EPA Joins Mercury Craze; A ‘Seinfeld’–Inspired Food Study

The Environmental Protection Agency is beginning to examine the mercury levels in the twenty most commonly eaten fish in the New York City region. [NYT]

Top Chef seductress/hostess Padma Lakshmi is moving into a full-floor loft in Alphabet City. [The Real Estate/NYO]

The holy triumvirate of burgers, fries, and milk shakes continues to dominate the nation's culinary imagination. [NRN]

Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, a Seinfeldinspired study revealed that a mere three to six instances of double-dipping transferred an average of 10,000 bacteria from mouth to dip. [NYT]

The glorious tradition of "beefsteaks," huge, hands-on beef banquets, is alive, well, and living in northern New Jersey. [NYT]

Did Death & Co. close already? Or were the doors locked and the place empty the other night around midnight just for fun? [Down by the Hipster]
Related: Death & Co. Says It Has at Least Four Months, Cops Pay a Visit

Whether youre a football fan or not, this interactive feature will tell you which watering hole is right for you come Sunday. [TONY]

Whats with all the reservationists asking if youre celebrating a special occasion when you call for a table? [NYT]

Chef John Greeley of 21 hopes President Bush will come in for a burger sometime. [Gothamist]

Just because tunas a little iffy these days doesnt mean you should give up seafood. You can still have salmon, pollack, shrimp, oysters, clams, sardines, anchovies, herring, hake, tilapia, crayfish, and whiting as much as you want. [NYT]