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It Isn't Easy Being Green; Grayz on the Stun Line

There are a few basic steps that restaurants and bars can follow to be considered “green,” but they don't happen automatically.[TONY] Steve Cuozzo leads Gray Kunz’s new cash cow to the slaughter, calling Grayz a draw “for suits wanting a slicker sandbox for babe-wrangling than nearby Connolly’s.” [NYP] Related: Gray Kunz Finds a Sweet New Business Model The Frankies of Spuntino fame have a third restaurant planned in Brooklyn and a new cookbook on the way. [Eater]

George Mendes Holds Down the Wallsé Fort Until Help Arrives

George Mendes
Having heard and read reports on Eater that the chefs at both of Kurt Gutenbrunner's restaurants had quit, we were on the trail of something juicy. Apparently, it isn't to be had. Gutenbrunner tells us that there are perfectly good explanations for the simultaneous departure of Mattias Froeschl from Wallsé and Martin Pirker from Blaue Gans. "I see it as a positive," the chef says. "People need experience, and now they will have more." Froeschel is moving to California with his new wife, and Pirker back to Austria to take over his family business. New chefs are on the way at both restaurants, but in the meantime Guttenbrunner is getting a helping hand from George Mendes, the former Tocqueville chef whose solo restaurant has been delayed longer than the Chinese space program. Guttenbrunner hasn't revealed the ID of his new chefs yet, but we'll let you know when we hear. Update: Word comes from Kurt Guttenbrunner: The new chef at Wallsé will be Alex Roesch, from the two-star Michelin restaurant Tantris in Munich, who’s coming in January. Conny Quehenberger has been promoted at Blaue Gans and is currently running the kitchen there.

A Thanksgiving Planner for Which You Should Truly Be Grateful

We've pulled out all the stops on our Thanksgiving Planner, with recipes from the city's top toques, an authoritative overview of takeout catering, and, in our favorite feature, recommendations for where to book tables. If only we'd had this earlier, it might've saved us dozens of disappointing turkey days. You can find restaurants, from Sylvia's to Blaue Gans, in your neighborhood (or your in-laws'), peruse their menus, and read our mini-reviews. If you plan on eating out, delve into our guide and book right away. In the meantime, here are three general Thanksgiving tips.

Best of Times, Wurst of Times to End This Weekend

Confusingly, Oktoberfest happens mostly in September; it ends this coming Sunday. Rob and Robin recommended five top places to kick the month off with; since you've surely celebrated at each of those, here are five more to visit before the festival's all over.