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Varietal’s Kitchen Closes in Chelsea

Bronx: Italian pastry shop Egidio has a history steeped in family feuds, politics, and adultery; now a cannoli-wielding former owner has opened up shop nearby. [Lost City] Chelsea: Varietal has closed its dining room, though wine’s still being served at the bar. [Restaurant Girl] Great Small Works performing-arts group will host a Spaghetti Dinner this Sunday evening on the roof of the 14th Street Y. Besides bowls of garlicky pasta, ticket holders can look forward to “puppet theater [and] New Orleans brass band music.” [Blog Chelsea] Greenpoint: The Original Soup Man (a.k.a. the Soup Nazi) joins other chains on Manhattan Avenue and shocks customers by charging $9 for some selections. [Gothamist] Hell's Kitchen: Alex Garcia’s new restaurant, Gaucho Steak Co., at 752 Tenth Avenue, is now open for lunch and offering delivery. [Grub Street] Soho: Savoy’s Clambake Dinners start July 6 and run through the end of the month. [Restaurant Girl]

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Soup Nazi to Boil Over at Appearance?

Al Yeganeh, Seinfeld's celebrated "Soup Nazi," has recently been making a blizzard of public appearances promoting his Original SoupMan restaurant chain. (Yeganeh , who is Jewish, despises the "soup Nazi tag" and refuses to even mention or address it. His site simply refers to the show inspired by him as the "Soup episode.") Given the chef's famous testiness, his 5 p.m. appearance at f.y.e. might be worth witnessing. The ads tout the chance to "meet 'the soup Nazi' in person" and "have him sign your copy of Seinfeld Season 7." Is there any way to take odds on how many times Yeganeh gets called a Nazi or is asked to say "No soup for you!" before he blows his top? We would put the over-under at two and a half. Meet the Soup Nazi, f.y.e., 1290 Sixth Ave., at 52nd St., 5 p.m.

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