Restuarant news and notes for October 20

The steak sandwich at E&E Grill House.

Here are some restaurants and specials to keep an eye out for this weekend:

The Joy of Sake
Tonight from 6 to 9 p.m., enjoy the world’s finest sakes and Asian cuisine pairings at The Joy of Sake event. There will be over 326 sakes available to taste and appetizers by some of the city’s best chefs. Tickets are $90 in advance and 30 percent of sales will go toward brewery families affected by the Great East Japanese Tsunami.
131 W. 18th St., The Altman Building, 888-799-7242

Le Grand Brunch at Brasserie Beaumarchais
Once a month, event planner Ricardo Ralph Lopez will bring a St. Tropez party brunch to diners at this Meatpacking District eatery. Guests will have dishes created by executive chef and Iron Chef Champion Nicholas Cantrel and then will enjoy dancing, high-energy performances and themed parties.
409 W. 13th St., 212-675-2400

Vintner menu at Tocqueville
French oenophile Michel Chapoutier is showcasing wines at a four-course dinner wine and dinner pairing, now until Nov. 26. The meal features items like braised Japanese yellowtail and oven-roasted pears with chutney. Tickets are $125.
1 East 15th St., 212-647-1515

Fall delights at New York Central
The Grand Hyatt restaurant offers the flavors of comfort food with a mix of modern creations and signature dishes. Chef Christian Ragano is serving dishes such as autumn pumpkin soup and pistachio and mint crushed lamb. Breakfast and lunch are served as well.
Park Ave at Grand Central, 646-213-6865

Sake and Sushi classes at Haru
This weekend, celebrate 15 years of sushi at Haru and learn the basics of sushi-making. Chef Haru himself will walk you through the preparation process as you sip on sake. Tickets are $55.
1329 Third Ave., (Saturday), 212-452-2230
433 Amsterdam Ave. (Sunday), 212-579-5655

Madeline Look-Alike Contest at Bemelmans
This Saturday at 12:30 p.m., girls can come dressed in their best Madeline style blue dress, Mary-Janes and bright yellow hat for a chance to win a Madeline High Tea for three at Bemelmans. Stay for the afternoon of signing, dancing and tea.
35 E. 76th St., 212-744-1600

NYC Cider Week at MexiQ
MexiQ is making Cider Week (Oct. 16-22) even sweeter with some house-made treats like apple cider donuts and pumpkin panna cotta.
37-11 30th Ave., Astoria, 718-626-0333

Sweet apple pie cocktail at Le Caprice
Get into the fall spirit at Le Caprice, which is serving a concoction of apple brandy and apple cider for $12.
795 Fifth Ave., 212-940-8195

Lunch Specials at E&E Grill House
Starting this coming Monday, E&E is offering a $9 lunch special featuring sandwiches such as the grilled steak and the candied BLT.
233 West 49th St., 212-505-9909

La Cerveceria opens
The Peruvian-inspired beer house by Kyle Saliba boasts South American tapas with ingredients such as Pacific seafood, chilies and locally harvested produce.  
65 Second Ave., 212-777-6965


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