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LES Bites: New York Cider Week, Mimi Sheraton at Eldridge Street, Contra’s Mantra

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Here’s what’s happening on the Lower East Side food scene:

–New York Cider Week is coming up Nov. 6-15. It includes the Lower East Side Cider Festival on Nov. 8 from noon-4 p.m. The farmer’s market on three blocks of Orchard Street will feature a community cider press, food, music, folk dancing and family activities. participating restaurants include Wassail, Mission Cantina and Northern Spy. Click here more details about all of the events.

–Eater’s Ryan Sutton says the “guest chef “dinners at Contra are a “way to make an elitist playing field just a hint more democratic.” He calls the restaurant’s younger sibling, Wildair,”a place to hop in for a glass of wine and a thought provoking bite.” Together, the two spots prove the Contra team is poised “to upend our collective notions of New York dining at every level.”

–Tonight at 7, Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune interviews food writer Mimi Sheraton about her book, “1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die.” The event at the Museum at Eldridge Street will focus on the Jewish, Latin and Chinese offerings on the Lower East Side. Afterward, there will be a reception, including halvah from Economy Candy, knishes from Yonah Schimmel, plus babka and rugelach. The cost is $18.

–Video: The Wall Street Journal pays a visit to Economy Candy.

–Grub Street sits down for a chat with Kenta Goto, who’s Lower East Side cocktail den Bar Goto offers a unique “combination of elegant, subtly Asian-inflected drinks and expertly made Japanese bar food.”

–ICYMI: The Times gives some attention to Asian Spicy Curry, which is popping up at 46 Mulberry St.

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