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Eater Dish: Del Posto, Rio's & Balducci's

Sharing a taxi between zones, it's the Eater Dish for the week of Dec. 19, 2005...

1) Del Posto. Oh yes. But you knew that.

2) Late-charging frontrunner for rebranding of the year: you're a Brazilian steakhouse, coming to New York City by way of Miami, where you're all the hype. Two weeks before opening, building inspectors lay the smackdown on your digs at 360 Park Avenue South. What to do? Drop the name Porcão, rebrand as Rio's, and throw open the doors. (Hey, maybe that petty cash investment came through after all.) Reports an Eater reader, "I had a great dinner there last night."

3) Not exactly a restaurant opening, but the return of Balducci's to the New York City gourmet grocery firmament (new outpost at the corner of Eighth Ave. and 14th Street) brings chef Katy Sparks back to the stove as the head of the prepared food department. Strong has the buzz, or hit the official site.

4) Strong also notes last Friday's opening of Telepan, a new Upper West Side restaurant from former JUdson Grill chef Bill (wait for it) Telepan in the old Santa Fe Grill space. Expect classic American.

5) The new upstairs lounge at The Spotted Pig? Sorry, not yet. The wait continues for that elusive liquor license.

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