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EaterWire: Bun Free Food Giveaway Not a Catastrophe, 1OAK Defended, Back Forty Extends Crab Boil, and More!

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SOHO— Apparently, Bun's second try at giving away free food to promote its 24 hour menu hasn't been completely botched. Reports a pleasantly surprised reader after a Sat. night dinner: "I had a fairly amazing experience at Bun Soho last night...they brought out small plates every few minutes and we were *stuffed* within a 45 minutes or so...We guessed we ate about $46 worth of food...for free. Unreal..they say it's only Fri and Sat nights from midnight to 6am for the rest of August and possibly into September." [EaterWire]

CHELSEA— Today Steve Lewis is on the blog defending the owner of 1Oak, Scott Sartiano, against a lawsuit accusing him of being a racist. Steve-o notes that Sartiano has dated plenty of "non whites": "Scott took an Asian girl to his formal. I've met her, I talked to her the other day. My ex, Kelly Li, 100% Asian, enjoyed a great relationship with Mr. Sartiano...Scott’s had a well documented relationship with half Cuban Jamie Lynn Sigler." Well that clears it up then. Read on to where Steve ends up using all caps and calls the lawsuit "wicked." [GNML]

NEW YORK— Speaking of that 1Oak lawsuit, CityFile has a post on the plaintiffs' lawyer, Daniel "Maimon" Kirschenbaum, Esq. Turns out he's one of the most prolific restaurant-centric lawyers in the city: "Just a few of his targets: Heartland Brewery, Nobu, Jean Georges, B.B. King, Bouley, BondSt, Balthazar, One Little W 12, Abigail Kirsch, BLT Steak, BLT Prime, BLT Fish, and 40/40." [Cityfile]

NATIONAL— The tickets for the Bocuse d'Or USA semi finals went on sale this morning. Tickets run $450 per person and include complimentary park admission to Epcot & the Epcot Food & Wine Festival for Friday and Saturday. You can get tickets by calling 407-WDW-FEST. [EaterWire]

EAST VILLAGE— Due to the success of the restaurant's crab boils throughout the months of July and August, Back Forty will be offering their $35 prix fixe crab dinner on Wednesdays in September. $35 includes crabs, sides and dessert with optional $15 pitchers of beer. [EaterWire]

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