Oysterfest at Back Forty; Cheesecake for Charity at Junior’s

• The holiday shops returned to Bryant Park today. Look for Dough, La Churreria, Wafels and Dinges, and other vendors among the gift shops. Check out all the food options (both sweet and savory) here. [Midtown Lunch]

• Starting next week through Thanksgiving day, $5 from the sale of each Junior’s pumpkin cheesecake from any Junior’s location will go to the Brooklyn Community Foundation. Marty Markowitz will be on hand to launch the promotion, and try out some of the charitable pumpkin cheesecake, at the Junior’s in Downtown Brooklyn on Tuesday. [Grub Street]

• The Upper West Side’s Lincoln Ristorante will celebrate Piedmonte dishes and wines with a five-course dinner on Monday, November 12. The night’s menu will highlight the truffle in particular, and who better to create such a meal than chef Benno, who was named the World Ambassador of White Truffles of Alba in 2011? Dine on braised veal with white Alba truffle or Long Island duck with black truffle, toasted farro, kohlrabi, mustard cress, and duck sauce with wine pairings for $285 per person including service and tax. Visit the or call 212-359-6500 to reserve. [Grub Street]

• It’s Oysterfest at Back Forty! Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., get a Bloody Mary oyster shooter, an assortment of five oysters, and snacks for $25. Additional oysters are $2 apiece. More details here. [NYT]

Lower East Side Pickle Day has been pushed back in preparation for Hurricane Sandy this Sunday. Tide yourself over with Vlasic until next Sunday, when you can enjoy pickles from multiple vendors, a home pickling contest, and other activities from noon to 5 p.m. on Orchard Street between East Houston and Delancey Streets. [Gothamist]

Oysterfest at Back Forty; Cheesecake for Charity at Junior’s