— Last night, Governor Cuomo signed a bill that will allow people to legally dine outdoors with their dogs. Mayor de Blasio opposed this initiative because of health/cleanliness issues related to animals in dining areas, but his efforts to stop this bill were futile. This is happening, and Governor Cuomo is expected to announce the signing of the bill today. The good news for restaurateurs who don't want to deal with dogs is that they will be able to set their own policies regarding animals and outdoor seating.
— Saint's Alp Teahouse on Third Avenue is closing after service today. The Hong Kong-based chain claims to have brought bubble tea to the United States when it opened its first location on Mott Street in 1995. The East Village location has been in business since 1999.
— Amelia Lester of Tables for Two enjoys her time at Jonathan Waxman's Jams. On the caviar with blinis: "The 'corn sauce' that accompanies them is more like a chowder, curiously lukewarm and gloopy, but it’s just about the only thing lost in translation. The pancakes are shot through with red peppers, and topped, naturally, with the Greek yogurt of the nineteen-eighties, crème fraîche. The effect is effortless opulence: around the corner from Trump Tower, it’s a reminder that not all resurrections from the era are bad news."
— Bagel Pigeon is not as fearless as Pizza Rat nor as cute as Pizza Raccoon, but still, there's something kind of charming about this starch-loving critter:
— Martin Scorsese's new HBO show Vinyl is shooting in and around Mission Chinese Food on the Lower East Side today, so the restaurant will be closed for dinner. In other MCF news, Danny Bowien is hosting a special prime rib dinner on Halloween, with crudités, wedge salad, pommes puree, hickory-smoked beef, creamed spinach, and dessert for $175 per person — food, drinks, and gratuity included. The event is called Mission Chinese House of Prime Rib, possibly as an homage to fabled San Francisco establishment House of Prime Rib, where the meat, potatoes, and spinach are served from large domed carts. Tickets are available through Reserve.
— Broome Street bar/restaurant Louie & Chan's is serving 35 cent cocktails from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday nights.
— East Village dive The Continental is already advertising that costumed revelers will be welcome at the bar during SantaCon in December.
— Roots drummer/Tonight Show bandleader Questlove is working on a book called somethingtofoodabout: Exploring Creativity With America's Most Innovative Chefs. The book will feature conversations with chefs and other food-world luminaries, including Eleven Madison Park's Daniel Humm and Modernist Cuisine's Nathan Myhrvold.
— Sober Jon Hamm hung out with some cocktail-sipping friends at Kingside over the weekend.
— And finally, here's how to make bagels like the bakers at Black Seed: