Cheap Food Still Available in Astoria; Bronx Pizza Will Get Better

Astoria: Wow, cheap-eats prices may be going up in elsewhere, but at Omonia (the caf that baked the elaborate wedding cake for My Big Fat Greek Wedding), you can get a $12 brunch that includes an entre, dessert, a morning cocktail, and coffee, tea, or juice. (And its good.) [Foodista]
Bronx: Peter Meehan found someone to drive him to Trattoria Zero Otto Nove on Arthur Avenue to try the margherita thats been getting blog buzz as "the best Neapolitan pizza in New York City. Its good, he says, but needs work (and less sweet sauce). [Diners Journal/NYT] Slices Adam Kuban, Ed Levines, and DJ Bubbles also tried Zero Otto Nove and found potential not perfection. The grilled pizza from Coals at 1888 Eastchester Road was also dubbed "surprisingly good" during the same trip. [Slice]
Lower East Side: Chubo has closed, and it looks like its going to be turned into a Japanese cooking school that will sell its pastries out of a flagship caf by this summer. [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch]
Upper East Side: Chef Michael Vernon has left Geisha to consult on new Serafina restaurants. [Strong Buzz]
Midtown East: The owner of now-closed Portofino Grille will open a steakhouse called Crestons Bar & Grill in the same space come May. [Zagat Buzz]
Upper West Side: Spigolo chef Scott Fratangelo loves Land Thai restaurant. [Diners Journal/NYT]
Williamsburg: The state of neighborhood pizza here is weak overall, evidence being leftover slices you dont even want to eat. [A Brooklyn Life]