Neighborhood Watch

A Grits Cook-off in Dumbo; Champagne Cocktails at Blue Smoke

Chelsea: Have a boozy Independence Day at Chelsea Brewing Company’s party, which runs from 5 p.m. until 9:30 p.m on July 4. The $175 cost includes food and drinks, a tour of the brewery, and access to a private viewing area at Pier 59 for the 9:15 p.m. fireworks display. To make a reservation, call 212-336-6440. [Chelsea Brewing Company/Twitter]

Dumbo: More than 30 cooks will participate in a Grits Takedown at the Tobacco Warehouse this Sunday at noon, part of the NYC Food Film Festival. Tickets are $35 and include a screening of Stan Woodward’s classic film, It’s Grits! [24/Seven Brooklyn]

East Village: Spina celebrates its first anniversary this Saturday with a four-course dinner of octopus, lamb ragu, veal tenderloin, gelato, and more, is $78 per person and includes wine pairings poured from magnums. [Grub Street]

Fort Greene: Fort Greene Fest kicks off Saturday from noon until 10 p.m. in Fort Greene Park. Admission is free, but food from restaurants like No. 7, Rice, and Madiba runs $7 per plate. [Fort Greene Local/NYT]

Gramercy: In honor of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic this weekend, Blue Smoke has a special Veuve Clicquot cocktail called the Gin Filly for $16. Tabla and the Standard are also serving polo-related cocktail specials. [Grub Street]

Midtown: Certified kosher restaurant Yummy Yummy Falafel Bar is open on Lexington Avenue between 55th and 56th Streets. [Midtown Lunch]

Bull Moose Saloon is closed for renovations. [Midtown Lunch]

Park Slope: Pollio’s Fine Food, an Italian deli at 376 Fifth Avenue, is closed; there’s no word on whether the spot will reopen. [Brownstoner]

A Grits Cook-off in Dumbo; Champagne Cocktails at Blue Smoke