Theater-District Restaurants Saved; Bobby Van, Tragic Steak Man, Dies

With the Broadway strike officially settled, area restaurants breathe a collective sigh of relief. [NYT]
Related: Theater Strike Could Drop Curtain on Midtown Restaurants

Bobby Van, “who had unhealthy appetite for booze and cocaine” and was forced out of his own steakhouse business years ago, died on Tuesday as an obscure taxi driver out in Long Island. [NYP]

After a few paparazzi sneaked into Socialista to confront Penélope Cruz & Co., Armin Amiri confiscated their memory cards and returned them to the sultry star. [NYP]

It’s not even December, but Park Avenue Autumn has been officially winterized. [Eater]

Morimoto’s still talking about his toilets. [Delaware Online]
Related: Morimoto’s TOTO Toilets: The Iron Chef Would Be Flush With Embarrassment

Holiday activities sure work up an appetite, so here are a few top department-store eats. [amNY]
Related: Pine and Dine [NYM]