Go This Weekend: Forcella

Despite the closing of Ray's Pizza (the real, original, authentic Ray's) last month, New Yorkers are rarely starving for perfect slice. But regardless of how inundated we might be by seemingly authentic Neapolitan imports, we'd be lying through out (quickly chomping) teeth if we said we wouldn't make space for another quality pizzeria.

Enter, Forcella: the just-opened Bowery outpost of the Williamsburg pizza restaurant. This East Village branch will serve as the pizzerias's 65-seat flagship and offers handmade mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes cooked up in a 1,000 degree wood-burning pizza oven. Oh, and there's also fried pizza. That's dough that's been passed through a deep fryer before being topped with sauce and cheese and cooked for a few minutes more in the pizza oven.

In case you were wondering, it is exactly as good as it sounds. Actually, it may be even better.

Delicious Vegetarian Restaurants in NYC

We're not suggesting you give up meat. But going vegetarian for a meal or two might not be a bad idea once in a while. Fortunately, animal-free restaurants have come a long way since theirs days of smelling like a stale circus trailer. In preparation for some Turkey-filled weeks, check out our Top 5 picks for the Best Vegetarian Restaurants in New York.

Pure Food + Wine- The Per Se of vegetarian cuisine. Painstakingly stunning dishes are matched by the casual elegance of the outdoor garden. Bring an open mind along with a full wallet- the menu is priced as steeply as any steakhouse. 54 Irving Place. 212.477.1010.

Batali Verbally Beats Up Bankers

Uh-Oh Mario!

A Forbes writer was quoted today after reporting that Mario Batali had some choice words to describe the Wall Street community at a Time Magazine panel honoring "Person of the Year." Since rumors of the Italian food guru's choice words surface, twitter and food blogs around the country have been blowing up in respose to the comments.

So what, exactly, did Batali say to get his former fans so riled up? According to a post on Grub Street, his exact words were, "...so the ways the bankers have kind of toppled the way money is distributed and taken most of it into their hands is as good as Stalin or Hitler and the evil guys...[Their] evil has had a huge effect on the world." Um, ok...

Major Changes at Mondrian Soho

Earlier this week, Eater reported that gloriously brooding Chef Sam Talbot left his restaurant, Imperial No. 9 at the Mondrian Hotel. The 8-month-old spot opened to mixed reviews but was able to score two stars from The New York Times.

According to the site, Talbot bailed on the stunning seafood spot due to "irreconcilable differences" with the management. Talbot will continue to focus his efforts on promoting his cookbook and looking pretty darn good in beanies and manly leather jewelery.

Parm Opens

Parm, the ridiculously anticipated (and uber-hyped) Italian restaurant opened on Mulberry Street at 11 AM yesterday and by the time the doors opened the masses were already flanking the block. The restaurant, which is backed by praised Chef duo, Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi, as well as partner Jeff Zalaznick, is the more casual sister restaurant to the adjacent Torrisi Italian Specialties.

Joonbug stopped by the new spot around lunchtime today and, even at noon, crowds were swarming the street. What's in store for those willing wait? A lot. The intensely sandwich-focused menu featuring chicken, eggplant and meatball parm, chicken Francese, sausage and peppers, potato and egg and Italian, offers the fare in three different sizes: roll, hero or platter. If you're still looking for more options, consider ordering the Italian-American classics (think: calamari and baked clams) or staying to check out the nightly diner menu.

New York Chocolate Show
Now in its 14th year, the four-day chocolate fest is far and away the largest show of its kind. According to the sponsored web site, the show is “considered the chocolate hub of North America.” Why so specific regarding its coco-covered regionality? The original chocolate show was founded in 1997 by Sylvie Douce and Francois Jeantet in France. But, just as they did with the Statue of Liberty, these Frenchmen have graciously shared their good fortune. The festivities will run from Thursday to Monday, at which point you’ll likely be be coming down from that sugar high. All events will take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion located at 125 W. 18th Street. To learn more about the Chocolate Show or to purchase tickets, click here.
Frankies Told To Relax

According to an article on the Diner's Journal blog this morning, Brooklyn favorite (and Sam Sifton's best family meal) Frankies 457 was noted as closed by the Department of Health after failing their Monday inspection. The site looked to a tweet by Ryan Sutton that stated, "Frankies 457 listed as closed by the DOH due to 58 violation points."

Eat Here on Thanksgiving

Maybe your family lives in farther parts.

Maybe your oven is used for shoes.

Maybe you just don't want to be on intimate terms with the big bird.

Whatever the reason, just because you're not rolling up your sleeves and tying on your apron doesn't mean you can't enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving this year. You're in New York, you could probably enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving on any given night of the year. But we suggest checking out these chic spots for a very Manhattan-style Turkey Day. Just try and save room for the Chinese food you'll order in on Christmas.

Times for Thanksgiving and Taste of T

Got basting issues?

A dry bird?

Limp beans?

Fear not. The New York Times Thanksgiving Help Line is back up and running by phone, email and twitter. The feature has been popular for a few years now, which means that no question is too difficult (or too stupid) for the pros manning the phones social media outlets. Tweet @nytimesdining #ThanksgivingQs or post a question directly on their site.

Matthew Wins Fan Favorite

Gail Simmons tweeted last night that Pastry Chef Matthew Petersen won Fan Favorite on Season 2 of Top Chef: Just Desserts. Petersen, who heads the Washington, DC-based City Zen at the Mandarin Oriental, was pretty even-tempered and well liked throughout the challenges, so it should come as no surprise that he was able to gain some love from the viewers. And while we're sure that Chef P is thrilled just to receive the honor of knowing people like, he probably doesn't mind the $10,000 cash prize either.