TIMES SQUARE—People, if you didn't think Lee Schrager was serious about generating buzz around the first New York City Wine & Food Festival—the first ever, taking place next weekend—think again. Today, along with Bobby Flay and assorted higher-ups from festival sponsors Share Our Strength, Food & Wine Magazine, Food Bank for New York City, Meat Packing District Initiative, Allen Brothers, Target, Pernod-Ricard USA/Perrier Jouet, New York Times, and Southern Wines & Spirits of America, dude rang the closing bell at the NASDAQ. Enjoy these photos of the ride as you mosey into your weekend. [EaterWire]
MIDTOWN EAST— Convivio is now open for dinner on Sundays, starting this weekend. Menu same as normal, hours 5 - 9:30. [EaterWire]
FLATIRON— Flea Dell, co-owner of The Hog Pit, writes in with some clarifications on the upcoming relocation: "I wanted to make it known that the new Hog Pit will be focused on serving fun southern food. Not, I repeat NOT serious BBQ. Of course will have our famous 'fall off the bone' ribs. We will also have more southern specialties and an awesome 'fun' Bar Menu...We will also expand our dessert menu to include many more items, all homemade. We're even making our own Mozzarella Stix! No frozen bar food for us! I'm very excited to introduce theses new menus. I hope the public will give us a chance to perfect our menus and even suggest things they might like...We have no intention of trying to compete with Hill Country's excellent BBQ..." [EaterWire]
LOWER EAST SIDE— Grub St. has some shots of the new bar Chloe, what they're calling the new "hip-staurant" of the season: "..this place looks just stunning enough (and familiar enough!) to make Bea-types feel right at home. She might be a little smaller than the Beatrice (we didn’t bust out the measuring tape) but that hasn’t prevented dancing, and it has one thing the Bea doesn’t have: Casanis’ full menu is available from 7 p.m. (when it opens) till midnight." [GS]
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