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Ostia Under Renos, Stabbing at La Casa Del Mofongo

TOP CHEFFAGE— Bravo will be casting for its Top Chef spinoff series "Just Desserts" on November 8 at Craftsteak. That's also when and where they'll be looking for the next cheftestants for Top Chef 7. [Reality TV World]

UPPER EAST SIDE— Flo Fab reports that while Francois Payard hasn't found a way to reopen his recently shuttered pastry shop and cafe Payard, he is opening a chocolate "bar" on the fourth floor of some jewelry store in 63rd St. Almost the same! [Diner's Journal]

MADISON SQ. PARK— PR emails to announce Tabla will be shutting down the downstairs Bread Bar and will now offer one menu for the entire restaurant, available in both the upstairs dining room and bar level dining room: "Our new menu will offer an exciting combination of signature and innovative dishes from both the Bread Bar and Dining Room, including a rich selection of a la carte items, as well as a Wazwan (family style) feast and a seasonal tasting menu." [EaterWire]

WEST VILLAGE— Signage outside Ostia!, the wine bar in Sheridan Square, reveals that it's closed for renovations, however its inclusion on last month's Community Board 2 agenda may be a sign that the spot is switching hands. [EaterWire]

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS— The AP brings word that a bouncer was fatally stabbed last night outside Caribbean Washington Heights restaurant and bar La Casa Del Mofongo. [AP via GS]


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