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Jacques Torres Cocoa Will Get You Hot; Artisanal Bringing Cheesy Bites to Midtown

Dumbo: Jacques Torres’s Wicked Hot Chocolate is so good it will put you in the mood like “six gin and tonics.” [NYPress via Dumbo NYC] Fort Greene: Seventeen-year-old African restaurant Keur N’Deye has closed. [Eating in Translation via Eater] Midtown East: Terrence Brennan instated a bar menu at Artisanal this week that includes smoked paprika popcorn and grilled cheese bites. [Strong Buzz] Upper West Side: The All State Café had a different name in 1973 when a teacher was brutally murdered after coming in for a drink but still survived until last night when the storied space closed due to rising rents. [NYT] Williamsburg: The director of King Corn Aaron Woolf is a partner in Lodge restaurant and has decided to open a Slow Food natural market called Urban Rustic, on the edge of McCarren Park, by Thanksgiving. [Brooklyn Based]

Williamsburg’s Aurora Opening in Soho Thursday

Dumbo: Restaurants and shops including Bubby’s and Jacques Torres Chocolate will celebrate Mother’s Day by offering brunch specials and discounts. [Dumbo Improvement District] Or just bring Mom to the Brooklyn Pigfest, also held this Saturday, for all-you-can-eat barbecue. [Brooklyn Record] Midtown West: City Club Hotel guests are no longer the only patrons of the DB Bistro Moderne breakfast; morning service is now open to the public. [Grub Street] Soho: Williamsburg Roman favorite Aurora is opening a 60-seat branch on 510 Broome Street on Thursday. [Grub Street] West Village: Property managers of the former Movida space have high hopes of bringing in a Starbucks. [Gawker]

So Much for Eating Year-Round in Union Square

Clinton Hill: A brewery on Waverly Avenue hopes to start bottling Kelso beer. [Clinton Hill Blog] Coney Island: The Slice pizza club convenes on April 15 at Totonno’s. Catch: You have to ride the Cyclone before you chow. [Slice] Lower East Side: A sneak preview inspires Whole Foods envy: The new one on Houston puts the original Chelsea location in the shade. [Snack] Prospect Lefferts Gardens: The deli on Washington Avenue is getting renovated; neighbors hope that more than just sugar and water will be for sale. [across the park] Sheepshead Bay: Grillin’ by the Bay, the city’s only Kansas City Barbecue Society–sanctioned BBQ contest, to be held Saturday. And this year, you’ll actually be able to eat the stuff. [NYDN] Tribeca: Brunch plans rocked as the Department of Health shutters Kitchenette; also, Bubby’s on its way out. [Eater] Jacques Torres making dark-chocolate-covered peeps for those who didn’t already find them conducive to throwing up in church. [DailyCandy] Union Square: Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe says there’s no chance of a year-round restaurant when the park’s north end gets overhauled. [Daily Intel] Upper West Side: Ollie’s Noodle Shop workers take their protest to the next level with a hot-shot lawyer. [Daily Intel] Williamsburg: A sign spotted earlier this week in the window of Brick Oven Gallery said they would reopen today after renovations — but a disconnected phone seems to tell a different story. [Grub Street]

Restaurant Sues Critic and Wins; A Study of Pizza for Pesos

Good news for Jeffrey Chodorow: A restaurant owner in Ireland has successfully sued a critic's publication for giving him a bad review. [BBC] A Texas pizzeria riled anti-immigration types with a pesos-for-pizza stunt. This subsequent essay is part marketing communications, part sociology. [NYT] Fun interview with Drew Nieporent. Question: Is his favorite low-end restaurant really the random Benito’s II in Little Italy? [NYT]

A Hotel's ‘Chocolate Covered Weekend’

If Rob and Robin's gifts for chocoholics weren't extravagant enough for you, the Exchange Hotel is offering a "Chocolate Covered Weekend" — and starting Saturday, December 16, the price drops from $1,200 to a mere thousand. What does a grand get you? According to the hotel Website, the deal includes a two-night stay in a suite (typically a winter rate of $289 per night); a three-hour tour of Christopher Norman Chocolates, Vosges Haut-Chocolat, Kee's Chocolates, MarieBelle, and Jacques Torres; and Mexican chocolate mojitos or non-alcoholic Aztec iced chocolate in the on-site lounge. (The visit to the high-end chocolatiers is led by a guide from Zoom Chocolate Magazine.) General manager Rani Carr tells us that the package launched earlier this fall through a partnership with the Chocolate Show, but the word is just starting to spread. "It's so new that we haven't had anyone actually book it and confirm it," she explains. — Lori Fradkin Calling All Chocoholics! [Exchange Hotel]

Powerful Chefs Wooing All Comers With Chocolate and Wine

On Friday, Jean Luc Le Dû, former James Beard Sommelier of the Year and Jacques Torres, former James Beard Pastry Chef of the Year and owner of Jacques Torres Chocolate Haven, are getting together at Le Dû's West Village wine store to give a series of seminars on chocolate and dessert wines. Given the men's star power, the classes are a bargain at $25 each. Seating is limited, so reserve now with your credit card. Fri., Nov. 3 at 6:30, 7, and 7:30 p.m. Le Dû's Wines, 600 Washington St., nr. Leroy St.; 212-924-6999.