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Benefit Concert Tonight for D.J. Jonathan Toubin; Brunch Ramps up at Nights & Weekends

Chelsea: In addition to a new Rockefeller Center location, Williamsburg’s Blue Bottle Coffee has announced that a new location will open this winter across from the Chelsea Market. [Eater NY]
East Village: Fire crews extinguished a small fire behind the wood-burning oven at Lil’ Frankie’s Pizza this afternoon. Frankie’s will be open tonight, but some menu items may be unavailable. [Local/NYT]
Tompkins Square Bagels officially opened its doors today, at 167 Avenue A, near 10th Street. [EV Grieve]

Flatiron District: Tom Colicchio’s ’wichcraft will introduce a new (but, sadly, temporary) sandwich to its roster on Monday. A roasted leg of lamb sandwich will include braised kale mixed with golden raisins and jalapeños, with a finish of lemon aioli. Pricing will be approximately $11, and the ‘wich will be available through December 24. [Grub Street]
Fort Greene: The Third Annual Latke Festival takes place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Monday at 6:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by Edible Brooklyn, the fest features a latke lineup courtesy of some of the city’s finest, including Michael Sullivan of Veselka Bowery, Bill Telepan of Telepan, and Saul Bolton of the Vanderbilt. Selection of this year’s Latke Master will come down to nine judges, including BAM president Karen Hopkins, the ubiquitous Marty Markowitz, and 9/11 memorial designer Michael Arad. You can even throw your own latke recipe into the ring, with the editors of Edible Brooklyn selecting a winning recipe to accompany those of the festival pros. Tickets are $30. [Serious Eats NY]
Greenpoint: Weekend brunch is finally in full swing at Nights and Weekends, open at 10 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The menu is stacked with items like banana waffles, chorizo sliders, cheese bread with salted guava butter, and baked organic eggs. All plates come in under $15, and service is cash only. [Grub Street]
Midtown: Coming on top of Grub Street’s latke roundup are two more fritters that can’t be missed. First, Brooklyn Diner patrons will receive a free helping of latkes, including a choice of applesauce or sour cream, with every meal. And further uptown at Neely’s Barbecue Parlor, they’re serving up sweet-potato latkes with brown sugar-infused sour cream and a bourbon-spike applesauce. For $8.88, you get eight of these bad boys. [Grub Street]
Nolita: Nolita Mart & Espresso Bar at 156 Mott Street (near Broome) will play host to a Theo Chocolate Tasting and Michel & Augustin Cookie Sampling event on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. [Serious Eats NY]
Times Square: The final Times Square kiosk will open on Monday, and it looks to be the offspring of Rickshaw Dumpling Bar. This serves as one more reason in which, grub-wise, Times Square is good for way more than chain-restaurant eating. [Midtown Lunch]
Williamsburg: One hundred percent of proceeds from tonight’s concert at the Brooklyn Bowl will benefit D.J. Jonathan Toubin, who is still in a Portland hospital after the most freakish of freak accidents last week. Performers will include the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Heavy Trash, Stabbing Eastward, and Royal Baths. D.J.’s throughout the night will also include Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers, Billy Miller, Bear in Heaven, Leo Fitzpatrick, Habibi and Slowdance. Tickets are sold out, but the website notes that a limited number of people may be admitted for a minimum $35 cash donation starting at 10:30 p.m. [Papermag]

Benefit Concert Tonight for D.J. Jonathan Toubin; Brunch Ramps up at Nights &