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  1. Slideshow
    First Look at the New Rum House, Pouring Cocktails on MondayThe Times Square classic makes a return, this time with original libations.
  2. Openings
    Uh, We’re Going to Have to Lift That Ban on the Rum House’sThe nice guys behind casual cocktail den Ward III have taken over the space.
  3. Openings
    Virginia’s Elevation Burger and California’s The Counter ExpectedGet ready for grass-fed burgers and spiked milkshakes!
  4. Openings
    Soledad O’Brien’s Favorite Sandwich Comes to MidtownPiccolo Café opens its second location.
  5. The Chain Gang
    IHOP Announces New York–Area Expansion, Starting With Times Square24 new locations in the next years.
  6. Openings
    Doughnut Plant Doughnuts in Midtown, Care of Oren’s Daily RoastAnd Balthazar pastries as well.
  7. Closings
    Whatever Replaces the Rum House Is Banned From Grub StreetAfter 40 years, a relic of old Times Square is gone.
  8. Openings
    Pay for Your Meal With Euros at Réunion Surf Bar, Open Today inGet a frozen Coronas to go with your baguette stuffed with Chinese meatballs, french fries, and Gruyere.
  9. Closings
    One Less Good Thing in Times Square: The Rum House Will CloseAt least we still have Jimmy’s Corner. For now.
  10. Closings
    The Last Seedy Thing in Times Square, Bare Elegance, Has Been ToppledAnd Rudy wins.
  11. Closings
    Economy Finally Hits Fiberglass Maitre D’ CommunityBut the fiberglass Italian chef at Monetti’s Pizzeria soldiers on.
  12. Slideshow
    First Look at Heartland Brewery’s Midtown MonsterThe chain opens in the shadow of the Port Authority.
  13. Neighborhood Watch
    Black Swan Opening in Bed-Stuy; Brother Jimmy’s Introduces Southern BrunchPlus: The Bell House hosts the American Lamb Takedown, and Pomme de Terre closes, in our daily roundup of neighborhood food news.
  14. Neighborhood Watch
    Fat Tuesday in Park Slope; Dining Near the TentsPlus: a $38 eight-course meal to celebrate the Chinese New Year, and the best places to go in Park Slope for Mardi Gras, in our daily roundup of neighborhood food news.
  15. Openings
    Old New York Times Building Will Get Restaurants, Nightclub, andBecause two Times Square bowling alleys weren’t enough?
  16. Foodievents
    Simon Hammerstein Unveils Something Scarier Than the Box’s Bottle PricesA haunted house!
  17. Neighborhood Watch
    Morimoto Expands to Tribeca; Jason Neroni Will Leave 10 DowningPlus: Babycakes does baked doughnuts, and free tequila at Toloache, in our regular roundup of neighborhood food news.
  18. Neighborhood Watch
    Knitting Factory BK Opens in September; Free Ribs in Midtown TomorrowPlus: where to find cheap wisdom from a California peach farmer, and Bia Garden ready to show off its Asian beer and street eats.
  19. Reopenings
    Are You Ready to Fall in Love With Hawaiian Tropic Zone All Over Again?The midtown tourist trap has reopened and is reaching out to the ladies.
  20. Marketing Gimmicks
    Naked Cowboy Is Latest to Be Burger BatteredSmells like publicity stunt.
  21. Recession Is Your Friend
    Umberto’s Takes Back Half-Off DealBut Charley O’s is still hooking you up!
  22. Mediavore
    More Alfresco in Times Square; Big, Expensive Restaurants Still OpeningPlus: The Amish Market will pay out back wages and a new role for organic certifiers, all in our morning-news roundup.
  23. Endangered
    Hawaiian Tropic Zone Closing?Rumor has it that employees may soon have to pack their bikinis.
  24. Lunch Time
    Lunch DateA self-proclaimed ‘single guy’ with a girlfriend wants to eat with you.
  25. Food Politics
    Green CokeWind-powered billboard blows into Times Square.
  26. The Apocalypse
    Gael Greene Experiments With Spam, and We Can Only Wonder What’s NextThe esteemed critic is headed down a slope that’s as slippery as Spam goo.
  27. Freebies
    Scream for Free Ice Cream!The newly expanded Dylan’s Candy Bar is giving it away from noon to 2 p.m.
  28. Slideshow
    A First Look at Lucky Strike Lanes, Midtown’s New Big-Ass Bowling AlleyNow opening at the end of September.
  29. Moving On Up
    What a Drag: Lucky Cheng’s May Leave East Village for Times SquareTrannies return to the Deuce!
  30. Bowling Chews
    Port Authority Gets More Bowling Lanes and Tuna LollipopsHollywood’s Lucky Strike Lanes opens later this month, and Leisure Time Bowl adds a restaurant.
  31. Neighborhood Watch
    New Dessert Bar on Clinton Street; Kurve’s Menu IncompleteToloache’s $1 tacos are going fast in Times Square, and the East Village gets a new Thai restaurant, in today’s neighborhood news roundup.
  32. Neighborhood Watch
    Free Ribs Tonight in Midtown; $1 Tacos at ToloacheA new chocolate happy hour in the East Village, and Astoria’s version of Miami cool, in today’s neighborhood food news.
  33. Neighborhood Watch
    Vegan Dumplings at Rickshaw; Grand Street Gourmet ShuttersBrooklyn Heights feels the reverberations of an accused-con-man restaurant manager, and R&L restaurant sees another setback, in today’s neighborhood food news.
  34. Neighborhood Watch
    Tapas to Settle Into Chelsea and WilliamsburgWhen a Bouley alum will bring Portuguese meals to Chelsea, and where to find an American Kobe Tomahawk rib eye, in today’s neighborhood food news.
  35. NewsFeed
    Roxy Reopen Stalled, Biltmore Room Comes Back to LifePlus, Un Deux Trois’s outpost was granted a liquor license at last night’s Community Board 4 meeting.
  36. The New York Diet
    The Naked Cowboy Treats Himself to Bedtime Protein BarsIt’s not easy staying in size 16 tightie whities.
  37. NewsFeed
    Edison Ballroom Opens in Former Supper Club SpaceOwner Allan Wartski has sunk $5 million into the space, but you’ll only be able to dance there if you’re invited.
  38. NewsFeed
    When Neon Goes WrongWhoever is minding the store these days at defunct Times Square restaurant Bond 45 might want to take care of this.
  39. Neighborhood Watch
    Broome Street Bar Burger Rules; the Hottest Potential in the HamptonsThe best burger in Soho and not-great pizza in the East Village, in today’s neighborhood food news.
  40. NewsFeed
    Is Café Gray Moving? And Is Gray Out at Grayz?The latest rumors about Gray Kunz and his restaurants are the wildest yet.
  41. Neighborhood Watch
    Ko to Serve Lunch?; Bar Carrera’s Expansion CompleteJosh Hartnett’s party spot and a Q&A with chef Philippe Massoud in today’s neighborhood food news.
  42. NewsFeed
    City Burger Not Feeling the Love From City Burger-EatersCity Burger has not opened to rave reviews.
  43. Neighborhood Watch
    Wafels & Dinges Normally Only Uses Imported Waffles; Free Guacamole Tonight atBlack Iron burgers coming this June to the East Village and where to find the Treats Truck, in today’s neighborhood food news.
  44. NewsFeed
    Food Blogs Already Having Sport With Calorie ListingsCalorie charts are hitting chain restaurants, a comedy gift to food writers everywhere.
  45. Neighborhood Watch
    Old Singapore Will Live Again, in Chinatown; Breakfast at Centro Starts TodayChina Club reopening as Opera, breakfast at Centro, and Spike from ‘Top Chef’ set to inflict himself on Tribeca.
  46. Neighborhood Watch
    ‘Times’ Releases Ethnic Grocery List; Porter House Looking for aAstoria: McLoughlin’s on Broadway at 31st Street is featuring the German lager Spaten through February. [Joey in Astoria] Chelsea: Morimoto’s $24.07 prix fixe lunch deal is more filling and generous than you might expect. [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch] Clinton Hill: If you’re too “bored by the fresh produce, too cold/lazy to trek to Fairway” to cook for yourself in winter like this blogger, here are some of the nabe’s good takeout options, including Luz and Bombay Masala. [Clinton Hill Blog] Columbus Circle: Porter House New York is looking for a new wine director now that veteran in the biz Beth Von Benz has moved on to new projects. [Grub Street] Lower East Side: This list of ethnic groceries includes Pueblo Deli at 129-135 Ridge Street where you’ll find “brittle, tasteless cassabe (a yuca bread Dominicans find neither brittle nor tasteless)” but also “‘merengue’ flavored Country Club soda, Induveca salami, Bay Rum Constanza antiseptic, and candles dedicated to saints or those who may become them.” [NYT via Serious Eats] Times Square: Cafe Edison has replaced its peachy-pink paint job with a nice soft tan color, and it’s “swell.” [Lost City] Upper East Side: Bardolino at 78th Street and Second Avenue suffered interior and exterior damage caused by a fire last week, but they’ll reopen this weekend. [Upper East Side Informer]
  47. NewsFeed
    Clubland’s Toughest Door Is in, Um, Times Square? Clubs have long vied for celeb-studded Tuesday nights, so what’s the hottest one going these days? By one account, it’s Spotlight Live??? We were tempted to dismiss the Times Square karaoke complex as “strictly for the tourists” when it first opened, but that changed when we heard hip-hop stars were in the house during the recent Monday morning when a knife fight broke out. According to MTV.com, Beyoncé, Mya, Fantasia, Ne-Yo, and others have taken the stage for Tuesday’s “R&B Live” night. This week, when Diddy hosted a Bad Boy showcase, Fat Joe, Ray J, and Missy Elliott were in the audience, and Naughty by Nature and Danity Kane performed. We called the club looking to get in on the action, but were told it was a private event put on by an entertainment group affiliated with Universal Records. In other words, that door is tight. Related: Diddy, Beyonce, Ne-Yo Make ‘Spotlight Live’ New York’s Hot Tuesday-Night Ticket Deadly Brawl in Times Square [NYDN] Carrie Jennings of Spotlight Live Doesn’t Mind If You’re Horrible at Karaoke
  48. NewsFeed
    Is Chop Suey the Worst Name Ever for a Korean Restaurant? Zak Pelaccio has been getting an earful from some Asian-Americans over Chop Suey, the name of his latest project as Consulting Chef of the Future. At least among the ones who commented on Grub Street, the prevailing feeling seemed to be that, political aspects aside, the name was just dumb: “Chop Suey is such a HORRIBLE NAME! Not only is it NOT Korean generally, the name “chop suey” or ‘za sui,’ when used in Chinese, has the meaning of cooked animal offal or entrails.” “Zak needs help picking names of his restaurants … Chicken Bone? FATTY Crab, Chop Suey?” “My GOD. chop suey is the stupidest name for any kind of restaurant Pelaccio has come up with to date.”
  49. NewsFeed
    Zak Pelaccio’s Chop Suey to Open Next MonthZak Pelaccio has somehow found time to plan a new restaurant, in between taking over Borough Food and Drink from Jeffrey Chodorow, opening a new Fatty Crab uptown, and perfecting a haute Malaysian restaurant in London. Look for a big new Korean-themed restaurant in the Renaissance called Chop Suey to open (says Pelaccio with optimism) in late January. Last summer, the bearded wonder took a trip to Korea, where he fell in love with the marinated beef belly and other meaty delights he plans to implement in his new menu as consulting chef. At this pace, we predict Ditmas Park and Inwood will be only Pelaccio-free neighborhoods in New York. But if they’re lucky, they’ll get restaurants too. Related: Zak Pelaccio Taking Over Borough Food and Drink From Jeffrey Chodorow
  50. NewsFeed
    Madame Tussauds Immortalizes the Burger King, For a Limited Time It doesn’t take much to become immortalized in Madame Tussauds these days: The wax museum, where Napoleon Bonaparte twice sat for his likeness, now has the copies of RuPaul, Freddie Krueger, and George Pataki occupying its not-so-hallowed halls. Still, we were taken aback when we heard that the Burger King and his progeny, the Whopper, were about to be enshrined. (Burger King, which came up with the idea, also paid for it.)
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