Time for a ‘Top Chef’ Knockoff!

The Next Food Network Star “sneak peek”. Union Square Ballroom, 27 Union Sq. W., nr. 16th St., 7 p.m. Already-famous chefs Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will be on hand to witness the Food Network’s entry in the upscale-reality market. If you’d like to experience the exact opposite of this event, located a few hundred yards away on 14th Street is a single restaurant that serves food from Taco Bell, KFC, and Krispy Kreme.

Fay Grim premiere. IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave., nr W. 3rd St., 6 p.m. Expected: director Hal Hartley; stars Parker Posey, Saffron Burrows, and Liam Aiken. If this party is anything like the movie, expect to be blindfolded and given cryptic instructions via cell phone.

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