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  1. Chef Shuffle
    Sycamore’s Sam Jacobson Announces That He’s Moving OnThere’s no word on where the chef’s going, or who will replace him.
  2. Temporary Closings
    NoBL Closes For a Do-OverThe owner and chef will overhaul operations and reopen soon.
  3. Neighborhood Watch
    Fatta Cuckoo Launches Date-Night Special; Café Gitane Team Plans LES RestaurantPlus: The DOH shuts down Kabin, Gasoline Alley Coffee opens in Noho, and more, in our daily roundup of neighborhood news.
  4. Neighborhood Watch
    A Ditmas Park Pub Crawl; Food Trucks Offer Special Menu ItemsPlus: Momofuku hosts Edible Schoolyard fund-raiser, and more, in our daily roundup of neighborhood news.
  5. Neighborhood Watch
    Free Hot Dogs at Sycamore; Snout ’N Stout in WilliamsburgPlus: Bisous Ciao opens and a Rosh Hashanah prix fixe in our daily roundup of neighborhood news.
  6. Neighborhood Watch
    A Home-Brew Contest at Sycamore; Free Mimosas at GnoccoPlus: Queens celebrates Asian cuisine, and Grand Central hosts Dining Week, in our daily roundup of neighborhood news.
  7. The Great Outdoors
    Sycamore Spins Back Patio Into ‘Beer Garden’Pig roasts and guest breweries!
  8. Neighborhood Watch
    Free Doughnuts Tomorrow at Krispy Kreme; Farm Share Benefit at SycamorePlus: new summertime specials at Inside Park at St. Bart’s, and more, in our daily roundup of neighborhood news.
  9. The Other Critics
    LaBan Sips Local Suds; Ansill’s Menu at Ladder 15 Offers Highs and LowsRounding up the region’s restaurant reviews
  10. Neighborhood Watch
    A Crawfish Boil in Ditmas Park; South American Wines at Le BernardinPlus: Percy’s moves into the East Village, and Zohan Hummus launches, in our daily roundup of neighborhood food news.
  11. Bookshelf
    It’s BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) at SycamorePlus, what are laptop users working on at Café Grumpy?
  12. Happy Hour
    Last Thursdays at SycamoreDrink specials and free food.
  13. Neighborhood Watch
    Ditmas Park Stakes Claim As Brooklyn Food CapitalMarty Markowitz calls Cortelyou Road “the new Smith Street.”
  14. Openings
    Inside Sycamore’s Bar and Flower ShopThe Farm on Adderley team gives the people want they need.
  15. Openings
    (Flower) Watering HoleDitmas Park’s latest bar is hidden behind a … flower shop?
  16. Ask a Waiter
    Papaya King’s Alexander Poulus Serves Franks to Martha Stewart, Referees FightsAlexander Poulus was working as an engineer five years after graduating from NYU, but when his uncle Gus, the founder of Papaya King, offered to bring him into the company, he couldn’t refuse. For 35 years, he has seen the Upper East Side location (which is about to celebrate its 75th anniversary) through stolen tip jars, windows shattered by brawling drunks, and of course the snappy service of countless hot dogs that are “Tastier Than Filet Mignon.”
  17. NewsFeed
    Hill Country to Challenge Blue Smoke, RUB on Their Own TurfHill Country BBQ, we’ve learned from owner Mark Glosserman, has officially signed its lease and begun construction at 30 West 26th Street, just a few blocks from Blue Smoke and RUB . Isn’t it bad medicine to open so close to a pair of established, busy barbecues? Says Glosserman: “It’s a great spot, and the price was right, and we’re in a big office building, so there will be a lot of traffic even though it’s a side street. We have a lot of faith in our product.” No doubt. But we actually like Hill Country’s chances. New Yorkers have shown a willingness to go the extra mile to eat great barbecue: Daisy May’s BBQ sat on a desolate stretch of Eleventh Avenue and didn’t even have tables; RUB ran out of meat every night; Blue Smoke barely had any smoke flavor during its first year, as a result of chimney malfunction. Glosserman hired the best barbecue cooker in the city, Robert Richter. If Hill Country delivers the goods, New Yorkers will support it … right?
  18. Openings
    Another ‘Izakaya,’ to Our Chicken Heart’s Delight Following the lead of newcomers Izakaya Ten and Zenkichi, the once-formal Takayama has reinvented itself as Ariyoshi, an izakaya with a sushi bar boasting a lengthy menu of tempura, yakitori, noodles, and assorted plates like veal-liver sashimi. Though sake barrels and light boxes decorated with bamboo give the narrow, high-ceilinged space a serene vibe a world away from the noisy Japanese St. Marks dives (there’s also a small private room in the back), the prices are reasonable: $2 for two gelatinous hunks of beef tendon in a stock of octopus, egg, radish, and tofu (there are ten other varieties of oden stew, too), and $2 for a skewer of salted chicken hearts. The toro tartar, one of the priciest dishes at $13, is a tuna portion large enough to feed two, topped by a quail egg sitting in a nest of flying-fish eggs. They’re not serving cod sperm yet, but the manager says he’s considering it. —Daniel Maurer Ariyoshi, 806 Broadway, nr. 12th St., 212-388-1884.