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30 Rock's Theme Restaurant Staples; Inside Junoon

FLATIRON— Grub Street has photos of Junoon, an Indian restaurant opening on Wednesday on 24th near 6th. The owner co-founded Cafe Spice, the chef de cuisine is a Devi alum, and the executive chef survived Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. [GS]

UPPER EAST SIDE—The body is still warm and the restaurant, still open, but the Times would like to take a moment to discuss how bad the food is/was at Elaine's on the night of founder Elaine Kaufman's death. For more nostalgia, Gael Greene points out her 1971 review. [DJ; IC]

VIDEO INTERLUDE— From last night's episode of 30 Rock, Tracy Jordan's "son" Donald (who's incidentally two years older than him) pitches Jack Donaghy on a new investment: a theme restaurant in Times Square called "Staples." It features unlicensed versions of Japanese monsters battling it out in the dining room. After that business failed, he proposed "Microsoft," a "microbrewery that also serves frozen yogurt." See the clip over on Eater National [~E~]

Junoon

27 West 24th Street, Manhattan, NY 10010 (212) 490-2100 Visit Website

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