Neighborhood Watch

Free Cocktails at the Roger Smith Hotel; Bobo Closes Over Health Violations Then Reopens

Battery Park City: Until 7 p.m. tomorrow, celebrate the summer opening of the World Financial Center Greenmarket in Battery Park City, featuring cooking demonstrations from vendor Fatty Snack. [NYDN]

Chelsea: Tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m., Chelsea Wine Vault will host Rosé Riot, a tasting of over twenty rosés; tickets are $25 per person. [NYDN]

Chinatown: There will be a multiethnic walking food tour through Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Lower East Side tonight. Tickets here. [Walking Tours Manhattan]

East Village: The opening of the Bowery outpost of Veselka has been delayed owing to problems finding an executive chef. In the meantime, owner Tom Birchard and beverage director Eric Greczel are perfecting the Eastern European drink menu and rustic décor. [East Village Local/NYT]

With recent liquor license troubles, classic jazz bar Nublu finds a home in the basement of Lucky Cheng’s while it searches for a loophole that will mean returning home to Avenue C. [East Village Local/NYT]

Lower East Side: Photographer Eric Hopf is currently scouting out venues to house New York’s first vegan bodega, where he plans to stock raw items and fruit, as well as vegan junk food and beer. [Fork in the Road/VV]

Meatpacking District: Head out to Pier 54 at West 14th Street on August 21, from 2 to 9 p.m., for the annual Blues and Barbecue Festival. Enjoy food from Brother Jimmy’s BBQ and the Ember Room, among others, and music by bands from across the country. [Skint]

Midtown East: Learn how to make Takoyaki (octopus balls) and experiment with toppings and fillings for the Japanese snack on Wednesday, August 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Japanese Culinary Center (711 Third Avenue). Tickets are $40 per person; get them here. [Grub Street]

Try a Dark and Stormy tonight at Roger Smith Hotel’s rooftop bar Henry’s (sixteenth floor) during their free cocktail tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. [Grub Street]

Nolita: Emporio is giving out free salami, cheeses, and orzo from 5 to 6:30 p.m. to enjoy with your pre-dinner drinks. [Gothamist]

Park Slope: Former Top Chef Mark Simmons’s much-anticipated New Zealand–inspired restaurant, Kiwiana, opened yesterday at 847 Union Street. [Fucked in Park Slope]

Tasting Brooklyn Dining Club will visit Fornino Park Slope for their next meeting, at 7 p.m. on August 23. Tickets go for $55 per person, which includes a five-course dinner, one drink, and a $10 Fairway coupon ($20 extra for wine pairing). [Grub Street]

Upper East Side: At their first American vs. British candy showdown, the London Candy Company is asking customers to try the American and British versions of Snickers and declare a winner. Where will your taste buds pledge allegiance? [Grub Street]

West Village: De Santos premieres their late-summer menu (available daily through October, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m) and complimentary seasonal cocktails on Wednesdays (10 p.m. to 11 p.m.). [Grub Street]

Despite fancy décor and pricey French food, Bobo was forced to close on Saturday after receiving a 62 violation points, resulting in a C grade from the DOH; the report cited flies, mice (!), and improperly washed surfaces; however, a call to the restaurant reveals that it has reopened. [DNA Info]

Free Cocktails at the Roger Smith Hotel; Bobo Closes Over Health Violations Then