Dinner for Two for Under $100; Seacrest Out (of Barbecue Sauce)

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• In a quest to find great meals for two for under $100, Bruni finds bargains at Frankies Spuntino 17 Clinton Street and Yakitori Totto. [NYT]

• Ryan Seacrest hits Virgil's Real Barbecue every year before hosting New Year's Rockin' Eve. [NYP]

• While the United States may be pondering an auto bailout, Italy has come to the rescue of cash-strapped Parmigiano makers. [WSJ]

• Even if you're famous, you still have to play by the rules of fine dining. Lou Reed was politely refused entrance to Bouley because he was dressed in jeans and sneakers. [Eater]

• Chris Cheung, formerly of Monkey Bar, is now the executive chef at China 1 Antique Restaurant and Lounge. [NYT]

• Greenpeace's ranking of the sustainability of supermarkets' seafood puts Whole Foods on top. [Feedbag]

• If you can't afford to travel in this economy, take a foodie staycation: You can nosh on the foods of London at Tea & Sympathy or pretend you're in Barcelona at Las Ramblas. [Zagat]