On Our Plate: Best Restaurants with a View; Chefs Fight Fracking; AC Food + Wine Festival; KRLD Restaurant Week; dineLA + Queens Feast Wind Down

Restaurant Week Boston arrives August 19th! Snap up your reservations soon!

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* We’re celebrating the release of our 2012 Diners’ Choice Awards for Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants in the U.S. Discover if your fave made the list!

* Join foodies in the fight against fracking in New York State at tonight’s benefit for New Yorkers Against Fracking and Chefs for the Marcellus at Brooklyn Winery. Purchase tickets now.

* The Atlantic City Food + Wine Festival starts today! Get tickets for four days of food and fun in the AC.

* Take a look at scenes from the Banana Republic + Bon Appetit Desk to Dinner party in New York last week. Click here!

* Are you going from Desk to Dinner tonight? Get some tips on making the transition from stylist Annie Ladino.

* Now trending on OpenTable restaurant reviews? Heirloom tomatoes.

How long do you wait before trying a new restaurant? Vote in this week’s poll!

* Did you send the Tweet of the Week? Find out!

* New York City Restaurant Week continues through August 10, and we’ve got the scoop on special menus from Lincoln Ristorante, Café Centro, and La Fonda del Sol. Learn what they’re serving and why it’s so special.

* dineLA is winding down. Dine on $15, $20 or $25 lunches and $25, $35 or $45 dinners, July 16-27, 2012.

* South Jersey Farm to Fork Week is in full bloom. Savor $25 or $35 four-course dinners, July 22-28, 2012.

* Queen’s Feast Charlotte Restaurant Week ends soon. Save with $30 three-course dinners, July 20-29, 2012.

* Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week reservations are open. Book tables to dine on special $25 and $35 dinners, July 21-29.

* Cleveland Cool Fun in the Summertime is happening. Sample delicious dishes and pairings at Cleveland’s best restaurants thru 7/31.

* Restaurant Week Columbus continues. Enjoy gourmet prix-fixe menus for $15-$35 until July 28th.

* Hudson Restaurant Week is a hit! $13-$18 lunches and $25-$35 dinners, through August 3.

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No Fracking Way: Join NY Chefs at Anti-Fracking Fundraiser in Brooklyn, 7/26

The fight against fracking in New York has gained momentum among chefs, farmers, small business owners, and concerned citizens.

On Thursday, July 26, Brooklyn Winery will host Taste of The Marcellus at Brooklyn Winery to benefit New Yorkers Against Fracking and Chefs for the Marcellus. Featuring dishes from chefs Michael Anthony (Gramercy Tavern), Zak Pelaccio (Fatty ‘Cue), Bill Telepan (Telepan), Chris Santos (The Stanton Social), and other culinary luminaries, the event, sponsored by StarChefs, will be the most delicious way to stand up for the environment with your fellow foodies.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. It sounds simple(ish), but, if you’re worried about the quality of your drinking water, among other things, it’s a lot more complicated than it seems. A lot. In New York, fracking is not yet legal — but it could be. New York chefs, proud drinkers of some of the nation’s tastiest tap water and supporters of sustainability, are banding together to help stop fracking in its tracks.

Purchase tickets today to enjoy amazing seasonal eats, plus unlimited pours of Brooklyn Winery’s own New York wines, Brewery Ommegang beers, Eve’s Cidery hard ciders, and Tuthilltown cocktails. We’ll see you in the BK tomorrow!