East Village Social Opens; Cook Out NYC’s Kimchi-Eating Contest Is Back

• East Village Social is now open at 126 St. Mark’s Place. Head over for “seasonal sangrias” and “comfort food with a southern spin.” [EV Grieve]

Tolani Wine Restaurant on the UWS is hosting a clambake this Saturday, June 30. Expect live folk music and drink specials. Call 212-873-6252 for reservations. [Grub Street]

Gotham Bar and Grill has a new pastry chef! Everyone give a warm Grub Street welcome to Ron Papricki. [Grub Street]

Saxelby Cheesemongers is hosting a mozzarella-making demo on Thursday from 3 to 5. So that’s awesome. [Grub Street]

• Pitch & Fork opens up this Thursday on the UES, serving what sounds like meat, meat, and, uh, more meat. [Thrillist]

• Sounds like Cook Out NYC, happening next weekend, is once again set to host a kimchi-eating contest. We’re stoked. [Grub Street]

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is back on for noon. Phew. [Brooklyn Paper]

Brooklyn Tap House is hosting a BBQ featuring a special menu and D.J.s this Saturday from 2 to 10. [Grub Street]

• Zagat’s first-ever pizza survey is out, and surprise, surprise, people dig pepperoni. [Zagat Buzz]

• New York Public Library’s latest exhibit, “Lunch Hour NYC,” is taking it to the streets (or, er, park) with a rotating lineup of some of the City’s finest food trucks. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]

• Celebrate the launch of FirstCrush, the site that recommends wines based on your taste profile (Like Netflix, but for booze!) at their June 29 launch party at New York Vintners . Tickets are $20. [Grub Street]

• Laurent Gras gets featured (twice) on Park and Bond. Once for his style, and again for his taste (in food, that is). [Grub Street]

East Village Social Opens; Cook Out NYC’s Kimchi-Eating Contest Is Back