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BLT Fish Is Just a Little Tacky; Corn Strippers Now in SoHo

Astoria: Tonight is trivia night at Dillinger’s on 30th Avenue, which means $5 pitchers. [Joey in Astoria] Brooklyn Heights: Uncommon Grounds is closed for renovations, and it looks like the coffee shop’s application to set up outdoor seating will get approved. [Brooklyn Heights Blog] Coney Island: Since Thor Equities can’t start developing any time soon, the company has handed out leases to eight vendors to keep the fryers operating until next fall. [Lost City] East Village: Some pork hater tagged the entrance of Vanessa Dumpling with the word "LARD." [East Village Idiot] Red Hook: LeNell’s is hosting a bourbon festival on the 23rd with a tasting, discounts, and even alky ice-cream made on the spot. [LeNell's] SoHo: Wondering how to get those kernels off the cob? Sur La Table sells a Corn Stripper that actually works. [Serious Eats] Tribeca: Ceci-Cela may still be cranking out croissants on Chambers Street, but there’s a "Store for Lease" sign in its window. [Grub Street] Union Square: Bruni extols the virtues of BLT Fish, but warns would-be diners that the upstairs and downstairs spaces differ greatly, and the Laurent-Tourondel cookbook listing on the menu is tacky. [Diner’s Journal]

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]