Mario Slammed for His Crocs; Zagat's Dinner Prices a Crock?

Plenty of new chefs and openings to report, but the real hubbub is over the persistence of Batali's orange shoes and a certain skinny red book.

Per the Flo chart, Boulud opens a wine bar, Tourondel opens a burger joint, and Neiporent teams up with Bao 111's Michael Huyn for a Vietnamese venture. [NYT]

Batali wears the Crocs for a movie premiere and our friends the Fug Girls declare him "the poster child for this crime against global retinas." Meanwhile Radar reports he dishwashes his 30 pairs. [Chow]

New chefs attempt to breathe life into Gilt (Chris Lee; lobster sliders), Thor (Kevin Pomplun; oxtail fettuccini), and tapas bar Marbella (Fernando Echeverri, squid-stuffed chorizo). [Strong Buzz]

Zagat drops, and Jennifer Leuzzi asks the usual chefs how they feel about landing the usual spots. [NYS]

Meanwhile, Steve Cuozzo complains that Tim and Nina are still lowballing meal costs, which have climbed 14.5 percent at top spots: "Many figures given as the 'average estimate of the price of a dinner with one drink and tip' at specific restaurants still seem more like cheapest-case scenarios than averages." [NYP]

Finally, last call for the chipotle-gorgonzola-black-bean-lasagne at Williamsburg's eatery-cum-screening-room Monkey Town. [Eater]