Soul Food Comes to Bed-Stuy!; 2nd Avenue Deli’s Not Really Kosher

Bedford-Stuyvesant: A family-run seafood/soul food take-out spot called 71.Ate has opened at 417 Nostrand Avenue, and while the fried whiting is tasty, the house-made banana pudding will definitely make you want to come back. [Eat for Victory/VV]
East Village: Ruhlmans hosting a nose-to-tail dinner with gut man Chris Cosentino on Tuesday, March 4, at Astor Center. [Ruhlman]
Murray Hill/Kips Bay: Can the 2nd Avenue Deli really be called kosher if its open on the Sabbath? Many observant Jews, whom Frank Bruni has chatted with, say no. [Diners Journal/NYT]
Tribeca: Bouley has been denied a liquor license for his proposed Japanese restaurant and cooking school, Brushstrokes, based on the history of the owner, having problems with the community in the past, and the way he runs his establishments. [Eater]
Upper East Side: Mia Dona is currently BYOB until the liquor license comes through next week. [Eater]