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Post-Punk Band and Post-Punk Chef Team Up for Secret Dinner

This Wednesday 300 lucky diner-rockers convened at the ethereal Grand Harmony Place for the latest installment of the New York by New York series — a bat-mitzvah-inspired six-course vegan dinner by Post Punk Kitchen host and cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz, with postprandial entertainment by spaz-rock band Man Man. Didn’t sign up to get the secret location texted to your phone? Check out our behind-the-scenes footage of the madness — from mind-blowing contortionists to mouthwatering cupcakes.

By Jonah Green

Fette Sau's Weird Williamsburg Barbecue Palace

As you probably know by now, Williamsburg’s Fette Sau is the latest entrant into the increasingly competitive New York barbecue field. It’s a trip visually, from the butcher diagrams looming on the walls to the hypnotic electric carving knives. As it turns out, the oak-smoked steak, pigs' tails, ribs, and other meats are no less impressive — or so we discovered when we talked product with owner Joe Carroll during our latest video visit. Related: New Hipstaurant Opens in Williamsburg

So You Thought Boiling Asparagus Was Easy, Eh?

Given that white asparagus comes around rarely and then only briefly, it makes sense to do everything possible to make it right. To that end, Rob and Robin have recruited Wallsé chef Kurt Gutenbrunner to demonstrate a method for slicing and boiling the vegetables. It’s so foolproof that even the most ham-handed New Yorker can execute it in his own home kitchen.

Wayne’s World: Varietal, Version 2.0

Though Varietal looked to be in for a bumpy ride when it lost chefs Ed Witt and Jordan Kahn, the ship seems to have been righted during the week that veteran chef Wayne Nish has been aboard. That was our impression, anyway, from the placid confidence with which owner Greg Hockenberry talks wine and Nish raps rabbit, in this, the latest moving picture from Grub Street Studios. Earlier: ‘Speedy’ Wayne Nish Remakes Varietal in One Week Flat

You Bet We Have Video of Folks Giving Opinions on Wild Salmon

Grub Street’s restaurant coverage takes a historic leap forward this week as we introduce video (or what we were taught to call moving pictures). Daniel Maurer visited Jeffrey Chodorow’s newest restaurant, Wild Salmon, on opening night Friday and got first reactions from diners, including their take on the Chodorow-Bruni feud and the challenges of exiting the place after a few drinks. Let us entertain you. Overheard: Wild Salmon Opening [Videos] Related: In Season: Wild Flounder [Videos] Earlier: Wild Salmon Swims Into View. Yes, ‘Pun Intended’