New Yorkers Staying In; Rooftop Gardens on the Rise

• Zagat’s new nightlife survey reveals that half of the New Yorkers polled have cut down on going out since the recession. [Urbanite/amNY]

• Rooftop gardens are on the rise with everyone from apartment dwellers to restaurants. [NYT]

• Comfort food is a trendy choice at weddings, but beware: It can cost just as much as the fancy stuff. [NYT]

• A British fake celebrity chef who claimed to know Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver has been unmasked and is facing jail time. [Sun UK]

• The battle over CBGB founder Hilly Kristal’s estate has been settled, with Kristal’s ex-wife Karen and son Dana walking away from their lawsuit with daughter Lisa. [VV]

• The gardening industry is rolling out a host of new products targeted at newbies, including a “salsa and tomato sauce” plot. [WSJ]

• Legendary French chef Albert Roux will open his first American restaurant … in Texas. [NYDN]

• In an effort to entice customers with the smell of freshly ground coffee, Starbucks baristas will soon start grinding new batches throughout the day, rather than just in the mornings. [WSJ]

• The nominees for this year’s cocktail-focused Spirit Awards lean heavily toward New Yorkers. [Fork in the Road/VV]

Think Coffee will open a large NYU-adjacent branch by summer’s end. [NYO]

Remi is the latest restaurant to get hit with a Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit. [City Room/NYT]

• The Plexiglas pig at Rudy’s is protected from swine flu: He’s wearing a mask. [City Room/NYT]

New Yorkers Staying In; Rooftop Gardens on the Rise