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Taste-Testing Grasshopper Quesadillas; Beyoncé’s ‘Amazing’ Brooklyn Restaurant Picks

Bronx: “Savor the Bronx” at the first annual Bronx Restaurant Week, which runs from November 1 through November 13. Visit the official website to view participating restaurants. [Grub Street]
Clinton Hill: A father-daughter team has launched the latest in locally made spirits: Brooklyn Republic Vodka.* Their secret ingredient? Brooklyn water, which “really makes a difference.” [NYP]
Carroll Gardens: This week, Beyoncé was spotted dining at Buttermilk Channel and Frankies 457 — which, when added to the fact that Lucali is her and Jay-Z’s favorite Brooklyn eatery, officially means that B has “amazing restaurant taste.” [Food Republic]

East Village: On November 8, Porsena chef-owner Sara Jenkins is hosting a book signing event for Pamela Sheldon Jones, founder of a cooking school in Tuscany and author of Cucina Povera. After a wine reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Jenkins will be doing a $55 prix fixe menu inspired by Jones’s recipes, offered in addition to the regular menu. Call to reserve a spot. [Grub Street]
Financial District: The Zuccotti Park Greenmarket relocated yesterday after weeks of difficulties caused by Occupy Wall Street protesters. You can find its new site on West Broadway, between Park Place and Barclay Street. [DNA Info]
Flatiron: On Monday, Craftbar is resurrecting its “Case of the Mondays” trivia night for a Halloween edition. The evening will run from 7 to 9:30 p.m., is priced at $32, and includes a tasting menu; an additional $7 will get you a selection of wine and beer. Teams should have two or more members, and prizes will be awarded (including one for best costume). E-mail Natalia Ribbe at to reserve a spot. [Grub Street]
Little Italy: La Esquina and Cafe de la Esquina at Wythe Diner, its sister location in Williamsburg, are throwing a Day of the Dead party on Monday night. Best costume wins a free dinner for two! Judging takes place at 10:30 p.m. Call for dinner reservations, or to be placed on the bar list. [Grub Street]
Long Island City: Alewife Queens is serving up two new decidedly adult ice-cream floats: the Adult Float (root liquor, sarsaparilla, vanilla-bourbon ice cream, and club soda) and the Stout Float (Left Hand Milk Stout with chocolate and vanilla ice creams). Just in time for a Halloween sugar rush! [Grub Street]
Midtown: El Rey Del Sabor has added a new item to its menu: grasshopper quesadillas. The bugs are served dried, nestled in among guacamole, pico de gallo, and homemade chipotle aïoli. Midtown Lunch likens the eating experience to “spicy harder irregular popcorn.” [Midtown Lunch]
Red Hook: Don’t miss the annual Taste of Red Hook tomorrow, which will feature such neighborhood favorites as Mile End, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Sixpoint Craft Ales, and Stumptown Coffee. The event will be held at the Kidd Yellin Gallery (133 Imlay Street), and you can get tickets at [Grub Street]
West Village: The folks behind Smorgas Chef have been working on a fully functioning farm upstate where they can grow their own native Scandinavian ingredients, rather than import them. After a year of building, the farm is up and running, so you can expect to see locally grown dill, cucumbers, nine types of lettuce, and Finnish lamb on the menu. [WSJ]
Now through November 7, the Harrison is celebrating its tenth anniversary by giving diners $10 gift cards that can be used toward any lunch meal at the restaurant. And mention the anniversary to receive 25 percent off your lunch tab. [Grub Street]

*This post has been corrected to show that the spirits are locally made, but not locally distilled.

Taste-Testing Grasshopper Quesadillas; Beyoncé’s