Bars Fined for Cheap Booze; Ruth Madoff Clips Coupons at CPK


• The SLA works for you: The Authority has been fining New York bars and restaurants (including Marquee and Balthazar) for refilling top-shelf liquor bottles with cheaper alcohol and watering down drinks. [NYP]

• Ruth Madoff was upset that she wasn’t able to use expired coupons on a recent visit to California Pizza Kitchen. [NYP]

• About 60 people turned out for New York’s annual herring festival at the Roger Smith Hotel last month. [NYer]

• On a recent trip to New York, Top Chef’s Spike Mendelsohn checked out Una Pizza Napoletana in preparation for opening his own D.C. pizzeria. [NYT]

• On Sundays, David Chang likes to do as little as humanly possible. [NYT]

• Low-key bars are replacing high-status clubs in New York. [NYT]

• Contrary to earlier reports, Whole Foods’ Gowanus location isn’t totally dead in the water, and the company has no plans to sell the land. [Brownstoner]