FistibluffsFrank Owen called the cops over Steve Lewis’s seeming threat to pop him in the nose.
SNAFU at APTThe NYPD has shut down the meatpacking club after drug busts.
Clubs vs. CopsRumor has it that in the next weeks, certain clubs will file multiple, massive corruption lawsuits against the NYPD.
Per Se Raises Prices; Shill for Whole Foods, Win FoodYou’re going to regret not going to Per Se the last time you had a chunk of change to burn: Thomas Keller’s luxe restaurant has raised prices for both the regular and vegetarian menus to $275 for nine courses. [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch]
Violence continues in the Flatiron club district, as two men were arrested for stabbing a patron and a bouncer at Club Spy after a fight erupted in the VIP room. [NYP]
As part of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Green the Capitol project, the cafeterias are getting a locavore makeover, with the goal to sell as much locally grown, organic food as possible. [WP]
Demi and Ashton Not the Box’s Favorite Patrons; PM Closing for JanuaryBox owner Simon Hammerstein is happy one of his performers spilled a drink on Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher this week. [NYP]
2008 probably won’t be the year that sees the establishment of a large, indoor public market along the lines of London’s Borough Market or San Francisco’s farmer’s market. [NYT]
Related: Batali Shows a Little Leg to Sex Up New Amsterdam Public
Gael Greene puts forth her list of culinary predictions for the New Year, including this gem: “Jeffrey Chodorow and Frank Bruni will have a food fight in Madison Square Park televised by the Food Network. If Bruni loses he will be required to review restaurants in Des Moines for six months. If Chodorow is the loser he will be forbidden to open a new restaurant for three weeks.” [Insatiable Critic]
Batali and Keller Have Clogged Pipes; Dining With BruniThe Post “reports” — as we did yesterday — that the opening of club Touch is delayed and gets the name wrong. Torch? [NYP]
Related: 1OAK and Touch Delayed, Clubland Remains Dormant
“Clogmaster” Cecilia Tidlund reveals her VIP client list — shocker, Batali is on it! Oh, and Thomas Keller, too. See now, this is what we wanted more of in that Per Se tell-all. [NYT]
The Amateur Gourmet on eating with Frank Bruni: “He is measured and thoughtful. He doesn’t exclaim, he doesn’t pout — he eats, he considers, and then he softly shares his opinion.” Also, he’s skinnier than you’d think. [Amateur Gourmet]
Workers call for a boycott of Ollie’s Noodle Shop, claiming the chain’s president is attempting to blacklist lawsuit organizers. [NYT]
Vive Les Classiques at Payard on the UES; Snorting Not a Problem at the WaverlyDumbo: Pie Social! This Sunday at Bubby’s! Noon to 3 p.m. [Dumbo NYC]
East Village: Mo Pitkin’s gives up the ghost October 20. [Eater]
Greenwich Village: One of the best places to get risotto in the city is … surprise! Risotteria. [amNY]
Meatpacking District: The first rule of Clubland: “You must bring something to the party … Good looks, money, personality, or women.” [NYDN]
Upper East Side: Payard chef Philippe Bertineau is resurrecting classics like bouillabaisse and crispy pig’s feet for the restaurant’s tenth anniversary. [Restaurant Girl]
West Village: A Radar mole tests the cocaine limits of popular nightspots and “here he is at Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter’s Waverly Inn, where it is apparently completely okay to get your snort on.” [Radar via Gawker]