Neighborhood Watch

An Asian Restaurant Tasting in Chelsea; Calexico Comes to Greenpoint

Ditmas Park: Purple Yam will host a series of dinners in 2011 cooked and hosted by guest chefs and cookbook authors. The series kicks off with Kian Lam Kho of the blog Red Cook on January 27. [Ditmas Park Blog]

Chelsea: Project by Project, a volunteer organization serving Asian American nonprofits, hosts its twelfth-annual food tasting, Plate by Plate, at the Metropolitan Pavilion this Friday at 7:30 p.m. The benefit features dishes from Asian restaurants including Baorito, D.O.B. 111, En Japanese Brasserie, and ilili. [Grub Street]

Greenpoint: The Calexico taco truck will open a storefront on Manhattan Avenue in mid-October. [Eater NY]

Midtown: Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine plans to open a branch at 45th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. [Midtown Lunch]

Park Slope: Long Tan will close soon, with plans to reopen as a cocktail bar with small plates this winter. [Brownstoner]

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosts a Chile Pepper Fiesta on Saturday, featuring cooking demos using chile peppers and the Brooklyn Chile Chocolate Takedown. [Brooklyn Based]

Staten Island: Golden’s Kosher Restaurant and Deli at 2845 Richmond Avenue now features a dining area built inside a 1936 subway car, complete with original seating. [Gothamist]

West Village: Budding restaurateurs Aron Watman and Billy Waite plan to open the Brooklyneer, a restaurant dedicated to Brooklyn cuisine, on West Houston Street. [Fork in the Road/VV]

An Asian Restaurant Tasting in Chelsea; Calexico Comes to Greenpoint