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  1. Best of New York
    The Absolute Best Italian Hero in New YorkHere’s where to get the greatest version of the great Italian-American sandwich.
  2. RIP
    Daniel Defonte, of Red Hook’s Beloved Defonte’s, Has Died“Daniel Defonte was the heartbeat of the store.”
  3. News
    Defonte’s Will Open in Staten Island This WeekendNicky Specials are headed to Stapleton.
  4. Closings
    Defonte’s Closes Its Manhattan Location for Good Next WeekendThe developer’s plans don’t include keeping the sandwich shop around.
  5. Reopenings
    Defonte’s in Red Hook Is Open AgainThey may not have bacon, but they do have wisecracks.
  6. User’s Guide
    How to Make Sure the Sandwich Gods Smile Upon YouGetting there before closing time doesn’t mean you’ll be fed by Baoguette, Defonte’s, or Porchetta.
  7. In the Magazine
    L’artusi Disappoints Platt; Defonte Moves to ManhattanAlso in this week’s magazine: Michael “Bao” Huynh’s recipe for daikon rice cakes.
  8. Mediavore
    Getting a Keg in Manhattan; Defonte’s Comes to GramercyPlus: the anti-recession special at Aquavit, and Alice Waters’s letter to the Obamas, all in our morning news roundup.
  9. Neighborhood Watch
    Brothers Bromberg Bringing Japanese Barbecue to Columbus CircleAstoria: Bistro 33 on Ditmars at 21st Street has opened its outdoor seating and launched a weekend brunch featuring apple-Brie omelettes and blueberry pancakes. [Joey in Astoria] Battery Park City: Former Thor chef Kevin Pomplun is the director of operations for Will Goldfarb’s kiosk, Picnick, and there are more details about what will be on offer. [Gothamist] Columbus Circle: The Blue Ribbon coming to new hotel Six Columbus will transcend sushi by offering both a raw bar and Japanese barbecue. [Down by the Hipster] Harlem: Legendary soul-food destination Copeland’s Restaurant will close on Monday after 50 years and one last Sunday brunch. [NYT] Lower East Side: The herring at Russ & Daughters builds “manly strength.” [Eat for Victory/VV] Red Hook: DeFonte’s owner can’t go on vacation without spurring concern that the mom-and-pop sandwich shop has closed for good. [Lost City] Sagaponack: Townline BBQ is up and running as of Monday, hoping to succeed where four other restaurants have failed. [NYT]
  10. The In-box
    I Am Desperate for Italian Beef, and Let Me Tell You WhyDear Grub Street,Although I love NYC, I spent the first eighteen years of my life in Chicago. And, for the life of me, I can’t find a single sign of an ITALIAN BEEF SANDWICH anywhere! The hot crusty garlic bread soaked with greasy juices, the spicy peppers sprinkled among heaping folds of meat, that first juice-dribbling bite … I need it. I need it now.DY
  11. Back of the House
    Wall Street Loves Agribiz; Did the ‘Times’ Dig for Dirt on a HaplessDid the Times send a private eye after a chef sued them for having suggested he was a druggie? [NYP] Restaurant Week is the “Woodstock of the culinary world,” a wondrous opportunity that no one should let slip by. So says Drew Nieporent’s brother, anyway. [NYDN] Wall Street investors are stampeding each other to invest in agribusiness commodities. And that is making some corn and cattle producers very, very nervous. [NYT]