Petit Robert Central
What: Jacky Robert unveils his opulent 10,000-square footer (designed by HGTV’s Taniya Nayak) with wraparound bar and lounge area, plus the usual beloved bistro fare (beef short ribs bourguignon, panko-crusted pork loin, roasted half chicken).
Why: The express lunch menu — croque monsieur, salad nicoise, quiche Lorraine — is tres expense report friendly.
When: Opens Mon. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat., 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 101 Arch St., entrance at Summer St., Downtown Crossing (617-737-1777).
Art Salon at FP3
What: Photographer Jack Dzamba discusses his book and exhibit Paris in Boston, a pictorial exploration of the City of Lights’s architectural influence on our fair burg.
Why: Vodka cocktails and an inimitable terraced view of the skyline.
When: Thurs., 6-8 p.m.
Where: 346 Congress St., ph. 1, Fort Point. R.S.V.P. (by Mon.) to email@example.com.
What: In uncertain times, nothing is a sure bet. But with Ray-Bans, you can’t go wrong — especially when they’re up to 40 percent off.
Why: Dress the rest of you at the Best of L.A. sale (think Karen Zambos, Dear Creatures, and Wren).
Where: Online at swirl.com.
Persia Meets Puglia
What: Beacon Hill sister restos Lala Rokh and Bin 26 Enoteca debut a monthly four-course collab ($49, plus $29 for drink pairings), comprised of both Mediterranean and Italian delicacies — morgh pollo, cocoa tagliatelle — with two dishes eaten at each spot.
Why: The cobbled, midmeal stroll lets you catch your breath.
When: Tues., 6 & 8:30 p.m.
Where: 97 Mount Vernon St. (617-720-5511); 26 Charles St. (617-723-5939). Reservations (required) to 617-720-5511.
The Beauty Sample Sale
What: Stock up on skin, hair, and makeup products from the likes of Cosmetica, L’Oréal, and Heather Organics before undergoing mini makeovers (think: blowouts, facials, and polish changes) at the hands of local spa mavens.
Why: A complimentary cosmo, sweet munchies (including cupcakes), and a product-filled goodie bag.
When: Wed., 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Estate, 1 Boylston Pl., Downtown. Tickets ($25) online at prettycity.com. Readers who enter dailycandyvip get 25 percent off.
Brunch at Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen
What: Chef Tim Partridge debuts a weekend lineup of seminal midday favorites, including corned beef hash with poached eggs, ricotta pancakes, and fried chicken (yes, that fried chicken) with waffles and maple butter.
Why: A succinct, reconstituting cocktail list, including the PBR-based mimosa.
When: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 604 Columbus Ave., South End (617-536-1100).
Photo: Courtesy of Andy Jones Creative / Petit Robert Central