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American Idol for Home Cooks; Spice Market's Sensual Lounge

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ASTORIA—Vittles Vamp reports that Uncle George's, Astoria's "culinary tourist trap," has been closed by the DOH. Signage on the door says they'll open after renovations. [VV]

REALITY TV— Blerg. Gordon Ramsay is launching another cooking show on Fox. In what could very well be the breaking point for cooking competitions, the show, Master Chef, is already being called a culinary version of American Idol, and will clearly try to appeal to the masses, especially since the contestants won't be professional chefs. Unlike its Top and Iron counterparts, Master Chef is going to be a "huge, nationwide search for the best amateur chef in America." [Eater National]

MEATPACKING DISTRICT— Elsewhere in the Jean-Georges Vongerichten universe, another restaurant needs more customers. From a press release: "Jean-Georges Vongerichten's iconic Spice Market has a whole new sensual vibe on Thursday nights - making it the best keep secret in the Meatpacking District's nightlife scene. From 9pm - 2 am guests can enjoy a sexy lounge-like atmosphere downstairs, with the addition of a guest DJ and all new late night menu featuring lighter bites..." [EaterWire]

EAST VILLAGE— And to close, check out what you missed last week at Mars Bar. [EVG]

Spice Market

403 West 13th St., New York, NY

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