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Fancy Jell-O-Shot Movement Began in the East Village, Of Course

East Village: Looks like a haute-Jell-O-shot movement might be jiggling into town; Detour used to feature a seasonal special, and now avant-garde recipes like this one, which combines apple, bourbon, and bacon, are popping up. [Mouthing Off/Food&Wine] Hell’s Kitchen: If you want to share a dessert with a pal at Kyotofu, expect to pay a $5 toll, per person. [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch] Midtown East: Alto did not disappoint Bruni like so many other fine restaurants, who’ve concluded many a meal by serving an even amount of petits fours to his odd-numbered party: “This is not a give-me-more-food complaint. This is a who’s-doing-the-arithmetic expression of befuddlement.” [Diner’s Journal/NYT] Upper East Side: Park Avenue Autumn will begin its winter transformations on November 27, and VIPs will get to taste the menu and see a sneak peek of the décor on that same night. [Zagat] West Village: There’s still time to book a Thanksgiving table, and now Anne Burrell has designed a special menu for Centro Vinoteca that includes brined-herb-crusted-turkey with polenta corn bread. [NYM]

Trans-Fats Fines Round One; Gordo Like Breasts

Others agree: The Ciprianis’ “deal was sugary enough to let the nattily dressed pair stride out of Manhattan Supreme Court Justice John Cataldo’s courtroom looking like the cats that ate the cannolis.” But they forgot to mention the bimbos in Lambos. [NYP] Related: Ciprianis Get Out of Jail, Open New Restaurant On the Ciprianis Cooking Pasta — and the Books! In his new book, Gordon Ramsay reveals the importance of private-equity firm Blackstone in his career, like the company’s bankrolling “the installation of a chef’s table, where … three women showed their appreciation by baring their breasts to the cooks after one convivial meal, he writes.” Way to keep it classy, Gordo. [Bloomberg] The first round of trans-fats fines, ranging from $200 to $2,000, have been issued to restaurants across the city including Little Guyana Bake Shop in Queens — whose owner “didn’t know [the new rules] applied to bakeries as of yet.” [NYP]

Drink Japan Without Leaving Little Italy

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Sake has been the next big trend for so long that we’ve been loathe to recognize it now that it’s actually arriving. If, like us, you're utterly mystified by the stuff (not being able to read the bottle is part of it), check out the Joy of Sake next week. The city's biggest sake event will hit the Puck Building on Thursday featuring 300 different sakes, at least a third of which aren't available outside of Japan. The restaurant lineup looks good too: Seventeen restaurants are creating dishes meant to be paired with sake, including wd-50, Sakagura, and 15 East. Tickets are $75 in advance, $90 at the door. Joy of Sake [Official Site]

Kyotofu South; Soup Nazi Not Feeling the Love Out of N.Y.

Kyotofu really is expanding downtown with a second outlet that should be completed by next summer. In the meantime, its delicate Japanese treats will also be available at a new midtown tea shop opening this month. [Mouthing Off/Food & Wine] The Bleecker Street Magnolia Bakery has renewed its lease for another ten years. [Eater] CJ continues to fantasize openly about cooking Padma breakfast. [Eater LA] Related: ‘Top Chef’ Non-Winner CJ on the Broccolini Backstory, and Why Hung's Food Is Soulless

Olives the Nightclub? Bring On an International Box

Todd English may want to get in on the hip parade surrounding La Esquina by opening his own Kenmare spot with nightlife guru Joe Vicari. [NYP] There’s a rumor that Simon Hammerstein wants to open an international Box and bring his gross anthems to London. [Down by the Hipster] Related: Narcissistic and Highly Intoxicated Box Patrons Want Totally Gross Anthems, Says Owner Could Kyotofu and its killer cupcake be expanding with a space downtown? [Eater] Related: Best Cupcake 2007 [NYM]

Former Gertel's Bakery Foe Turns Fallen Kosher Comrade on the Lower East Side

Hell’s Kitchen: Kyotofu has planned a sake dinner for August 26 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. that features five types of sake, a tasting menu, and cocktails for $60. [Grub Street] Lower East Side: Moishe’s bakery at 504 Grand Street will soon serve wholesale products from recently closed-out kosher competitor Gertel’s. [Lost City] Spitzer’s Corner began its soft opening this weekend and was already chock-full of jolly drinkers. [Eater] Midtown West: BLT Market (from this week’s Openings) won’t be serving dinner until Thursday, but here’s a peek at the interior to sate any premature curiosity. [Restaurant Girl] Sunset Park: The taqueria Tacos 2004 draws legions of immigrants who come to twirl the waitresses across a teeny dance floor. [NYT] West Village: Next Monday at 7:30 p.m. winemaker Alain Rochard of the Languedoc will host a four-course dinner and wine-pairing at Provence restaurant. [Strong Buzz]

Ready, Set … Start Trying to Book the Six Columbus Roof

Columbus Circle: You can start booking private events for the Six Columbus rooftop now. [Down by the Hipster] East Village: Black and White and Central Bar are among the establishments facing a crackdown on liquor licensing. [Eater] Harlem: Unemployment rather than piety may lure you to the Broadway Presbyterian Church, where Starbucks will hold an open call for its new store. [Uptown Flavor] Hell’s Kitchen: Kyotofu now serves tofu and soy-milk ice cream. [Grub Street] Meatpacking District: The previously unnamed concrete garden on Little West 12th Street has reemerged as Revel after a manicure and a menu from the owner of Barolo and I Tre Merli. [Restaurant Girl] Midtown West: This close-up of Carnegie John’s burger explains exactly why we picked it in our rundown of street-food favorites. [A Hamburger Today]

Bruni Meets Neroni; Another Blah Review for Ramsay

Making sure to mention chef Jason Neroni's desperate call for Beard nominations — the one revealed on Grub Street — Bruni gives Porchetta a single star and calls Neroni “overly insistent.” [NYT] In all-tofu dessert spot Kyotofu, Meehan finds a pudding paradise. Though he issues some of the most enthusiastic praise we've heard from him lately, he also cautions that the savory dishes are just “perfunctory.” [NYT] Wobbly tables don't get in the way of Paul Adams’s appreciation of new Soho Moroccan joint Babouche. [NYS] Cuozzo loves Pera, makes it sound as if it's the first-ever high-end Turkish restaurant. Orhan Yegan of Divane and Beyoglu must have steam coming out of his ears. [NYP] Sietsema rarely meets a barbecue he doesn’t like, and Brooklyn's Smoke Joint proves no exception. The evil Cookshack smoker, condemned in our 2006 wish list, makes a cameo appearance. [VV] Randall Lane delivers yet another approving but ultimately unenthusiastic review of the “impeccable, if clinical” Gordon Ramsay. The Brit just can't win! [TONY] Related: Gordon Ramsay, Gay Icon

Batali and Ramsay Serve Feet to Own Mouths; the Demise of Krispy Kreme?

Mr. Nasty disses Keller and Robuchon, says the grub's better in London, tries to poach Ducasse's staff, and admits he's "f****** shitting" himself. [Sunday Times of London] Clearly, he's "not looking to take New York by storm." [The Independent] Batali and landlord get into a pissing contest of sorts. [Gawker] Klee's and Kyotofu's menus unveiled; Freitag gives Gusto a menu makeover. [Strong Buzz] "The corner of West 12th and West Fourth Streets is one that cabbies will have to get used to." [NYT] Related: Fall Preview: Great Eats on Seventh Avenue South Would a trans-fat ban put the kibosh on Krispy Kreme? [NYP] Monkey-arm purveyor meets the long arm of the law. [NYP]

‘Izakaya’ Boom Hits Chelsea; Japanese Chains Plant Flags Uptown

If you still don't know what an izakaya is (or haven't lately been to St. Marks Place, where most of them are clustered), enlighten yourself at Izakaya Ten, the latest iteration of the space that was the French-Korean D'or Ahn, and then, for a nanosecond, the sushi restaurant Anzu. Owner Lannie Ahn has hired a veteran of Morimoto and Nobu to supplement the raw fish with a selection of small plates of the home-style Japanese fare one finds in a sake bar or pub — not your basic mozzarella sticks or buffalo wings but more exotic tidbits like natto omelettes, ginger pork belly, pan-seared rice balls, and the ever-popular chicken-meatball skewer.