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Religious Scandal Hits Downtown Brooklyn When Junior’s Breaks the Passover Rules

Brooklyn Heights: The new coffee shop on the corner of Cranberry and Henry has comedy and jazz nights, but you're probably not invited. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Chelsea: Bottlerocket wines hosts environmental activists Sunday afternoon for Earth Day tips and sips from biodynamic and organic vineyards. [Bottlerocket] Chinatown: What to eat at Saturday's Taste of Chinatown. [Chinatown NYC] Hop Kee, though damaged after being plowed into by an errant car, is open again. [Grub Street] Downtown Brooklyn: Junior's kosher certification revoked; a Jew baked during Passover. [The Brooklyn Paper] East Hampton: Prime 103 boasts a chef with Jean Georges cred, steak, sushi and weekend dining until 4 a.m. It will open by Memorial Day. [Eater] Harlem: You might get a free CD if you reserve a spot at the Harlem Tea Room for tonight's jazz performance; three are available. [Uptown Flavor] Hunts Point: The Next Food Network Star winner Guy Fieri features the Bronx's own Mo Gridder's BBQ in his new show about dive eats. [NYDN] Midtown East: Patroon's rooftop bar is open for the nice weather. [Grub Street]

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Car Plows Into Hop Kee; Neroni Keeps Spinning

A car plows into the venerable Hop Kee restaurant in Chinatown. The restaurant is damaged, and one person is hurt. [Downtown Express] Izakaya invasion! The city now boasts everything from simple sake joints with food to full-blown small-plate restaurants. [NYDN] The official Times take on the Neroni Affair includes this classic quote, in defense of the Desperate Chef: “If Marco didn’t want anyone signing checks, including Jason, he should have put the checkbook in the safe.” [NYT]

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