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Three Words: Chelsea Cupcake Controversy

Bedford-Stuyvesant: Next Thursday’s cocktail fund-raiser at Carver Savings bank benefits Fulton-Nostrand United Merchants Association, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, and if you’re still reading this, congratulations. [Bed-Stuy Gateway] Chelsea: The pink cupcake — you know the one — inspires reactions from diabolical blogger rants to posters defending the pretty cake. [Blog Chelsea] Ronnybrook Dairy will be converted into a milk bar serving breakfast, lunch and dinner — with special lactose twists. [Eater] Clinton Hill: Olivino is hosting an Italian wine tasting tonight starting at 6:30 p.m.; you’ve got three hours to “taste” as much as your liver can stand. [Clinton Hill Blog] East Village: The Bowery Hotel lobby may be getting a tepid response, but the 10,000-square-foot bar space on the second floor should impress, assuming the weather warms up sometime. [Down by the Hipster] Tribeca: Patsy’s Pizza coming to the former Dominic spot; booze a sure thing. [Eater] West Village: Chumley’s won't be torn down — not yet, anyway. [Gawker] The Spotted Pig has updated their menu. [Grub Street]

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Saint Patrick's Day Not the Only Excuse to Drink This Weekend

Clinton Hill: Olivino Wines will host a free tasting tonight. [Clinton Hill Blog] Dumbo: BoConcept's opening bash tonight offers free vodka to benefit children. [Brooklyn Record] Greenpoint: A vegetarian restaurant named William Howard Taft will open soon on Calyer Street. There's a story behind the odd name, but don't ask us to explain it. [Gowanus Lounge] Harlem: The sleek waterfront Hudson River Cafe is about to have its grand opening. [Uptown Flavor] But the DEN will give you a free cocktail or appetizer just for checking out Vanessa Williams's new modest-budget film. [Uptown Flavor] Prospect Heights: New fair-trade coffee at Prospect Perk tastes like ox, hippie, and doped-up poet. Which is, apparently, good. [dailyheights.com] Tribeca: There's a "forgotten-cask" Cognac tasting tonight at Brandy Library; freebies mean Single-Malt Saturday is canceled. Farther downtown, plans for a two-story restaurant may overshadow Pier 26 boathouse. [downtown express] Union Square: Zen Palate to open vegetarian burger chain. [VV]

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