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Pucker-Free Apple Cocktails at PDT; Barbounia’s Middle-Eastern Pastries to Go

East Village: PDT's Jim Meehan predicts apple cocktails will be the rage this season and is tinkering with a drink called the "Gran Treacle, which includes tequila, NY state apple cider, agave syrup and Bittermens mole bitters." [Down by the Hipster]
Related: Make PDT’s Bacon-Infused Old-fashioned at Home
Flatiron: Barbounia's Israeli chef, Efraim Nahon, has started selling Middle-Eastern breads, pastries, and seasonings at the restaurant. [NYT]
Midtown East: Hady Kfoury (linked to Daniel and Payard) will open a high-end Lebanese spot called Naya mid-month at 1052 Second Avenue.
Salute! further distances itself from a Sbarro pedigree with a new Italian chef and all-organic menu. [Grub Street]
Midtown West: The Starbucks on 42nd Street has a sign that "looks like it was literally shaken up by the company's recent reversal of fortune." [Lost City]
Park Slope: Hamburger America documentarian George Motz likes the burgers at Dram Shop. "It really is a great ode to the Dallas double with shredded lettuce and cheese. This time, though, I swapped the raw onion for jalapeños to make it a real Texas burger." [Hamburger Today]

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