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August 6, 2007 Issue

Cover Story

Cheap Eats 2007

This year's cheap list, answering the most crucial of culinary questions: Which new, inexpensive establishments should New Yorkers add to their regular rotation? Including a look at the best new burgers, examinations of the contenders in the suddenly burgeoning fields of barbecue and Korean-style fried chicken, and more.
Plus:
Three chefs using only locally grown ingredients compete to cook the best dinner for two that $25 can buy.
Adam Platt’s picks for the best cheap expensive food in town.
Six top cooks name their favorite cheap eats.

Features

The Actor

Encounters with the charm of Fred Thompson, a man who spends his days lobbying for huge corporations, cashing checks from Hollywood production companies, and receiving the adulation of Republicans thrilled that he’s such a down-home, regular guy.

Married Man Seeks Same for Discreet Play

Conversations with one closeted man trying to explain why in a city like New York, in a time like the present, he’s decided that the only place he can live honestly is online.

Intelligencer

Bloomberg’s New Frenemy

A conniption over congestion.

‘Rent’ Boys Men Now

Worry about knees.

Journal of Modern Schmoozing

Forget Paris.

‘Daily Show’ Reporter’s Dish du Jour

Brokaw’s salad secrets.

Shocking Theory at Electric-Car Auction

Green with envy.

Steamed

The city was shaken last week when an explosion tore open the ground near Grand Central spewed scalding vapor into the midtown sky, but steam was being blown off everywhere.

Touby Prize

How a former desperate freelancer became a networking millionaire.

Silvermanomatic

How to be the next network wunderkind.

Hillary Hampton ’07

A weekend in the country that’ll cost you.

Disaster Relief

Why did we feel oddly liberated thinking that the terrorists had struck again, finally?

Columns

The Imperial City

Go ahead and raise taxes on the private-equity billionaires—it’s for their own good.

Strategist

Best Bets

A refrigerated picnic basket and other alfresco accessories.

The Look Book

A publicist who sees herself as the synthesis of Madonna and Oprah.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Doyle & Doyle, 189 Orchard St., nr. Houston St.; 212-677-9991.

Shop News

Unlike the designs of other bridal costume jewelers, Siman Tu’s handmade designs are sophisticated and dazzling—and, admittedly, more expensive.

Fashion

With his new store, Phillip Lim returns to the combination of high fashion and mass-market appeal that’s worked so well for him thus far.

Real Estate

2 BR w/stripper pole.

Movers

Fresh from playing Carson Drew to Emma Roberts’s Nancy, actor Tate Donovan and his family just spent a week relaxing in a five-bedroom Fire Island rental.

The Open-House Log

House hunting at 131 West 82nd Street, Apartment 2.

Gastropubbing

Is a gastropub more than just a laid-back bar with really good food? Find out here.

From Sushi to Shanghai

Two Japanese chefs open very different restaurants.

Culture

Broadway’s Test-Tube Babies

Crowned Grease stars by a reality show, Max Crumm and Laura Osnes must now learn their way around Broadway, sometimes literally.

The Annotated Artwork

How Barry Frydlender created one of the photomosaics on display at MoMA.

The Movie Review

An inside look at the high-level mistakes that began almost the minute American soldiers set foot in Iraq.

The Stiles Ultimatum

The native New Yorker stands up for herself in Bourne 3.

The DVD Filter

New this week: The Host, Avant-Garde 2: Experimental Cinema from 1928 to 1954, Zodiac, and more.

The Book Review

Polymath Tyler Cowen makes an excellent addition to the economics-for-the-layperson canon.

A World of Wonders

On marginalrevolution.com, Tyler Cowen often compiles his favorite things about a country or a state that he is visiting, revealing extraordinarily catholic taste.

The TV Review

Michael Keaton is fantastic as a hyperparanoid CIA honcho.

Approval Matrix

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

The Week

Sex Ed

August heats up the galleries.

Sit Back and Relax

Sofas and lounge chairs replace those painful theater seats at the American Living Room festival of emerging work, now returning for its eighteenth summer.

Short and Sweet

Our picks from 59E59 Theaters’ Summer Shorts, a festival of nine new American one-acts.

Two-Volume Sets

SummerStage’s biggest readings are just days apart this year.

Great Spirit

Original New Yorkers (and friends) convene.

Departments

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