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Flay's Fierce Dance Moves, EV Grieve's Real Name, Dole Whip in NYC, and More Intel

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A sunny summer afternoon outside Soho charmer Cafe Gitane.
A sunny summer afternoon outside Soho charmer Cafe Gitane.
Daniel Krieger

Good morning, New York City! Here's what you need to know about Restaurant Land today:

— Last night, one of the Internet's all-time greatest neighborhood bloggers finally revealed his identity. EV Grieve's real name is John Elsasser, and when he's not obsessively tracking openings and closings in the East Village, he edits trade publications. You can read more about The Grieve over on Bedford + Bowery. The good news is that he's not hanging up his hat or changing anything about the blog. Case in point: Today The Grieve reports that the newish location of NYC mini-chain Spice at 71 First Ave is closed for the moment, and so is Korean wing joint U.F.C. at 60 Third Ave. It looks like both restaurants are undergoing repair work.

— Give Bobby Flay at least three stars and a 24 Zagat score for his masterful dance moves at yesterday's Puerto Rican Day Parade:

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— A Texas tech star proposed to his girlfriend over the weekend by surprising her with a $10,000 martini at The Algonquin Hotel bar that had a diamond ring wedged between two cocktail olives. He's the first person in over a decade to order the engagement martini.

— Sweet Chick, the chicken-and-waffles restaurant that people line up for in Williamsburg and the LES, is expanding across the country, Page Six reports. Rumor has it that rapper NAS is backing owner John Seymour's expansion plan. No word yet on where it will open next. Almost exactly one year ago, the restaurant debuted its second location inside the space that previously housed legendary lo-fi watering hole Max Fish.

— An unconscious man with severe head trauma was discovered at Williamsburg dive bar The Charleston at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday. An ambulance took him to Bellevue, and the police set up a crime scene around the bar several hours later. A worker at Soju, a Korean restaurant across the street, tells Gothamist that there was a fight outside the bar on Saturday night. No arrests have been made.

— On a much lighter note, over the weekend, social media-savvy pizzeria owner Paulie Gee torched a Red Sox hat in his wood-burning Stefano Ferrara oven:

This is what we do when someone leaves a Red Sox hat in the restaurant.

A photo posted by Paulie Gee (@pauliegee123) on

— And speaking of Brooklyn pizzerias, here is a look at the signage that will adorn the front of the new Joe's Pizza location at 216 Bedford Ave in Williamsburg:

Nick Solares

The Robs discover that Dole Whip, the delicious pineapple-infused fro-yo treat that's served at the Disney parks, is now available at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt on Second Avenue in Midtown. The creamy confection is also served at a fro-yo shop in The Bronx and another in Jersey City. The dessert certainly has a cult following, so if you decide to check it out, please let us know how it stacks up to the amusement park original.

— Business at Chelsea health restaurant GustoOrganic has been way down ever since the management decided to start serving mostly vegan food. In February, the owners claimed that they were getting hate mail from "CrossFit-people." And now, DNAinfo reports that the restaurant is two months late on rent, and it might shutter if the management can't scrape together 20K to pay the bills by the end of June.

— And, in case you're wondering what Scott Conant is up to these days after the Scarpetta NYC split, here's an image that will lurk in the corners if your mind for the rest of eternity:

Today I'm playing an Egyptian queen....my daughters don't seem to like the look though #daddyduty

A photo posted by Scott Conant (@conantnyc) on

Paulie Gee's

60 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (347) 987-3747 Visit Website

Sweet Chick

8 Market Place, , England W1W 8AG 020 3856 0333 Visit Website

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