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  1. Neighborhood Watch
    Sauce Opens on Rivington; Bubby’s Brooklyn Serves MarkPlus: Stop by No. 7 in Fort Greene for $5 Carolina-inspired sandwiches made by the Fat Beagle.
  2. Neighborhood Watch
    Cookies at the Dumbo Arts Festival; ‘Meals and Reels’ in TribecaPlus: a ten-foot-tall cake for Daffy’s birthday, the perfect cupcake at Butter Lane, and more edible art, in our daily roundup of neighborhood news.
  3. Openings
    Alfama’s New Bread Kiosk Peddles Portuguese CarbsEast midtown gets a new bread shop.
  4. Foodievents
    And So, Another Restaurant Week Is Upon UsSome of the top picks for $24.07 lunches and $35 dinners.
  5. Neighborhood Watch
    Unlimited Champagne at the Mussel Pot; SugarFreak Serves Cajun in QueensPlus: a guacamole crawl and more, in our daily roundup of neighborhood news.
  6. Neighborhood Watch
    Buddakan Headlines Finger on the Pulse Barbecue; Learn How to Forage Food FromPlus: an oyster tasting in Soho, a celebration of American cheeses in Brooklyn, and more, in our daily roundup of neighborhood news.
  7. Slideshow
    First Look at Alfama, Bringing Portuguese to Midtown East on MondayThe onetime Portuguese favorite changes its look, location, and menu.
  8. Mediavore
    Bar Artisanal Sued; BYOB to the Oyster BarPlus: Illicit treats from Mister Softee, and a mobster loses Rao’s privileges, all in our morning news roundup.
  9. Openings
    Will Alfama Move to East Village?The Portuguese restaurant may be moving to Avalon Bowery Place.
  10. Mediavore
    King Kobayashi Dethroned; Per Se Chef Moves OnJoey Jaws skewers Kobayashi in hot-dog contest, downing 66 HDBs for new record. [Major League Eating] Per Se’s Mark Twersky becomes top chef at Alfama; Brian Goodman named exec chef at Parea. [NYT] Is the controversial farm bill responsible for childhood obesity and diabetes? [NYT] Daily News survey of two restaurants, writer’s own eating habits indicates that servings of ratatouille may be on the uptick. [NYDN] Flushing is a hotbed of Korean chicken joints. [VV]
  11. NewsFeed
    Alfama Gets a New Chef and, Soon, Some Global Influences The West Village’s Alfama, one of the city’s top Portuguese restaurants, has lost its chef and is headed into new territory. Luis Caseira’s last day in the kitchen was this past Thursday, and he has been replaced with executive sous-chef Mark Twersky. (Caseira, we’re told, left to return to Portugal to be with his 11-year-old son.) Alfama’s loss may turn out to be our gain, as Twersky, a veteran of Per Se’s kitchen, should liven up what has been a fine but somewhat stodgy restaurant. The new menu, which will reflect Twersky’s attempts to create a more contemporary kind of Portuguese cooking using ingredients from Africa and Asia, among other places, will be in place by June 21, Tarcisio Costa, Alfama’s co-owner, tells us. “We’ll still have our traditional dishes, but Mark will also create dishes with a more modern approach, based on the many world cultures that are a part of Portugal’s history.” So in case you never connected Mozambique with Portugal, a pleasant surprise might be in the offing.
  12. Neighborhood Watch
    Sam Mason Is Hiring in SohoChelsea: Taste from over 400 wines plus eats from Alfama and Tintol at Vini Portugal, tonight at Pier 60’s Lighthouse. [Slow Food USA] Columbus Circle: Bouchon Bakery to beef up its menu starting tomorrow with the addition of Waygu sliders. [A Hamburger Today] Park Slope: Whole Foods marks its toxic territory. [The Gowanus Lounge] Soho: Sam Mason is hiring [Eat for Victory/VV] Tribeca: Mai House will launch a late-night menu of dishes under $10 served after 10 p.m. starting April 25. [Myriad Restaurant Group] Tonight, Centrico is closed for a private party. [Grub Street]
  13. The Other Critics
    Anthos Broadsided, Gramercy Tavern HammeredBruni sympathetically reviews Nish, handing down two stars, but he seems less impressed than other critics (with the exception of Randall Lane). [NYT] Peter Meehan enjoys the tapas at Ostia, but suggests that the trend may have played itself out. [NYT] Alan Richman gives what may be the first totally negative write-up of Gramercy Tavern: Apparently the food is complicated and bland, the service undersupervised, and the room lacking in personality. A major blow to new chef Michael Anthony. [Bloomberg] Related: Everything Topsy-Turvy at Gramercy Tavern