Looking for the kind of lunch that induces an immediate nap? The new lunch menu at Pig Bleecker should satisfy. Beginning today and running Monday - Friday from noon to 3 p.m., nosh on sandwiches like a Pit Beef with horseradish cream and caramelized onions, Fried Chicken Thigh with smoked jalapeno pineapple coleslaw, and a Pimento Grilled Cheese on white bread. Also on offer: Smoked Mozzarella Sticks with Sunday Gravy and a Mason Jar Oreo Cheesecake.

If you can duck out from your desk job on the earlier side or need a weekend stopover, April Bloomfield's Salvation Burger begins happy hour this week daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Holy Cow Kolsh ($6), two Gotham Project wines ($7 Gruner, $8 Malbec) and a scotch cocktail ($9) are all on special, as is a new menu item: sliders. An order of two ($10) includes two beef patties each, house-made American cheese, pickles & special sauce on sesame seed potato buns.

Metropolis (Liz Clayman)

Metropolis, the subterranean oyster bar underneath Union Square's Blue Water Grill, debuts Speakeasy Thursday Nights featuring live jazz music. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the restaurant hosts a rotating cast of performers in the unique space who'll soundtrack an evening of oyster slurping and martini sipping. The restaurant specializes in seafood, like flavored oysters and shellfish platters, but also offers dishes like cheesesteaks and roasted chicken.

Explore the spiritual and culinary importance of the Ganesh Temple of the Hindu Temple Society of North America with a tour and dinner put on by the Queens Dinner Club. On Tuesday, the group takes us on A Passage To South India with a tour of the temple followed by a completely vegetarian meal in the Temple Canteen. The unique meal includes Keralan and Adrahan specialties and the multi-course menu offers dishes like koottu curry with Keralan plantain and chickpea curry and masala dosa filled with potatoes. Tickets $35.