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2008_10_plywood27th.jpgA rotund redheaded chef, perhaps scoping a space: "It's a very strange neighborhood, but a long vacant storefront at 18 W. 27th Street just got a 'Leased: New Restaurant coming soon' decal treatment on the glass. It's definitely more of a high end-aspiring spot than you'd expect on this block. I normally wouldn't get too excited except I spotted Mario Batali getting off his vespa there on Wednesday morning." One Batali sighting does not a new Batali project make, but we're just throwing it out there. [PLYWOOD]

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