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McSorley's Turns 157; Vote for Hot NYC Chef Vikas Khanna

SIGNS OF SPRING— Today, the BR Guest restaurants — including Atlantic Grill Eastside, Blue Water Grill, Dos Caminos, Isabella’s, Ocean Grill and Primehouse — opened their outdoor cafes. If the weather hits 60 tomorrow, they're offering free lemonade to all guests sitting outside. [EaterWire]

MIDTOWN — Fish fans take note: the first catch of shad and shad roe just arrived at The Grand Central Oyster Bar. The arrival of this delicacy is another harbinger of spring. [EaterWire]

EAST VILLAGE — Today McSorley's turns 157. The bar celebrated with people in Civil War garb who fired muskets, and an actor playing Abraham Lincoln who read the Gettysburg Address. [DNAInfo]

ROCK THE VOTE — Our boy Vikas Khanna of Junoon, who was crowned the Hottest Chef in New York yesterday, is currently up against the hotties from six other cities on Eater National for the title of Hottest Chef in America 2011. Please, if you haven't already, vote for him. He's doing really well, but the chef from Miami is gaining on him. [Eater National]

Grand Central Oyster Bar

89 East 42nd Street, Manhattan, NY 10017 (212) 490-6650 Visit Website

McSorley's Old Ale House

15 East 7th Street NY 10003