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Tailor Delayed Yet Again; Bourdain Takes It to Howie

The opening of Tailor has been pushed back to September 1. Another delay? Who would have thought it? [Eater] Related: Farewell, Sam Mason. Hello, Tailor Tony Bourdain outdoes himself taking it to Howie in his Top Chef blog: “neither logic, nor the criticisms of chefs as great as Daniel, nor the passing seasons — nor even blunt objects — can infiltrate the inner workings of his space-age polymer nose-cone.” [Bravo] Andrea Strong details her experience as a guest judge on Top Chef – and gives the full review that was read from on last night’s episode. [Strong Buzz]

The Threat to Red Hook’s Street-Food Paradise Unites New York Foodies

When we heard that the Latin American food vendors in Red Hook Park might lose their temporary-use permit at the end of the summer, the news hit us like a goat taco after a night of heavy drinking. And we weren’t alone. An animated Chowhound thread immediately formed (and was almost as quickly censored), and a protest site sprang into existence. Hidden within Red Hook, the vendors have created a community of cooking, a cultural exchange as much as a place to eat. (Click here to take a video tour with Paladar chef Aaron Sanchez.) We canvassed the city’s food elite for their take on the situation; here is what we heard.

New York Is Tops; More Sam Mason

New York named the nation's top restaurant city, based on total restaurants, number of internationally known fine-dining places, “a wide segment of second-tier restaurants,” and more. [MSNBC] The shuttered Tonic holds a press conference at the steps of City Hall to demand the protection of cultural venues. [Gothamist] Ed Levine goes inside Esca as they await yesterday's Times review. [Serious Eats]

Alan Yau Isn’t Coming After All; There’s Always the Bronx

Ian Schrager finally admits that Alan Yau isn't coming to New York after all: "The challenges of coordinating our preparations across three continents were ultimately out of sync with our timeline." [NYP] So it took the Poughkeepsie Journal to bring New York its first detailed feature on the current food culture of the Bronx. [Poughkeepsie Journal] A report on the convention of the world's leading molecular gastronomists in Milan. [LAT]

Levine Gets Serious; Playbill Plays Dirty; Automat Could Be Out

Ed Levine launches food portal in cooperation with A Hamburger Today, Amateur Gourmet, Slice, and others. [Ed Levine Eats] Feud between Bamn! owners could mean end of automat renaissance. [NYS] Actors reportedly bribed to recommend advertiser restaurants in Playbill. [Amateur Gourmet] Club crackdowns continue after Sean Bell shooting. [NYDN] State Liquor Authority to perform background checks on bar employees. [NYP]

Richman Kicks New Orleans While It's Down

This time, Alan Richman may have gone too far. The august critic, whose views appear frequently and at length in GQ and on Bloomberg, is known for his unabashed denunciations of sacred cows. (It's said that Jean-Georges Vongerichten didn't get out of bed for two days after being battered by Richman.) Now the writer has claimed that New Orleans restaurants are crap: "I think people either take to the city or they do not. They buy into the romance, or they abhor the decadence. I know where I stand."

A Quest for the Best Bánh Mì, Ed Levine Salutes Heroes, City's Dim Sum Summed Up

Whether you're ragin' for Asian or perfectly fine with pizza and meatballs, this week's weekly roundup of roundups delivers. Continuing its quest to find the mother of all bánh mìs, Porkchop Express breaks bread at Pho Sàigòn and A Chau Deli. [Porkchop Express] Five K-towners that go beyond grill-it-yourself. [NYT] Some dim sum. Okay, a lot of dim sum. [amNY] Artichoke renditions, from the dip everyone gets at Freemans to the slice everyone gets at DiFara's. [NYDN] Ed Levine: My (top five meatball) heroes. [Ed Levine Eats] Tien Mao wolfs 25 slices in search of Strong Island's best. [Gothamist]

A Visual Guide to Your Favorite Food Critics

Who in his right mind believes that there's a food writer out there who looks "similar to Harrison Ford but more muscular and tan"? Tim Love, apparently. We already got some good mileage out of the same Forth Worth Star Telegram article on Tim Love opening his new restaurant, but Gastropoda pointed out something from it that we missed: There's a "fat notebook" Love and his wife kept on the food media, tracking the aforementioned Ford look-alike as well as a "better, younger-looking Woody Allen." If you ask us, half of the food-writing corps (Meehan, Peter; Asimov, Eric; Lee, Ted; et al.) resemble "nerdier Elvis Costellos." But there are exceptions. As a gift to Mr. Love and his colleagues, we offer the following quiz.

The Hottest Dogs, Dessert, and Neighborhood Eats

This week in read-it-and-eat news, stomach-filling walks through midtown and the UWS; where to find the best wieners; and smoky drinks. • Ed Levine sniffs out a couple dozen reasonably priced keeper restaurants on the UWS. [Ed Levine Eats] • An eatery-focused stroll down East 58th Street. [NYT] • The city's most savory hot dogs, including a prodigious Brooklyn pup. [NYS] • Salted caramel: no longer just for French tots. [NYT] • Smoky the Beer? Drafts, wines, and spirits with hints of smoke. [TONY] • Manhattan User's Guide serves cheese and bread primers. [MUG]