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  1. NewsFeed
    Exotic Dessert (Supposedly) Enrapturing New Yorkers We’re not usually in the habit of perusing Indian news media — other than when the latest Amitabh movie opens, of course — but a food item recently caught our eye. Most New Yorkers probably have never heard of kulfi, the ultra-dense Indian version of ice cream that’s traditionally made with water buffalo milk. But don’t tell that to Mumbai Newsline, who published an exuberant feature last week on how the obscure dessert is supposedly taking the city by storm. The piece references NYC’s handful of outstanding Indian and pan-asian restaurnants, including Devi, Spice Market, 66, and Tabla, going into loving detail relating the restaurants’ particular recipes. Although the writer admits that “the man on the street” isn’t yet fixated on the treat, the piece implies that a kulfi craze may well overtake the nation: “Could we be seeing the next popsicle?” Let’s hope so — for Mumbai’s sake.
  2. NewsFeed
    Eater Scores With Ducasse Scoop, Restaurateur on BruniOur friends at Eater have been on fire this week. First, they broke the story of Alain Ducasse’s closing, a plum scoop if ever there was one. And yesterday, they posted a first-person account, written by William Tigertt of Freemans, of what a restaurant owner goes through when the Sultan of Bruni visits. (Tigertt’s a real asset: His booze-markup piece gave drinkers plenty to fume about last week.)
  3. It’s Raining MenusWe slave away here at Grub Street to bring you the punchiest posts and whitest-hot food news every day. But the sober fact, and we know it, is that a lot of people come to the restaurant page to read our encyclopedic food listings. So we’re giving these a major upgrade. In addition to the reviews by our food writers, you’ll now find hundreds of menus in our listings. The restaurants included range from some of the city’s best and most popular — the Spotted Pig, Felidia, 5 Ninth — to humble takeout operations like the Mee Noodle Shop and Grill and Philly Slim’s Cheesesteaks. Soon we’ll even have a menu search engine. Do you own a restaurant and wonder why your menu isn’t on our site? Send it to us! Here’s a sample list: a menu of menus.