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Gilt Besieged by ‘Gossip Girl’ Wannabes; More of the Old East Village to Die

The bar at Gilt is besieged by “a parade of ripe Lolitas,” all clamoring for cocktails like their idols on Gossip Girl. Unhappily for the nymphets, and any well-heeled Humbert Humberts who happen to be hanging around, you have to be 21 to drink in the real-world version of the bar. [Insatiable Critic] Two of the last holdouts of the old East Village, Sophie's and Mona's, are both for sale. What will replace them? Trustafarian discos? Hookah bars? Collegiate-style ale houses? Somewhere Rockets Redglare is rolling in his grave. [NYP] To help allay the bitterness of exile, the New York Food Anywhere blog will show you where to find New York food in places that aren't New York. It's depressing, but it does make you appreciate the fact that you don't need to use it. [New York Food Anywhere via Serious Eats]

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Ex-Ramsay Chef Taking Over Allen and Delancey; High-End Chinese Fading Fast

Neil Ferguson, the former chef at Gordon Ramsay, will be in charge of the kitchen at Allen and Delancey when the place finally opens in September. [NYT] Related: Allen and Delancey Tripped at the Finish Line, Won't Open The city’s Chinese fine-dining restaurants are on the run, the victims of changing tastes, high costs, and slim margins. The East Side’s Sichuan Pavilion just went under, and even the genre’s grande dame, Shun Lee Palace, is now peopled mostly by seniors. [NYS] Organic chef Matthew Kenney, best known for his acrimonious exit from Pure Food and Wine, is back in town and preparing to open a retail prepared-organic-foods business. [NYS] Related: Raw Foodist Sarma Melngailis Drinks Grapefruit Sake Mojitos Before Noon

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