Neighborhood Watch

Ainsworth Prime Opens in Madison Square Garden Today; Taste of Korea Giving Away Free Lunch

East Village: Italian joint Cucina di Pesce posted a sign noting that it is closed for emergency repairs; the DOH shut down the restaurant last week with 51 violation points. [EV Grieve]
Everywhere: There’s still time to enter Taste of Korea’s Korean Lunch Sweepstakes—where winners get a free lunch for up to twenty people from one of nine Korean restaurants like Mono + Mono or Do Hwa—before it ends on Friday, November 23rd. An additional incentive to enter: $1 will be donated to Action Against Hunger’s Restaurants Against Hunger campaign for every participant. [Grub Street]
Flatiron: Get ready for Thanksgiving at Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit’s Thanksgiving Workshop, this Saturday, November 10, from 2 to 6 p.m. Guests will taste ten wines paired with classic Thanksgiving fare, prepared by Alissa Schrieber using ingredients from the Union Square Greenmarket. Tickets are $20 per person, plus get $10 off wine purchased the day of the event. [Kitchenista]

Gowanus: Infuse your own spirits to make seasonal cocktails with fresh herbs, spices, nuts, and dried fruits at Julianne Zaleta’s Cocktail Alchemy class, happening at 8 p.m. tonight at the Observatory. Tickets are $20; RSVP at [Skint]
Midtown: Tomorrow, in honor of it being 11/11/11, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s 39th St. store will reduce the price of every pastry to just $1. Other events coming up at the Coffee Bean include a coffee break party on Tuesday, November 15th, from 3 to 7 p.m., and a competition where artists can enter to get prime wall space in their upcoming store’s location. Submit a drawing of what inspires you about New York with a short explanation to enter; the artist whose drawing gets the most “likes” on their facebook page will win. [Grub Street]
Unless you had tickets to the Jay-Z and Kanye West concert and got a sneak peek of Ainsworth Prime over the weekend, today is the first day to check out the new gastropub in Madison Square Garden — but only if you have tickets: The restaurant is open exclusively for club ticket holders and guests at events at MSG. [Grub Street]
A Tuk-Tuk Boy food truck debuted on 50th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues this week. Although Midtown Lunchers note their pad thai is nothing exceptional, the truck is still a welcome — and inexpensive; most lunch options are $6 — addition to a Thai food-lacking stretch in midtown. [Midtown Lunch]
Mario Batali will be an ambassador for the star lot at Christie’s Fine and Rare Wines auction at their Rockefeller Center galleries on Saturday, November 19, and all of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the Lunchbox Fund. The highest bidder will not only get a case of Moët + Chandon 1911 Grand Vintage, but will also enjoy a Champagne-paired dinner with Batali and one guest in Del Posto’s wine cellar. [Grub Street]
Tribeca: At an eventful community board meeting last night, Erin Garmont requested a 4 a.m. closing time for her upcoming restaurant/pub at 43 Murray Street, Woodrows. The committee compromised on a Sunday-to-Wednesday closing time of 1 a.m., and a Thursday-to-Saturday closing time of 2 a.m. [Eater NY]
Matt Abramcyk (Tiny’s, the Bunker Club, Warren 77) discussed sidewalk seating for his latest venture, Super Linda Restaurant, at the same meeting last night. After shooting down his original façade plans at 109 West Broadway in September, the board voted to allow the sidewalk seating last night, granted Abramcyk closes the windows at 10 p.m., 11 p.m. on the Broadway side. [Eater NY; Tribeca Citizen]
Undisclosed location: As we mentioned a few weeks ago, David Santos (Hotel Griffou, 5 & Diamond) has a Portuguese supper club called Um Segredo. As the series of clandestine dinners approaches, diners should take note of a few updates: The dates have since changed (now scheduled for November 17, 19, 21, 22, and 23), and the seven-course menu will feature dishes like pheasant terrine, escabeche of branzino, and pumpkin pie with pretzel crunch and yogurt gelato ($75 per person; RSVP to; diners can bring their own wine). [Grub Street, NYT]
Upper West Side: This Tuesday, November 15, from 4 to 5 p.m., Veggiecation Program will host a cooking demonstration tailored for kids at Whole Foods’ Upper West Side location. Kids who attend the free class (there will be another class on December 20) will learn how to make healthy vegetable dishes that they’ll enjoy eating, plus, they’re easy to re-create at home.
Williamsburg: Meet Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop and get a signed (and discounted) copy of their book at Whisk this Saturday, November 12, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Attendees will also get to sample the meatballs, courtesy of the restaurant. [Grub Street]

Ainsworth Prime Opens in Madison Square Garden Today; Taste of Korea Giving Away