Talde Opens for Brunch; Big Apple Barbecue FastPasses Now on Sale

Beginning Tuesday, April 24, Whiskey Blue inside the W New York will add small plates to its menu, with traditional bar favorites under the direction of Chef Peter Andino. The comfort-food additions will include Kobe, Bahn Mi, and Maryland Sliders ($8 each/three for $21); Patatas Bravas ($12); Chicken & Waffle Beignet ($14); and Buffalo Chicken Spring Rolls ($18). [Grub Street]

Monument Lane will celebrate its one-year anniversary this weekend with free samplings of Chef Berry's charcuterie (Duck Rillettes, Pork Terrine, etc.), in addition to a Bar Special Thursday through Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight, and all day on Sunday. [Grub Street]

Stop by the Fairway Market at its Upper East Side and Harlem locations to taste samples from local artisan vendors of cheese, meat, fish, baked goods, and more. [Grub Street]

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party FastPass tickets are now on sale, so if you want the right to cut the lines, toggle on over to the website to purchase. [Official Site]

The Institute of Culinary Educations summer lineup of recreational classes is now open for registration. Highlights include one on ramps and another on starting your own food truck. You can register on ICEs website. [Grub Street]

Baconery, the bacon bakery, is offering the "Tax Day Sale," a discount of 50 percent off all food items online today only. Enter the code "TAX" at checkout to take advantage of savings on salty-sweet treats. [Grub Street]

Starting tonight, the lounge at Junoon will open at 5 p.m. daily. To celebrate longer days and warmer nights, Junoon will also offer a new Spring Cocktail Hour. From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, guests can select from $10 cocktails and $7 small plates. [Grub Street]

If youre the brunch type, you may be thrilled to hear that Talde will officially launch its brunch menu beginning this weekend. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and we hear that the sausage, egg, cheese fried rice is one of the stranger, more delicious options. [Grub Street]

The American Cancer Societys seventh annual Taste of Hope is being held in Soho at 82 Mercer, on May 3rd from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Taste of Hope is a culinary tasting event featuring some of the most notable chefs and restaurants in New York City including Blue Ribbon Sushi, Beauty & Essex, Delicatessen, Coppelia, and many more. This year, Todd English is the event honoree, and will be recognized for his ongoing involvement with national charities since his sister passed away from breast cancer in 2005. Tickets begin at $150 per person. [Grub Street]