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Kate Krader IN at Bloomberg, Cuozzo Samples the Bleeding Veggie Burger, and More Intel

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Zagat switches to star ratings, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

[The dining room at Barraca in the West Village]
[The dining room at Barraca in the West Village]
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Food & Wine’s restaurant editor Kate Krader is headed to Bloomberg, where she will cover dining. Flo Fab notes that her new job will involve "digital, print, television and radio." Krader was at Food & Wine for two decades. She starts at Bloomberg early next month. No word yet on who will take over her position at the magazine.

Tim and Nina decided to shuck the 30-point scale that was the backbone of the Zagat Guide ratings for decades. Now, restaurants are awarded star ratings — five is the highest — but businesses are still rated in the main three categories of food, decor, and service. The ratings incorporate decimals, so it’s still rather specific. All of the old numerical ratings have been switched to the new star system.

— The first item at The Four Season auction — a bronze sign — sold for $96,000. That’s about $90,000 more than its pre-auction estimate. A set of ashtrays went for $10,000. Curbed NY has a full play-by-play of the madness inside the Seagram Building yesterday.

— Here’s Steve Cuozzo’s insta-review of the new bleeding veggie burger cooked up by Impossible Foods and David Chang"The crumbly, thin patty — once I peeled it free from a potato bun, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, cheese-like substance and sticky 'special sauce' they wouldn’t identify — had a slightly gristly texture, meh mouth feel and scarcely more bogus-beef quality than that of common veggie burgers made from grains and legumes." The burger hits the menu at Nishi today at noon.

— The restaurateurs behind Black Tap are eyeing 177 Ludlow Street for a new location of their wildly popular burger & fancy milkshake shop. This is the space that the owners of Quality Eats were recently vying for, but they dropped their plans after facing opposition from the neighbors. Black Tap’s owners have applied for a beer and wine license here. They will go before the CB3 next month.

The Avenue A location of Moonstruck Diner is now closed for good. The space hit the market back in April.

— After the Guns N’ Roses show at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Axl Rose and Duff McKagan partied at Never Never on West 14th Street.

— Chelsea Market hit Los Tacos No. 1 is expanding to a 1,800 square-foot space on the ground floor of the old New York Times building at 229 West 43rd Street. In his survey of Chelsea Market vendors, Robert Sietsema praised this tiny taqueria:

This ramshackle stall looks like something that was flown here from a beach in San Diego, and that’s more or less what the spare menu represents. One look at the twirling cylinder of dripping pork surmounted by a pineapple lets you know just what to order. Here we’d call it al pastor. This is one of the city’s most addictive tacos, and the excellent homemade tortillas keep pace.

The new Times Square iteration of Los Tacos No. 1 is slated to open in early 2017.

Prime Meats in Carroll Gardens recently launched a series of bar takeovers featuring drink makers who previously worked at the restaurant. The Prime Meats Graduate Series, as it’s called, will continue tomorrow night with cocktails from Garret Richard (formerly of Monkey Bar) from 6 p.m. till close. Damon Boelte will be back behind the bar on August 4, and Katie Stipe of Grand Army will return on August 11. The team shot a trailer for this series, which you can watch here.

Loudmouthed steakhouse owner/TV host Willie Degel is opening a farm-to-table restaurant with a speakeasy-style bar in Astoria this fall. It’s called Uncle Jack’s Meat House.

7-Eleven is suing two Brooklyn knock-offs — Z-Eleven and Eleven 7 Food Mart — for copying its trademarked logo. The company previously sent cease and desist letters to the bodegas, but they didn’t change their signs.

— And finally, here’s a look at the omakase at Sushi Nakazawa:

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