Burger and Barrel Launches Happy Hour; Another Ramen Spot on Lower East Side

Lower East Side: Bluebird Coffee Shop at 72 East 1st Street changed ownership from Mark and Jessica Connell to Alex Hall and Sabrina Godfrey, of Milk Bar in Prospect Heights and Café Madeline in Ditmas Park. [Drinks/Serious Eats]


After a failed ramen-and-pizza shtick at 121 Ludlow Street, Ramen Kuidouraku has been replaced by another ramen and sushi spot, Nippon. [Bowery Boogie]


Cupcake crawl for hunger! With $5 to support the Food Bank of New York City, meet at 248 Broome Street at 11 a.m. on Sunday to hit sweet spots Babycakes, Butter Lane, Sugar Sweet sunshine, Dessert Club, and more. [Bowery Boogie]

Prospect Park: Milk Bar at 670 Vanderbilt Avenue will host a special $25 pop-up dinner (including beer and wine) tonight with Not Dining Out in Brooklyn" author Cathy Erway. [Eat It: The Brooklyn Food Blog]


Red Hook: Fairway Market will throw a Customer Appreciation barbecue in their parking lot on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. [Eat It: The Brooklyn Food Blog]


Soho: Burger and Barrel launches a happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. with $5 wine and beer on tap, and $7 "modern pub" bites like mini-filet-mignon sandwiches and bacon-bison sliders. [Thrillist]


Tribeca: Tickets are still available for Taste of Tribeca this Saturday, buy the $40 ticket at Whole Foods Tribeca (from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) through Friday, or you can get one for $45 at the event. [Tribeca Citizen]


Upper West Side: Tickets are still available for the annual New Taste of the Upper West Side taking place this Friday and Saturday. [My Upper West]


West Village: Rocco's Pastry Shop was shuttered by the Health Department for an expired permit and loyal patrons express their anger on the window with comments such as "I hate this Gestapo bullshit." [Fork in the Road/VV]


New Italian prepared-food offshoot of the UES Scalinatella, Scali Caffé, is open for business at 245 Bleecker Street. [Fork in the Road/VV]