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Media Somehow Can't Stop Finding Hidden Bars

We often wake up with our collective head feeling like it might explode (speaking of which, has anyone tried this Berocca stuff? Supposed to work wonders). But today was a little worse, seeing as we stumbled across am New York's little number on “hidden bars.” Oh, our favorite trend piece has come back to us! Unlike the Times — which absurdly tried to spin this angle back in January (just as they had in 2000 and 2004) — this roundup is so vintage in its coverage that it trots out that ol' service-journalist pummel horse, Milk and Honey. Alas, Gothamist receives all of this breaking info with a straight face and goes so far to allude to their own a “secret” bar: “the spacious and dimly lit [REDACTED] on Grand Street in Williamsburg that features an upstairs outdoor smoking patio, reasonably priced drinks and consistently great music on the house stereo.” (That's their redaction, not ours, and the name is also redacted in the user comments.) Please, people! If you don't want to spoil your "secret" hangout, why mention having one at all, right? And dancing around the name — what is this, Beetlejuice? If we utter the words "Larry Lawrence," are we facing disaster? Guess we'll find out. Earlier: Times Rehashes ‘Secret Bar’ Trend, Snoozes on Goldbar News Related: Hidden Manhattan Nightspots Recall Speakeasies [amNY] Clandestine Bars? Please Do Tell! [Gothamist]

Sripraphai and DiFara Challenged Close to Home

Will the "aptly-named" Spicy & Tasty be the next Sripraphai? Making a rare trip outside of Manhattan (but somehow missing the signature tea-smoked duck), Bruni hails the pleasure-per-dollar ratio of "some of the most distinctive Sichuan cooking in any of the five boroughs." [NYT] Carroll Gardens' so-new-it's-not-even-open-yet homegrown pizza spot Lucali: not exactly DiFara, but on its way. [NYT] Oft-overlooked Escoffier time warp and Capote haunt Le Veau d'Or gets some love. [NYO]