BACK BAY — City Table plays a sentimental song this weekend as the Lenox Hotel restaurant transforms back into Diamond Jim's Piano Bar. City Table's predecessor, Diamond Jim's, opened in 1964 and was a classy spot to bring a date for more than three decades. In addition to the ivory keys, City Table has a special menu planned for the throwback weekend. It all begins Friday night, March 6 with performances and sing-a-longs starting at 7 p.m. [Official Site]
HARVARD SQUARE — If you're going to want brunch this Saturday, you'd best get over to Harvard Square. Both PARK and Alden & Harlow are starting Saturday brunch this week. PARK chef Gregory Guevin has long offered Sunday brunch, and now the same menu — including a dozen brunch cocktails — will be available from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturdays, too. Alden & Harlow kicks off its brunch program with a very special guest: Stumptown Coffee Roasters reps will be there #RoastingIt, as the restaurant has branded the event. Beverage director Seth Freidus has created cold-brewed concentrate cocktails that showcase each coffee's flavor profile, and there will be coffee flights, too. The Stumptown folks will be on hand to answer questions, like a "coffee sommelier." [Press Release, Press Release]
CHINATOWN — A world-class Chinese chef is bringing a team on a culinary tour of the United States, and the first stop is at Shojo. Masterchef Wu, as the event organizers call him, hails from Hangzhou, a sister city of Boston with a fundamental provincial cuisine. For one night only, he and his eight assistants will take over Shojo's kitchen to create an authentic meal with courses like the three-dimensionally beautiful pyramid braised soy pork and bamboo shoots. Tickets are still available.