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Backyard Opens at The Pines; Rub-A-Grub at Do or Dine

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GOWANUS — The soft opening of The Pines's backyard is this Saturday, May 11 with a "Brazilian-soul-African-disco party" hosted by DJ Dr Sussman. The backyard, which opens officially on May 18 will have a Basque cider bar and its own menu of dishes all grilled over a wood fire. [EaterWire]

WEST VILLAGE — EN Japanese Brasserie is serving a Mother's Day brunch this Sunday, May 12. The five-course meal is $45 per person, and includes EN's housemade tofu and a selection of sashimi. There's also a kid's menu to go alongside it for $25 per person, which includes more kid-friendly dishes like tempura chicken. For reservations, call 212-647-9196. [EaterWire]

BED-STUY — Do Or Dine is hosting its now-annual "Rub-A-Grub" backyard party with Sound Liberation Front on Memorial Day weekend. Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest will be one of the DJs, and the Do Or Dine team will serve three rounds of food and booze, starting with bloody Marys and appetizers, moving on to beer and shots, and ending with cocktails and BBQ. The whole thing starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 26 and lasts until the afterparty moves to One Last Shag at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $25 for a VIP pass, and can be bought online. [EaterWire]

VIDEO INTERLUDE — Keens Steakhouse was one of five restaurants to recieve the James Beard Foundation America's Classics Award this year, and the 128-year-old restaurant was featured in a behind-the-scenes video at the awards ceremony last night. Eater National has that look at the steakhouse's pipe club past, plus all the other profiles of the America's Classics winners that were screened last night. [EN]

The Pines

284 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 718 596 6560

EN Japanese Brasserie

435 Hudson Street, Manhattan, NY 10014 (212) 647-9196 Visit Website

Do or Dine

1108 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11216