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Three Words: Chelsea Cupcake Controversy

Bedford-Stuyvesant: Next Thursday’s cocktail fund-raiser at Carver Savings bank benefits Fulton-Nostrand United Merchants Association, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, and if you’re still reading this, congratulations. [Bed-Stuy Gateway] Chelsea: The pink cupcake — you know the one — inspires reactions from diabolical blogger rants to posters defending the pretty cake. [Blog Chelsea] Ronnybrook Dairy will be converted into a milk bar serving breakfast, lunch and dinner — with special lactose twists. [Eater] Clinton Hill: Olivino is hosting an Italian wine tasting tonight starting at 6:30 p.m.; you’ve got three hours to “taste” as much as your liver can stand. [Clinton Hill Blog] East Village: The Bowery Hotel lobby may be getting a tepid response, but the 10,000-square-foot bar space on the second floor should impress, assuming the weather warms up sometime. [Down by the Hipster] Tribeca: Patsy’s Pizza coming to the former Dominic spot; booze a sure thing. [Eater] West Village: Chumley’s won't be torn down — not yet, anyway. [Gawker] The Spotted Pig has updated their menu. [Grub Street]

Free Brazilian Pool Party Returns to Times Square

Clinton Hill: “Seder in a Box” prayer kit available for $1 at St. Joseph’s College. Bring it to one of the nontraditional Seder meals we recently recommended! [Clinton Hill Blog] Lower East Side: MySpace pages offer insight into why Falai Panetteria waitresses are so bitchy. [Gawker] Midtown East: No longer keeping their chin up: I-Chin has closed. [NYT] A Burger King on Fifth Avenue sues its landlord over rats, who were probably seeking a new food source after Hunan Fifth got shuttered. [NYS] Red Hook The beloved El Huipil is no more, but the new owners of the space will also serve Mexican food — made by a “hot chef.” [Eat for Victory/VV] Times Square: “Reality dining” comes to Broadway when Spotlight Live opens on April 6. [NYT] The free Brazilian pool party at Hotel QT returns this Thursday, promising live music, cachaça specials, and skinny-dipping-themed pickup lines. [NewYorkology] Tribeca: Oh, dom: Dominic closes. [NYT] Turtle Bay: The U.N.’s all-you-can-eat Malaysian buffet kicks off in mid-April! [NewYorkology] Union Square: Union Square Café name sold to Tokyo group. Related: Tokyo has a Union Square? [NYT] Upper West Side: Ollie’s Noodle Shop workers follow Saigon Grill deliverymen. [Eater]

Activists to Have It Their Way at Burger King; Classic Kitchen Pranks

Burger King swears off cage eggs and inhumanely treated pork — although it will be a while before its suppliers can catch up with the new policy. [NYT] New York molecular gastronomy alert: Spanish neurologist-scientist-chef Dr. Miguel Sanchez Romera is scoping out NYC locations — must have greenhouse. [NYP] Cafe Fonduta’s ordeal with the Department of Health highlights the overall klutziness of the system. [NYO]