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The city, seeking to find out just how badly New Yorkers eat prior to implementing its new calorie-info law, is trading MetroCards for meal receipts. [Nation's Restaurant News]

Akthar Nawab of E.U., Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, and Chris Lee of Gilt all talk about the challenges of taking over an established restaurant (getting reviewed too soon, finding the fuse box, etc.). [NYP]

The Spotted Pig’s April Bloomfield is being named Food & Wine’s Best New Chef. [NYP]

The humane treatment of animals has finally reached a “tipping point,” where mainstream concern about the subject impacts business. [NYT]

Eating at the bar is now a fine-dining standard. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]
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There’s a lot more history in Chinese noodle-making in New York than you may have thought. [NYT]

American fast food, unleashed on the world, has evolved as foreign chains bring it back to us. [Time]