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  1. The Grub Street Diet
    Actor Michael Urie Treats Himself to Egg Sandwiches and Nutella Croissants“They recognized me, which is always nice. So I’ll go again. Eventually they’ll give me something for free.”
  2. Celebrity Settings
    Leo Celebrates His 38th Birthday at the Darby; the Biebs Tries to Win SelenaPlus, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel chow down at Southern Hospitality, Emma Watson makes an appearance at Indochine, and more of this week’s celebrity dining.
  3. Celebrity Settings
    Gossip Girl’s Cast at Lexington Brass; Tom Hanks Hits 54 BelowPlus: Sting waits for a table at Sons of Essex, Lindsay Lohan shut out of a Cat Power party, and more in this week’s celebrity dining.
  4. Celebrity Settings
    LiLo and Samantha Ronson Get Down at Le Baron; Channing Tatum Break-dances atPlus: The Kimye fam is still going strong at Hurricane Club, and more, in our weekly roundup of celebrity dining.
  5. Empire Building
    Justin Timberlake Bringing Southern Hospitality to Palo Alto?The pop star may or may not be involved in the national expansion of the restaurant he originally invested in in 2007.
  6. Neighborhood Watch
    Support Movember at Chinatown Brasserie, ellabess; New Vendors Debut atPlus: give into temptation at GastroArte, ring in Winter’s Eve with gourmet food tastings, and more, in our daily roundup of neighborhood news.
  7. Celebrity Settings
    David Rocco and Zoe Kazan Chow at Lucali; Matt Lauer Dines and Dashes at FrescoPlus: Elton John grills Derek Jeter on baseball stats at Southern Hospitality, Vince Neil skips out on the bill at Marble Lane, and more, in our weekly roundup of celebrity dining.
  8. Celebrity Settings
    Sheen Shows Strawberry Southern HospitalityHere’s another place Charlie Sheen went instead of returning to Daniel.
  9. Slideshow
    First Look at Southern Hospitality in Hell’s Kitchen: More Wine and MoreCan a wine cellar and a more rustic look help Southern Hospitality ditch its fratty reputation?
  10. Openings
    Angelo Sosa’s Social Eatz Haz Vietnamese Sandwichez and Kimchee BurgerzThe ‘Top Chef’ alum is opening a new sandwich shop. And, yes, it’s called Social Eatz.
  11. Empire Building
    Look Out, Vegivores: Maoz Will Open Another One in MidtownPlus, a look at Times Square circa 1986.
  12. Empire Building
    Southern Hospitality Opens Second Location, in Hell’s KitchenAfter two years of searching. But is Justin Timberlake really involved?
  13. Openings
    Amazin’! Darryl Strawberry’s Restaurant Opens Next WeekSouthern Hospitality’s Eytan Sugarman is a partner.
  14. Neighborhood Watch
    Protesters Target Shake Shack; Eddie’s Gives Out Free PizzaPlus: A juice shop and an ice-cream parlor hit Park Slope, and more, in our daily roundup of neighborhood news.
  15. Neighborhood Watch
    Fatty Crab Hosts Memorial Day Pig Roast; Mercadito’s World Cup TacoPlus: David Wondrick and Don Lee talk polar cocktails, and Mercadito expands hours for the World Cup, in our daily roundup of neighborhood news.
  16. Neighborhood Watch
    Free Beer Tonight at Southern Hospitality; Pizza by Cer te Opens in MidtownPlus: Plein Sud in Tribeca secures a chef, and a dessert fest on the Upper West Side, in our daily roundup of neighborhood news.
  17. Neighborhood Watch
    Free Bagels in Union Square; Pó Becomes BinoPlus: a benefit for Chile at the Carlyle, and Trivia Mondays at Southern Hospitality, in our daily roundup of neighborhood food news.
  18. User's Guide
    Where to Cheer on the Jets for CheapGrab your jersey and head to these watering holes to root for Gang Green.
  19. Neighborhood Watch
    Cheesecake Cupcakes for Chelsea; Van Leeuwen’s First ShopPlus: catch wild-game week at Aquavit, and celebrate bull riders at Hill Country, in our regular roundup of neighborhood food news.
  20. Neighborhood Watch
    Harlem Gets a Salad Bar; Crumbs Discount TomorrowPlus: Southern Hospitality loses its barbecue maestro, and a new Mexican grill is coming to midtown, in our regular roundup of neighborhood food news.
  21. Celebrity Settings
    Nello May Be in Trouble for $47,221 Bill StoryPlus the rest of this week’s celebrity sightings.
  22. User's Guide
    Where to Cheer On the Yankees for CheapGet your drink on during the ALCS.
  23. Celebrity Settings
    Jude Law’s Magical Restaurant Tour ContinuesPlus, the rest of this past week’s celebrity sightings.
  24. Celebrity Settings
    During Fashion Week, Plenty of CW Starlets Are EatingOur weekly roundup of the Who’s Who and where they’re eating.
  25. Freebies
    Why Don’t More Restaurants Offer Twitter Discounts?Certain restaurants, like the food trucks before them, are offering daily deals via Twitter.
  26. Mediavore
    McDonald’s Sales Rise; In-N-Out Burgers Are BestPlus: Scott Stringer wants to protect your groceries, and murderous meat, all in our morning news roundup.
  27. Mediavore
    Wine-World Scandal; 49 Percent of New Yorkers Stop Dining OutPlus: Southern Hospitality’s sexual-harassment suit gets weirder, and Elaine’s owner still going strong, all in our morning news roundup.
  28. Mediavore
    Danny Meyer Won’t Take Tavern on the Green; NYC Calorie Law Could GoPlus: Southern Hospitality gets sued, and P.F. Chang’s thrives in the recession, all in our morning news roundup.
  29. Clarifications
    Timberlake Breaks With Southern HospitalityThe boy crooner has no idea what’s going on with a possible Chelsea location.
  30. Empire Building
    Will Timberlake Show Chelsea Some Southern Hospitality?Justin’s barbecue joint may be coming to Sixth Avenue.
  31. Super Sunday
    Meatheads, Consider Your Super Bowl OptionsOrder a takeout feast from Momofuku, eat all you can eat at Blue Smoke, or learn how to do your own ’cue.
  32. YouTube Hilarity
    Jean-Georges Shall Henceforth Be Known As Juan-GeorgesA hilarious YouTube clip addresses “Justin Timberlake and all the other swell-headed celebrities” who’ve been sued by waiters.
  33. Labor Unrest
    Timberlake’s Restaurant Sued, De Niro’s ThreatenedThe current chef isn’t happy about rumors that Jean-Georges Vongerichten is taking over Ago.
  34. Attractive Celebrity Restaurateurs
    Southern Hospitality Apps Served at JT’s Fashion ShowModels, gather round for fried pickles …
  35. NewsFeed
    Southern Hospitality Looking to ExpandSouthern Hospitality looks at the Steak Frites space on Varick Street.
  36. Neighborhood Watch
    “Beach Brawl” at Beer Island; Tomato Farmer Hosts at TelepanFive Guys opening is like “a cow fart,” and Southern Hospitality owner fights FiDi residents for a liquor license, in today’s neighborhood food news.
  37. Mediavore
    Ducasse Dines at Brasserie Cognac; Don’t Eat Too Many Soft-shell CrabsAlain Ducasse was seen dining at his competitor’s restaurant, pecorino is free this weekend, and beware the mercury levels in soft-shell crabs.
  38. NewsFeed
    Dr. BBQ Takes the Reins at Southern HospitalityDr. BBQ has been called in by Southern Hospitality to revamp the barbecue program — and he’s just he man to do it.
  39. NewsFeed
    Alicia Keys Takes Over Rayuela for a Couple of Afternoons No way it’ll be quite as awesome as Justin Timberlake getting blasted out of Southern Hospitality in Pepsi’s Super Bowl ad, but we have intel that songstress Alicia Keys is shooting a commercial at Rayuela today and tomorrow. We’re not sure what the ad will be for, but chances are Rayuela’s dining-room olive tree will play into it. Between this and R.E.M.’s wine crawl, location scouts are all over the LES. Related: Pepsi’s Super Bowl Ad Drags Justin Through NYC R.E.M. Goes on Lower East Side Wine Crawl, Performs for Lucky Few
  40. Celebrity Settings
    Dave Chappelle Tiffs With the Wife at Coffee Shop, ‘Entourage’-ers This week’s juiciest bit of celeb-sighting gossip was, of course, the Post’s report that after a performer dumped a drink on Demi and Ashton, Box honcho Simon Hammerstein sent an e-mail to his partner and a GM saying, “I can’t stand those two” — apparently because they’re “so far up their own arses” and “don’t spend anything” — “and I applaud whoever spilt a drink on them.” We’re thinking Kid Rock got kinder treatment when he went to Southern Hospitality, or there would’ve been a Tommy Lee–style throwdown.
  41. The Other Critics
    Bruni Maintains Luger’s Middling Reputation; Bar Fry’s Tempura More Varied ThanFrank Bruni complains about the steak, the service, the sides, and the salad at Peter Luger but caves and hands it two stars. [NYT] Restaurant Girl gives Elio’s two and a half stars, citing its “charming lure of old-world” Italian, code for a menu that has barely changed in 26 years. [NYDN] Alan Richman visits Il Mulino and in crushing it strikes a blow against “this style of oversized, oversauced, overcooked cuisine” with all the force he can muster. [Bloomberg]
  42. The Other Critics
    Bruni Finds Bar Stuzzichini Good Enough; Sietsema Worships InsiemeFrank Bruni gives Bar Stuzzichini one star, praising its small plates (which give him his obligatory Zeitgeist paragraphs at the top) and then pointing out that the room and service are basically that of a “midtown mess hall.” The moral? Aim low, price right, and execute, and the critics will give you the guarded praise you need to stay open. [NYT] Here’s one we never would have predicted in a million years: Insieme getting the panegyric it deserves from Robert “horsehead soup in the Bronx” Sietsema. Interestingly, the one thing he didn’t like was the lasagne, which was the place’s proudest boast when it first opened. [VV] We predicted recently that it was just a matter of time before someone came down on Wakiya, but we never dreamed it would be Danyelle Freeman. She hits the place hard, mostly for the “dull” and “skimpy” food but, not a killer at heart, gives them credit for service, cocktails, and soup dumplings. But it won’t be long before another, meaner critic really lets it fly. [NYND]
  43. Ask a Waiter
    Allison McDaniel Keeps Southern Hospitality Diners’ Hopes Up for Justin Arkansas native Allison McDaniel felt right at home when she started work at Justin Timberlake’s buzzy barbecue joint Southern Hospitality. Not only did she join a wait staff of fellow southern belles, but she was right across the street from Brother Jimmy’s, where she waited tables for three years. “There was a vibe of rivalry when we first opened,” McDaniel tells us in her southern drawl, but these days her former co-workers at Jimmy’s happily spill in to gawk at celebrities like Tommy Lee. We asked McDaniel about serving the man himself, and how to thwart the haters.
  44. The Other Critics
    Franny’s Gets the All-Purpose Two Stars; Southern Hospitality Praised forFranny’s is the recipient of one of Frank Bruni’s periodic low-end caprices, and gets awarded an absurd two stars as a result. [NYT] Paul Lukas, a pretty serious student of barbecue, delivers the verdict on the new barbecues, and the surprise is that Southern Hospitality has some pretty damn good Memphis ribs. Hill Country, it goes without saying, gets lauded as the best BBQ in town. [NYS] Related: Insatiable Critic: Southern Hospitality “Rivulets of delicious grease are a common theme” is the key note to Paul Adams’s review of Borough Food and Drink. Mmmm…grease…. [NYS]
  45. NewsFeed
    Is Southern Hospitality Really the New Waverly Inn? We often check into Ils Vont, the newish Website that tracks celeb sightings at local eateries, to see where Jeremy Piven is chewing out his mom these days (actually, that happened at Nobu Malibu). Imagine our surprise when we saw that last week, Southern Hospitality overtook the Waverly Inn as the most celeb-infested restaurant in town. Given that Gael Greene, during her recent visit to Justin’s, saw little more than “a clutch of babes pretending to eat [and] an army of guys sucking beer from the bottle,” we can only conclude the place’s flack is milking those occasional boy-band drop-ins for all they’re worth — which kind of belies owner Eytan Sugarman’s pre-opening statement, “We’re not trying to be trendy.” Not you, maybe. But your publicist just might be. Ils Vont [Official site] Insatiable Critic: Southern Hospitality [NYM]
  46. Mediavore
    Sam Mason Needs More Money; Hawaiian Tropic Zone Looking for Studly Men WithIn an effort to change its image as an “upscale Hooters,” Hawaiian Tropic Zone is hiring a beefy male staff “with personality.” [NYDN] Does Sam Mason need a new financial backer to open Tailor? Those delays cost major cash. [Down by the Hipster] China has formed a cabinet-level committee to monitor food safety but still calls the national coverage of tainted exports “viciously sensationalized.” [NYT]
  47. In the Magazine
    The Center Cannot Hold, and Why Would You Want It To? This week brings together some disparate threads of the great suffocating quilt that is the New York food world. Modern Spanish and Latin food have almost nothing in common, other than, in the form of Suba and Rayuela, getting one star each from Adam Platt. Uptown Gael Greene rocks out Southern Hospitality. Downtown, Rob and Robin find a chef that knows all there is to know about the frying game and discover what’s happened to restaurant matchbooks in these days of the smoking ban. Plus, Kirby cucumbers are in season this week.
  48. The Other Critics
    Monkey Bar Gets Hit; Three Stars for Café BouludPaul Adams liked some things about Monkey Bar, but it’s never a good sign if you hire a famous Chinese chef (Patricia Yeo) and the review includes the words “My neighborhood Chinese takeout does better dumplings.” [NYS] Café Boulud, in an important rereview, gets three stars — enough to add momentum to Daniel Boulud’s empire building. [NYT] Insieme looks dull, observes Lauren Collins in The New Yorker, but “profligate flavor and spirited service” show themselves once the food starts coming. [NYer]
  49. NewsFeed
    Southern Hospitality Not So Hospitable on Opening NightIt looks like we were lucky to slip into Justin Timberlake’s Southern Hospitality ahead of the opening party, which Jada Yuan reveals was messier than a pulled-pork sandwich. The hickory-smoking heartthrob didn’t show up for three hours and then didn’t really go out of his way to play with the press. Was he in a hurry to throw down with NVIPs Al Sharpton and Lance Bass? Or was he worried Jada would quiz him on how to make “mom’s meatloaf”? At JT’s Restaurant Opening, Long Waits, Bad PR, and a Gratuitous Insult to Our Intrepid Party Reporter [Daily Intel] Earlier: More Top-Secret Timberlake: The Menu, the VIP Alley, the Back Room Justin Timberlake Eats Barbecue, Just Like Us!
  50. Openings
    More Top-Secret Timberlake: The Menu, the VIP Alley, the Back RoomCrashers like Shaggy and Steve Sands — not to mention token entertainer the Singing Cowboy — may have thought the place to be last night was the opening party for Johnny Utah’s (where the bull overheated halfway through, kicking up a stench that caused us to wonder whether someone’s hair had caught on fire), but as we mentioned earlier, we were more excited about crashing a secret dinner at another barbecue spot, Justin Timberlake’s decidedly lower-key Southern Hospitality.
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