupak's Empellón al Pastor, Enrique Olvera's Cosme, Mu Ramen, a collaboration between Jody Williams and Rita Sodi, and 36 other new restaurants. Meanwhile, the other critics reviewed Bâtard, élan, and more. Read it all, straight ahead.

"Equally dope." »

Tim Hortons Rolls Out Monstrous ‘Buffalo Crunch’ Doughnut

We're not sure what you're supposed to do with those two tortilla strips, but it's a nice touch.Photo: As Eaten On TV/Twitter

While Burger King moves forward with its bid to buy Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion and its relocation to be closer to the constitutional monarchy up north, the Canadian chain has taken a very deep dive into fast-food mash-up territory with this "Buffalo Crunch" doughnut, now being served exclusively at the New York State Fair through Monday. It consists of a pull-apart yeast doughnut that's dunked in Buffalo sauce and crusted with crushed-up chips. It combines a staggeringly high number of junk-food influences (Buffalo sauce, tortilla chips, doughnuts) while still managing to make sense. The corn-chip strips in the center are decorative, and the doughnut comes in mild and hot varieties — mild is "toned down" with Ranch dressing. It costs $2.

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Curry Night at Achilles Heel; Special Coffee at Joe

Achilles Heel will welcome Caroline Fidanza of Saltie for another Mr. Curry Night this Thursday, the 28th. She will serve a menu of London-curry-house-inspired dishes. No reservations accepted; all menu items à la carte. [Grub Street]

• Parker Red, the Kings County Whiskey Distillery, and Slow Food NYC are hosting a farm-to-table five-course whiskey-pairing dinner, with live music, on September 10. Tickets here. [Grub Street]

• Beginning September 1, Joe will introduce a few limited run micro-lots (coffee of superior quality that has been reserved out of the larger harvest by the farmer) to select New York City and Philadelphia Joe cafés. [Grub Street]

This? Just an Excellent Walter White Portrait Made With Ketchup

Look what he cooked up.Photo: Aaron Bowersock/Twitter

If you needed another reason to love Heinz, check out this perfectly steely Walter White portrait painstakingly fashioned from the red stuff, graphic designer Aaron Bowersock's super-sticky homage to Breaking Bad, last night's big Emmy winner. [illustrations n such via AshleyLutz/Tumblr]

Dirty French Opens September 2

Salmon Maison with potato, dill, and blackening spice.

Fans of Team Torrisi who've already visited the Ludlow Hotel's Lobby Bar to sample Thomas Waugh's excellent drinks will be thrilled to learn that Dirty French, the restaurant side of the F&B operation, will open in one week. We've already had a sneak peek at the frisée aux lardons with giblets and heard all about the table-side oyster service, and now Rich Torrisi has a few tantalizing new details for the Times, including news that the tarte au citron will be a classic rendition save for the fact it's made with North African preserved lemons. The restaurant is now accepting reservations, at 212-254-3000. [NYT, Related]

5 Things Alex Stupak Learned About Tacos al Pastor in Mexico

A full look inside Stupak's version.Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine

In preparation for the opening of his new taqueria, Empellón al Pastor, and to develop his Theory of Tacotivity that we told you about yesterday, Alex Stupak’s made several intensive-study trips to Mexico this past year. “These were the first times I went to only eat one thing — tacos al pastor,” he says. “Normally, it’s, like, ‘Let’s go to Oaxaca and eat everything.’ This time it was, ‘We’re going to Mexico City and we’re going to eat at 40 al pastor places in three days.’” Here’s what he discovered.

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Uber Begins Testing 10-Minute Food Delivery

The Wednesday special: farmers' market salad from Ocean 41.

Uber very desperately wants in on that billion-dollar food-delivery market, but every PR strategy it deploys to announce this — ferrying burgers to Oaklanders, commandeering Mister Softee trucks — tends to register seriously high on the gimmick spectrum. A seemingly more earnest move in the GrubHub direction starts today, however, with UberFresh. The idea: For $12, cabbies will bring you your lunch.

Choices, choices. »

Small Town Isn’t So Sure It Wants to Host Giant Party for 1,000 Bud Light Fans

Imagine this, but everything painted blue and filled with horrible beer.Photo: Corey Leopold/Wikimedia

Anheuser-Busch has already attracted more than 100,000 would-be revelers with its "Up For Whatever" campaign, which will culminate in a huge party in a tiny town that's been redecorated as a "fantasy Bud Light-drinking community." Its location is still secret, but residents of Crested Butte, a craft-beer stronghold that's also called the "Wildflower Capital of Colorado," have essentially just been informed that Bud Light will bring its viral festivities to them. If true, more than 1,000 winners — that's 75 percent of Crested Butte's full-time population — will descend on the city for a huge party that takes place from September 5 through 7. Oh, and the beer company says it needs to paint everything the same shade of electric blue as its bottles.

Paint the town blue. »

French Chefs Launched a Petition to Ban Negative Online Reviews

Oh, you "want to flee" this restaurant?Photo: Gualtiero Boffi/Shutterstock

A group of France's chefs, serious defenders of their sacred domain that they are, have now called for France's Ministry of Commerce to silence critical TripAdvisor and Yelp reviewers. More than 1,700 industry types, including co-chair of the trade union Synhorcat and heavyweights like the Michelin twins Jacques and Laurent Pourcel, have signed a petition created by chef Pascal Favre d'Anne. It demands the end "of judging, of posting defamatory comments, and of subjective judgments of the people or staff members in our restaurants."

9 out of 10 French diners consult online sites first. »

An All-Nutella Restaurant Will Open in Park Slope

Of course cupcakes are involved in all this.Photo: Courtesy of Nutelleria NY

It's unclear how this about-to-open Nutelleria place plans to skirt the rapid-response team of hot-shot lawyers that's likely right now being deployed by Nutella manufacturer Ferrero, but if it does, expect choco-nut-spread breakfast pizzas and bacon-banana-Nutella waffle sandwiches in the near future at 82 5th Avenue in Park Slope (of course). The Pino Torinese-based company previously went after a dinky New England burrito chain for spreading the gospel of the spread and otherwise threatened to sue well-intentioned World Nutella Day creator Sara Rosso, so it's probably not going to be too excited to see its products all over the upstart café's website.

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Burger King Will Pay $11.4 Billion for Tim Hortons

Stay warm up there, Burger King.

Burger King has made yesterday's news official, saying it's agreed to shell out $11.4 billion for Tim Hortons to create the third-largest quick service restaurant company in the world, which will net an estimated $23 billion in annual revenue. The merger is requiring $3 billion in financing from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, and somewhat controversially, it will also allow the Florida-based company to move north to Canada's greener tax pastures. Per the deal, Burger King will pay about 94.05 Canadian dollars, or $85.78, a share, and once merged, the combined company will have 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries. [NYT, Related]

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