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Foodie Heaven: The Village Voice's Annual 'Choice Eats' Tasting

Yesterday, at the 69th Armory on Lexington Avenue, The Village Voice hosted their Fifth Annual "Choice Eats" Event which satiated New York foodies by serving quality dishes, all from hand-picked restaurants throughout the city. Over 35 different national cuisines were set-up in this historic building by over 80 restaurants and bakeries. Sponsors such as Leffe, Francis Coppola, Troegs Brewery, Sixpoint, Michael Collins Irish Whiskey and Stella Artois helped patrons get their drink on as they traveled from table to table experiencing the creme de la creme that our diverse city has to offer.

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The Village Voice 'Choice Eats' Announces Final Participants

On March 13th, The Village Voice's fifth annual "Choice Eats" tasting event, will take place. Today they have announced the final participants, bringing the number up to 83 restaurants, a record breaker. The final partakers include: Bowery Diner, Egg, David's Brisket House, El Almacen, Calyer, Grandaisy Bakery, Kutsher's Tribeca and Resto.

This year "Choice Eats" will also feature DJ Sets by Andy Rourke, the former bass guitarist of The Smiths, an alternative rock band from the 80s.

Ty-lor Boring, of Bravo's Top Chef Texas, will also make a celebrity appearance by hosting a demo for those who have VIP tickets.

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NYC Restaurant Roundup

The Bowery Diner

241 Bowery between Rivington and Stanton Sts (212-388-0052)

The Bowery Diner spawns from Mathieu Palombino of Bouley, BLT Fish, and Motorino. The can-do-all chef once again switches gears and ventures into classic American. Think double-patty burgers, pancakes, french fries, glazed donuts, milk shakes and pancakes. It's a diner, but it's no Denny's. Expect tasty twists on classic dishes, trademarked by Palombino.

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The Much Anticipated Bowery Diner Now Open

The long-awaited Bowery Diner finally opened to customers over the weekend. Chef Mathieu Palombino, of Motorino, will be offering fresh new takes on classic American fare, mixed with a bit of Belgian style. You can expect to find treats like double patty burgers, duck fat curly fries, reubens, steak frites and more at this new joint. The diner seats 130 patrons and will be open late night, serving bevvies from their full service bar.