Carroll Gardens standby Marco Polo Ristorante reopens tonight with a completely revamped menu and dining room. [Grub Street]
Hearth and Terrior in the East Village are celebrating Cider Week through this Saturday, October 20, by offering an expanded selection of cider by the bottle and glass; their seasonal High Line outpost will offer several ciders, apple ice wine, and $3 cups of hot spiced apple cider. Unrelated to apples, Hearth will welcome Lebanese winemaker Serge Hochar for a tasting dinner: It's $146 per person for food and drink; call 646-602-1300. [Grub Street].
Joshua David Stein made a sad solo trip to Paula Deen's Savannah restaurant the Lady & Sons and did battle with the local cuisine: Both Mordor and Sherman's March to the Sea are invoked. [Food Republic]
It's a polarizing beverage, but if you're inclined to ring in the fall months with the arrival of pumpkin beer, Bon Appetit has a rundown of their top picks: Smuttynose takes the top spot. [Bon Appetit]
Nancy Singleton Hachisu, an American expat living on a Japanese farm, lays out a vision of simple, ingredient-driven Japanese home-cooking in new cookbook Japanese Farm Food. She'll be signing it tonight at the Upper East Side Williams-Sonoma and giving a presentation based on the book at Brooklyn Kitchen tomorrow, Thursday, October 18. [Grub Street]
This weekend, October 20 and 21, waterfront bar La Marina will host a free pumpkin-carving event, complete with macaroni and cheese (for the kids) and pumpkin soup (for their parents). The event states at 11 a.m. both days; e-mail the restaurant or call 917-628-5326 to reserve. [Grub Street]
Marble Lane has unveiled its new lunch menu: Look out for the crab cake Benedict and the Food Networkapproved Kobe Patty Melt. [Grub Street]