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The Eldridge Has Major Wood

A first look at the Eldridge's cocktail menu, which, like the owner's business card, is printed on two-ply cherry.

By Daniel Maurer

Meehan Rising Up Against Oppressors at ‘Times,’ Covering Ultracheap Eats

Peter Meehan, the Times' "$25 and Under" critic, lately sounds more like the $7 and under critic. In the past three columns, he's reviewed a Korean fried chicken and beer joint and most recently, a taco stand inside a garage in Bushwick. What Meehan is doing is actually far more radical than most readers realize. Twenty-five and under was conceived as a sop to the masses, a side order to the real review's main course. And a lot of people, including new dining-section editor Pete Wells, have complained that $25 is an unrealistically low figure in this day and age. Covering ultra-ultra-cheap eats, meanwhile, seems to be Meehan's idea of progress. Here's hoping his next piece continues the trend. How do we know Pete Wells thinks $25 is too cheap? He told us so.

Amelia Earhart, Kim Jong-Il, and Paris Hilton

Eleanor Roosevelt had the hots for Amelia Earhart, according to Gore Vidal. Capitol Records CEO Andy Slater is running the company into the ground, according to an anonymous letter from underlings. Shanna Moakler says she didn't punch Paris Hilton but hates her anyway. Martin Bashir's daughter threw up, then he anchored Nightline. Roger Ailes thinks Kim Jong-Il's pants don't fit. Kathie Lee Gifford will star in Annie, wear orthopedic shoes. Palm Beach thinks Donald Trump's American flag is too big. Carly Fiorina shares an agent with Cathie Black, does her own hair. The mother of Michael Jackson's kids got her alimony reinstated. In 1912, Picasso, Chagall, Rivera, Soutine, and Modigliani shared a Paris apartment, which someone wants to make a movie about. Sienna Miller didn't have her I.D. at a Pittsburgh bar, so she didn't get served. Greg Kinnear, Jimmy Fallon, or Ed Cavanaugh might star in Young Frankenstein on Broadway. Bill Clinton said he liked Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech that Made Abraham Lincoln President, so Simon & Schuster is printing more. People ate lunch at Michael's on Tuesday. One of Ted Turner's bison burgers food-poisoned top Iraq soldier General John Abizaid. Nick Lachey couldn't wear his hat in Houston's.